I’m excited to have Bren Kyveli – beautiful, vivacious with a warm smile and twinkle in her eyes. A former veterinary technician and receptionist, she is now a stay-at-home mum, full-time writer, blogger and captain of a tightly run ship. In her words she is a ‘wife/writer/mother/chef/maid/personal assistant/financial manager/daycare attendant/naughty mistress.’
Bren declares sweatpants to be the root of all evil, which gives an inkling of how delicious her stories would be. Sexy, erotic, passionate. For style/fashion advice and inspiration, it’s worth keeping an eye on her Pinterest. I also highly recommend reading her blog The Polka Dot Coffee Cup, which features some of her stories (both erotic and non-erotic), helpful articles on writing and her general musings. She also guest blogs regularly on Happy Writers Guild, and planning to publish her novel in Fall 16!
Classy, forthright and plain speaking (yes, she loves Hemingway), Bren Kyveli is a lady of many talents, you can see why I’m excited to interveiw her!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing as far as content?
I think the only type of content I just couldn’t write would be the deep end of the horror genre. Anything purely evil with an excess of blood, guts, gore, or any kind of demonic possessions. And anything to do with harming children or animals. Absolutely not, won’t read it nor write it. With each character I write I try to become that character, to see the fictional world through their eyes, feel what they feel, think like they would think so I couldn’t ever bring myself to delve that deep into that kind of evil.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Well technically, I have yet to finish writing a whole book. The current one I am working on, I’m about half way through and I’ve been writing on it for close to a year. That being said though, flash fiction and short stories I can write and have edited in as little as 48 hours… as long as I have a real deadline like for a contest entry or as a guest on someone else’s blog. Personally deadlines are very fluid.
How do you relax?
Well, by writing actually. I turned my master bedroom walk-in closet into a wonderful little writing oasis, it has candles and a fountain and cute little fairy lights and the walls are painted the most soothing shade of deep lavender. Anyway, after the whole house has gone to bed for the night, I head into my office and write fiction for a couple of hours.
What is your favorite quote?
I actually have it tattooed on the inside of my forearm. It’s a quote by Elizabeth Taylor, it says: “Pour yourself a drink… put on some lipstick… and pull yourself together.”
I love this quote because no matter how bad the situation, all it takes to get through is a little booze to calm the nerves, a moment to center yourself and asses, and a little war paint to keep on going.
Why did you choose to write Romance?
Honestly, I’m not an emotionally based person. I’m very rational and logical and keep emotions locked away in the deepest parts of my mind. Naturally they tend to escape a little sometimes which has always been hard for me to deal with. So I started writing Romance, a genre dedicated solely to emotions. I figured I could create a couple of characters and force them to deal with anger, sadness, loneliness, isolation, depression, lust, jealousy, bitterness, and any other emotion good or bad so I didn’t have to. But it turned out, writing Romance does help me identify and properly deal with those errant emotions.
Bren Kyveli is a contemporary romance/erotica writer, a short story author, and is currently working on a novel which she hopes to have on Amazon by the Fall of 2016. She took to writing fiction a few years ago while her husband was on yet another six-month long deployment. But she’s had a deep love for the written word since she was a toddler; reading everything she could get her hands on and always writing something in fancy journals with lovely pens. She is a stay at home mom of a very spirited little girl and a couple of old rescue mutts, but once her house has gone to bed for the night, she sneaks off into her writing oasis and into her world of fiction… which she still prefers to write with real ink and paper instead of a keyboard.
You can find some of her work over at http://thepolkadotcoffeecup.com or follow her on twitter @AuthorBKyveli