Guys, first, I have to say THANK YOU so much for participating in the chat last night. I had so much fun, and I can’t believe how many people came by to ask questions about the series. I’m honored. And humbled. You all are amazing.
Second, I have to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the amazing guy who already selflessly runs The Elementalists fanpage on Facebook, but who ALSO did a transcript of the whole chat! Please take a moment to swing by the Elementalists page and say thank you, or send him a tweet at @merricklicious. As always, he is amazing. (And he just joined twitter, and seriously, you’ll wonder how the site ever got along without him.)
Twitter #SPARK chat transcript 6/10/12
Editor’s Note: I have tried to do the transcript chronologically as ?’s were tweeted; some that cropped up later but related to an earlier tweet, I actually added them back on the earlier comment string.
Brigid: All right! It’s 9pm. I have music! I have coffee! I have all kinds of nerves! Bring on the questions!
Q: What was the most challenging scene for you to write in Spark?
BRIGID: The most challenging scene was definitely the first fire. I’m terrified of house fires, and it was hard to
immerse myself into it.
Q: Favorite Gabriel scene? 🙂 O_O
BRIGID: My favorite Gabriel scene? Probably when he’s sitting on the trail with Hunter after the run. I cried writing it.
Q: What’s your favourite line from the book?
BRIGID: My favorite line from the book? Wow! Um … let me think about it.
Brigid’s edit after reflection: Probably after the second fire, when Gabriel and Hunter are sharing fast food, and Gabriel says he needs to tell Hunter something. Hunter says, “This is so sudden.”
Q: Did you know anything about horses & riding before making Layne an equestrian?
BRIGID: Yes, I rode horses almost all my life. I used to compete.
Q: Brigid, hi would u rather be a vampire or a faerie? WHY? I am just warming up here:)
BRIGID: I would totally be a vampire fairie. 😀 I love them both
Q: What about WRITING about vampire fairies? I WOUD READ THIS!
Later comment: LOL!! I thought somebody would pick up that being an awesome thought! Yes vamp/faerie has not been done?
Brigid: *Quickly adds vampire fairies to writing project list
Q: Do you prefer writing from male or female pov? Do you prefer writing from male or female pov?
BRIGID: It was a real challenge to write in male POV at first, but once I got into it, I loved it. Now it’s easier.
Q: What was the most fun part about writing Spark?
BRIGID: The most fun part of writing spark was all the research, really. So much interesting stuff!
Q: Well… did you ever want to be published with like, Simon and Schuster, Penguin, Harper?
BRIGID: I love Kensington and Allen & Unwin. Can’t say enough good things about them.
Q: Hey!! What’s your favorite song at the moment?
BRIGID: Right now I’m totally loving Slumber by NeedToBreathe and This Time by Imagine
(Later comment) I love Need To Breathe & they were just in Baltimore. 🙂
Brigid: I know! Wish I could’ve seen them.
Q: OH actually I have a burning question! best fire pun you’ve seen? what’s your favourite line from the
BRIGID: Best fire pun? There are SO MANY! OMG. I love the ones that talk about Gabriel’s prowess. 😛
Q: What about your favorite Michael scene? (I do like Michael very much :D)
BRIGID: Favorite Michael scene? Definitely at the end of Spark when Gabriel catches him with Hannah. 🙂
Later comment: That was an awesome scene! I love Michael!
Brigid: Thank you!! I love Michael too. There’s lots of Michael in Spirit
There’s more of Michael and Hannah in Spirit, I promise!
Q: About how many words do you average in a day?
BRIGID: When writing, I try to get as much on paper as I can. I’m slow. Too many other commitments. (Family, Day job, etc.)
Q: What is your fave scent on a guy? I wear a mans scent Joop Homme and the ladies keep asking me what I wear?? lol!!
BRIGID: My favorite scent on a guy? Ummm… Diesel, I think? My husband wears it. 😛
Q: Do you have any plans for writing any novellas?
BRIGID: I’m working on a Nick Merrick novella right now. He’s got a secret…
Later comment: Sweet! I love secrets. I was wondering how a book starring him would work out. He seems so tame.
