Meet Author of Romance Neva Brown
Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome Neva Brown, author of western and contemporary romance and retired secondary teacher/administrator. She’s thrilled to announce her latest release, By Clear Water.
Rebecca, thanks so much for taking time to visit with me about writing and my books. It is truly special to be on your blog.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and how and why you began writing.
Writing was way down on the list of things to do as I grew up. I was my daddy’s “cowboy.” Riding horseback, working cattle and sheep, fixing windmills, repairing fence, and a multitude of other things came first.
2. Obviously, readers have a vast number of choices in books. Why do you feel readers will enjoy your stories?
My interest in writing began as I transitioned from “cowboy” to being a real cowboy’s wife with two small boys and living on a ranch twenty-three miles from town with no phone. This is a picture of where I was living.
3. What would you most like people to know about you, and your writing?
The characters that people my stories are not perfect. They have flaws, hopes, dreams, and their own personal faith and courage to rise above the hurts, conflicts, fears, and horrors of life. They reach out to help in times of need, are resilient in times of trouble, but they also have their own vulnerabilities that we can identify with.
My novels are not about me or anyone that I know. But experiences I’ve had and people I’ve know have given me bits and pieces for many elements in my happy-ever-romances. The characters, whom I always come to love or thoroughly dislike, are purely imaginar
4. As an author, how do you pay it forward?
I reviewed books for Long and Short Reviews for several years. I do critiques, some editing, and Beta Reads. I even got up courage enough to do a program for a writers group earlier this year.
5. What is the single best piece of advice you would give to another author about the craft of writing, about marketing, and/or the writing life?
I would say to be careful not to trade quality for quantity.
6. The one thing we can all count on is change. How do you plan to continue to evolve as a writer?
At present, I am wrestling with the concept of deep POV. As new concepts come along, I try to stay tuned in and work to incorporate them in my writing when they fit, not always easy for an old English teacher. I’m a member of San Angelo Writers Club that meets once a month. We have had some wonderfully helpful speakers this year.
7. What do you feel are the greatest challenges facing authors today?
The first challenge, I think, is writing a quality book that grabs the reader’s attention and holds on to it, a book that stands out in the avalanche of books being published. The second challenge is marketing the book.
8. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Some days, like a quote I read someplace, I hate to write, but I always love having written. A completed story brings me a special joy that is inexplicable. AND I hope with all my heart, they take the reader on a vicarious journey that is memorable.
All alone, Leslyn Reed copes with fear, heartbreak, earthquake, kidnappings, and cruelty as she changes from a naïve girl to a determined woman. However, she needs a new set of coping skills to survive being cosseted, cared for, and manipulated by the Yeats family and the people of Hacienda Hermosa.
The first love she feels for Matt Yeats is patient and kind. It protects, hopes, and perseveres, but trust is slow coming. However, desire warms, heats, then sizzles to carry them over the huge abyss between their worlds, to find their touch of heaven on earth.
Matt Yeats, while on a last trail drive, hoping to come to terms with decisions he must make as he takes on the mantle of heir to Hacienda Hermosa, hires Leslyn. Her presence and a near-death experience change his life forever.
Love rises above all barriers
MEET NEVA BROWN
Neva Brown, retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers.
Having spent most of her life on West Texas ranches, she uses that culture and environment in many of her stories.
She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They enjoy visits from their two sons and their families, are always delighted to hear from old friends, and are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living.