Friday, May 19, 2017

Interview with Brit Constantine, THE TEMPEST

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The Tempest is a contemporary romance novel of love, comedy and treachery. It tells the story of Felicity Saint James, a wild-hearted blogger, who locks horns with Lenic Reevus, a hot-headed bare-knuckle boxer with an iron heart.

When Felicity uploads a private video of him to her one-million-subscribers channel, he nearly breaks down her studio door in anger. Only, she’s in the middle of a live streaming event! She doesn’t tell him. She doesn’t switch off the camera, secretly playing to her audience. As love blossoms between the two, Felicity uncovers the secret Lenic is keeping. A dark secret that will, ultimately, tear them apart.

In the future, I plan to feature several of the loveable minor characters from The Tempest in their own steamy and humorous novellas.

Do you have a favorite character?
Most definitely. Lenic Reevus is my baby. He was the reason I wrote this romance tale in the first place. For me, lately, I just couldn’t fall in love with any heroes. Lenic isn’t a walking-STD player, and neither is he a manipulative billionaire. He’s loyal to a fault, and when he falls in love, he falls hard. His inner turmoil from the haunting guilt he carries almost breaks my heart. But when I think about Lenic Reevus, about the way he treats my heroine, about how much he loves her, and what he is willing to do for her, what he is willing to sacrifice, for her alone … I think I feel my heart smile just a little inside.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I’m an early bird and love writing before the world wakes up. It’s at that time when everyone is still dreaming, and the air is unmoving, that my imagination comes alive and my fingers fly across the keyboard, putting life into my characters and story.

I love listening to music when I’m writing poignant scenes to give me inspiration and set the mood. But there are times where I like silence. Like when my boyfriend nags at me to tidy up my mess in our London home. I wish for endless silence in those moments.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I’m a stickler for planning, a perfectionist of sorts. I need to know where the story ends before I begin. I’m one of those impatient anxious people who read spoilers before watching a film or reading a story. I couldn’t bear to invest my heart into something without a happy ever after. I like to think I was a psychic in a previous life and I just haven’t learnt to let go yet of not knowing the future.

But planning isn’t all robotic and rules and limits. My muse is the driving force, the spiritual mechanism that turns and spins and twists my wild ideas until they take shape and direction. Until it all clicks perfectly in place.

What have you learned during your self-publishing journey?
The list is endless! OK, so I would say be honest with yourself. In traditional publishing, you would have someone highlighting the weak links in your story, but in self-publishing you’ve only got yourself.

And it’s hard, really hard, to throw away chapters you’ve spent a long time gruelling over. But get over it fast. And edit and edit until you want to murder the actual process of editing, until you want to hunt down the guy who invented it and torture him with endless editing. The beginning of my book was re-written at least three times! But in the end, all that hard-graft and effort was worth it in the end. I can’t imagine my story opening any differently. The way my hero and heroine meet for the first time is both humorous and original, making the first manuscript seem as entertaining as watching paint dry.

Truly, the most valuable lesson I’ve learnt is to have faith in yourself and to never give up your dream. No matter what, just keep going. You’ll get there in the end.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
At the moment, not at all. Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours has been marvellous, and has taken the marketing reins from my hands while I plot my next book. Perhaps, once The Tempest is published, and I’m caught up in all the social-media madness, I might find it challenging. But I love a good challenge. And anyway, I’m a woman. We can do and experience multiple things at once, right? ;)

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
My biggest advice is to seek professional help — book an appointment with your therapist fast! OK, jokes aside, I mean get a graphic designer to create the book cover, and a professional to market your book. Go on book tours, get reviews, create a book buzz before you publish your book, and make it shine amongst the other thousands of books being launched monthly.

The Tempest was originally published in January 2017 under the title ‘Captain Dark’ with hardly any marketing. Once I’d hit the publish button on Amazon, it drowned in the endless sea of romance books being published daily. This was in no way a testament to the quality of my book. Self-publishing is bigger than ever, and thousands of authors are competing to be seen. Make sure your book is given a chance at least.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I’ve done ballet since I was six years old and will pirouette until the day I die.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
I have a cat who, I swear, hates me. She loves my boyfriend more than me, and he prefers dogs to cats. Chocolate and vanilla! I’m a girl who wants it all. Why not, eh? A good cup of hot English tea over coffee, for sure. Coffee makes me jittery and I can already talk for England! Talking over texting. I spend most of my life typing on my MacBook, so my poor fingers need a rest. Despite relishing the early morning, I love the night too. This is when I curl up with my boyfriend and cat — who hates me — on the sofa, and snuggle up with the ones I love.

What’s next for you?
Right now, I’m plotting my second contemporary romance novel about a sexy cocky alpha-male fire-fighter. Just like The Tempest, this one will have a shocking plot twist you’ll never see coming! In addition — back to the multiple-tasking ability — my muse is spinning out the first novella featuring Lenic Reevus’ best mate, Jack Cross. And I guess, I really should clean up my mess before my handsome patient boyfriend leaves me!

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your lovely blog. It’s been wonderful! Luv, Brit!

Book details:
The Tempest
by Brit Constantine
Publication date: May 26th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

They call him “The Tempest.”
England’s most feared heavyweight-boxing champion.
He despises the fame and glory, but it’s nothing compared to the hate he inflicts on himself. All he wants is to be left alone to live on his boat in misery.
When I line up for his autograph, it’s instant fireworks. But not the beautiful stars-shine-bright kind. He’s rude. Heartless. A ticking time bomb of rage.
Luckily, I’m not afraid to put a lit match to his fuse.
I upload a private video of him to my one-million-subscribers channel. The video goes viral.

The ex-Royal Marine nearly breaks down my studio door to flag me inappropriate…
…while I’m in the middle of a live streaming event.
I don’t tell him. I don’t switch off the camera. I keep recording, secretly playing to my audience. He should have checked if the camera was rolling, right?
It should be a shipwreck from the moment the storm hits.

It is.
And then … it isn’t.
Our attraction is painful, undeniable, and it’s like I am Eve and his lips are the apple, and damn if his tongue isn’t the snake.
I am the only girl who can put this broken man back together again.
But he knows the secret he is keeping will tear us apart. He knows it’ll force my hand to break ties with the only family I have left in the world.

But once The Tempest, the man with the iron heart, falls in love … he’ll crush anyone who dares to take me away from him.
I have no choice but to go down with his ship.
Hook, line, and goddamned sinker.

The Tempest is a contemporary romance story of love, comedy and treachery.
No cheating. No OW/OM. Standalone. HEA. 18+



Brit Constantine is a twenty-something author of The Tempest, her first published novel. Writing and ballet are the two things she lives for … next to cheesecake and firemen. When she’s not writing, or randomly bidding for useless items on the Web, she’s either earning bruises at her boyfriend’s mixed martial arts club or sipping on a perfect glass of Pimm’s with her girlfriends. She lives in London with her ever-growing collection of shoes. It’s a woman’s right to shoes.

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