Brigid: Oh, poor, poor Nick Merrick. Trying times ahead.
Q: What would be your best advice for aspiring writers? 🙂
BRIGID: Best advice for aspiring writers? Read as much as you can. Good stuff AND crap. Learn to tell the difference.
Q: What was your first reaction when you saw the cover for Spark and Storm? 🙂
BRIGID: My first reaction when I saw the covers: complete and total shock. I couldn’t look. It was surreal. Sent to friends first.
Q: Are you writing anything else? YA? Paranormal?
BRIGID: Right now I’m working on something with more of a high fantasy feel
Q: O_O OMG I LOVE HIGH FANTASY!!! Will it be a series? (do you know yet? lol)
BRIGID: Don’t know yet if new story will be a series. I hope so!
Q: Brigid that makes me excited! I love high fantasy. What made you decide to go from paranormal (contemporary-ish) to that?
BRIGID: The high fantasy novel has modern-day elements, too, so it’s not SUCH a far cry. 😀
Q: What was the biggest or best difference between writing Spark and when you wrote Storm?
BRIGID: Biggest difference between writing Spark & Storm: Voice!!! Chris and Gabe are so different. Also, less world bldg.
Q: Have you ever had to cut a character in the middle of a work in progress
BRIGID: I’ve never had to cut a character in the middle of a project, but the villain in Spark was added very late.
Later comment: That was an insane twist! didn’t see that villain coming! love unpredictedness
Brigid: Thanks! I didn’t see it coming either. 😛
Q: Fave way to get your caffeine fix?
BRIGID: COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE. I’m drinking some right now.
Q: Is there any way I can live in your brain with Nick? lol 😀
BRIGID: Sure! He’d probably love the company.
Q: Is there an Aussie word or sentence an aussie blogger used and u did not comprende?
BRIGID: Aussie word I didn’t comprehend…@sazbah remind me of the one you used about your husband?
I think I told you about him chucking a shit? Uh…not PG? :S
Brigid: YES. The Aussie expression I didn’t get.
Bahhaaaaaa!!! LOL!! I can imagine what you thought. We do try not to actually chuck poop! lol!
Q: What scent does Gabriel wear?
BRIGID: Sorry to say I’ve never really thought about what kind of cologne Gabriel would wear
Q: Is it because he smells so nice already?
Comment: Mmm… I guess most teenage boys smell like LYNX deodorant?…and cookies.
Brigid: He totally smells nice already.
Comment: The natural smell of boy and soap, yum:)
Q: Could we just ask which brand he uses? 😀
Brigid: Trying to answer as fast as I can! I
Q: How many books we are going to have in the series? The series is PHENOMENAL btw! <3
BRIGID: Talking about more w/pub right now…and THANK YOU!
Later comment: yay!! 😀 I’m hoping for lots!
Q: What is the one thing you would like to go back and change in Spark if you could?
BRIGID: If I could change one thing in Spark, I’d add a scene where Gabriel apologizes to Quinn
Q: Have you ever had to research a topic that was uncomfortable?
BRIGID: Right now I’m researching what it’s like to be a gay teenager in high school. Some heartbreaking stories.
Q: (im stuffing up tweetes so idk if you’re getting them) buuut are you still adding an Australian character to Spirit?
BRIGID: I didn’t put an Aussie character in Spirit because the guy was such a jerk. I’ll have an Aussie in next one. Promise
Q: Did you expect to get the response you got from Hunter? he has a lot of fans:D
BRIGID: I’m so glad Hunter has a lot of fans!! His novel is full of action and violence and sexytimes.
Comment: Ooooo Sexi times!! Looking forward to Spirit:)
Later retweet: The next one’s gonna be ‘SEXY’
Brigid: FO SHO
Q: Hey, so Gabriel, I don’t feel your story is done, do you? I think we should discuss this with Brigid!
BRIGID: Gabriel Merrick isn’t going anywhere, I promise. 😀
Also: You DID promise I could play with him in the shower…what happened to that?
