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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blog Tour: "The Darkest Day" by Britt Bury

Welcome to our stop on Britt Bury's Tour of "The Darkest Day" which is her debut novel of the "The Immortal Heat Series".  You can read my review of "The Darkest Day" below this post.  
I had the privilege of interviewing Britt check out the interview below.  Britt has become a FAVE author of mine.  =)  You'll find out why in the interview.  

The Darkest Day
(The Immortal Heat #1)
by: Britt Bury
Publishing Date: 7/3/12
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing/Forever Yours

Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.
A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell "and" human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .

Q&A with Author Britt Bury

1.  Tell us 5 things that are on your bucket list
Oooh, good question! Five things for me would be: 1. Ride an elephant (ever since I saw Aladdin I’ve wanted to just ride around on one). 
2. Grow my hair so long it reaches my butt (I always hack it off once it reaches my shoulders, but so far, I’m holding strong!) 
3. Travel (There are several places I want to see that I lump under this one bullet point, but Italy and Graceland are definitely on there). 
4. Meet Blink 182 (they are my favorite band of all time…yes, really!)
5. Throw the largest party of my life on November 12, 2022 (That’s the day I will have officially lived more of my life with my husband, than without him. I’ll keep you posted on the details, but you’re all invited!)

2.  Do you have a writing process when you are writing a book. 
Kind of…I love organization. So all of my “pre-work” like plotting, world-building, and character description is all color coded and labeled and each book has a nice little file of all the corresponding info I need. But to actually sit down and write? I have no set schedule. Some days I just hammer a bunch out, other days I spend most of my time crying and cursing. It all evens out though.

3.  How did you come up with the book "The Darkest Day"? 
My grandfather and his family emigrated from Scotland. We’re actually a part of the Campbell clan. My grandmother has Native American ancestry. I dug a little into my family’s history and really like the idea of these two people from different cultures and locations finding love against all odds. I also researched old Scottish folklore and expanded on the idea of Fionns and Pookahs. (The three breeds and the various instincts and traits that go with them). I wanted to do something different with different types of immortals. In paranormal, immortals are sexy, strong and scarce. I wanted a world where that strength was valued, but it was humanity that was not only rare, but cherished. Being mortal may make you vulnerable, but certainly not weak.

4.  What was the most difficult scene to write in the book and why? 
Boy, there were a few times I was just stuck. I had no idea how to move on and transition from one scene to the next. It’s those pieces that are always hard for me, the few pages of glue that weave two major scenes together. (Side note: I literally tried gluing two scenes together once…didn’t work)

5. Who are some of your favorite authors? 
Larissa Ione is amazing. Not just her writing but she is a genuinely wonderful human being and I respect her so much for everything she’s been through and accomplished. Kresley Cole is rockin’ and so is Gena Showalter. All three of these women make me pee my pants on site. Seriously…I see them and get so nervous.

6. What are your hobbies when your not writing? 
I love doing activities with my two sons. Swimming and hiking are family favorites. I also like to scrapbook and bake.

7. Being a mother of two boys, how do you find time to write?  (I'm a Mother of two girls and have a difficult time reading...unless both my girls are sleeping or daddy is keeping them busy..LOL...I sleep deprive myself most of the time because I refuse to put down an amazing book)  
Oh you poor thing! Get some rest J But I totally understand, I’ve stayed up many a night to finish reading. It’s an addiction. Two kids are so much fun, but exhausting at times! Thank god for daddy! It was hard a couple years ago, but both of them have reached an age where they play really well together and between legos, play-doh and bribery, I get some writing done here and there…by that I mean the bulk of it is done in the late hours of the night or early morning.

8. How many books do you have planned for the Immortal Heat Series? 
There are over nine drafted at the moment.

9. Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Just stick with it. There will be moment where you feel stressed and alone, but as long as you keep faith in yourself, you will finish and you will make it.

10. What's next for Britt Bury?  
Well, I’m currently working on operation: “Make Larissa Ione My New Best Friend.” Other than that, I’m just going to keep enjoying the time I have with my boys (it goes by so fast doesn’t it?) and keep writing. I wasn’t kidding about traveling either, I have serious plans to visit Graceland next year!

Fun Questions:
1.  coffee or tea: Both! Coffee in the morning, Tea in the evening.
2.  dog or cat: Dog
3.  sunrise or sunset: Sunrise.
4. summer or winter: Winter
5.  horror movie or comedy movie: Comedy. Have you ever seen Super Troopers? “Do I look like a cat to ya, boy?” I frickin crack up every time! I can also quote both Ace Ventura movies. Yes, I put that fact on my resume as well.

 Author Bio:
Britt Bury writes paranormal romance where the immortals are fierce, the stakes are high, and desire can be deadly.

Britt was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and attended Oregon State University majoring in Liberal Studies. When her dream of being a professional karaoke star and Elvis impersonator didn’t pan out, she turned to writing. She currently lives in the Silicon Valley with her brilliant husband, two sons and an obscene amount of fish.

Britt's first paranormal romance released July 3, 2012 with Grand Central's imprint: Forever Yours. Britt is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Website | Facebook | Publisher's Website
Twitter: @BrittBury

Isn't she AWESOME?!  I love the fact she's a fan of Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter, and Kresley Cole.  (All my FAVE Authors)....I think I would have the same reaction if I saw them in person.  
Check out my Review of The Darkest Day below.  =)  I can't wait to find out more about these Immortals that Britt has created.  -FranJessca


Anonymous said...

I've had a secret desire to visit Graceland too. It's an American institution, almost like Disneyland for adults. I cannot wait to read The Darkest Day, in fact, I am running off to download it right now! Oh, and ....


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