7 Questions With Author Brassie Kinson
Brassie Kinson’s affinity for writing developed early in life and grew into a full-blown passion with the explosion of social media. These virtual communities provided an avenue for expressing herself and she used them to terrorize followers with humorous posts and self-deprecating stories. Eventually, she decided to use her powers for good and launched a blog to feature short, witty and relatable stories.
She appropriately named it, Blondie’s Briefs. Somewhere between the “briefs,” she authored a full-length story (Dear Eve) inspired by events and experiences from her own life. She is currently working on a sequel and hopes to launch a series of entertaining works of fiction.
Dear Eve, is a story that appeals to women in, or approaching, the midlife age bracket because it offers a vulnerable view into a familiar perspective… that of a discontent woman being bombarded with temptation and opportunity. Dear Eve readers and characters share a common reality that causes a relatable quality to the story and drives interest in its outcome. This is reinforced by a unique and comical inclusion of the biblical character, Eve. Her presence in the story provides an ancient example of succumbing to desire and creates a kinship with the main character.
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What are some common stereotypes related to the genre(s) you’re writing in?
Erotic romance is typically a torrid tale highlighting a forbidden or unlikely relationship. Many books in this genre contain characters with desired but unattainable lifestyles and attributes, like supermodel-grade women and obscenely wealthy men.
This appeals to readers because it adds to the fantasy component of the story. In reality, seduction isn’t a game only played by billionaire men and naive college coeds, and romance isn’t reserved for newlyweds or fledgling lovers.
What would you do if you wouldn’t be writing?
My original career roots were in banking but shifted to motherhood and subsequently, grandmotherhood. I tried returning to banking after an almost 20-year hiatus but too much had changed-new federal regulations to prevent fraud required that clients be treated as criminals and it felt unnatural to me.
Somewhere in that timeline, I got divorced, remarried, and started writing a book. Declaring “author” as my current career seems premature until it pays the bills so for now, I will humbly profess to being the best grandma of all time.
How do you imagine your target reader?
I imagine my target readers as someone very much like myself or a former version of myself. Dear Eve is a story relatable to many. Readers will recognize the course of traditional life events-marriage, starting a family, death of an elderly parent, etc… and identify with the complacency and discontent as that life progresses-midlife crisis, empty nest syndrome, the urge to reinvent or claim a new identity.
I wanted to offer a vulnerable view into a familiar perspective. If a reader can draw parallels between themself and a character in the story, I consider it a success.
How do you deal with negative feedback or negative reviews?
I’m learning to find value in it. As of now, I’ve had one very negative review. (I’ve since learned that it was a personal attack from someone who does not appreciate my existence on this planet and took the opportunity to publicly humiliate me anonymously) I know to expect criticism and prepared myself but it still stung when I read it. I put a time limit on my reaction… 24 hours.
I allowed one full day to wallow in self-doubt and discouragement, then I revoked their power because it doesn’t make sense to accept criticism from someone I wouldn’t seek for advice. I refuse to go back and read the review again but I’m realistic, I know there will be others. My style and story won’t appeal to everyone and that’s ok. I can now discern between criticism intended to inspire me to improve and criticism intended to cause failure… and only one of them deserves a reaction.
What should readers expect from your next novel?
My next novel will be a sequel to my first. One of the main characters in my first book is portrayed as likable and the “cliffhanger” ending leaves readers cheering for a positive outcome. That will change. Truths and villains will be revealed.
What’s your definition of the first draft?
For me, the first draft is a version that exists in my head until I get the opportunity to let my fingers do their magic on a keyboard. The first draft is my imagination creating the bones of a story. A lot of polishing and editing occur once my fingers take over but the foundation of the first draft remains.
Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your journey?
Just write! Set aside time every day and refuse to allow distractions. “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” I feel the need to recite that quote often and not only in regards to writing… exercise, nutrition, happy hour attendance, napping, etc.
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