Interview with Author Brooke Moss

Hello readers,

Today I have the pleasure of featuring a fellow author on my blog. I read her book, The Carny, a while back and it still remains as one of my favorite romances. Brooke Moss is here to feature her most recent work so please read below to find out more about her and Here’s To Campfires and S’mores.

She was also kind enough to answer a few questions for us so don’t forget to browse below.

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Blurb:
Sparks flew the moment fifteen-year-old Molly Kaff and Jamie Burnham locked eyes across the dusty Camp Chimalis parking lot. From that moment, they were undeniably and irrevocably in love.
Until they weren’t.
Months after the demise of their fifteen-and-a-half-year marriage, a mutual friend from those treasured summers at camp dies, rattling their tight circle of friends to the core. Her dying request? Bring everyone back to camp one last time.
Returning proves more emotional than Molly expected. Sweltering heat in un-air-conditioned cabins is just the tip of the iceberg. Memories, both delightful and dispiriting, press down on Molly as she grapples with the momentous grief from the loss of her friend…and her husband.
Trying to honor her wishes with the ex hanging around is one thing, but being stuck in the woods with no cell service and years’ worth of hurt and resentment is another. As Molly tries to navigate her way through the heartache, she starts to wonder if she was wrong about the reasons behind her failed marriage. And if maybe her friend orchestrated their Chimalis homecoming from beyond…
Can a few evenings sitting by the campfire eating s’mores be the salve her battered heart needs to finally move on?
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Excerpt:
“No.” I brushed his mouth with mine. “No. Not yet. Don’t go. Don’t stop.”
That was all the permission he needed. His lips opened mine and my knees quavered as we made out with the intensity of Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court in Say Anything. We were going too fast, our hands fumbling to touch more than fingers, knees, or arms. I felt Jamie’s chest, and his hand brushed my bottom. It was all too much, and I knew it, but I couldn’t stop, because who knew when—or if—we’d ever get the chance to hold each other again.
Stifling a pitiful moan, I turned my head away. Begging myself not to weep in front of him. That was the last thing I needed to do. Let him see me cry, and I would never forgive myself for tainting our last minutes together with girlish emotion.
“It’s okay,” he whispered, burying his face in my shoulder. His breath wove its way through my hair, making me wobble slightly. “I get it. I… I’m sad, too.”
“I don’t want this to end yet.” Sniffling, I leaned into him. “I’m scared.”
“Scared of what?”
“Everything’s going to change.”
Jamie pulled apart far enough to gaze into my eyes. “Molly, just because we’re going home doesn’t mean things will change.”
“But it will. My mom, she’s so—”
He cupped my face, brushing the end of my nose with his. “It’s okay. Nothing will change. My feelings won’t change. I… you’re really cool, Molly, and I… I just…”
I blinked at him, heart swelling in my chest. It felt like my ribs would crack under the pressure. It all felt too big, too great to contain. “What do you mean?”
He smiled, ever so slightly, still out of breath. “I… I love you.”
His words were rushed, and came out in a jumble, but they sounded like the most beautiful music I’d ever heard in my life. My heart began to soar.
“Really?” I whispered. “Because I do, too.”
“Really?” He laughed, his smile growing. “Good. I’ve… I’ve never said that to anyone. You know, besides my mom or something.”
“Me, either.”
He threaded his fingers through the back of my hair. “Cool.”
I closed my eyes and pressed my mouth to his, letting the hysterical excitement of kissing Jamie take over my entire being, practically lifting me off of the soft dirt at our feet.
“Ahem.” Jamie and I both jumped at the sound of Bree’s grandpa clearing his throat. When we pried our faces apart with an audible smack, my stomach dropped down to the soles of my feet. There he stood, a red bandana tied around his head of white hair, and his blue Camp Chimalis t-shirt stained with sweat as he frowned through the low-lying pine tree branches. “All right you two, come on out. Right now.”
Heads hanging, we obeyed. Jamie gave my fingers a squeeze before releasing them to duck under an awning as we crossed around the edge of the main lodge. Blinking in the bright, mid-day sunshine, we were met by a throng of campers and parents loading their duffel bags into car trunks. A few of them stared curiously as Jamie and I followed with our heads hanging. I could still feel the skin around my lips stinging from his kisses, and wished the cracks in the dusty lot would open up and swallow me whole.

