Bri Clark did not begin life on an easy foot. Growing up on the poor side in a Southern town, Ms. Clark quickly learned street smarts, while at the same time caring for her brother within a broken home. After making a few bad choices, including leaving school, living on her own at a young age and participating in rebelious activity, a judge turned her life around by giving her a choice of shaping up her life or spending time in jail.
After this eye-opening experience, Bri Clark brought herself up from the dregs of the street, worked hard and ended up co-owning an extremely successful construction business. She then lost everything during the real estate crash. After this time, Ms. Clark moved west and lived with her husband and four children within a 900 square foot apartment.
Bri Clark often tells friends, “I can do poor. I’m good at poor. It’s prosperity that I’m not used to.” She and her husband Chris live in Boise, where she is known as the “Belle of Boise” for her “true southern accent, bold demeanor and hospitable nature.”
Ms. Clark is no stranger in the publishing industry. She is a known author, professional reviewer, blogger, and author platform consultant. Bri Clark enjoys all aspects of her career; from the creation of story to the branding and marketing needed to make her books successful. Ms. Clark is a woman of many successes and talents.
Thank you for this interview, Bri. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Gladly, I’m sassy, bold, impertinent in just about anything I do. I have two boys, two girls. Married to an alpha male with beta cloaking capabilities whom I adore for 10 years. I’ve wrote since high school where I was published in some small circulations.
Do you write full-time?
Yes, at least five hours a day I work in some kind of industry capacity.
You’ve met an old friend from high school and you want to pitch your book to him/her in five minutes or less. What would you say?
I’d talk to them, catch up. Ask them about themselves then when they reciprocated the question, I’d say. I’m an author. Which always causes the next logical question, “What have you wrote?” Answer “My recent release Glazier is a paranormal romance, about a soccer mom turned amnesic supernatural spy.” I’m not out to spam people with my books, I want to know people, to appreciate my readers is my ultimate goal.
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?
While Glazier is a sweet, a romance without any offensive material, it is a tad violent. My intended audience is women 18-50. However, it crosses into YA and Sci-fi and Thriller.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I didn’t. I just write, and this is what happened.
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?
Sure, but that’s what support and critique partners are for.
Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place?
I have an office with a big purple leather chair and ottoman. Then there is a simple corner desk in my bedroom. I hate writing fiction at my office desk. It’s where I blog, etc.
What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?
I had to do research on Norway, Canada, Vermont, Egypt and British slang for my male lead, Henry Tennison. He’s a British rogue and Glazier spy too.
Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them? Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent?
Astraea Press, Nope no agent. It was all me. I found them through social media and answered a submission call.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Facebook ad, social media, guest posts, blog tour, established genre specific reviewers.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Establish an author platform prior to publication. Share the books you love more than your own.
What’s next for you?
In October I’ll be a featured speaker and author at the Annual Idaho Book Extravaganza. Halloween I release a novella entitled Scent of a Witch. Then I have two other contracts to fulfill for Eternal Witch and Mafia Seduzione. Then I’ll get to focus on Glazier’s sequel Venim.
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