Author Interview with Brigid Kemmerer

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Brigid Kemmerer finds the time to write somewhere between caring for her family and working at her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. Storm: The Elemental Series is her first novel. Find out more about Brigid and the Elemental series on her website.

 

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Author Interview:

Can you tell us about your newest book, SPIRIT?

Spirit follows the story of Hunter Garrity, who was trained by his father to kill full Elementals. Then his father died, and Hunter was left a bit directionless. When he met the Merricks, he learned that they weren’t the evil beings he’d been raised to kill. In Spirit, Hunter needs to make a choice about which side he stands on. This book isn’t really about Hunter finding love. It’s about Hunter finding himself.

I have to say I am SO excited to read about Hunter. What side of him will we get to see in this book?

Oh, you’ll see a whole lot of Hunter. Spirit is full of action and sexytimes. It was the riskiest book I can imagine writing, and I’m still a little nervous to see what people think.

I’m almost afraid to ask…will this be the last book in The Elemental series?

Nope! Nick’s book will be out in January 2014, with Michael’s book to follow in August 2014.

I know you have little ones at home. Does that make your writing process difficult?13494365

No, because I leave the house and go to Starbucks. Really. Writing at home is almost impossible. Revising, however, I can do while feeding the baby with one hand.

In the first two books, there was a heavy topic on bullying. Is that going to be a main theme in SPIRIT or do you have something different planned?

All of my stories will have some element (ha!) of characters needing to figure out who they are and what they stand for. For Hunter and Becca in particular, their Element is the Spirit, and it draws people to them. Sometimes that means good attention, like when Hunter and Becca were attracted to each other. Sometimes it means bad attention, like what Becca experienced on the soccer field. And like Hunter experiences in Spirit.

I’m not expecting an answer, but I still have to ask. Who is your favorite brother?

I love them all! But I think I most closely relate to Michael.

I know that this is Hunter’s book, but will we get to watch Gabriel and Layne’s relationship progress more?

Hmm. Not too much. They do make an appearance, however. Simon, too.

And what about Becca’s dad? Will we see more of him?

Yes, for sure! He’s got a secret. You won’t learn the answer to it in Spirit, however…

What’s next after The Elemental series?

I’m contracted to launch a new series with Kensington, but right now everything is under wraps. Stay tuned!

When you finally have a chance to read, what’s next for you?

I read all the time! If I stop reading, I’ll lose my inspiration for writing. When people say they don’t have time to read, I think it’s a load of crap. I have a full time job, two kids, and two books to write this year. And I still find the time to read at least a book a week. I have a Kindle app on my iPhone, and anytime I find a spare minute, I’m reading. I was reading while stirring food at the stove tonight. Right now I’m reading I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.