I recently attended the Musa Publishing 3 Year Anniversary Celebration and met several of my fellow Musa authors. Brita Addams was one of the authors who generously agreed to be interviewed for one of my 5 Minute Interviews. I hope you all enjoy learning more about Brita and her work!
5 Minutes with Brita Addams
This is a chance to learn a bit more about Brita Addams whose novel, Thornhill’s Dilemma, will be published November 7th at Musa Publishing.
About the Author
I started writing . . . I’ve written all my life, or from about 6th grade. I didn’t however, write from publication until five years ago. In between, my husband and I raised our family, during which time, I’d have never found the time to write.
What I love most about writing . . . I have a creative mind, exercised over the years through flower arranging, cross-stitch, macramé, crocheting and knitting, scrapbooking, and genealogy. Writing affords me unlimited creation.
The toughest thing about writing . . . at the risk of sounding glib, the toughest thing is writing for me is the blurb, tagline, and coming up with a title. I love the story building, but the other stuff is difficult for me.
The writer I most admire . . . I love Phillipa Gregory’s work. She combines real historical figures with her own stories, something I love. I also love Mary Balogh and Lisa Kleypas’ historicals.
My lifelong hero . . . this is easy. My hero is and always has been my husband. When we met, I had two children and he had none. He and I dated for four years and after we married, he adopted my daughter, would have adopted my son if my son had wanted him to, and then we had a child together. She was born with a severe disability, and together with our other children, we raised her. Clint supported us all so I could be home with the kids. To them, he is Dad, never stepdad, ever. He’s deserving of our love and admiration, and for all of us, he is a hero.
If I wasn’t a writer, I would be . . . a very bored human being, and I never use the word bored. I have to exercise my mind. I can’t conceive of a day that I don’t either write or plot a new story.
Other than writing, I am really good at . . . genealogy. I’ve traced my family back many, many generations, have lectured on cruise ships about genealogical research, and have conducted more interviews with “distant relatives,” than I care to think about. I’ve tramped through old cemeteries, been shoulder high in documents in dusty town hall basements, and taken thousands of pictures of gravestones. There isn’t anything about genealogy I don’t love.
When I am writing, I listen to . . . absolute silence. I am too easily distracted by music and TV.
Favorite Novels: Simply Love by Mary Balogh. Hands down one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read. Any of Phillipa Gregory’s works. I love them all. You can’t beat Jane Austen, particularly Pride and Prejudice. I read tons of research books, as I write historical fiction and thoroughly research every aspect of my stories.
Favorite Movies: I love old movies – Gone with the Wind is my favorite.
Favorite Actors/Actresses: Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, and more modern day Channing Tatum, Jason Stratham, Sean Connery, Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman. I don’t have favorite modern actresses. I do love a couple of older, unfortunately dead actresses – Irene Dunne and Vivian Leigh are favorites.
Favorite Foods: My husband’s gumbo – either chicken or seafood, and his potato salad.
Modern convenience I can’t live without: I live in Southern Louisiana so the answer to that is air conditioning.
Nobody knows that I . . . No one knows that and no one ever will. :-)
I wish I could stop . . . Serious note: I wish I could stop the progression of my husband’s Parkinson’s Disease. I’ve never felt so helpless in my life.
Advice to aspiring authors:
Learn what passive voice and filters are and how to write without them. Both make manuscripts clunky and distance readers from the action.
Never think you know everything about writing—we never do.
Follow your editor’s lead, but ask questions. Never stop learning. Editors don’t want to destroy your author voice, but they do want to help you produce the best book possible. Obstinacy about correcting mistakes gets you nowhere.
Understand and fix passive voice. The difference in your writing is night and day. Discover the newbie mistakes and don’t make them – use of began or started (I began to read a book. Instead of: I read a book,) intensifiers like very, so, really and tons of others, filters (he felt his heart beat, instead of – his heart beat. Of course it did and if he didn’t, who did?,) and showing vs. telling, and never use the word literally unless you mean literally. We see this all the time. “I’m literally tearing my hair out of my head.” No, not literally. Oh, yeah, and never, no matter what, use the word basically.
If you can conquer these few things, you’re on your way to better writing, happier readers, and quality prose.
Study. Read. Practice.
Thornhill’s Dilemma is the third book in my Sapphire Club series, now available for presale at Musa Publishing.
Staid Phillip Allard, the Duke of Thornhill, and Alexander Chilton, a man of voracious sexual tastes, enjoy a long-standing relationship that satisfies them both,
until a young debutante inadvertently involves Phillip in her defiant quest.
Lady Hope is curious and accepting, but although Phillip cares for her, he can never love her as she wishes. When tragedy occurs, guilt leaves Phillip lost and numb.
Will he find his way back to Alex, or has he burned the one bridge that matters most?
This book contains a couple of menage scenes, M/F/M. It also contains spanking, voyeurism, and sexual activity between two men.
Thornhill’s Dilemma will release on November 7th, but is available for presale on Musa Publishing.
About Brita Addams:
Born in a small town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years. In the Frog Capital of the World, Brita shares her home with her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. All their children are grown.
Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.
Musa Publishing has contracted many of Brita’s historical romances, including the rewritten and expanded, best-selling Sapphire Club series.
Tarnished Gold, the first in her gay romance Tarnished series for Dreamspinner Press, was a winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, Historical Romance category. The book also received nominations for Best Historical and Best Book of 2013 from the readers of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.
A bit of trivia—Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, and not Brit-a, like the famous water filter. Brita Addams is a mash-up of her real middle name and her husband’s middle name, with an additional d and s.
Readers can find more information about Brita Addams at any of the following places:
Monthly column at The Novel Approach