The Bulwark Anthology by Brit Lunden Book Tour and Giveaway :)
Desperately clinging to the real world, DJ has been known to cry: Why can't cars fly yet? Weren't we supposed to teleport by now?
In-between large mugs of annoyingly lukewarm coffee, DJ enjoys walks with earbuds full of loud music and ponders what it is Cossie the fire-breathing, flying pet bearded dragon thinks about all day.
I was the kid with dragons doodled around the edge of her school work, the one with her head constantly buried in a book. As a teen, I shunned partying to play Magic the Gathering and DM Dungeons and Dragons games.
Through the years, I’ve always made up stories and took characters on amazing adventures, in the privacy of my own mind. Now I want to share them with other people.
I live with my husband and cat in Nottinghamshire in England. When I’m not writing (or planning something I’m writing) I’m usually working, reading, playing bass for my church’s worship team, playing computer games (World of Warcraft, Dragon Age, Pokemon, Minecraft) or drinking tea.
Mmm, time to put the kettle on…
- Tell us about yourself? My name is Brit Lunden and I am best known for authoring over fifty children's books under the pen name Carole P. Roman. I am both a traditional and self-published author. I have published multiple genres, ranging from children's fiction and nonfiction, early reader chapter books, children's rhyming books, as well as, self-help marketing and promotion for indie authors. I am the host of three monthly blog radio shows, have founded an online magazine with author, RL Jackson called Indie Author's Monthly, and handle the promotion and marketing for my son's books. Oh, and I have a day job. I am the CEO of a thriving transportation company.
- What changes did 2019 bring to your writing? While I have written many award-winning books, the majority of them were children's books. Last year I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and I published my first adult fiction. Bulwark received great reviews and imagine my delight when a group of seven authors asked if they could continue its story. I have decided to move into adult fiction and am planning to continue with this genre.
- Why did you do an anthology? Was it harder or easier than writing a full out novel? What was the hardest part? Originally Bulwark was created for an anthology with another group of authors. No one met the deadline for publication, so I decided to publish it as a standalone. My book was the first in the anthology, so I created lots of "hooks" for the other authors to pull a story. There were hints of ghosts, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night. I sent it to Kirkus, BookTrib, and Foreword. The reviews were encouraging, especially when BookTrib said it was like, "Hansel and Gretel Meet Friday the 13th."
- How did you come up with your story? I never come up with a story. When I agreed to write in the first anthology, I started with a scene in my mind. Sheriff Clay Finnes spoke to me, and before I knew it, a whole cast of characters jumped out from this fractured Mayberry town. I loved them all, from the slow-witted deputy to the town harlot, Dana Dalton. I don't plan my plots. My characters take over and tell me where they want to go. I actually had no idea there was going to be a witch when I started, and I certainly hadn't planned the two endings. I think I wrote the entire book in little more than four hours, but then comes the hard work of tying it all together.
- What is the hardest part of being an indie? The setbacks of trying to get word of your work out there. I think the idea of an anthology is a great way to showcase authors who can't afford the crazy expense of promotion. Sharing social media helps defray both time and money, as well as expose the author to a new and diverse audience.
- Do you stay with one genre, or jump around? I am a genre jumper in both reading and writing. I love trying new books, different authors, or diving into a genre I've never read before. I love the challenge of writing in different voices, in these new genres. I think it's fun to be discovered by fresh readers who may not read my other work and maybe will take a chance because they've enjoyed something I've written.
- Share the process of this collaboration? What inspired you from the original story and how did you marry it to your own work? JB Straton called out to me from the moment I opened Bulwark to look for a character to write. He is an ex-football star. Now I want to add, I have never watched a football game. For a minute, I thought I was nuts, taking a sports person and trying to write about his life, but the human condition is universal, and JB's story is sweet and tender. On a personal note, I lost my husband and soulmate last year. I think much of what I was processing may have come out in the story. I haven’t reread it yet. I’m planning to and I think I will discover much about my own feelings of grief and loss in these pages.
- Would you do another anthology? Yes! In a heartbeat. It is far easier to pump out shorter books, and I do think readers enjoy these characters continuing on.
- What trends do you see in indie books? I think many authors are using continuing stories and producing shorter books almost like the 'penny dreadfuls' of the last century. These were series that were published in newspapers by famous authors. People waited for them and eagerly bought the newspapers to continue the stories.
- What makes your books stand out from the sea of indie authors out there? I think our group is diverse and multitalented. Each author bright a fresh style that compliments the entire series taking it to unimaginable places. They are the true voice of indie, untouched by media people who might reshape their talents for mass consumption. Indie authors reflect what real people are thinking, not a sanitized version. In the distant future when historians will try to understand out times, these are the works they will study- they are the reality of our lives.