Q: I loved Gabriel and Hunter’s budding friendship! Hope it lasts
BRIGID: Glad you like Hunter & Gabriel bromance!! It’s tested in Spirit, for absolute sure.
Comment: Awesome, I love the easyness of it but also the tension considering who Hunter is
Comment: Nods! I love Hunter and Gabriel at moment I am only half thru Spark Ooooo Smexi times!! Looking forward to Spirit:)
Q: What’s your favorite literary classic?
BRIGID: Twilight. NO! OMG, I’m kidding. Sorta
Q: Finished the book as we’re speaking! 5 STARS, review to come tonight 😉 but still confused on the vanishing of Layne’s scars?
BRIGID: Thank you so much!! I’ll answer later so not to be spoilery. 😀
Q: Are your deadlines demanding? I know Storm and Spark came out really fast, yet Spirit is… far off?
BRIGID: Deadlines can be very demanding, but I’ve got a lot of balls in the air. I didn’t pick release dates. Dunno. *shrug*
Q: Because I’m weird and read @GabrielMerrick‘s Twitter profile, what KIND of cookies does he like? O_O
BRIGID: Gabriel likes Oreos. There’s a scene in Spirit where he makes dinner by breaking oreos into a bowl of milk.
Q: Brigid, how does he feel about all these new fangled oreos e.g. birthday cake, candy corn, etc?
Gabriel: Dude. I like all cookies.
Q: Even the ones with raisins?!
Gabriel: I love raisins, baby.
Q: How do you feel about TimTams? (P.S. The only acceptable answer is that you love them more than life itself.)
Gabriel: How do I feel about Tim Tams? Who’s feeding them to me?
Gabriel: I’m sure there would be PLENTY of people who would offer. You can pick.Of course, I can feed you TimTams…
Gabriel: Bring on the Tim Tams, baby.
Comment: I’m seriously slacking on my book reading I still haven’t read “Spark” by @BrigidKemmerermust buy on Tuesday !!!!
Brigid: Thank you! I hope you like it!
Q: How was it for you to write that scene in STORM when Becca almost gets raped?
BRIGID: Very challenging. I cried.
Q: What music do you have playing right now at your home?
BRIGID: Right now it’s One Direction
Q: Could you see writing another Michael novella, or full length book?
BRIGID: Definitely a full book for Michael. In talks now.
Comment: Perfect! Michael deserves a happy ending too. 😀
Brigid: I hope I get to write one for him! 😀
Comment: Ooooh, I can’t WAIT to see this <3
Later comment: that made me so HAPPY!! Love Michael 😀
Brigid: Thank you!! So glad you like him!
Q: Do you have a favorite love triangle?
BRIGID: I didn’t mind the triangle in Twilight.
Q: When you were writing Spark when was your “aha” moment when you knew it was going to be as amazing as it turned out?
BRIGID: I had no idea how Spark would turn out. I was terrified to read it back
Q: What are you reading right now? 🙂
BRIGID: Right now I’m reading DON’T LET ME GO by @JHTrumbleand it is EFFING AMAZING. A must read. Seriously.
Comment: Also just want to say that Layne is super awesome and a great heroine!
Brigid: Thank you so much!!
Q: Is there going to be a large time lapse between any of books like you did with Elemental and Storm?
BRIGID: I don’t have any major time lapses planned in the Elemental storyline.
Editor’s Note: THIS ONE IS MY FAVOURITE LINE OF THE NIGHT!!!
(I tried 2b good and NOT say it…SO happy someone else did!!!)
Comment: Possibly it’s rather juvenile, but I am rather amused by your comment about lots of balls in the air, eg The Merrick boys.
Q: Which actor would you dream-cast to play Gabriel—dead or alive? 🙂
BRIGID: Dream cast Gabriel? Probably Grey Damon
Later comment: Oo yes that is on interview Q & A, lol! I just checked grey Damon out, not heard of him . He is pretty! pic.twitter.com/LN9hTqJp
Q: On your playlist, back of Spark. What song do you belt out like nobody is listening?
