by Boone Brux
A wedding. An ex. And a secret.
Maid-of-Honor Dani Brown can handle anything that comes her way when it comes to her best friend’s wedding. That is, until the bride asks for a huge favor-Dani needs to distract the best man, who happens to be Dani’s ex. The ex she has fantasized dismembering for a year now. The ex she’ll have to suck it up and play nice with if this wedding is to go off without a hitch.
Businessman Jamie Kingsland is back in Seattle for a wedding. There’s just one problem – the maid of honor wants him dead. Except she doesn’t. Even though he knows he broke her heart last year when things got too serious and he panicked and left, she’s being way too nice about it now. And it scares him.
Something is up with his favorite bridesmaid, and he’s determined to find out what…
What part of the writing process is the easiest/hardest for you?
The easiest is coming up with the ideas. I’ve got tons of them. As a matter of fact, I can’t turn them off. The hardest is staying in the chair when I’ve been writing for a while. My butt starts to hurt and I get antsy.
Who is your favorite character (that you’ve written)?
Lisa Carron. She’s a thirty-five year old, widowed mother of three, who accidently became a grim reaper in a convenience store robbery. She is me in a lot of ways, so very easy to write. She also not perfect. It’s fun to capitalize cosmetically on her flaws.
Where did the idea for your book come from?
Bridesmaid Blues came out of the concept for the Wedding Favors series. The bride asks each bridesmaid for a favor, only the favors are a horrible inconvenience, meant to push the women’s comfort zones. It was a lot of fun coming up with the favors.
Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life?
Not in Bridesmaid Blues, but I’m not above putting real people in my books. Sometimes I don’t even change their names. Yeah, I’m that kind of author. Watch out.
Do you listen to music while you write (if so, do you have a playlist I can share?), or do you prefer quiet?
The only time I listen to music is if I’m writing my medieval series. Then I listen to soundtracks from Lord of the Rings, Thor, and Avatar. I need that big music to set the mood. Otherwise it has to be silent because I’m working on a lot of snarky dialogue. I’ve already got too many voices in my head. I can’t have more on the outside too.
If you could jump in to any book and live there, which book would you choose?
Hogwarts. I’m pretty sure I was supposed to be a witch and attend school there.
Describe your book in a tweet (140 characters or less).
Do the bride a favor and spend time with her ex. What could go wrong?
What was last book you bought OR What book are you looking forward to reading?
I just bought the entire Left Behind series. I’ve always wanted to read it but now I’m working on a post rapture trilogy, so it’s partially for research as well.
If you could be any kind of creature (other than human), which would you pick and why?
Dragon. They’re magical, beautiful, and nobody really messes with them. I’m not buying the whole dragon hunter thing from the medieval tapestries. I’m fairly certain dragons kicked all those knights’ asses.
Can you tell us about the moment you decided you were going to attempt to write your first book?
Haha, that’s funny actually. I took time off work to write full time. I’d written about four chapters, which took me weeks, and then one night I sat down and watched the Sound of Music for the first time ever. When the story ended I looked at my boyfriend and said, “Well shit. I’ve been writing the Sound of Music and I don’t have any other ideas.” My story was set at the turn of the twentieth century, but basically it was The sound of Music.
Does writing come naturally to you, or did you have to work harder in order to get that story in your head down on paper?
Writing comes naturally, but I think like anything, it’s a practiced skill. The more you do it the better you get, but I also believe some people have a natural talent, which isn’t necessarily the same as skill.
Are you a punster or a plotter? Can you describe your writing process for us?
I’m a semi-plotter now. I used to be a panster but got into trouble with one of my series because I didn’t know where it was going, and it’s a big series. Lots of threads that needed to be tied up and questions answered. I usually choose a working title and then figure out the key points of the story. What is the overall conflict of the book? What are each of the character’s main conflicts and what are their motivations behind it. I also have to know the character’s history. Where did they come from? What is/was their family life like? If it’s a romance what were their past relationships like and why. After that I can pants it the rest of the way. I also like to let things sit for a while but I don’t always get time to do that. I’m working on that part because I think it’s super important.
If you could no longer write, what career would you choose instead?
I’d be the Etsy Queen! I love crafting and DIY. I might have a slight problem even, as in addiction.
If you could live someone else’s life for two weeks, whose life would you choose?
That’s tough, there are so many. I’d like to be a teenage girl again but still maintain my brain and sanity. I remember the energy I used to have. I’d also like to live Jennifer Aniston’s life for a couple of weeks to see how being beautiful, rich, and skinny feels. Or Channing Tatum. I’d like to be a super fit, hot guy, who can dance. Oprah might be fun too or one of the Saturday Night Live comedians.