Interview

1. Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
My name is Brooke Moss, I’m a super model, and I love long walks on the beach. Okay, that’s a lie. I’m Brooke Moss, I’m a middle aged wife, mother, and author of contemporary, YA, and NA romantic comedy. I am from Washington State, USA, but currently reside in South Korea, where my husband’s job is located. But, I really do like walks on the beach. Just not for a long time, because I sunburn easily.

2. Which project are you currently promoting?
My most recent release after a long, three-year hiatus! It is a contemporary romance called Here’s to Campfires and S’mores. I’m so excited to be releasing another book, and really hoping everyone enjoys these new characters.

3. Can you tell us what the book is about?
The Summers at Chimalis Series will be a trilogy based on four friends who met at summer camp as children, and remained friends into adulthood. Now that one of them has passed away, the remaining three friends are all returning to the camp where they met to find love, repair love, and be reminded of their love for each other.
Here’s to Campfires and S’mores is book one in the series, and it tells the story of Molly and Jamie, who met at Chimalis at fifteen years old, eventually married, then divorced after years of infertility. Now their deceased friend, Bree, has requested they return to the cabins in the woods around Priest Lake, Idaho, to remember why they loved each other in the first place. Here’s the blurb:
Sparks flew the moment fifteen-year-old Molly Kaff and Jamie Burnham locked eyes across the dusty Camp Chimalis parking lot. From that moment, they were undeniably and irrevocably in love.

Until they weren’t.

Months after the demise of their fifteen-and-a-half-year marriage, a mutual friend from those treasured summers at camp dies, rattling their tight circle of friends to the core. Her dying request? Bring everyone back to camp one last time.

Returning proves more emotional than Molly expected. Sweltering heat in un-air-conditioned cabins is just the tip of the iceberg. Memories, both delightful and dispiriting, press down on Molly as she grapples with the momentous grief from the loss of her friend…and her husband.

Trying to honor her wishes with the ex hanging around is one thing, but being stuck in the woods with no cell service and years’ worth of hurt and resentment is another. As Molly tries to navigate her way through the heartache, she starts to wonder if she was wrong about the reasons behind her failed marriage. And if maybe her friend orchestrated their Chimalis homecoming from beyond…

Can a few evenings sitting by the campfire eating s’mores be the salve her battered heart needs to finally move on?

4. How did you come up with the title for this book?
I actually came up with the titles for all three books in the series long before I knew what the books would be about. They sort of just occurred to me one day, and I jotted them down, then just kept coming back to them. Eventually I figured out how I would build a series based off of these weird names. Now that the book is completed and released, it all makes sense. Molly and Jamie fell in love over s’mores while sitting around a capfire.

5. What inspired you to write this book?
Since I am living abroad, I spend 80% of my time thinking about my home, which is eastern Washington state and northern Idaho. I was actually just thinking about my days spent at summer camp as a child/teen, and the excitement of having a quick summer romance during those camp sessions, which blossomed into a full fledged story idea of a couple who’d met at camp, and continued their relationship into adulthood. After that, my characters sort of wrote the story for me…

6. What made you decide to become a writer?
I used to write books as a kid, and then again as a teen, and then when my children were small and I read the Twilight Series, I decided, well, if she can do this, I can, too. And the rest is history.

7. What genre do you generally write?
I lean towards contemporary romance, because that’s what I prefer to read. Though I occasionally try out other genres, when I’m feeling especially wild.

8. Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a handful of things. A princess was the most prevalent thing on my list, though when JFK Junior (the Kennedy’s were the closest thing to royalty that I’d been raised to know about) married Carolyn Besset, my dreams were crushed. So I focused on the other careers on my list, which were a makeup artist and an author. Clearly only the writing field panned out.

9. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when I got my first publishing contract. I was so excited and hysterical that I literally went to the bathroom and threw up. That’s when I felt like I’d become a real writer. Though I’d argue that point now, almost ten years later. A writer is anyone who puts pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and writes what their heart tells them to write.

10. What character out of your most recent work do you admire the most and why?
I admire Bree Spalding—the deceased friend—because she was the most relaxed, happy, supportive person I’ve ever written. And even after death, she is still bringing people together and trying to fix her friends’ lives. She’s the ultimate good person.

11. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to the culmination?
Usually about 4 to 6 months, if I am working consistently.

12. How do you deal with negative reviews?
I put on my big girl pants and ignore them. The truth is, reviews sell books. Even the bad ones. So I thank that reader, however displeased, for driving traffic to my books. Without them, I wouldn’t have a career. Though I also always pray that they’ll try one of my other books, to see if I can redeem myself…

13. What other projects are you currently working on?
I am working on book 2 of the Summers at Camp Chimalis Series, called Here’s to Blue Ribbons and Poison Ivy. It is the story of April, a side character in book 1, finding love.

14. When you begin a new MS, does it start with an idea, concept, or both?
It’s very sporadic. Sometimes it’s just a title or a random scene idea. Other times it’s a concept or vibe I want to convey. Other times it’s a dream. I wish I got story ideas more consistently. 

15. Is there a message you’d like to get across through your story?
Sometimes it’s possible to restore love you thought was long gone.

16. Is there a genre you’d never consider writing? If so, why?
I’m not sure I could write erotica. I’m not very good at it!

17. What is your least favorite part about getting published?
Being asked to change your work in a way you disagree with. That’s only happened to me once, but it left a scar.

18. Was the road to publication a long one for you?
Yes. Several years, four books, an dover 130 rejections long!

19. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
Yes. I use my middle name (Brooke) because it’s so much prettier than my first name.

20. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully thin and unbelievably hot. Just kidding. I would like to be speaking and presenting workshops at conferences all over the country, and would love to have a large readership that has me on their auto-buy list. Other than that, I wouldn’t mind being back in the USA and owning a house with a SWEET kitchen in five years. Not sure why I shared that… but seriously.

21. What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
Never give up. Keep raking in the rejections, let them drive you, let them push you to become better. Never give up learning your craft, and never, ever let someone’s negative response to your story demoralize you. You have an audience out there, you just have to find them.

22. Where can the readers find more information about you?
Come see me at http://www.brookemoss.com!

About the author:

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Author Brooke Moss prefers her books filled with drama, romance, whimsy, and just enough humor to put a smile on your face. She believes every couple has a love story to share, and that’s what drives her to write sweet romance for both the adult and young adult genres.

Brooke grew up in beautiful eastern Washington state, amongst the rolling hills of the Palouse. Simply put, she was a weird kid. She talked to herself a lot; never, ever wore shoes; made paper doll families out of her mother’s JC Penney catalogues, and wrote epic sagas about said families. These days she lives as an expat in South Korea, with her handsome but nerdy husband, and their four wicked children, all while daydreaming of her childhood home in rural Washington. Brooke is a passionate Autism Spectrum Disorder advocate, a former foster mom, and a semi-embarrassed Real Housewives aficionado.

Some of Brooke’s hobbies are reading, cartooning, watching movies with her adorable hubby; mugging on her children while being pushed away and told she’s embarrassing; and seeing the world with her family in a travel trailer that always smells like socks. She’s an alopecian who collects wigs; prefers wearing stretchy pants; and considers herself a cheese connoisseur. Some of her prior work experiences before being published are butcher shop janitor, floral designer with ADD, and an abused cheerleading coach. Brooke’s claims to fame to date are having been asked to be a guest on the Maury Povitch show (she declined) and flashing her underpants on Romper Room (regretfully, she accepted.)

Brooke’s books are written to make you laugh, cry, sigh, and stay with you long after you’ve closed the cover. It is her pleasure to share her stories with each of you, and considers her readers to be the absolute coolest peeps alive.

To contact Brooke…..email her at brooke@brookemoss.com

Thank you, Brooke for being a guest on my blog today. Loved hearing about your new work.

 

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