Today’s Author is no other than the lovely Brigham Vaughn. I’ll be posting the review for her latest book Bully & Exit soon. M/M sport romance fans will love this, prepare yourself for some hockey and some good old Jock/Geek tropes.
Brigham Vaughn is starting the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.
Dreamspinner Press Dr. Feelgood Anthology (Short Story)
Standalone Short Stories
Baby, It’s Cold Inside
Geeks, Nerds, and Cuddles
Love in the Produce Aisle
Not So Suddenly
Sunburns and Sunsets
The French Toast Emergencies
The Wine Tasting Series (Short Stories)
Spit or Swallow
(Available individually or as a bundle)
Doc Brodie and the Big, Purple, Cat Toy (June 2016)
The Equals Series (Novellas)
Family (a holiday novella)
Connection Series (Novels)
The Midwest Series (Novels)
Bully & Exit
Push & Pull (Summer 2016)
Interview With Brigham Vaughn:
-Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I grew up in Michigan and have lived here my whole life. I went to Michigan State University and changed majors several times, but I knew none of them were the right fit. I got a job at a hospital and figured I’d work until I discovered something that was.
I stumbled into writing about seven or eight years ago and it just clicked. I eventually realized I wanted to try to make it my career.
After my ex-husband and I split last summer, I moved in with my parents and began writing full time. I am not quite at a point where I can move out yet, but I am hoping to reach that point soon.
-What were you like at school?
Overall, I was a good student and in Advanced Placement classes, along with French, theater, and band.
I can’t say I loved school, but I always loved reading and learning. Math was never my strong suit and I had a tendency to slack off if I got bored.
I did well in science classes and since there was a big push for girls to do math and science careers, I convinced myself I should go into a science-related field, but I never loved it. In college, I started as a biology major (looking to go into genetic counseling), then transitioned to psychology, then art therapy. I found all of those fields fascinating, but when I came right down to it I knew they weren’t the right choice for me. Writing was.
-Were you good at English?
Yes. English, literature, drama, and French were my strong suits. Anything language related. I’d love to learn another language.
-What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d like to be able to support myself with my writing, have a nice group of loyal fans, be able to travel to a few conventions a year, and to feel like my skills as a writer grow every year.
-Where do you see yourself in five years?
To be honest, it’s pretty up in the air these days. I am trying to relax about it and see where life takes me. So much of what happens depends on whether or not I can make enough as a writer to support myself and where my personal relationships take me.
Ideally, I’d be writing full time, in a great relationship, able to travel, have a few pets, and feel content with where I’m headed.
But I know life may not work out as I hope/plan so I’m trying to let things unfold naturally.
-How do you relax?
Not very well? *laughs*
No, I’m trying to get better at it. After years of working full-time and trying to write full-time I got pretty used to going full-tilt. So now that I quit my day job and am just writing, I am trying to slow myself down. Ideally, I want to be productive when I’m working and turn off work mode when I finish for the day, but it’s challenging.
I was so used to going constantly, that even now when I watch a TV show, I struggle to just sit there and do nothing else. Usually, I’m on Pinterest or coloring as well. That’s as “relaxed” as I can manage.
I go for a walk 5 days a week and I love to do yoga and I take a couple of classes on weeknight evenings, which helps. One yoga class is specifically for relaxation and it’s been really good for me. I also take Thursday afternoon off from writing and visit my best friend and her kids. We play with the kids, sew, drink, have dinner, and go for a nice long walk. It’s been really good for me.
-What is your favorite book and why?
“The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood. She writes such beautifully lyrical, yet sparse prose. I was so disappointed when I realized my writing sounded nothing like hers.
What is your favorite quote?
It’s a quote from “The Blind Assassin” actually.
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
Someday I’d like to get it as a tattoo.
-How much research do you do?
A fair amount. It really depends on the book though. My upcoming novella “Doc Brodie and the Big Purple Cat Toy” is about a cat who eats something she’s not supposed to, and brings together her owner and her vet.
In that case, I had to do very little research because I drew from a real life scenario and the book was set in a city I lived in for years. I still did a minor amount of research to be sure I got my facts straight, but it was much easier than when I wrote the “Equals” and “Connections” series.
Those series take place in Georgia and I had to do quite a bit of research on the area. In “Partners” I did research on small towns in rural Georgia and pecan farms. In “Connection” I did research on funeral homes and Traumatic Brain Injury. I always try my hardest to be as accurate as possible.
-Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I check all of my books for errors before I send it to my betas. I have a list of overused words and useless phrases I try to clean up before I send it to them so it’s fairly tight. After I fix the issues the betas point out, I give it another read through to be sure it’s clean. Then I send it to my editor for final edits to be sure all of the grammar is solid. After that, I give it another read through and send it to another person for a final proofread to catch any typos. It’s a pretty exhaustive process, but I think it’s worth it in order to put out a polished final copy.
-Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from one of your books?
Ryan Guzman is who I picture as Russ from the “Equals” series. I’d love to see him play the part, although I think I’m the kind of author who would have a very, very difficult time handing over control of my work.
-What are you working on at the minute?
The second book in the Midwest Series, “Push & Pull”.
-How many books do you anticipate in the Midwest series?
Three. The first was “Bully & Exit”, featuring Nathan and Caleb. “Push & Pull” is the second and it features Brent and Lowell. The third has no title yet, but it will be about Micah (a character in the first two books) and his future physical therapist.
-What is “Push & Pull” about?
“Push & Pull” follows Lowell and Brent, two of the supporting characters from “Bully & Exit” as they take a road trip during the summer after college. Brent is newly out of the closet and Lowell has a chip on his shoulder about relationships. The story is about them discovering themselves and each other through their trip across the country.
-Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
“Bully & Exit” was originally supposed to be a single, standalone book. It was Lowell who hijacked the story and turned it into a series. I’ve had that happen before, but Lowell was particularly persistent about wanting his story told. Of course, now that it’s his turn, he’s misbehaving and I’m finding it a struggle to write his story. I had to set it aside to do “Doc Brodie” but once I have the details of that book release out of the way dealt with, I’ll dive back in. I’m hoping that taking a break will help me get back on track.
-Give us an insight into your main character in your next book. What does he do that is so special?
Lowell in “Push & Pull’ is very unique. When I wrote “Bully & Exit” he was the voice of reason to his roommate Caleb’s heartache over Nathan. He’s very calm, very logical in helping Caleb figure out what to do. He’s also a massive flirt and really enjoys making people uncomfortable. He likes to push people’s buttons. So that tension between who he is with his friends and who he presents as to the outside world makes him really interesting.
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