BRIGID: Song I belt out like crazy? “Something Beautiful” by NeedToBreathe. Elemental series theme song
Comment: PLEASE STAY IN MD. You’re like, one of the few authors who live in MD, like me. I guess this wasn’t a question lol.
Brigid: Hahaha, I have no plans to move. 😛
YAY! I missed the B&N signing, but I will be there for others. Constellation Books in Reisterstown! *nudge nudge* lol
Brigid: I don’t know that bookstore! I’ll have to check it out and see if they want to do an event. It’s an indie bookstore, and I love ’em! Such nice ladies 🙂
Q: Not sure if this was asked already, what is your favorite go-to snack when you are writing?
BRIGID: Favorite snack when writing? Popcorn. 😛
Q: do you think Gabriel’s short temper and anger issues are directly related to his element?
Q: Which genre do you prefer writing?
BRIGID: I prefer to write paranormal romance. But I wouldn’t mind doing a contemporary.
Q: Have your lovely publishers discussed bringing you to Australia? You can tell me I won’t tell anyone…just whisper…ssh
BRIGID: My publishers haven’t discussed bringing me to Australia. I keep begging my husband.
Comment: We are all waiting patiently for you to come:) Lamingtons and Caramello Koalas await you 🙂
Brigid: I’m catching up, guys! More Spark questions? Writing questions? Personal questions? Publishing questions?
Q: what is it about Starbucks that draws you so? 😉
BRIGID: The fact that my kids aren’t there. 😛
Q: Which character is the most frustrating to write?
BRIGID: Hunter!! He has no family to fall back on. Very sad in his head.
Comment: I am very interested to learn more about Hunter. He seems to have so much potential.
Brigid: Hunter was a fascinating character to write. Very much outside the box for me
Comment: I loved Hunter’s description, I was like giddy up! Hunter seems quite wise especially with Gabriel.
Brigid: Thank you! Hunter is kind of a mess underneath.
Q: What’s your favorite type of cookie? 😀
BRIGID: Squishy sugar cookies. 😀
Q: One Q you have been asked too many times?
BRIGID: Oh goodness. Um… I don’t know! 😛
Comment: I hope that the Merrick Bros. landscaping business stays afloat!
Brigid: Tough times…
Q: What’s the hardest thing about writing novellas?
BRIGID: Hardest part about writing novellas? Keeping them short!
Q: What makes Nick and Quinn work? Honestly don’t know what he sees in her!
BRIGID: His novella will explain.
Q: what does your hubby think of you writing about sexy teenage boys?
BRIGID: Hey @Mikekem Answer, please? ->
Q: Do you still find yourself staring at loverly guys thinking he could SO be ___!
BRIGID: YES. All the time.
Q: which brother would you have liked as a teenager & would it be the same now?
BRIGID: As a teen? Gabriel. Now? Michael.
Q: Have people asked you if Gabriel is a boxer or briefs guy?
BRIGID: Yes!! More than once!
Comment: I think @BadassBookieasked this to ALL the brothers, and they offered to pin @merrick_chrisdown & check.
I’d love to hear the answer again, though >:D
Comment: Actually Gabriel is a commando guy. Nick wears boxer briefs 🙂
Brigid: NOT TRUE. I’m sure Gabriel is a boxers guy. The boxer-brief ones that aren’t too loose.
Q: Did you always intend to focus on a different character with each book?
BRIGID: I hoped to. So glad when editor agreed
Q: Favorite of all the brothers? 😉
BRIGID: I love them all!! They’re like my kids! Wait. Ew
Editor’s note: I think she means CHOOSING between the brothers would be like choosing between her kids!;)
Q: Favorite TV show (that sometimes influences you writing)…
BRIGID: Vampire Diaries!! For sure.
Comment: Can’t wait for the TVD S4 premiere next week!!
Brigid: OMG!! ME TOO!!
Q: How do we get you to come to Australia?
BRIGID: Send me a plane ticket. Or five thousand dollars. Your call. 😛
Q: Do you have a favorite Disney princess?
BRIGID: Belle! Beauty and the Beast all the way !!
