Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of two different Young Adult series, the Library Jumpers and the Fated series. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. She also will be attending the Midwest Writers Workshop next week in Muncie, Indiana! She will be there selling and autographing her books.
What was your inspiration behind Truth of Lies?
It was a coffee table book of world libraries. I came across it in a bookstore and fell in love with the photographs of libraries in the book. The pictures moved within my imagination and I envisioned a battle happening in one of the libraries. I bought the book and started drafting the story that day.
I saw that you have a sequel to Truth of Lies titled, Guardian of Secrets. Now, since I have just finished the first book and haven’t picked up the second one yet, can you give a hint on whether or not Gia chooses Arik or Bastien? Please! 🙂
Yes! Guardian of Secrets came out in February. I’d love to tell you, but I don’t want to spoil it. Ha! I will say that you will see A LOT of Bastien in Guardian of Secrets.
Is there plans for a third book?
There is a third and final book in the Library Jumpers series. Assassin of Truths releases on February 6, 2018. The final book finds Gia in many difficult situations. There are many battles, we visit more of the Mystik world, jump to more libraries, and Gia will have to go up against someone she loves. It was so hard to write. I cried a lot. I’ve been writing this series for a long time, and I’ll miss these characters.
What is your antidote for writer’s block?
Taking a break. I feel like writer’s block happens because we’re tired and our imagination is depleted. I’ll go for a walk to clear my head, have a day of fun, or go write at the bookstore with coffee. It usually jump-starts my creativity to step away or change locations.
How did the publishing process go for you? Was it pretty straightforward? Or was there some struggles?
It was definitely a struggle. It took me several years to get the wrong book deal. Then two more years to get out of it and finally have it published with a great company. The struggle and tears were well worth it. My book found its home and has great support by my publisher.
Do you have any advice for aspiring or beginning writers that are trying to make a name for themselves?
Learn your trade. The best way to do that is to read in the category and genre you write in and research how the publishing industry works. Write something every day. It doesn’t have to be much. Something as simple as a page a day would work, and you never know, by the end of the year, you’ll have written a novel. If you can’t write every day, don’t sweat it—write at your own pace. Never give up. Keep writing and put out stories until the right one clicks. Then query agents. And learn patience—you’ll need it.
Now that you hopefully have hopefully learned a bit about Brenda, you should definitely check out her book series. Both of her different YA series have plot lines that are completely new to me and are fantastic reads. I can’t wait for the upcoming workshop were I will get to meet her and have her sign my copy of her books!