25 August 2013

Guest Blog: Gerri Brousseau

This week, we're pleased to welcome author Gerri Brousseau, whose latest novel TO KILL A MONARCH is set during the Napoleonic period. The author will offer a free copy of To Kill A Monarch to a lucky blog visitor; be sure to leave your email address in the comments to enter the drawing. Here's the blurb:

Whispers in dark allies say Napoleon’s best assassin, The Falcon, has been sent to London to kill the Monarch. The problem – The Falcon’s identity is known only to the French Emperor. Sir Walter Tinsdale’s new partner, Philip Hamilton, arrives to discover their mission is to find the elusive bird of prey before he strikes. But their nemesis is like a phantom and always one step ahead of them. Enter the lovely Miss Charlotte Winston, the object of Sir Tinsdale’s affections, as well as those of Philip Hamilton. Unlikely alliances, deception, murder, and suicide will keep you turning the pages until the identity of The Falcon is finally revealed. With all the seduction and action of a James Bond movie, To Kill a Monarch is like 007 in 1811.  

**Q&A with Gerri Brousseau**

What inspired you to write To Kill a Monarch?

You know, I’m not really sure. One day I started to think about the time of Napoleon. I often times ask myself “what if” and that day I wondered what would happen if Napoleon reached into England and attempted to assassinate the Monarch. My mind started spinning the plot and To Kill a Monarch was born.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It usually takes me 4-6 weeks. I use the “fast fiction” method which means I turn off my “inner editor” and just write. Once I reach the end, I then go back to the beginning and start the editing.

Does your latest book cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?

Yes. It is an intrigue romance.

What is the most important thing you do for your career?

Keep writing. You are only as good as your next book.

If you were secluded on a desert island, what would be your three must have books.

Pride and Prejudice, Gone With the Wind, and (not sure it counts as one) the Harry Potter Series.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Spend time with family, especially my 1-year old granddaughter. I also love to read.
If you would like to read more of this saucy caper story, you can get it in e-book form at Soul Mate Publishing (www.soulmatepublishing.com), Amazon and B&N.

And now for some fun! Let’s have a little give away. Please leave a comment or ask a question and you will qualify to win a free e-book copy of To Kill a Monarch. The winner will be selected at random. Good luck to all. 

Learn more about author Gerri Brousseau


Anonymous said...

TO KILL A MONARCH is a good book--a fast paced mystery wrapped up in a romance...or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, it was a fun read.

I have to say, I admire anyone who can write a book in six weeks. It takes me six to seven months of the first draft. That's amazing to me!!! Great job, Gerri!

--Meggan Connors

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thanks. It does take me another 4 weeks to edit it. Monarch was a fun book to write.

C.D. Hersh said...

Gerri - 10 weeks from chapter one through final edit. That is some fast writing. We take about three times that amount. Book sounds veryintersting. Think we've heard this bit of history before but from another perspective. LOL.

Linda Pennell said...

Great interview, Gerri! Amazing writing time frame!!

Jaye Garland said...

Hi Gerri,
Love the concept of TO KILL A MONARCH. I'm a "what if" kinda writer, myself. I've never done the crash-writing, but sounds like I need to give that a try. Thanks for the tip!

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thanks CD - I was writing that quickly but was unemployed at the time so I wrote for 8 hours per day as if it were my job. It was quite a treat to have that kind of time to write. Now I'm working full time, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes to write my next book. Thanks for stopping by and especially for leaving a comment.

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thanks, Linda. As I said, it will be interesting to see how long it takes to write now that I am also working full time. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thank you all for visiting and leaving a comment. The random selection by the computer is Jaye Garland. Congratulations! I will need your email address, however.

Catherine Castle said...

Wow, Gerri. You have a fast turnaround on a book. Love the cover of To Kill a Monarch.