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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Savvy Saturday: An Interview with Brantwijn Serrah

Today on Savvy Saturday, we welcome successful author Brantwijn Serrah as she celebrates her new release, Into Nostra, the sequel to her fantasy adventure, The Pact. Hi Brantwijn, and welcome back!

Hello, hello! So happy to be back.

So Brantwijn, I know this book has been knocking around in your creative well for awhile. What made you decide to write the sequel?

Well, when I started this adventure with Serenity Walker, my leading lady, there was never any question that The Pact was going to be a story that stretched across several books. Serenity's tale was always meant to be a journey, an epic quest.

Did you find anything particularly difficult about writing this book?

Actually, Into Nostra was one of the easiest books for me to write. Like The Pact, I wrote this one during National Novel Writing Month, which for those who don't know is a 30-day challenge to write a 50,000-word book. Into Nostra came almost effortlessly. I credit the new characters who are introduced within its pages...I loved them so much and they made me excited to write.

On the flip side, anything that seemed almost too easy to write?

The character of Eliza Rose—probably my favorite—was sometimes a bit too easy to "slip into". Considering the kind of figure she is and what she stands for, that might not be the best sign... I mean, she's dangerously insane.

What would you say is your favorite part of this book?

There's a scene in which Eliza is alone, confronting the many regrets and demons of her past. It's without a doubt my favorite scene.

What idea or scene are you particularly proud of, if not the last the same as the last question, and why?

In another scene, Serenity visits a fortune-teller with questions about her future. Writing something that was essentially 'a prophecy', and slipping in hints of what's to come in future books, was particularly fun for me.

Compared to your steamy, sexy romances, did you like writing this more or less? Was there any difficulties going from one genre to another?

Into Nostra first came to the page in 2007, so chronologically, it came before my erotic novels. At least in terms of the order they were written. It would still be a year before I began work on Lotus Petals, my first dark romance. So I think it was still pretty natural to write a story without a deep focus on romance. It's a bit funny, because now that I'm much more used to writing deeply sensual and sexual entanglements, I have to really watch myself when it comes to books not centered on those themes. I'm hoping to expand my catalogue beyond erotic romance, but I just love writing about sex so much! The Books of the Pact, at least, give me some cred in a non-romance genre...

Who would you recommend this book to? (I.e. readers of other series/books, and general)

This book is great for young adults and adults who enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure. If you like series like The Dresden Files or The Dark Tower, this series is going to be right up your alley.

Do you plan for any more books in this series, or even in the same world as this book?

Right now The Books of the Pact is a seven-book series, with a collection of four shorter side-stories making up an eighth book as well.  There was something magical about the number seven, but the more I think about it, the more I feel there's really no reason to limit myself to seven.  I know where and how the series ends...but the journey getting there could take a few extra twists and turns.

What are you working on next?

As always, I have about a dozen other projects rattling around, fighting for space on my writing desk. I'm trying to focus on Winter Hearts, which will be the third book in the Blood and Fire series, an erotic dark romance featuring my vampire, Rhiannon Donovan. She's competing with a fantasy story I think of as "Conan the Barbarian meets 50 Shades of Grey", and of course there's the third book in my Chronicles of the Four Courts series as well. So, alas... no rest for the wicked.

Well, that’s all the character count we have. Thanks, Brantwijn, for hanging out with us and answering these questions!

Thank you! I always love dropping by to talk shop.

Author Bio & Links:

When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and playing with graphic design. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for five lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours on end sketching characters and scenes in her secret notebooks.





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