Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I love reading books and comics, and I have a slight addiction to tea. I've written more books than I can count, but only the most recent few have been good.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called Ghost Machine, and it was actually inspired by a dream. My subconscious came up with this really vivid dream about a girl with a head injury who was being carried up a narrow mountain road to a creepy gothic castle. Conscious me turned this into a story about a girl who can see ghosts and an asylum in Transylvania.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It's not unusual, but I definitely need tea when I'm writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
For Ghost Machine, I looked at Victorian-era gothic horror for inspiration. I read books like Dracula and The Woman in White to get a feel for the era's tropes and language. I especially liked how those two books were made up of journal entries, letters, and telegrams between the characters and tried to incorporate some of that into Ghost Machine.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on various short stories and the third book in my superhero series, Almost Invincible. I'd also like to write a side story set in the same universe as Ghost Machine at some point, or even a direct sequel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Visit my author website at www.kristenbrand.com. It's got all the info for my books plus a free online superhero serial that I update weekly.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read widely, both inside and outside of your genre. Read good books to learn from what they did right and bad books to learn from what they did wrong.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I'm not sure if you're looking for general advice or writing-specific advice, but if general advice is okay, I love Newt Scamander's quote from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. "My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice." I try to live that and worry less.
What are you reading now?
Earthrise by M.C.A Hogarth, which is sci-fi with an incredibly colorful cast of characters, both human and alien. I'm loving it so far.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More writing, hopefully. 😉
What is your favorite book of all time?
This question isn't fair. I can't pick just one. 😛 I'm going to cheat and answer with my favorite genres, which are fantasy and science fiction. (Which isn't to say I don't read mystery, romance, historical, and a lot of other stuff.)
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