Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hi, everyone! I was born, raised and still reside in Oklahoma. I’m married with a 9-yr-old son, and we recently adopted two kittens – Joker & Harley Quinn. I love reading, writing, eating & playing video games, & if you don’t see a cup of coffee in or near my hand, something is wrong.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Short-term? Finish The Mystic Series. Long-term? Make a comfortable living off my writing.
Which writers inspire you?
I’m sure I’ve been inspired by everything I’ve read in some way, but the one author who immediately comes to mind is Nora Roberts. I love that many of her books include the male and female point-of-view. She transitions so seamlessly that I had no idea switching POVs is considered taboo. Her writing was undoubtedly an inspiration for the multiple POVs in The Mystic Series. I hope I handle the challenge of transitioning with the kind of talent Nora exhibits.
So, what have you written?
The Mystic Series. So far, the main series includes 7 installments (with 2 more to come), and 1 companion novel that takes a look at our hero’s life before the heroine came along. There will also be a spin-off trilogy following two of the side characters in the series. Their first two books will release in the spring.
Where can we buy or see them? If I added all the links, we’d have around 30, so I’ll add links for Descension then merely give the titles of the rest.
Descension (book 1) is free on most platforms:
Here are the titles of the rest of the available books.
Book 2 – Impassion
Book 3 – Deception
Book 4 – Retribution
Book 5 – Destruction
Book 6 – Devastation
Book 7 – Devotion
Hero’s prequel – QUIN (free right now)
You can also get box sets of books 1-3 & books 4-6
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Layla’s gorgeous, talented and powerful, but it’s her heart that makes her stand out. She effortlessly empathizes with others and unknowingly carries their emotional burdens. And there’s nothing she won’t do to protect the people she loves.
What are you working on at the minute?
Book 8 in the series.
What’s it about?
It’s the 2nd to last book, so we’re heading into the home stretch. Expect strong emotions, buckets of tears, near constant conflict, action, magic and chaos. And of course lots of love.
What genre are your books?
This is a difficult question to answer, because The Mystic Series doesn’t fit neatly into any of the genres. Getting the hero and heroine together isn’t the main conflict or plot, so it’s not traditional romance. It has the supernatural world-building of Fantasy, but in modern day, real life settings. Some of the themes give the feeling of YA, but the sex is as detailed as what you’d find in erotica. Hope that helps!
How much research do you do?
Countless hours, as much as it takes to feel confident I’ve gotten the details right. The Mystic Series mixes fantasy with the real world, so when my characters look at the night sky on a certain date, I research the moon phases for that particular date so that I know what the characters see.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No. I’d feel like a failure if I tried. My speed varies greatly depending on the type of scene I’m writing & what kind of mood I’m in. Plus, I have the nasty habit of editing while I write.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
The 1st book in the series was written longhand, over 80k words in two big notebooks. That’s when I realized I was in love and wanted others to read it, so I typed it up on a computer and printed it. The conversion was a time-consuming pain in the ass that I probably won’t try again, but I’m glad I have those notebooks.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
It’s tough to pick one thing, because each type of scene comes with its own set of challenges. Intimate scenes, for instance, take me forever to write, because I’m so detailed, and I want them to be perfect, but I don’t consider them the toughest to write. The emotional aspects of the intimacy come to me easily, and I love working on sexy scenes. Transitional scenes are probably the most daunting for me. The words don’t come as easily when a large chunk of fictional time is passing. Dialogue is probably the quickest to come to me, maybe because I know the characters so well.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
The Mystic Series is written in 3rd person with multiple point-of-views. The story follows 21-yr-old Layla Callaway as she discovers who she really is and what she’s meant to do. The 9-book story will take readers on an emotional journey in a world where desires are fulfilled with a wave of a hand or the tantalizing touch of magical fingers. The witches are beautiful and soft, but powerful; while the wizards are sexy and chivalrous, yet deadly. The magic is pulse-pounding; the tragedy is heartbreaking; the love is breathtaking; and the sex is mind-blowing. But don’t forget tissues, because this adventure isn’t for the faint of heart.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
It’s difficult and terrifying, and it requires a major commitment. It’s also highly rewarding and exactly what I set out to do. A series allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the characters, making for a more emotional ride. I connect with series on a deeper level than I do with standalones.
What inspired you to write your book?
The desire to read a book I couldn’t find. I was 24, I’d been married for more than 3 yrs, and I’d recently become a stay-at-home mom after having our first and only child. I’d always been an avid reader, but in my early twenties I devoured books. I was zooming through YA series and peppering them with more mature reads by authors like Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown & Iris Johansen. I even tried a few erotic romances, and while most of the books were satisfying and succeeded in holding my interest, I found myself constantly thinking, “If only this YA series had hot sex.” or “If only this sexy standalone was an epic series.” or “If only this book had the male and female POV.” or “If only this author wrote fantasy or paranormal.” Then there was the all too common, “If only I didn’t have to say goodbye to these characters!” I wanted to keep them forever, so I decided to write characters that would never leave me, and I surrounded them with a story I was dying to read. Epic series? 9 main books + multiple spin-offs. Uninhibited romance and sex? Oh, yes. Book 1 is mild due to circumstances in the story, but the relationship between Layla & Quin is unfiltered. Fantasy? Quin can heal physical wounds with kisses. He can emit magical vibrations from his fingers for crying out loud! If that isn’t a fantasy, I don’t know what is. Multiple POV? Yep. Both Quin and Layla get a say in this story.
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
Love them! If they’re well done, they can persuade me to purchase a book, but I like them even more after I’ve read the book and fallen in love with the characters.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I made a trailer for book 4, but it contains spoilers from books 1-3, so view it at your own risk: https://youtu.be/ignVJ00Qq0c
I’m in the process of working on a spoiler-free trailer to advertise the entire series.
How do you relax?
Reading, video games & T.V. I’m obsessed with The Walking Dead, but who isn’t?
What is your favourite book and why?
I’m sure you get this all the time, but I can’t possibly pick just one. The author who never fails me is Nora Roberts. Harry Potter is my favorite series. Favorite standalone? The Outsiders… or To Kill a Mockingbird. And a special shout-out to Where the Sidewalk Ends & The Secret Circle series, because they had a lasting impact on my youth.
What is your favourite quote?
“‘Twas not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” – Judy Garland
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/B.C.-Burgess/e/B007S75CPQ