Last week, I shared my 5 star review of the dark fantasy The Crown of Bones. This week I had the privilege to interview the author Rosalyn Briar. In addition to being a gifted writer, Briar is a stay-at-home mom. Living in Illinois, Briar enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with her family. Fun fact: Briar used to teach Latin and social studies. Read our full interview below to learn more about Briar and her writing!
Q) How long have you been writing?
A) About 2 1/2 years.
Q) Why do you write?
A) It is a wonderful creative outlet for me.
Q) What is your favorite genre to read? To write?
A) I love reading dark fantasy, mystery, and thrillers. I prefer to write dark fantasy that borders on horror.
Q) What is your favorite book and why?
A) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. It sparked a lifelong love of all things whimsical and creepy.
Q) Who is your favorite author and why?
A) I will read anything by Gillian Flynn. I love thrillers and her twists, and turns are amazing.
Q) What inspired The Crown of Bones? What was your purpose for writing the book?
A) I’ve always been a fan of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales and, for a long time, I had been thinking of a way to incorporate them into a dark fantasy horror. Then one day, my husband’s Oma was telling me about how, in her old hometown in Germany, they not only posted obituaries in the paper, but sent out death notices to those who knew the deceased. I thought about how creepy it would be to receive death notices before someone died. That sparked the idea for the Black Letter in the story and it all fell into place from there.
Q) Did anyone or anything influence the romance between Gisela and Brahm?
A) I wanted their romance to be sweet and “friends-to-lovers.” Some of Brahm’s personality was definitely inspired by my husband’s flirtatious nature.
Q) What was your favorite fairy tale to weave into your book and why?
A) I really loved weaving in the story of Iron Heinrich, which is more popularly known as The Frog Prince — but most people completely leave out the main character of that story and focus only on the prince. I wanted to give Heinrich his due and make him a character in my story.
Q) I’m so excited that there is going to be a sequel! Can you tell us about it?
A) The Bone Needle will be a dual-POV novel split between Brahm and Gisela. Brahm, Bergot, and a team of brave helpers must find a way to defeat Hexegot from the outside without harming Gisela. All the while, Gisela’s consciousness weaves between the Otherworld and Hexegot’s own mind — a sick and twisted place. Can she escape the darkness and still be the Gisela we know and love when she wakes?
Q) Can you tell us about your hope and vision for your writing?
A) I hope to find readers who enjoy dark fantasy and all things whimsically creepy. I want to inspire others to become writers as well.
Q) What are some of your writing goals?
A) My near-future goals are to publish the audiobook of The Crown of Bones and to publish my second novel this fall. A Sea of Pearls & Leaves is a gothic retelling of the Grimm’s Fairy Tale “The Three Snake-Leaves” about an eccentric princess who wishes to avoid marriage. I then hope to complete and publish The Bone Needle next spring.
Q) What advice do you have for other authors?
A) Read as much as you can and never give up! For more specific advice, I would say to seek feedback from beta readers for your writing so you can improve.
Remember to order your copy of The Crown of Bones here,
and be sure to follow Rosalyn Briar on social media to stay up to date with her and her writing!