Author Spotlight – Andrea Bramhall
Meet UK Lesbian Fiction Author Andrea Bramhall (YLVA Publishing)
Our reviewer Valden had this to say about Andrea Bramhall’s books:
The Valden Bush fangirl train is in motion once again! 😉
Andrea Bramhall knows how to write, and I love the way she grabs hold of your attention as a reader, whether she is writing about love or murder. From her very first book, she has shown that she is a master storyteller and has the ability to weave characters emotions through a multi-layered story often with hidden twists and turns. Her stories are based on sound research and will have you travelling throughout both the UK or around the globe. It doesn’t matter so much where, because Andrea imparts her knowledge so well, whether we are climbing a mountain or diving underwater.
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We spoke to Andrea about her latest book and her writing plans for the year.
(a) Tell us something interesting about your last published book.
Hm. Good question. So my last published book was The Last First Time. Which is the third instalment in the Norfolk Coast series. It’s pretty well known that the series is set in the area where my partner and I used to live. It’s also fairly well known that we had a campsite there, and these two facts combined with a dog walk on the marshes gave birth to the series.
What few people know about the series is that this particular story was born from the concept of giving several different writers the same starting paragraph and giving them free reign to write their story from there. It was the Window Shopping novella project. This also gave birth to Cheyenne Blue’s Party Wall, A Work in Progress by L.T. Smith, and Tread Lightly by Catherine Lane. Four very different works from the same starting point. It was a fascinating experiment.
(b) What got you into writing?
I always wanted to be a writer. Even as a little kid, but it wasn’t until I changed jobs and had a lot of down time during the winter that I actually started to write down the stories I’d been dreaming up during the busy summer on the campsite. Theoretically, it was to keep me out of trouble. I think my wife now regrets telling me to send off that manuscript. She says I don’t talk to her anymore.
(c) Can you tell us about your writing style? How do you decide on plots and characters? Are you a planner or a pantser?
I am definitely a plotter. Possibly the ultimate plotter. I have huge white boards up in my office with post-it notes all over them breaking down the chapters, plot arcs, character arcs, significant growth elements, clues, red herrings, and when I’m doing a series, I do this book by book with an over arcing plot line. I know pretty much the entire story before I start writing it.
(d) If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
In my life or just with my writing? Lol. The answer to both is probably the same though…sure, lots. But we can’t go back and change anything, so I try not to dwell on mistakes or things like that. It doesn’t do me any good. I’m doing okay with my writing and I’m pretty happy with the stories I’ve published.
Do I look back at my early works and think I could do better now? Absolutely. But that’s part of the development and growth every writer goes through. I’m sure in a few years I’ll look back on what I’m writing now and think the same thing. I’m something of a perfectionist.
(e) What is next for you? What is your next project?
My new novel Lost for Words is due for release in August, and I’m currently writing book 4 in the Norfolk series called Deadzone. After that I have several ideas to choose from…so I’m not sure which I’ll get started on.
VALDEN’s REVIEW OF LOST FOR WORDS AND COLLIDE-O-SCOPE
Oh, how I love this book!
I had to read it in one sitting (much to my wife’s dismay) and the emotions it opened in me ranged from laughing out loud, giggling, cooing and crying, then laughing out loud again. This book plays with your emotions and leaves you with a feeling like a warm summers day. The story has so much mischievous wordplay that I found I missed some the first time around and got even more out of it in the second read.
Sasha and Bobbi are two friends working at an upper-class spa. Sasha writes in her spare time. Bobbi and Fleur (Sasha’s mother) decide to send one of Sasha’s scripts off for a scriptwriting competition…and it reaches the finals stage. Any more will be spoilery! Fleur is absolutely the best character Andrea has ever written, her character arc just floats through the story, rather like one of her tie-dye dresses. If you don’t buy this book, you will miss a treat.
It is a multi-layered police procedural story, with a hint of romance at the end. The romance between Kate and Gina is not central to the story and is a slow burn, but their characters are beautifully described. A number of the villagers and members of the Police Force are similarly outlined, and Andrea is in her element showing how even the most ordinary of people have interesting aspects to their emotional make-up.