If you could no longer write/read, what hobby/profession/habit would you choose to fill the void?
Traveling. I love to travel—love it so much. I’d make a career out of travel YouTube shows and I start in Alaska. My husband and I have actually talked about that. All we need is time and money.
Of all the little things and simple pleasures in life, which one do you enjoy most of all?
It’s cliché, but time with my family. My girls are almost fourteen. Time moves too fast. I love our camping and road trips. Yes, they may not take their noses out of their iPads when we’re driving but once we stop it’s fun family time.
If you could have a casual, 30-minute conversation by the fireplace with any author, living or dead, who would you choose, and what would you ask?
Christopher Moore. I have tons of questions to ask about writing humor and the market.
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what are the first three things you think you would do or buy?
I’d buy a bigger house so I could move my mom to Alaska, I’d buy a black Ford Explorer with the works. And I’d go on an RV trip around America or a great tropical vacation.
If you could change the ending to any book that you have ever read, what book would it be?
The Bible. I’m really not liking how things turn out.
What event or accomplishment would you consider to be the highlight of your career thus far?
Right now it’s every time a reader asks for more books. That is the most amazing thing that happens to me and I’m not sure that will ever change. However, hitting the list would be pretty great too.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your life?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. So much of what we worry about isn’t important and always being in control is way overrated.
What thought or sentiment would you like to have copied and put into one million fortune cookies?
Be kind to others. You don’t know what they’re going through.
What is your favorite sight, scent, and sound for each of the four seasons (if you have four distinct seasons where you live)?
Fall is the smell of wood smoke from wood stoves or fireplaces. Winter is when it’s about to snow. There’s a certain smell that goes with that. Spring is mowed grass. Summer also has this certain smell when it’s hot. I love that too.
If you got a parrot for a pet, what phrase would you be sure to teach it to say?
“I say, Boone, have you lost weight?”
Who is your all time favorite fictional book character?
I think it might be Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s awesome in every way.
Coffee or tea? – Coffee
Paper book or ebook? – Both, I like the instant gratification of e-books, but sometimes paper is great to hold.
Summer or winter? – Summer, which is ironic considering I live in Alaska.
Werewolves or vampires? – Werewolves, I love animals.
Morning person or night owl? – Morning, sadly I’m usually in bed by nine, reading or playing games on my iPad.
Pantser or plotter? Plotter- now, but I still have a healthy dose of panster in me. I need that freedom to create but need the structure of plotting so I don’t go off on a tangent.
Pepsi or Coke? – Coke Zero
Dogs or cats? – Both, I love them equally for different reasons.
Drink – Lots, coffee, Coke Zero, sometimes Mt. Dew, Corona. Definitely water.
Food – Ranch dressing. I’ll eat anything if there’s good ranch dressing on it.
Movie – Guardians of the Galaxy. I wish I would have written that book.
TV show – Castle, iZombie, Messengers right now, Falling Skies, Young, Blackish, The Middle. I guess if I had to choose one it would be the Flea Market Flip on HGTV.
Book (or genre) – Bite Me by Christopher Moore. I also loved Lamb by him. The Harry Potter books are always a favorite too, especially on audio.
Late night snack – Sleep. I don’t eat at night. I’m usually snoring and drooling.
Writing tools – I have a three by six plexiglass board on my wall that I plot on. I also use lots of calendars for scheduling. Actual writing tools are Auto-crit and a text to speech read back app. I need to hear my story to see if I’ve missed words.
Sport – golfing, but with a cart. I also do water aerobics and walk on the treadmill. I’m going to do Zumba any day now, and I really enjoy Yoga when I can make it. I don’t do anything consistently. That’s my goal. Just do something. Get off my butt and move.
Vacation destination – That always changes. Right now I want to go to Coasta Rica. I might want to retire there.
Music – I write to sound tracks from movies, but I love the popular stuff. Maroon Five, Taylor Swift, Megan Trainor. I’m pretty sure I’ve still got the moves.
Way to relax – Watch a movie, read, or play games on my iPad. I also like sleeping—a lot.
Boone is a bestselling author in both fantasy and series romance. She began writing in an attempt to ward of the slow decomposition of her mind while being an at-home-mom of twin toddlers. It soon became clear that storytelling was her true calling.
Her books range from epic fantasy, full of hot heroes and demons, to humorous urban fantasy, where hockey moms are grim reapers and Greek gods live next door. Though she loves writing romance, Boone prefers stories where she gets to blow something up or kill somebody.
She calls Alaska home and lives there with her husband, daughters, rescue dog, Oreo, and Velma Underfoot, a black cat who rules the house.
For More Information Visit Boone’s website.