Interview With Author Bri Mooney
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a witchy lady living in the woods with my cats. My characters are queer and neurodivergent, just like me. Dark themes and paranormal schemes are prevalent in my work, as I write what I love. Writing has always been a passion, but it wasn't until about 3 years ago that I decided to publish my first book. At the moment I have 5 published with 2 more planned for release this year.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Dusk Undone was a dive into my adhd and autism in a real and relatable way. While doing a brain storming session about what kind of monster mythos I should write about next, I stumbled upon revenants and didn't let go. In Dusk Undone, our FMC dies and the reapers assigned to her case send her back to complete her unfinished business…solving her own murder. Chaos ensues as the reapers tag along with their own agenda. Along the way there's found family, why choose romance, and a bigger mystery to solve.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I stim a lot while I write. Oh, and I'm a big pantser. Starting a story with more than a vibe is beyond me. My outlines for sequels consist of about 5 bullet points to keep me 'on track'. Chaos gremlin-ing a story is the only way I can write. The lack of structure fosters my creativity and gives some of my author friends anxiety.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
As a child I read a lot of goosebumps and loved Aesops fables. It drew me into the space where horror meets myth and folklore. My stories are full of dark themes and infused with character growth as my MC's overcome their hardships. Hope is a big theme through my books and I'm still a big fan of horror and paranormal stuff today.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I'm writing Devour the Sun. It's the prequel to my book Swallow the Moon and follows Sigrid as she picks her way through the fall of humanity as vampires break their peace with the humans and shifters of the world. Sigrid is loosely based on Sigrid the Haughty from nordic folklore. She's been a real treat to write as she flips the expected gender roles about women and what courage and heroism is.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I typically scream out into the social media universe and do my best to connect with readers. I've made a lot of friends that way. Paid promotion is something I've only played with a little bit.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't lose yourself trying to be like someone else. Your process is yours. There is no perfect formula or set of rules that will make you a famous author beyond write the book, edit the book, promote the book. Try on advice and if it doesn't work for you, throw it in the bin and move on.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Other authors are not your competition. You are. Focus on your work and bettering yourself. Learn as much as you can and delegate the things you cannot. Those authors out there, those are all potential friends. A lot of indie authors will do work trades which are invaluable when starting out. Go make friends.
What are you reading now?
Let's see. Zombie Fallout for my book club. The Heritage of Hastur which I got at a thrift store cause it looked neat. And Magpie Murders because I was feeling a mystery.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm working on a book club with a fellow author and that should be coming to fruition this year. Signings and in person events are a goal for the near future. Otherwise, I'd like to hit 10 books published as a soft goal and celebrate with loads of cake.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Bring Her Home by R N Barbosa. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. And the first three books in the Johaness Cabal series.
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