Hello BG, it’s good to have you here today. Can you tell us what made you decide to become a writer?
I loved to read from a young child, was a storyteller to my younger brother and sister in grade school, and won my first essay competition hosted by the Women’s Temperance Union about the perils of drinking in the eighth grade.
That’s cool. How long did it take you to get published the first time and how did it happen?
It took 12 years to get my first novel about the biblical Hadassah, “Esther’s Song: A Novel,” published from when I started writing it. I finished the first draft in a year and edited it and rewrote it for another 2 years, but no one was interested in publishing it. Then the Lord gave me a vision during my evening devotions. I saw myself holding a yellow helium balloon and felt the Lord telling me to let it go. I watched the balloon rise into the cerulean sky, knowing the book was on its way under God’s guidance. Then I was holding a red balloon facing a path in the distance. I knew it was time to start the next book about the biblical prophet, Daniel. I attended writers’ conferences, joined a writers’ group, and honed my writing skills. I rewrote the first book several more times. Then 11 years later, I attended a session with former literary agent, David Sanford, called “No-Fear Book Publishing Strategies That Work!” He challenged attendees to set a goal of being published in a year. With David Sanford’s encouragement, sage advice, and endless support, “Esther’s Song: A Novel” was published on April 30, 2013–twelve years and a month after receiving the vision of the yellow balloon.
Wow, so you have a book anniversary coming up.
Yes, and the novel about the life and times of the prophet Daniel, “Babylon: Center of the World” was published less than a year later on March 27th, 2014.
An anniversary just passed! Congratulations! Would you do anything differently the next time?
No, just keep writing.
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Attend writer’s conferences, join a writer’s group, read widely, hone your writing skills and never give up.
Great advice! So who or what inspires or influences your writing?
My inspiration to keep writing, besides the sheer joy of writing biblical fiction, is God’s promise of hope coming to pass in my life. I know with absolute certainty that God does cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)
I believe that too. What are your latest releases and where can we find them?
My first three books in the “Grace in Exile Trilogy” include “Esther’s Song: A Novel” about the biblical Esther, the second, “Babylon: Center of the World” about the prophet Daniel, and “Jerusalem Bound!” about the Jewish exiles return to Israel from Babylonian captivity. You can see the reviews and learn more at: https://www.amazon.com/author/bgbrainard
Were you traditionally published or self-published and how did that go?
Self-published with the encouragement of two literary agents. It has been a wonderful ride. “Esther’s Song” made #1 two days on Amazon in historical books and 1 day for Jewish literature. It was just featured in Book Bub and did very well.
Tell me, BG, how long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time or part-time?
I do technical writing in my professional career and write historical novels about the ancient Near East whenever I can.
And what do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
I like to read, travel, and have coffee with my friends.
Where do you reside, BG?
I bet it’s beautiful there. Do you have any appearances or book signings this year?
Well, I did a book signing at the Salem Public Library’s Authorama at the Central Library where 40 authors from throughout the Williamette Valley participated in displaying and selling their works.
That sounds like an interesting venue. You can find BG Brainard at: https://www.facebook.com/bgbrainard or on Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/bgbrainard and on Amazon’s Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/bgbrainard and on BG’s website at: http://www.bgbrainard.com and you can email BG at: http://firstname.lastname@example.org