Friday, June 15, 2012

Interview with Brigid Kemmerer ( author of Storm)

Today I have the author of Storm,
Brigid Kemmerer answer some questions...

                    by Brigid Kemmerer
 Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .

Describe the book in one word/sentence.

Um, one word would be the title. :-) 

One sentence? The story of a girl who becomes entangled with four brothers and their battle with those who want them dead. 

What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) did you draw from while writing Storm?

All right, I'll be straight out honest: I read a lot of books that no one would consider a classic. You should hear my husband's mockery of my reading pile. (Seriously now. There's nothing wrong with reading fluff.)  But I read a lot of great stuff, too: Simone Elkeles, Charlaine Harris, JR Ward, Sophie Kinsella. "Can You Keep A Secret" is one of my favorite books ever. I love books that are fun or funny or dangerous or adventurous -- but that have a core of humanity. I strive for that in my own writing. 

As far as non-literary inspiration, if I'm feeling blocked in my writing, I'll go look for amateur choreography on YouTube. Here's an example of what I mean:

I have no idea why that works for me, but there you have it. 

Who is your favorite character in this book, and why?
I can't pick a favorite! I love them all. It would be like picking a favorite child. 

What books/genres do you read when you have the chance? Any must read authors or series?
I read a lot of contemporary and paranormal YA, and a lot of women's fiction and chick-lit. Sophie Kinsella is an auto-buy for me. (I just read "I've Got Your Number" and it's another of my favorite books.) I read JR Ward and I've been reading Laurell K Hamilton since I was in high school. I love Simone Elkeles and Kim Harrington and I'm so excited about Sarah Fine's series that's coming this fall, because she's so frigging badass talented that I'm going to buy everything she writes. 

One song stuck in your head
I guess  "Back in Time" by Pitbull

Do you have a favorite scene or line from Storm ?
There's a scene on the soccer field, when Becca goes to confront Chris and his brothers, that makes me smile every time. 

Tell us five interesting things about yourself.

  1.  I'm adopted. 
  2. I met my husband on the phone. We both worked in IT (I was a trainer, he was a tech), and we hit it off immediately. I talked to him on the phone for months before I ever met him in person. I knew he was the one as soon as I laid eyes on him. 
  3. My day job is very corporate, and when people heard I wrote (and sold!) a novel, no one believed it was teen paranormal. 
  4.  When I was writing STORM, my life was plagued with water problems. The basement flooded TWICE. The bay window in my living room kept leaking, and almost fell off the side of the house. The kitchen sink developed a leak and destroyed the floor underneath it. I could go on. 
  5. I know more about cars than my husband.  

Some questions regarding the sequel(NO SPOILERS of any book..)

Can you shed some light (any light) on what we can expect from Spark [THROW the dying fans a bone please!]
Hmm. Michael meets someone special...

One teaser line/Favorite line from Spark?
"Life would be so much easier if Michael was an idiot."

Is there going to be a book about Nick?I really liked him in Storm and am actually more interested in HIS book than Hunters..
Well...this is a good question. There's a lot of Nick in Spark. I talked it over with my editor, and we agreed that it could seem really repetitive to do Nick's story right after Gabriel's. Don't worry -- there's a LOT of Nick in Hunter's story, too. 

After Spark,what? [Expected Publication Book #3 ,Any other projects etc.]
Spirit is coming out June 2013 in the US. I do have a few new projects under my hat...

Is Chris and Becca's relationship going to progress in Spark? They will be secondary characters?
Yes, their relationship progresses, but they are secondary characters.

Spark is from Gabriel's Point of View only?
Both Gabriel and Layne, a new character. I'll stick with the alternating boy/girl POV for the whole series.


About the author:
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.) WEBSITE

If this book is in your bookstore .BUY IT! I swear you will not regret it! 
I loved this book so much that even though this book wasn't below $10 in Book Depository I'm offering a KINDLE VERSION in my 500 followers giveaway!

 BOOK #2 in the series is also up for grabs in the giveaway :)


  1. Cool interview! Storm is one of the books I wanna read so badly. :D So hopefully soon...

  2. Awesome interview! Squee!! Storm was one of my favorite books this year and I cannot wait to read Spark. So happy that Michael will *meet someone* :D

    -Lauren @ Slaying Books

  3. Great interview :) Can't wait for Spark!

  4. Storm starts on a dark night when our awesome heroine Becca literally saves Chris Merrick's life. Everything quickly goes to hell from there when she realizes that Chris and his brothers aren't normal -- they're Elementals, targeted because of how powerful they are. And now that she knows the truth, Becca isn't so safe either.

    Becca is the perfect imperfect heroine for this novel! She's bad-ass and tough, but she's also vulnerable in a way that makes her so real. One thing I loved about this book was how Brigid Kemmerer incorporated bullying into the mix -- with Becca's ex-boyfriend (who I hate with a passion!) spreading awful rumors about her. She reacts to it the way most girls would, and I couldn't have loved her more if I tried.

    This review would not be completely without mentioning the Merrick brothers. There's Michael, the oldest who controls earth; Gabriel, the super-hot twin who ironically controls fire; Nick, the sweeter air-controlling twin who is no less hot; and then there's Chris, the youngest, the water-controller, the main character of this novel, and my favourite so far!

  5. I enjoyed reading the interview, especially about the 5 interesting things about the author. <3 Oh! And the teaser for Spark! Now I just need to grab my copy of Storm and start reading!


  6. Wow, I love the book Storm, you are lucky to have contact with the author! So pumped for the next book, especially to see more of Gabrielle hahaaha :D

  7. I feel your pain, Mrs. Kemmerer. My husband and I are on a well, and water problems are a regular (and I do mean regular) occurrence for us. Very frustrating. And I must say, that you tube video was pretty rockin! I can definitely see that getting my creative juices flowing. I cannot wait to read Storm. It is sitting on my Kindle shelf waiting on me to hurry up and get to it, already!


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