Well, it’s true. I find writing very hard to do. Every time I finish a book, I hit the “send” button to email it to my editor, then I get on my knees and thank God for getting me through another one.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Finishing a book!
What clubs or organizations are you involved with that teach the craft of writing?
I am on the Advisory Board of ACFW—American Christian Fiction Writers. I also am a regular teacher at Mt. Hermon Writers Conference in California, and I often teach at CWG (Christian Writers Guild) conferences. I teach at other writers conferences as my schedule allows, but I’m sorry to say I have to turn down numerous requests each year.
What new projects are on the horizon?
Since finishing Over the Edge, I’ve written my next novel, Gone to Ground, and am now working on the novel following that one. When this current book (my 24th) is done, it’ll be on to the next one. Such is my life.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Over the Edge? (besides being afraid of ticks!)
Readers will have a better understanding of Lyme disease and what Lyme sufferers go through. As a result, I hope Over the Edge readers find more compassion in their hearts for the chronically ill. On the spiritual side, I want readers to see that no matter what trauma they are going through, God is still worthy to be praised. (A lesson I learned from my own battle with Lyme.)
What was your favorite book as a child?
Can’t say I had a favorite book. I’ve read novels since I was eight years old. I remember my first full-length novel (well, for a kid) was one of the Bobbsey Twins stories.
What is your greatest achievement?
When my daughter was 13, she said to me, “When I grow up, I want to have a marriage just like you and Dad.” I figure if Mark and I never do any other accomplish in our lives, this is enough—to model for our children what a stable, God-based marriage looks like.
What do you do to get away from it all?
My paradise is our second home in Idaho, on 11 acres with a smashing view of the lake. I can’t say I get away from work there, as I have a home office in that house also and often write there. But we do leave the California freeways for the forest and wildlife. Pure heaven.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
You can read more about Over the Edge, including the opening scene on my web site at www.brandilyncollins.com. You can also view the trailer for the book. And I have a page on my site about Lyme disease with further information and helpful links.