First, I'd like to point out what a fantastic character name Brinda Berry has. Brinda Berry could be a ballet dancer who was mysteriously murdered, or a high-powered lawyer fighting for women's rights, or a mean headmistress of an all-girls school. The possibilities are endless! But that's enough about her versatile name. Brinda Berry is actually a dedicated blogger with a bangin' author's website and a love of cairn terriers. Welcome Brinda!
When and why did you start your blog?
In January 2010, I started a blog called The Writer's Block and wrote about coming out of the writer's closet. I really didn't post often in the beginning and didn't have a clue about the blogging community. It was more of an online journal for myself because I didn't have many visitors. My first post was called My New Life.
Many writers began because an agent or publisher advised them to. I was like you. I had no clue about the blogging community. I just wanted to write.
You have a slick author's website. How did it come to be?
Thanks for the compliment! I do my own website. In March of 2011, I submitted my YA, The Waiting Booth, to publishers and decided to move from a blog to a website with a blog component. I think it's a very important marketing tool for aspiring and published authors. I enjoy doing the website and thinking of extras a reader might like.
Your website is so easy to navigate! It's apparent that you've put a lot of long hours into it.
Your newest book, Whisper of Memory, was released last month. How did you prepare for its launch?
I asked my writer friends for help with my release and gratefully accepted any publicity they could give me. It's amazing how giving the blogging community is when you ask for help. Because I'm with a small press, it's up to me to come up a marketing gameplan. I've worked to increase my Twitter and Facebook following. I also contracted with a YA blogger/reviewer named Bree of These Paper Worlds to arrange a tour in April. She set up twenty blog stops with excerpts, posts, and reviews. I'm a little crazy right now because I'm also doing the A-Z Challenge this month.
Holy blogging dedication! I admire you for keeping up with it all.
What is your most memorable blogging experience to date?
I don't know that I have one memorable post. I think at one point I sat back and got really excited when more than two comments appeared on my post.
Ha! I remember when that happened for me. I was giddy.
Random Question: If you could be a spy, astronaut, witch, or princess for a day, which would you choose and why?
I'd choose to be a spy. I love the idea of dressing in disguises, solving mysteries, and playing with all the tech gadgets.
Brinda Berry, secret agent. See? Another good character name! :) Thanks for being our Mentor, Brinda!
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.
Whisper of Memory Blog Tour