Bru Baker spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Most evenings you can find her curled up with a mug of tea, some fuzzy socks, and a book or her laptop. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.
CC: Where do you get your ideas?
BB: I’m a hugely disorganized thinker, which means my brain is always going in a million different directions at once. I can’t think of a time when I’m not actively getting ideas from everything going on around me. My husband and I took our kids to an indoor waterpark for Christmas last year, and I was watching the lifeguards rescue a kid and thinking–hey, what if all the lifeguards were actually otter shifters and this lodge was owned by their clan? That sparked a WIP I’m still dabbling with, and it’s so much fun.
When I was delayed on the way home from GRL last year and stuck overnight at O’Hare, I started talking with the passengers I was in line with and we toyed with the idea of renting a car together even though we’d only just met. That sparked my Dreamspun Desires book that’s due out in March, Tall, Dark and Deported. I’m always finding paper scraps in my purse or pocket with a few words jotted down on them, or emails to myself with a plot bunny in the subject!
CC: Do you like to research?
BB: My degrees are in journalism and political science and I work as a reference librarian. It’s safe to say I love research! I can fall into a research wormhole during a book and lose myself for hours, so I usually set a timer and only allow myself to research for a certain amount of time. I’m the type of writer who wants to know all the background on a character and a place even if that information never makes it into a book. It can be a problem because research is the ultimate procrastination tool. It makes me feel like I’m making headway, but it takes away from my productive writing time.
CC: If you could spend time with one of your characters, what would you do?
BB: I’d go sailing with Ethan and Niall from the Dropping Anchor series. Niall has a yacht in Tortola in Island House that I would love to see, and in Finding Home they sail on Ethan’s catamaran in Seattle. I’ve never been sailing, and I’d love to see if all the research I did for those books was right! Plus I could really do with some pampering right now, and no one knows how to shower someone in luxury quite like Ethan. (And Niall would be a great guy to sit and talk with for hours!)
CC: Can you work on more than one WIP at a time?
BB: Definitely. I don’t write linearly, so when I’m stuck on one manuscript I often hop over to another and write whatever scene has been at the forefront of my mind. It makes editing harder, but it’s a great cure for writer’s block. It usually means I have a metric ton of Post-It Notes all over the wall in my study so I can keep track of the plot lines and characters I’ve got going at any given time, but I thrive in a messy environment.
CC: Have you written something out of the m/m realm?
BB: Actually, I’m currently working on a middle grade fantasy novel. My 9 year old is a huge fantasy fan, and he’s read what I have so far and has been helping me smooth out the plot and plan for the next two books in the trilogy. It’s been a lot of fun to talk with him about it because he brings such a fresh perspective to it. And he’s been desperate to read one of my books for years, so it’s great to finally have one I can share with him without blacking out parts of it!
Her newest novella is More Than Okay,
Something in Jake’s relationship with Connor is changing, and not for the better. The only thing that’s been growing between them recently is silence, and when Connor starts lying about where he’s been and slipping out of bed at night, Jake fears the worst.
Jake gets the surprise of his life when he finds out what Connor has really been doing. It couldn’t be further from what he’d expected. Instead of ending the relationship, Connor has been building up to taking the next step together with a huge romantic surprise for Jake.
The scare shows Jake what’s really important, and the ordeal might make them stronger and bring them closer together than ever before.
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