My first author interview of 2021 is with the wonderful indie author Rosalyn Briar! Briar weaves a beautiful world featuring fairytales in both The Crown of Bones (see my review here) and A Sea of Pearls and Leaves, and I personally cannot wait for her future works!
A former Latin and social studies teacher, Briar is a full-time stay-at-home-mother in Illinois. She wakes up early to ensure she has time to read and write. A fun fact about Briar is that in college she studied abroad in Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. To learn more about Briar and her writing, please read the full interview below!
Q) How long have you been writing?
A) For about three years now. I started when my youngest child was an infant and fell in love with writing!
Q) Why do you write?
A) I’ve always had creative hobbies, but I began writing because I needed a quiet hobby to pursue while my little ones were napping. I soon realized just how amazing writing was as a creative outlet.
Q) What is your favorite genre to read? To write?
A) I love reading dark fantasy, mystery, and thriller novels. I tend to write dark fantasy, but might branch out in the future.
Q) What is your favorite book and why?
A) (Ohhh I am so bad at choosing these haha) I would say Pride & Prejudice. It’s one of the few books I’ve read multiple times.
Q) Who is your favorite author and why?
A) Again, I’m terrible at choosing favorites, but I would go with Gillian Flynn. I love reading her books.
Q) Who is someone that inspires you?
A) My husband really inspires me. He is such a hard worker and is so amazing with our children. He encourages my writing and I am so thankful.
Q) What is your favorite fairytale?
A) From the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I would have to say either “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” or “The Three Snake-Leaves.” From Hans Christian Anderson, I love “The Little Match Girl” and “The Little Mermaid.”
Q) What inspired The Crown of Bones? What was your purpose for writing the story?
A) The Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the novel The Hazel Wood, and the tv show Once Upon a Time helped to inspire the book. I wanted to create a story where all of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales came together and had the same villain.
Q) Can you give us any preview of what to expect in the sequel to The Crown of Bones
A) Yes! The Bone Needle is a dual POV novel, split between Brahm and Gisela. They have been separated from one another in different realms and must fight to get back to one another all the while saving everyone from Hexegot. There are new characters and some unexpected cameos from TCoB favorites.
Q) What inspired A Sea of Pearls and Leaves? What was your purpose for writing the story?
A) It is a retelling of the Grimm’s Fairy Tale “The Three Snake-Leaves,” which is one of my favorite fairy tales. I also wanted to reverse tropes that I dislike (love triangles, damsels in distress, etc.) and put a new spin on them.
Q) Can you tell us any details about your current WIP and what readers can expect from you in the future?
A) I am currently working on two projects. The first is The Bone Needle, the sequel to The Crown of Bones. The second I’m only calling “Maleficent Origin Project,” which I am super excited about. It will feature a hero-to-villain arc and lots of brutal magic.
Q) Were there any books or stories that influenced either The Crown of Bones or ASOPAL?
A) Yes! Aside from the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I would say I was inspired by other fairy tale retellings and fairy tale-esque books, especially The Hazel Wood and House of Salt and Sorrows.
Q) You are an indie published author – can you tell readers about your experience? Do you have any advice for fellow indie authors?
A) It has been a great experience so far! I would say to research every aspect of the process and give yourself plenty of cushion time for setbacks when you schedule your release date. My biggest piece of advice is that good cover art and professional editing are extremely important!