Terri Anne Browning
The Rocker That Holds HerI had big dreams of how I wanted my life. Becoming a rock star was all I wanted. It would solve so many of my problems. With the money that I would make I was going to take care of my mom, get her out of the hell hole we had been living in all my life. Having your dreams come true isn’t something that many people get to accomplish in life. I did, and I loved it. For about a minute… It’s funny how when you think you have everything you could possible every want, your dreams change. Mine did without my even realizing it. Then I opened my eyes and saw that everything I ever wanted was standing in front of me. From the first day I set eyes on Emmie she became a part of me. The guys and I spent years watching over her, caring for her… Loving her. Then without my realizing it my love for her changed. I found myself aching for her, wanting her in a way that a guy like me had no right to want her. My love and need for Emmie became an all-consuming ache that I was helpless to fight against. Would she ever open those big green eyes and see me as anything but a friend?
First, thank you so much for agreeing to answer a few questions for our Book fri-Ends followers. We really appreciate you taking the time to do so.
Thanks for having me. I love y’all!
Before we begin I just want to say how much fun we had this morning with Demon’s Wings! Jesse, Nik, Drake and Shane were just AMAZING! We didn’t want to give them back! They had us laughing so hard! Thanks for letting them visit us!
Were they good? Did you tell them I was coming? They tend to get nervous when they know I’m going to be in the same places as them. Especially Shane… I scare the crap out of that man. I don’t know how many times I told him I was going to completely delete his ass.
So, first and foremost, what was your inspiration behind Demon’s Wings? How did you decide to write about them?
Emmie was my inspiration. I had had her in mind for a few weeks before I finally set down and started writing her book. She flowed so easily that I was done in just a few weeks. As she came alive, so did Jesse, Drake, Shane, and especially Nik. After I wrote Emmie’s, I couldn’t stand it until I got Jesse’s story out of my head. From there, Drake just found his way and Shane was quick to follow. They beat on my brain until I let them out.
Are any of the characters based on real people you’ve known in your life or did you just create them in your mind?
Jesse is a lot like my husband. His personality is a major part of Jesse. Even the shaved head and tattoos. The others are just my imagination working overtime, with a lot of inspirational pictures from my fans—who I couldn’t live without!—that have helped me create them.
Okay you are so lucky to have a Jesse-husband….just saying.. 🙂
What made you choose the trailer park to be their home when they were kids?
I actually grew up in a trailer park. We were pretty poor when I was growing up and I remember seeing the kids, a few of them just like Emmie and the guys. That part of their lives came from my own experience—although second hand for the most part, especially when it came to the abuse.
Emmie has such a special relationship with the guys, not only Nik, but all of them. They’ve protected her and saved her life on more than one occasion. You do such a wonderful job of conveying the strength and the depth of her relationships with each of them, is that difficult to write?
Surprisingly, no. I don’t have brothers, but I do have a gang of cousins that I grew up with and they would have given their lives for me just as Drake, Shane, and Jesse would have given theirs for Emmie. Nik also, but that is an entirely different love.
So far there have been five Rocker stories in the series. Which one was your favorite to write? And on the flip side, was there one that was more difficult to get through?
Both Jesse and Drake’s were easy to write, and they are equally my favorite—for different reasons. Jesse because he is such a part of my every day. Drake, because he was so emotionally consuming that he forced me to change emotionally too. Shane was the most difficult to write. He had me pulling at my hair. I wanted to take him one way, but he kept pulling me another.
So what’s the writing process like for you from creation to publication? Do you use outlines or just let the ideas come to you as they happen? How long does it take you from start to finish? Do you listen to music while you write? Is there a special place you need to be when you are writing or can you do it wherever the mood or idea strikes you? (that’s several questions at once, I know!)
LOL! Okay, I have times when I get ADHD if I can’t write when the mood hits. I have a note pad with me at all times just in case I have something that requires I write it down then and there or I will lose all train of thought over it. I do take notes, but I rarely outline. At the beginning I can see the ending that I want, but the middle I let take me where it wants. I have to have music. Before I even start writing I make up a playlist just for that book. If I start writing in my office I can only concentrate in my office. If I start writing in my recliner in front of the fireplace that is the only place I can work. So I have to be careful where I start writing because I know I will be spending the next weeks/months sitting there creating. I try to give myself at least three months to complete a book. Blocks pop up at the worst times and I have to step back and force my mind on something else before I can move forward with it. Usually it’s completed and been to my editor a few times before those three months are up.
If you could sit down with any author, living or dead, for an hour of coffee and conversation who would you pick and why?
Oh, wow! Hard question. Maya Banks and/or Sylvia Day. Their writing has inspired me. Made me look at love and even sex in different ways with the way they bring their characters and those characters’ relationships to life. I would love to pick their brains, even get their opinion on my own work.
Did you always want to be an author or is it something that came about more recently?
I started writing when I was 16, but even then I couldn’t see myself making a career out of it. I didn’t have the self-confidence then. I was actually in nursing school when my husband got transferred and we made a huge move. So while we settled in I started writing again, more for myself than anything else. A friend put her work on Amazon with KDP and suggested I do the same. I wasn’t really going anywhere with it and the plan was that after I finished THE ROCKER THAT HOLDS ME, I was going to step back from writing and go back to nursing school. Of course, that was when things got crazy and Emmie and the guys became a household name. We haven’t looked back since.
Were you an avid book reader growing up? If so who were some of your favorite authors and which genres did you most prefer? If you did not enjoy reading, what is the book or author that changed that for you later on in life?
I hated reading until I was 12. I have dyslexia, but I wasn’t diagnosed right away. I slipped through the cracks. Then my aunt gave me one of her Harlequin novellas and I was hooked. I was able to teach myself to read and found a passion that kept me out of trouble. I didn’t have a favorite author until I was much older, and it is still hard to say that this author or that author is my all-time favorite. That’s like asking which child is my favorite. But I do remember the first book that I ever read, and it was by Anne Mathers.
Now some fun questions to help us get to know the real Terri Anne Browning:
Favorite vacation destination:
Anywhere with a beach
Stranded on a desert island without internet connection/wifi or electricity what 3 items would you most want to have with you:
A book, my husband, and pen & paper.
Favorite food (or foods):
Alcoholic-Cranberry and Vodka. Non-alcoholic-Gatorade
Favorite music group:
Well that’s all the questions we have. Terri Anne thank you so so much for doing this! And for letting us get to know you by taking the time to answer our questions!!!
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