We’d like to thank Brigid so much for agreeing at the last minute to participate and answer our questions. Elemental Week was a last minute idea of Autumn’s that we threw together rather quickly.
Q. What book would you love to be able to go back into time and read again for the first time?
A. No one is going to know this one, but Shattered Glass by Elaine Bergstrom. It’s a vampire novel, but it’s not the traditional kind. It’s about a family of vampires who draw strength from stained glass windows, and it’s like the best kind of historical fiction. (And I don’t even LIKE historical fiction.) Her books are addictive. I’ve read them dozens of times, and I just can’t get enough. And the brothers Stefan and Charles? Love them.
Q. What’s your top 3 favorite Young Adult novels that you’ve read so far this year?
A. Wow! Top 3? Let me grab my Kindle… Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and I know this one isn’t YA, but I love-love-loved it, I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of the Merrick brothers and their powers?
A. The first novel I wrote in high school was about four vampire brothers, named Michael, Nicholas, Gabriel, and Christopher. It was a silly story, but I still have most of it on paper. In my twenties, when I really began to take writing seriously, I wrote a few books but was unable to find a literary agent or a publisher. I couldn’t get those four brothers out of my head – but I didn’t want to do vampires again. I started tossing around ideas that would work with the number four. Four horsemen of the apocalypse. Four leaf clovers. Four, four, four. The four elements of earth, air, fire, and water seemed to work best—and I had a lot of ideas how I could make it fun. Who wouldn’t want to be able to control the elements?
Q. Who is your favorite brother and why?
A. I could never choose a favorite! I love them all!
Q. Autumn and I have a difference of opinion in regards to Hunter. She doesn’t trust him, but I do. What are your thoughts on his character?
A. Hunter is a complicated guy. He wants to honor his dad’s memory, but he wrestles with what’s right and what’s wrong. He also doesn’t have the stable family that the Merrick brothers do. One of my favorite parts about writing the series is that the Merrick brothers have the least dysfunctional family, yet they’re the least traditional, in terms of the family unit. Hunter doesn’t have any of that. It’s just him, trying to figure out who he wants to be. The trials he faces in Spirit are really powerful.
Q. How many full novels do you think are left in the series? I’d love to get more into Nick and Micheal’s head.
A. Right now, I’m only contracted for three novels and three novellas. We’ll see what’s next… I’d love to do a full book for Michael.
Q. Does Becca’s father play an important role in the future of the series?
A. Becca’s father does appear in Spark, and he’ll play an important role in Spirit, too.
Q. Okay, a little girl heart to heart here: Who found the models for the covers of the Elemental series?
A. I wish I knew!!! When my editor said they were going to be doing a photo shoot, the first words out of my mouth were, “CAN I COME WATCH??!?!?!?!?” (But no, these kinds of things are done on a closed set.)
Q. What is your advice to wanna-be writers?
A. Just keep on doing it. Really. If you’re not in it for the long haul, you’ll burn out quickly. This is not a quick-and-dirty game to play.
To celebrate the release of Spark and Elemental week here at Fic Talk, we’re doing a giveaway!
One winner will get autographed copies of Storm and Spark! Another winner will received the e-book of Fearless from Amazon and yet another winner will receive an e-book of the novella that started it all, Elemental. The giveaways are open to entrants aged THIRTEEN YEARS OLD and up. All giveaways are open internationally! Get your entries in before September 8!