I recently had the opportunity to read and review Brooke’s first two books in the Heart’s Compass series: Where I found You & Lost before you. I fell in love hard with Brooke’s writing and I’m craving more as we speak! I asked Brooke if she was up for a Q&A and she happily obliged. But first, let me tell you a bit more about this amazing author!
~ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series. She recently released the second book of the Heart’s Compass series, Lost Before You.
Brooke lives in the Midwest with her high school sweetheart and their three children (both human and furry). Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.
She believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate. Brooke enjoys going on long drives with no destination in mind. She’s found that’s when her characters talk to her the most! If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll probably find her spending time with her family, watching NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.
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~Q&A WITH BROOKE ~
- Could you tell us a bit more about your journey towards publishing Where I found you?
– You just published your debut novel in May, What was the most exciting thing about releasing your first novel?
Growing up I had always had a love for writing. I wrote poems that were often relating to how I felt at the time. Then as I grew older, I began journaling a lot. Life is hard as a teenager and writing what I did that day, how I was feeling, or what I was going through was a way of working through life.
I have been an avid reader in the book community since I first read Colleen Hoover’s debut novel, Slammed. I picked it up on Nook shortly after it was released and found myself searching for other books like it. I have had people close to me say they think I should write my own books or how they could see me pursuing a writing career. Callum & Ellie’s story is one that I think a lot of people can relate to in one way or another. I wanted to write books that happen to everyday people because it’s those that inspire me the most. I decided after the idea for Where I Found You hit me to go for it! I haven’t looked back since.
- Where did you find the inspiration for the books?
– Especially regarding Ellie’s background for example. That had to be tough to write? How was the process of writing for you with this book in particular regarding the emotional heaviness of Ellie’s past?
A lot of my inspiration comes from music. The playlist for Where I Found You is full of music that I listened to while writing the book. There are specific scenes that if you read the book and look at the playlist, you’ll likely be able to piece together which one goes with which song.
Writing Where I Found You was incredibly hard mostly because it was draining. I chose to start my writing career off with an emotional and heart wrenching book. It had taken a toll on me while writing and there were times I questioned if I was telling the story right. There were parts of the book that came to me at different times, so I was really all over the place with writing. It took me over a year to finish the book but looking back I feel like I learned a lot about myself as a writer going through that.
- I saw on Goodreads there’s a lot of new stuff coming our way – YESSSSSSSS. Could you tell us a bit more about the next book in the Hearts Compass series? I’m sooo excited for Halle & Graham’s story!!
– And what can we expect of the Tattered Hearts duet?
There is a lot coming your way. I’m so excited about the upcoming projects I have planned. Lost Before You ends with the whole gang back home near Arbor Creek. Callum and Ellie are planning their wedding. Halle hasn’t quite heard the news that Graham is back in town, for good. They have a tough past and they both try to cover up their feelings in different ways, but being forced to be around each other again will certainly force them to face the past they’ve tried to keep buried.
The Tattered Heart duet will feature some characters that you’ve been introduced to in my previous works as it follows Ryan, Dean’s younger sister, and his best friend, Maverick. It’s an older brother’s best friend/military romance. Torn (#1) will take place when they are younger, back in high school. Tattered (#2) will fast forward ahead to where they are about six years later.
- Readers love getting more insight in an Author’s life so; How does a normal workday look like for you?
– And what’s keeping you busy when you’re not writing?
Oh boy, lol! Well, my day starts at 3:30 AM because I have to be to my day job at 4:30 AM. It’s hard getting up that early but I’ll be honest, it’s really nice getting off work at 1 PM. After that, I usually try to spend the rest of the afternoon working on writing or any other author-related tasks. My kiddos get home from school around 4 PM so it gives me a decent amount of writing time until it’s a busy evening with my kiddos. I have two boys, ages 10 and 6. They keep me plenty busy and on my toes, but I’m incredibly lucky to be their Momma.
- Do you have a favorite character from the books you wrote so far? Which one of them did you love writing about most and why?
Halle and Ryan have both been the most fun to write. I think it’s because I love their spitfire personality. They both are not afraid to say what they think or feel, which I respect them for.
- Was there a particular book/author that left a huge impression on you?
She is just a fearless writer. I love how hard she works at trying to keep her stories unique and original. There hasn’t been a book I’ve read by her that I didn’t absolutely fall head over heels in love with.
- Is there anything you find particularly challenging while writing?
I’m not a fan of writing action scenes.
- What is your favorite part about writing New Adult romance and what is your least favorite?
My favorite part about writing romance is creating a new world and living in it with the characters and their stories. I’m not sure I would say it’s my least favorite part, but I dislike how nervous I let myself get when I release a book. There are good and bad to almost anything you do so I just focus on how happy and proud I am and try to push all other thoughts out of my mind.
- A friend of mine always asks authors for a fancast and I’m actually really really excited to know who you’d cast for the characters in Where I found you and Lost before you?
Callum – Sam Hunt
Ellie – Candice Accola
Mason – Kris Bryant
Brea – Jana Kramer
~ RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS ~
- Current fictional crush?
Kellan Kyle, always.
- Favorite supernatural creature?
I’ve always wanted to be a vampire.
- What’s the next book on your TBR?
I haven’t had a chance to read Hideaway by Penelope Douglas yet with the release of Lost Before You, but I want to read it very soon.
- Author you would love to team up with?
My dream author to team up with would be Adriana Locke.
- Best book you’ve read lately?
What I Need by J. Daniels
- Best movie you’ve seen lately?
Fifty Shades Darker was the last movie I’ve seen, and I really loved it.
- Have as a best friend/marry/kill: Callum, Mason or Graham?
OMG… I can’t answer that. Mason would be my best friend all day long. I’d rather fuck Callum and marry Graham. Can we stick with that instead? LOL
These questions were a ton of fun to answer! Thank you so much for having me. I also want to say thank you for taking a chance on me. As a new author, all you could ever hope for is to have someone connect with your words in the way that you have. I’m so glad you loved both stories as much as I do. <3
~ MY BOOK REVIEWS ~
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Brooke; Thank you again for doing this Q&A with me, I really appreciate you took the time to give me all the extended answers to my questions, it’s all I could’ve hoped for! I’m so lucky I got the opportunity to read your books and ‘meet you’ and I’m looking forward to all of the books still coming our way!
And for my readers; I hoped you loved reading this Q&A as much as I loved putting it together and reading Brooke’s answers as well. And I really hope you’ll give this author a chance because I can guarantee you, that you’re not going to regret it for one second if you decided to buy and read these books!