Title: Just Breathe
Author: Rachel Brookes
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: July 5th
Debut indie author Rachel Brookes is a card carrying member of the Love Junkies! So she was kind enough to participate in this Q&A about her novel, Just Breathe!
What inspired you to write Just Breathe?
I am a stubborn Australian who had a big dream to release a book. I have been writing in some form my whole life and in February this year I opened my laptop and began typing and Just Breathe came out. My inspiration for Just Breathe came from real life. Life is like a crazy rollercoaster and it takes you on a ride to the greatest heights and the lowest lows. Sometimes things happen and you have the choice to either sink or swim. I, as the majority of people, have experienced things that have tested me. Not to go into my personal life too much but I have definitely experienced emotions that Savannah has experienced and I wanted to write a story to show people that even when life isn’t going to plan, you’ve still got to have hope that things will get better, but you’ve got to give it a chance and that’s how Just Breathe came about. I hope that’s what readers get out of it.
If your book had a theme song, what would it be?
When I wrote Just Breathe, I had about 50 songs on my playlist but the one that I think fits them so well would be We are broken by Paramore
Who or what typically gets your creative juices flowing?
Hot guys, the perfect song and an endless supply of Tim Tams…. Music is essential in my writing process. I cannot write in silence and I have playlists for every work in progress I have. I listen to the playlist in headphones and write. It could be a lyric, a beat or a song title that helps.
What type of research did you do for this novel?
Google is my best friend. Because I am Australian, I had to research everything about the USA, from what LA was like, to what football teams were called, and the funniest thing was translating what I would say compared to that of Americans. It was a ride. Fairy floss = cotton candy, washer = wash cloth, thongs = flip flops. It still cracks me up. Google has become my new best friend for research, you should see my search history!
Do you have any rituals or routines you follow when writing or preparing to write a novel?
I must have music playing, I cannot write in silence and I always make sure I read my synopsis before I begin typing anything new.
What’s your ideal writing set up? Time of day/night? Location? Snacks?
I usually sit on my lounge, I do have an office but because I live on my own my lounge becomes my office and my lounge room floor is covered with pieces of paper, photos of inspiration and wrappers of my favourite snacks . I am constantly tapping in notes into my phone when inspiration hits. I usually do most of my writing late at night and I usually snack on Tim Tams, M & M’s and Freckles. Thank god for my gym membership.
What's your worst writing distraction?
Facebook and Twitter… seriously I am so addicted and I am so easily distracted.
What can readers look forward to from you in the future?
The final book ‘Breathe Again’ will be released before the end of the year, BUT there maybe a little something special between Just Breathe and Breathe Again that I am working on. I also have another series of books begging to be written which will be released early 2014. Tate and Savannah are definitely my focus at the moment but the other characters in my head are very stubborn and wanting to be unleashed.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to write and/or publish a book?
You must read. Read your favourite authors, discover news authors and genres. Find out what you like, what you are comfortable writing, what you could never imagine yourself writing. Just do it. I have started numerous stories that I have pushed to the side because Just Breathe took over everything. Join twitter, its hands down the best thing I have done. I have made amazing friends, met awesome people and found a sounding board of like-minded people. Write for yourself and listen to the characters overtaking your mind, they know what they want.
*Speed Round*Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate Pizza… two of my favourite things combined in one!
Can’t Live Without: lip gloss, chocolate and Google
#1 on Bucket List: Live on a ranch in the Midwest of the USA for a month.
Celebrity Crush: my Number one crush at the moment is Chris Hemsworth, he is all types of delicious
Something Not Many People Know about You: I played drums and sang in a band in my teens
Theme Song of Your Life: I am Mine by Pearl Jam <3
Embarrassing Turn on: a good aftershave… if you walk past me and I smell your aftershave, I’m turning around to ogle at you!
*SYNOPSIS*For Savannah Rae, living life without her parents was unimaginable. But being blamed for her first love’s suicide? That destroyed every part of who she was. Gone were the days of innocence, happiness, and dreams. Now her days simply meant attempting to survive. In her mind, her only means for that was replacing her grief with men, booze and the fast life. And for five years, it worked. When an opportunity to leave the nightmares of her past in Australia opens up, she takes it. Los Angeles beckons - with hopes of late nights, new beginnings, and the promise of a string of endless men to distract her, she can’t wait to dive in. One thing she didn’t count on was meeting her match. In the eyes of outsiders, Tate Connors has it all; the ultimate LA bachelor who is content with his lifestyle of wild nights, women and one night stands. He's Mr. Unpredictable with looks that could destroy any woman with one glance. The craziness of Los Angeles throws them into the chaotic path of each other. Savannah becomes the perfect game, and Tate becomes the ultimate prey. Lines are crossed, emotions are smashed, and the idea of who they truly are begins to be tangled. However, one thing will become clear. They are more alike than either one could ever have imagined.
*ABOUT THE AUTHOR*
Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angst ridden love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance, a spoonful of sexiness and the main ingredient hot guys. Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and they are constantly writing together. When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends. With her first novel, Just Breathe, due to be released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.
*WHERE YOU CAN FIND HER*
This has been a presentation of The Love Junkies: Authors Addicted to Romance