Mar 24, 2016

Dishin' It Up with Angie Brashears, author of BECOMING BLUE

Angie M. Brashears

If you could choose any song, what would be the first song on the Becoming Blue soundtrack?It would need to be an uplifting song, since Blue’s life is about to change, but in a good way. She’s been through some stuff, tough times. First, for Blue, Carolina Wallace’s mash up of Infinity/Wicked Games. She’s a self-published musician, look her up on Youtube or Spotify. This song inspires me. But somewhere in there, Gloria Gaynor’s, I Will Survive and Hozier’s, Take Me to Church. Javi’s opening song would be The Reason, by Hoobastank, no doubt about it.

Not many books feature plus-sized women as their main characters. Is there a message in your doing so that you wish to deliver to your readers? Maybe about diversity?
When I started writing this series, the girl I saw in my mind, was big, beautiful, and normal. I call it a Fat Girl’s Fantasy, but it’s more than that. Love, like people, comes in all shapes and sizes. Frankly, I was sick of the waifish, tiny leading lady. I always say, if someone wanted to throw me up against the wall, they just might pull their back out. I want all girls to feel beautiful and wish the word size only referred to a drink order. The world is changing, Sports Illustrated even featured a plus size model, Ashley Graham on the cover. Interesting and exciting things don’t only happen to skinny girls.

Name a book by another author that describes your personality.Probably Pippi Longstocking. I love her carefree fun-loving attitude. She’s very unpredictable, you never know what she’s going to do next, but you know when you’re with Pippi, you’ll have a great time. There’s also a little Ellen Griswold, the beautiful patient wife of Clark Griswold, from the National Lampoon movies mixed in there. (Not a book, but a great story just the same.)

When you're not writing, what do you do for fun?
I love to hike with my dog, Chewy. Short for Chewbacca. The foothills behind my house is where I go to work through my story. Beautiful and quiet, there’s a sense of peace there.

Reading, currently I’m rereading Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series. He’s such a genius. And there’s always my friends, either on the phone or over at my house for cocktails and Jacuzzi.

When writer's block hits, what's the first thing you do?I write really fast, never stopping for corrections, and when I do feel like I’m losing the story, I walk away. Currently, I’m halfway through Book 3 of the Chubby Chaser’s Series, Inc. book, and it’s put aside for now. I have to feel in the mood to write, and if I’m not feeling it, I don’t push it. It has to feel like a conversation to me, like you’re sitting next to me and I’m telling you the story.

Are you a panster or plotter? Tell me the reasons for your choice.Definitely a panster. For Becoming Blue, I had a simple idea, I was obsessed with a jelly doughnut. A scene developed in my mind, involving Blue, Javi, and a jelly doughnut. I could hear Blue’s voice in my mind whispering, “Get it Javi.” And the rest fell into place, lol. I like to say I’m just the vessel, and try to let the story flow through me.

How do you handle negative reviews?Not well. Especially when it’s a 2 star, with I hate it, but no explanation why. I can handle it…just explain what you didn’t like. I’m a big girl, I can take it, even though I might not agree with it. What some people lose sight of is that it’s fiction. Made up. Not real. Just enjoy it.

What's the best compliment you've ever received from a reader?Best compliment I’ve ever received was from a fellow WW member. Jk7j,Yes, I actually go to Weight Watchers. She said it was an action packed, fast read, that put her emotions in a whirlwind! She laughed, even cried at some parts, but could see parts of herself in Blue. That was the best thing I’d ever heard. Something that I wrote, pulled out of my imagination, really spoke to her. That was a great feeling. She got it, and I loved her for it.
Angie M Brashears is a lover of everything books. When not writing, she's reading anything she can get her hands on. She grew up in Southern California, and loves the mountains, hiking with her dogs, the beach, and of course, Disneyland! She loves music, and loves singing along to the radio, loud and off-key, performing for anyone unlucky enough to be in the passenger seat.

Angie loves dark and twisted, which she refers to as Dark Ever After books, but is known to read an occasional HEA story as well. When she's not writing, she working, saving lives. A busy Trauma ER nurse for over twenty years, she gets enough reality in her life, and is always looking for a story to take her away from the harsh reality of Emergency Nursing.

If there's football on, she sure to have a huge party going on to cheer her team on...Go Patriots!

As a new author, she'd love to hear from you!

Publication Date: January 15, 2016
Genre: Adult Comedy Romance

Every single thing I’ve been taught not to do…I just did.

Talk to a stranger? Check

Get in a car with a stranger? Check

Go to a second location? Check

Go into a stranger’s house? Check

Take candy from a stranger? Check

If this is a kidnapping, it’s the kindest one I’ve ever heard of.

I’m living a fat girl fantasy. Snatched from a Weight Watcher meeting by a powdered-donut eating stranger, was by far the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me. Who knew I didn’t need to make appointments or attend meetings to have someone to talk to. A Friend. Two Friends. A dark, intense stranger. Secrets.

Everything I ever wanted, and something’s I didn’t. Not every tasty treat is for eating.

To each his own….right?

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