Author of fantasy, fiction, action/adventure novels.
Books by Nancy Brooks:
The Isle of Cipit
In a Drink
BB&B: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Nancy: I was born and raised in San Francisco to immigrant parents; my father was French-Canadian with ancestry in the British Isles, and my mother is from El Salvador, of Lebanese descent. I grew up within the Salvadoran culture, where I fell in love with stories from the ‘old country’, stories of dwarves, goblins, devils and witches. I wanted to share the Salvadoran tales I had heard, but as I began writing my novels I realized there were so many other cultures out there with similar stories and legends. My quest is to bring these legends back into the mainstream by fusing them with modern-day action-adventure.
B&B: What inspires you to create a story?
Nancy: A face. A moment. A song. Anything and everything can spark a storyline. I’ve even written a short story based upon a scent. When I was younger I’d ask my friends to give me a list of words, and I would write a story for them. Now I ask for a culture or a legend.
BB&B: How do you decide on the setting of your story?
Nancy: I travel a lot, especially to historical sites with my children. The Caretaker was inspired during a trip into Nevada. Seeing the desert and the abandoned mines awakened my imagination, and I could picture my main character living out his existence on a remote piece of land. I wrote The Legendseeker after a trip into Utah. I use San Francisco in my stories as well. I like writing about remote islands and rainforests , because you never know what’s been lying dormant.
BB&B: To what extent do your characters remind you of yourself or someone you know?
Nancy: It may sound silly, but I write my characters the way they want to be written. I can plan how I want their personalities to be, but it never turns out that way. I also try to write them the way I’d love to be: adventurous, brave, and loving. I have written characters based on people I know. I like adding the little ‘inside joke’ now and then, like a friend’s favorite expression.
BB&B: Can you tell us about one of your characters and what it is about that character that you like best? Which book has this character?
Nancy: William Hohnney. LOL I love Bill. He first appears in The Legendseeker as part of a monster-hunting group called Walquer Enterprises. Bill’s life is all about fun and excitement, the thrill of the hunt, finding elusive creatures like Bigfoot, and drinking his five-country limit on beer (Corona, Asahi, Heinekin, etc) He seemingly has no cares in the world, except he’s secretly building a nest egg for his toddler son. I like that he’s persistent yet charming, and though things start to unravel for him, he’s quick to reconsider his situation and ends up doing the right thing. You can count on Bill in the face of danger, and he’ll never leave your side as long as you need him.
BB&B: What do you love best about being an author?
Nancy: I love having my own world. I love the fact that I can leave all of my stress and troubles behind, and just slip through the buttressed roots of a kapok tree in the Amazon. I can hunt for creatures among the hoodoos in Utah, or fight Coyote along the side of a road in the middle of Nevada. I love hearing the voices as my characters engage in dialogue, and I like the way one little idea can turn into a whole journey.
I especially love it when readers talk about my characters as if they were real. I LOVE that.
BB&B: What can fans expect from you in the future?
Nancy: They can expect to see more legends coming to life, more cultures being mentioned, more countries being explored. I’m currently editing a story that starts off in the Yucatan Peninsula and ends up on an island in the Philippines.
BB&B: Do you have any tips for new writers?
Nancy: Write. Just write.
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