Q: do the brothers have favourite Disney princesses?
BRIGID: Ha! I imagine Gabriel rolling his eyes
Comment: I am only half thru #spark, I love how Layney who has plained herself down is catching Gabriel’s eye. Love Simon’s character.
Brigid: Thank you so much!! So glad you like Layne and Simon!
Q: (LOL!! Oops I put Layney, I meant Layne. I read a lot!) Did you research signing for Simon’s character?
BRIGID: I watched a lot of YouTube videos on signing and read about deaf programs for research on Simon.
Comment: I really liked how you have included Simon’s character.
Brigid: Thank you!!
Q: What was your favorite scene to write in Spark?
BRIGID: Favorite scene to write in Spark? When Gabriel and Layne are playing Truth or Dare
Q: I like that they all start with “S”… was that hard to come up with?
BRIGID: My editor came up with them.
Q: Could you have chosen titles? Or up to your editor?
BRIGID: Pub has final say. Bks 1 & 2 originally Elemental & Incendiary.
Q: How did you decide which brother would be first to be written?
BRIGID: Chris just kinda worked for the first brother.
Comment: Not a ?, but I wanted u to know how much I appreciate that all ur characters have NORMAL names! I hate crazy names in YA lit
Brigid: Thank you! I try. 😀
Q: Do you have a fave book boyfriend?
BRIGID: Etienne St. Clair. Come on. 😀
Q: Any way we can get a teaser of Spirit or Nick’s novella??
BRIGID: Spirit teaser: someone dies.
Q: When you are writing do you find yourself overusing words and if so which ones?
BRIGID: Yes. I talk about breathing too much.
Q: Did any real-life event inspire a scene in your books?
BRIGID: Hmm. Nope, all from my head.
Q: Is there a possibility of a combined book where the POV changes throughout?
BRIGID: Maybe! Trying to work it out.
Q: Which of the girls was the most difficult to write?
BRIGID: Kate, in Spirit. She’s a firecracker.
Q: What countries is Elemental series currently selling in?
BRIGID: Avail in English everywhere.
Q: Can you tell us some of the other names you considered before the ones you chose?
BRIGID: Hunter was originally Garrett
Q: What was your last adult read that you enjoyed?
BRIGID: Jumbo by @_ToddYoung. Amazing. M/M Romance
Q: Besides Hunter, are any of the Merrick boys into tattoos?
BRIGID: Michael would be most likely.
Comment: Thank you for writing! Not a ? but I just wanted to let you know. I
Brigid: Thank you so much!!
Comment: I LOVE the titles of this series. They work perfect with the characters. Memorable for whose book it is too:)
Brigid: Thank you so much!!
Q: I know you’ve been asked about coming to Australia so if you do ask to come to Perth, I’d love to meet you!! 🙂
BRIGID: Thank you so much! I’d love to meet you too!
Q: Did the romantic interests for each brother develop as the book was written or did you know up front?
BRIGID: Romantic interests for each brother developed organically. Didn’t know up front.
Q: What is your fave home cooked dinner?
BRIGID: Um … steak and potatoes. 🙂
Q: Were there any particular scenes they asked you to revise or pull?
Brigid: I’ll keep taking questions as long as you all have ’em. Wowza. I’ve never typed so fast. 🙂
Q: Which character took you the farthest from your original idea?
BRIGID: Kate, in Spirit, by far. Total change.
Q: How was it portraying the element of fire?
BRIGID: Fire was so exciting to write. Became its own character, really.
Q: How many more novella’s do you currently have planned?
BRIGID: Right now, just Nick’s.
Q: Are you working on anything other than the elemental series?
BRIGID: Yep! Something new. High fantasy. 😀
Comment: The fire scenes I have read so far in Spark, I really felt the heat. You did an awesome job of those scenes, power of fire.
Brigid: Thank you so much! I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make it work.
I felt the same with Storm and the winds and rain. You do write those scenes almost 3D. Looking forward to Spirit:)
Brigid: Yay! So glad you liked it!
Q: Did you ever want your publishers to publish the Elemental series in hardcover?
