**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with CHICKI BROWN
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.
After a decades as an administrative assistant, I left the corporate world to write full time. Other than reading and writing, I enjoy spending what little free time I have listening to music and dining out.
1. How did you get started writing?
Back in 2001 I started writing what was supposed to be a short story to fill the time on a very slow job. As it turned out, that story grew into a 400-page novel entitled LYRICS. Thankfully, it was never published, but that writing experience is what got me started on my journey to publication.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I absolutely love romance and women’s fiction. There is nothing more fascinating to me than the interaction between men and women. It’s what makes the world go round. I have always been an avid reader, but I didn’t always read romance. In my early adult years, I read a lot of African-American social commentary and fiction. Later I moved to Christian fiction then mystery and legal dramas. It wasn’t until the mid-90’s that I read LUCKY’S LADY by Tami Hoag, and it started me on a quest to find more romance books. I’ve been reading romance and women’s fiction ever since.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
The creation of characters is the most enjoyable part for me. I get a real charge out of coming up with the plot – what the story is going to be about and writing the attraction between my hero and heroine. I also love coming up with their backgrounds, researching their professions and where they live.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
There isn’t anything I’d rather do more than writing, but if I had my way, I would be doing it from my own beachfront house.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Dinner. My favorite food is Italian.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
I enjoy writing the male characters most. Getting into the heads of these men is fascinating, even though their opinions and attitudes sometimes make me scream. The good guys are the ones who have my support. I’m always cheering them on.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Since I started writing, I can’t read as much as I would like to, but I make it point to never miss the releases of my favorite romance and women’s fiction authors.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I’d be sitting on the terrace overlooking the ocean in my beachfront house in Aruba (or Maui, or even the Georgia sea islands.)
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Red, because it arouses passion in others.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My new release, TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME, is the second in my Stafford Brothers series.
The Stafford Brothers were born into a closely-knit family and raised and educated among Atlanta’s elite. But the six sons of one of Atlanta’s most successful doctors have not always walked in their father’s footsteps. Charles, Jesse and Vic, Jr. followed the medical path. Marc and Greg took different routes. Nick isn’t sure which way he wants to go. The brothers have challenges to face, secrets to keep and stories to tell.
In TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME, Charles Stafford decides to give up his plastic surgery practice to devote a large part of his time to performing reconstructive surgery in a Third World country. He travels six thousand miles away from home and finds what’s really been missing in his successful, prosperous life.
Links to Chicki’s website, blog, books, etc.
Amazon Central Author Page: http://amzn.to/l2kjXQ
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Chicki and the second book in her Stafford Brothers series, TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicki will give away an e-copy of the first book in her series, A WOMAN’S WORTH, to one lucky reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss this chance to read this story. Thanks, Chicki, for sharing your story with us!