**Author Peek** Interview with BEATRICE BRUNO
THE BABY CHRONICLES: WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE YOU WERE
INTRODUCING…. Beatrice Bruno.
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I was born in Queens, New York and raised in a little town called Vaucluse, SC. I was raised by my dad’s mom and dad, Lizzie and Freeman. I grew up in a little wooden shack that didn’t have indoor plumbing until I was about 11 years old. We had an outhouse and took baths in a tin tub. When I was 13, my granddad died. Up until I was about 15, I thought my dad was my oldest brother and my grandma and grandpa were my parents, with their other children being my siblings. Long story on that. You’ll learn a lot about this behind the seens when you meet one of the characters in my book. (Hint, hint!)
I am a motivational/inspirational author and speaker. I write full time and also ghostwrite for several clients as well as edit. I served in the US Army for 15 years of honorable service. When I left the Army, I found it extremely challenging to work for companies and organizations whose structure lacked the discipline of the military. I quickly learned that, besides truck driving, I did not fit the mold, especially of corporate America. (That job lasted for a hot second!)
I love writing! I love spinning a tale with my fiction or researching the Bible and related books to help my readers grow in their Christian walk. And when I’m not writing, I love crocheting. I can crochet a hat in about 2.5 hours and I love it!
1. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Although I love writing nonfiction and self-help, I love writing Christian fiction with a twist. You always read stories about criminals, psychopaths, and sociopaths from a world perspective. However, I want the world to know that there are Christian criminals, psychopaths, and sociopaths in the Christian realm.
2. What’s your favorite beverage?
Wild Sweet Orange Tea by Tazo.
3. If you had to listen to one song over and over again for a whole day, what would it be?
You’ll get a hoot out of this: Anything by Loretta Lynn! I love that Country Sister!
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
My least favorite part has nothing to do with writing. Writing to me is cathartic, even when I’m working on a fiction project. The least favorite part for me is marketing. But, I’m getting better at it.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Italy. I visited there when I was a singing soldier with the Army Band and Chorus. My goodness, those precious people fed us soldiers like we were never going to eat again! We had a blast and got to learn a lot about their culture.
6. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I am an avid reader. My first love is Thriller and I love James Patterson as well as Brad Thor and JA Jance.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
That’s a good question. When I have time to look at TV shows, I love dramas. I’m not a comedy person. When I listen to the characters on these dramas, I spin them in different directions to see where I can take them.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
My ideal reader is first of all, someone seeking to understand why they do what they do. Secondly, my ideal reader is someone who isn’t afraid to go behind the seens and see what God meant for them to be in the first place, even if it means they have to start all over again short of birth. You know, the main reason we get off track is we don’t recognize our purpose. Many of us are seeking to find our purpose in life. I believe that through my books and the characters I create, my readers will find themselves and be able to move forward with purpose.
9. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Immortality, not in the God sense. There can only be One. But in the people sense in that I can live hundreds of years and go around helping folks to live to their full potential.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book, Dark White Chocolate, is sure to cause my readers to want to have me committed. It tells the story of twin girls, one born white, one born black, and the psychosis one develops because she was not allowed to grow up with her birth parent, the one who chose to live with the other twin. I expect to have that ready to go by the fall of 2017.
Be sure to come back to learn more about Beatrice’s book, THE BABY CHRONICLES, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
Links to Beatrice’s website, blog, books, etc.
The Baby Chronicles – Where You Were Before You Were, is available at the following retail outlets:
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/TBCBook
Powells Books: http://bit.ly/PowBC
For speaking, book clubs, presentations, contact Beatrice at Beatrice@DrillSergeantofLife.com or 720-212-9780.
To purchase a personalized copy of The Baby Chronicles or to receive a free chapter, go to: http://drillsergeantoflife.com/thebabychronicles/
My website is www.DrillSergeantofLife.com. All my books are listed on my website and The Baby Chronicles has its own page.