In honor of the Don’t Drink the Nine Blog Tour, today I am interviewing the flamazing author, P.M. Briede!
Hey P.M! Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Before I start asking questions would you mind telling us a bit about you and your work?
Goodness, the hardest question first! Well, I’m PM Briede. I grew up in the south as a child, went to L.S.U. and got a degree in International Trade & Finance with a minor in Economics. My work brought me to the Pacific Northwest where I live with my husband and two young children. I work in the financial industry as an internal policy auditor, and while it may sound boring, I love it!
As for my writing, I write realistic fiction. I try to give real world situations, impossible explanations. I focus on the relationships between my characters and their growth as people. That’s what I enjoy most in a story, so that’s what I write. Oh! And, I’m told that I write a pretty good plot twist and have killer cliffhangers in my series!
So, obviously, I’m a huge fan! Especially of your recent Delacroix series. Where do you draw inspiration from when writing?
I draw inspiration mostly from my real life experiences. I love the arts and they tend to play a huge role in my books. I love culture and history and current events. I keep up on major national stories, so a little social commentary tends to seep into my work as well. Again, because I focus so much on character development and having fully, fleshed out characters that sometimes will frustrate you with their humanity and insecurities, I really focus on how their differences can unit them and bring them together.
I know you as a writer, but I’ve seen you mention a few times in the Adorkables books that you have been reading, so I have to ask: what are some of your favorites?
Wow, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. I love the classics, Jane Austen, CS Lewis, Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland was huge for me growing up and Pride and Prejudice is probably my favorite romance novel. But, I also love science fiction and fantasy. Michael Crichton and Robert Jordan set the bar for me in those areas. A twisty series with well-developed characters comes from Jordan’s Eye of the World Series, while the impossible existing in the real world comes from Crichton.
What would you say are some of your favorite moments since becoming a published author? Least favorite?
The influx of support and encouragement I get from readers has to be the best, and I know every author says it, but it’s so true. You’re not really an author if no one reads your books. Another best, was being plucked out of obscurity by my indie publishing house, California Times Publishing. The gentleman I work with really gave me a lot of confidence, tips, and encouragement, when there was no one else.
Least favorite? In truth, I’m not one for drama in my real life. It’s great in a book, but not so much otherwise, and there are times when there is a lot of drama on social media. But, I’m learning how to recognize situations that I don’t want to be a part of, and avoid them.
To mix it up a little bit, what are some of your favorite musicals and why?
That’s not mixing it up for me! LOL. I absolutely LOVE the theatre. I’ve seen so many plays and musicals. Wicked and My Fair Lady definitely rank high. Oh! And, Into the Woods. I love Shakespearean theatre and Arsenic and Old Lacy is amazing on stage. These shows really explore how our differences make us similar if we take the time to get to know people. How Wicked, which is based on a book I read years ago, reinvents the back story for the Wicked Witch of the West is brilliant. I could only wish to be that creative and original.
Do you have any quirky writing habits?
I don’t actually listen to music and typically have to write in the middle of chaos with children asking for help with homework or their toys. So I have to be a master keeping on top of my stories and family.
Do you ever experience “writer’s block” and if you do, what’s something you do to overcome it?
I do, just like everyone else. My problem is the ideas are there, I just struggle with finding the words I want to use to express what I see playing out in my head. For me, I push through and get something down because it never fails that in editing, the right words find their way into the story.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Keep track of your timelines and character details. Readers pick up on inconsistencies and these are easy to lose track of and harder to find and fix after the fact.
Before we end this interview, is there anything you’d like to tell potential readers about yourself?
I’m a positive person who enjoys adding joy to the life of others. I love interacting with readers more about their lives than my own writing. So please, feel free to reach out and chat with me!
Thanks Paige, for taking the time to come up with these great questions. I had a lot of fun and thanks again for hosting me on your blog!