BRIGID: I’m actually glad the series came out in paperback. Cheaper for people to take a shot on a new author
Comment: VERY true, and I agree. I was just wondering. Some authors really want the HCDJ-then-PB-release-one-year-later thing.
Comment: My library has three copies of storm!
Brigid: Yay!! I love hearing that it’s in libraries! Are you in US or AUS?
Comment: Our library FINALLY got the copies processed, I always make sure it’s on display. I also made three coworkers read it 🙂
Brigid: You’re so sweet!! Thank you!!
Comment: I for one am glad I grabbed Elemental when it was free. Found a new favourite, realistic series.
Brigid: Thank you so much!
Comment: this is how much I love your series. http://bit.ly/R6BJSo
Brigid: Oh wow!! Thank you!!
Q: Is there a most memorable thing somebody said to you about this series?
BRIGID: I’m still shocked that ppl are reading my books.
Comment: We are still shocked that you are shocked!
Q: Do you have a theme song yet for the high fantasy wip?
BRIGID: Not yet. 🙂
Comment: High fantasy: Love! #excited
Brigid: Thank you!!
Q: Do you think a bound, printed copy of ALL of your novellas could/will be published? #SPARK
BRIGID: I hope so!
Q: Have you ever had a fangirl moment when meeting an author?
BRIGID: Totally cried listening to @SimoneElkeles speak
Q: Which Element would you choose if you had to choose one to be?
BRIGID: Spirit! Control all! 😀
Comment: Not a question, just wanted to say you created the twin connection really well with Gabriel and Nick. Totally related.
Brigid: Are you a twin? Thank you so much!! So glad it worked!!
Yes, I am. Always like seeing how they’re written in books. On a twin-reading, I related SO much to Gabriel in #spark
Brigid: Oh wow, that really means a lot. Thank you so much.
No, thank you for writing their relationship so well!
Q: If your Merricklicious husband was not in the picture, which one of the boys would you most likely date? 😉
Q: Do you think that being an author means that you have to be really open about yourself?
BRIGID: I’m a pretty open person overall, so it hasn’t changed my general way of relating to people. I’ll talk about anything.
Q: Your characters are so relatable to teens! (takes one to know one) How do you keep things so up-to-date?
BRIGID: Wow, thank you!! I … don’t know. I’m a big time people watcher.
Comment: 😀 Me too. I find it interesting what people will do when they think no one is watching!
Brigid: All right, I think I’ll do a five minute call to end the #sparkchat. Any more questions?
Q: So 2 of your boys are pretty young, but how has Mom’s awesomeness affected them, or how do they react to it?
BRIGID: I have a great picture of my 5yo reaching to grab my book off a shelf at B&N. Totally made me cry.
Q: What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever written? 🙂
BRIGID: Sitting in a hotel basement, on the floor, at RWA
Q: Which sequel are you most looking forward to?
BRIGID: Of another series? Tough question!
Q: What is the best advice you can give to a writer who wants to write about controversial topics/taboo?
BRIGID: Best tip on writing controversial topics? Don’t back away from it. Write it honestly. No fear! Regarding possible interracial relationship: maybe. 🙂
Comment: HECKS YEAH!!!
Q: What is your favorite YA high fantasy book/series?
BRIGID: Honestly, I hardly read any high fantasy at all. Loved Throne of Glass (earlier manuscript) and The Goose Girl
Thanks! high fantasy is my fave genre, and since I love your Elemental series, I’m thrilled you’re doing high fantasy.
Brigid: You guys have been SO AMAZING, and I can’t tell you how much it means that so many of you showed up to chat about #spark!!
Editor’s Note: That last comment was not the last comment; Brigid had actually tweeted that a couple minutes beforehand. But after the high fantasy ? it was at this point Twitter acutally BLOCKED Brigid from Tweeting since she had tweeted about 10,000 times yesterday! So we thought that was an appropriate revision of the script! lol We are sure she would have continued, or at least until her husband drug her away from the screen and hid the computers and all mobile devices in the house!
(Brigid’s edit: He totally did do that!!)