Today I have invited a creative young authoress, gearing up to publish her very first masterpiece! So leave a comment to say hi and don’t forget to check out her links at the end!
Brianna Merritt is a dragon-loving, tea-addicted writer who loves to share the joy of adventure and grace of redemption through her writing.
From an early age she fell in love with all things literary and the journey from reader to writer followed. With the help of One Year Adventure Novel, Brianna finished her first novel in 2012. After years of rewriting and editing, her debut novel is almost ready. Keep watch for My Eyes, the first book in the Archangel Trilogy.
As well as writing, Brianna enjoys dancing and currently teaches Ballet and Jazz dance in Virginia where she lives with her family.
Brianna writes Christian Speculative Fiction and Fantasy for teens and young adult readers.
Hi Brianna! Thanks for stopping by. What can you tell us about the Archangel Trilogy?
The Archangel Trilogy began in my head as a very different story when I started writing it in 2012 then what I finished this year. I created the main character, Quinn Rogers, and let her have free run with the story world and plot. Little did I know what was going to happen!
In My Eyes, book one of the trilogy, a little bit of Quinn’s backstory is told leading up to her change of occupation from a sniper in the British Army to an international assassin. Haunted by her past, she quickly becomes the best recruit Rourke Andres, a master assassin and terrorist, has ever trained. Quinn is his prodigy—his legacy—and Rourke will do everything in his power to keep her that way.
As a merciless assassin, Quinn has never known anything other than heartlessness and death. Known as “The Archangel”, there is nothing she cannot—or will not—do for her mentor. But when she kidnaps a young man during an assignment as a means to escape the FBI, Quinn does not realize the spiritual forces at work.
Her hostage, Nathan, is a Christian who shows a kind of love the assassin cannot begin to fathom. On the run from the law, the two form an unlikely bond that soon has Quinn questioning everything she has held true and right.
Caught in the conflict between God’s forgiving love and a life full of hatred and pain, she must learn to relinquish control in order to protect the lives of those she cares about.
Until book one gets published that’s all I can tell you about the trilogy. But I will tell you that I am super excited to share the rest of Quinn Rogers’ story with my readers. The wild adventure is only just beginning!
Definitely a new kind of Christian thriller! Can you tell us what first got you into writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but my love of reading and immersing myself into the story world of my favorite characters was probably what gave me that final push into crazy author mode. I can vividly remember when I was younger asking any new friends I made if they wanted to write a book with me. Everybody wanted to, but we never really made it past the first few chapters. A really good friend of mine worked with me for a while on a story about dragon ninjas (fun fact: our villain in the story was based off of Ursula from The Little Mermaid) for a couple of years but never finished it. It wasn’t until I found One Year Adventure Novel, a homeschool writing curriculum, that I was able to type “the end” on a project. Since then I have known that I want to be an author and share my love of good stories, great characters, and lasting friendships between reader and fictional character.
I know lots of homeschool authors have immensely benefited from the One Year Adventure Novel. What has been your favorite part of the online writing community thus far? Least favorite?
My favorite part would have to be making new friends and connections. Not only did I meet my editor on Twitter, but I have had more support from my Twitter followers than some of my real life friends, which is wonderful! The retweets, likes, and comments make me want to keep going. Hearing from other authors about what they are going through is always an encouragement because it tells you that no one is ever alone. A very important part of the writing process because us authors are usually introverted hermits. ☺
My least favorite part about the online community would probably have to be the fact that it’s hard to build a following. You really have to work to be consistent in tweeting or posting and that takes away from writing time. But all in all I think the pros outweigh the cons any day!
Being indie can be hard work, yes. But worth it! Have you ever gotten to meet any of your favorite authors? What happened? If not, who would you like to meet?
I have! Chuck Black, author of The Kingdom Series, War of the Realms, and The Knights of Arrethrea, has been at several homeschool conventions I have gone to and it’s always great seeing him and his family and connecting for a bit. I think most, if not all, of the books I have bought from him are autographed.
Jill Williamson was awesome to meet as well! She came to speak at a writing workshop I was at and her lectures were super inspiring for young writers and the fantasy genre. I love her books and wonderful personality!
In addition, I have also met Tosca Lee (Demon: a memoir), Kerry Nietz (Amish Vampires in Space), Amy Brock Mcnew (Rebirth), J. S. Bailey (Rage’s Echo), and Nadine Brandes (A Time To Die).
If I could them, I would love to sit down and have coffee with Donita K. Paul, Sarah J. Maas, and Wayne Thomas Batson. They are all authors of epic fantasy series and I think picking their brain for advice and ideas would be a dream come true!
I have read Chuck Black and OH MY GOSH JILL WILLIAMSON. I am so jealous. But back to you, how will you know when you’ve “made it” as an author?
When my mom says I don’t have to go to school and I can just write! xD Okay, not really. Probably when someone asks me for an autograph or tells me that my story and characters really changed them or helped them through a time in their lives. There are countless books and authors who have helped get me through hard times in my life and I would love for one of my books to someday do that for someone. That’s when I think I will know I’ve made it.
That’s a great goal to have. If you could bring one thing to life from the Archangel Trilogy, what would it be?
I would totally want my main character to be alive. She would have some crazy ideas to help with my writing, not to mention day-to-day life would suddenly become very interesting. I would probably end up a fugitive. But c’est la vie, right?
Sometimes, that’s just the way it is. 😉 Team Hardcopies or Team eBooks?
Definitely Hardcopies. I like the idea of having thousands of books on one device, but it just isn’t the same as holding something in your hands. I love the smell of books; Kindles just don’t smell the same.
True, true. Though in a dorm, I don’t have much choice. 🙁 What for you is the “most wonderful time of the year”?
Oh, tough question. I’m from Oklahoma so I am used to 100+ degree summers and ice-cold winters all the while enduring 90 mph wind so my “most wonderful time of the year” used to be those five or six days of perfect weather where Spring and Fall were supposed to be. But my family and I moved to Virginia a year ago so I’m starting to see that there are actually seasons beyond too hot and too cold! All that considered I would have to say anytime I can sit outside and not get overheated or chilly while I write and drink a nice cup of Chai tea. September and October are great months for that (especially since my birthday is in September and Halloween is at the end of October).
At least you HAVE winters unlike in Texas, LOL. Stock up on that Chai and thanks again for visiting! Best of luck in all your writerly endeavors.