D.E.: Tell us a little about yourself.
Bryna: I write teen paranormal novels based in small town America. I love the diversity of writing about beyond normal circumstances in the most normal setting imaginable. In addition to being an author, I'm a fangirl at heart. Movies, TV, books...you name it. I'm a sucker for vampires (pun totally intended). I love time traveling and monster hunters. Got drama? Bring it!
D.E.: How long have you been writing, or when did you start writing?
Bryna: I've always been in love with storytelling. I entered creative writing contests as a kid, and when it was time to go to college, I studied mass communications (journalism). I've worked in public relations for the past sixteen years and in 2010 created a story that propelled me into fiction. That story was the first book in my Midnight Guardian series.
D.E.: What is the most difficult for you to write? I can't really say. I love a challenge.8. How many books have you written?
Bryna: Currently, four books in the Midnight Guardian series are available: Of Sun & Moon, Whispering Evil, Midnight Child, and Shadows Rising. Book 5, Book of the Lost, is due out at the end of summer. Book 6, House of Gammen, will be the series finale and will be out at year end. The Midnight Guardian series is about Keira Ryan, a strong-minded girl that's a different kind of paranormal.
Bryna: Self-published by choice. I've never shopped for an agent or publisher. Being indie is just too amazing.
D.E.: Do you self edit or hire an editor?
Bryna: Hire. My mass communications background gives me a heightened respect for properly edited and proofread work.
D.E.: Are your books also available in print, or are they primarily in e-book format?
Bryna: My books are available from major online bookstores in paperback as well as a wide assortment of ebook formats.
D.E.: Do you have any tips or tricks to help keep your ideas in order or at least from being forgotten?
Bryna: Two of the characters in the Midnight Guardian series are time travelers, because they pop in and out of the story out of sync with a linear timeline, I track their comings and goings via Excel spreadsheet. I also keep detailed notes on each character.
D.E.: Do you prefer pen on paper for drafts or do you stay strictly on a computer?
Bryna: My mind usually goes the fastest. I type much faster than I write, so it's a computer for me because that's the only way I can keep up!
D.E.: Do you have a favourite place to write or do you write anywhere and everywhere?
Bryna: I write everywhere. I jot it down whenever inspiration hits. Just this week, I was sitting on a lawn chair in the sheep barn at the Ohio State Fair and thumbing notes on a chapter into my phone.
D.E.: Mass communications sounds very busy and involved. How do you balance your writing time and career?
Bryna: I do have a day job that keeps me very busy. Most of my writing is done at night after the kids and hubby are in bed.
D.E.: How do your stories unfold? Are they plotted first and then filled out or do they simply unravel as you go?
Bryna: A girl's got to plot...at least I do. I guess, I'm a planner at heart. The best description of my method is that I plot and layer. I plot the highlights and then I add layers of action and interest and weave them throughout the entire story. And of course, it wouldn't be a great series without a punch-you-in-the-gut cliffhanger at the end.
D.E.: Where did mogdoc come from?
Bryna: I was looking for a name that sounded ancient and tribal with harsh guttural tones. I started playing around with sounds and mogdoc surfaced.
D.E.: Well done, I must say. When I first came across it I considered the google thing to find out which culture it came from.
D.E.: What are you working on now and what's next?
Bryna: After the Midnight Guardian series wraps at year end, I'm releasing a young adult werewolf trilogy set in Alaska. It's about a girl that finds herself dancing the line between two feuding werewolf packs. The first book, called Werewolf Biology, will be available in early 2014.
D.E.: Where can readers find you and your work?
Bryna: Check out my site at www.brynabutler.com for the latest news. My books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Google Play, Smashwords, Sony eReader Store, and other online bookstores. I love paranormal movies, TV, and books and talk about them often on my twitter profile, @mogdocnews.
D.E.: Let's hear some "Shout-Outs". Who are the people you would like to thank?
Bryna: I receive a ton of great advice and support from the YA Author Club,http://yaauthorclub.blogspot.com. Let's hear it for those talented writers including T.R. Graves, Suzy Turner, K.C. Blake, Ella James, Melissa Pearl, Heather Sutherlin, and Laura A. H. Elliott. They are the best!!!
Thanks again for having me on the blog today, D.E.
Thank you, Bryna, for taking the time to share with us. It's been great.
I wish you all the best.