Seatbelt Suspense Author Brandilyn Collins
Today I'm sharing an interview with multi-published, award-winning author, Brandilyn Collins. This woman runs deep, and like her books, leads a fast-paced, fascinating, faith-filled life complete with glorious twists and turns and unparalleled surprises. Buckle up! The adventure is just beginning...
Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e . . ."® She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor. Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailing's Best Award (twice), and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice. She is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing in 2002.
Brandilyn, let's get personal. Tell us about your family.
I’m married to the best man on earth (not bragging or anything, just fact), and have three grown children. We have no pets, but do see lots of deer and turkeys on our Pacific Northwest property, as well as the occasional moose, elk, and (rare) bear. And I make a dynamite latte.
Name a few of your favorite things.
I love nature—I see God in it. Love music, especially classic rock and gospel. (In Heaven I shall go from concert to concert.) I've seen some amazing blessings from God, including a miraculous healing (Read about it here).
And something more about you.
I was born in India (the daughter of missionary parents) and grew up in Kentucky. Which could make for a rather unique accent. However, I moved to California when I was 22 and promptly dropped whatever strange way of speaking. Except I still say "y'all." And if I get around Southerners too long … ooh boy. My husband and I now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I’m an introvert, but when I’m out in public you’d never know it. In fact, I’m very at home on a stage, teaching or speaking. Want to make me really happy? Buy one of my books. And love it. Then buy another...
How many books have you written?
I’ve written 31 books. Most of these are Seatbelt Suspense® novels. Others are in the contemporary genre. I’ve also written a how-to book for fiction:
It’s quite different in its approach, taking seven concepts from method acting and tweaking them for the novelist’s use. I teach these concepts at writers’ conferences, and many novelists have found them very helpful.
How did you get to be so killy?
When I was a kid I never thought I'd grow up to kill people for a living. Neither did my lovely mother, who often wondered where she went wrong. Fortunately for my victims, the killing is only in my books.
HOW CAN READERS FIND YOU?
Now and then I venture from behind my computer and teach fiction at writers’ conferences. I’m also an inspirational keynote speaker. I love to interact with readers. The best place to find me on a daily basis is at my Facebook page, where I post Today's Word, crazy "Creative Captioneer" pictures, book sale news (mine and other authors'), topics of interest, and who knows what else.
Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, June 23-24, Elizabethtown, KY. Teaching 4 hours. http://www.kychristianwriters.com/category/2017-conference/
Fantastic Fiction Retreat, June 2-3. Classes held in my lake/forest home in the resort town of Coeur d’Alene, ID. 7 hrs. of teaching concepts from my book Getting Into Character. Limited to 15 attendees. Three slots left. http://brandilyncollins.com/fantastic_fiction
ACFW Annual Conference, Gaylord Hotel, Grapevine, TX (near Dallas), September 21-24. Emcee and facilitate prayer room. http://www.acfw.com/conference
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