A Little About
A Different Kind of Black Belt
While relearning self defense and pushing the limits of her body, new friends drag her to church. She develops an affinity for The Book of Job and the way it parallels her life.
She also discovers a side of her handsome, young physical therapist, Ty Townsend, she can't resist.
When things begin to escalate with bullies and racism at school, her estranged mother appears which only makes matters worse. Somehow she must find the strength to overcome these adversities and win at not only love and life, but in the ring.
Author's Rating: PG-13 due to themes of suicide and self harm.
Ten Things You Should Know
About Lira Brannon
I will listen to anything that doesn't have words (words tend to distract me) so I listen to movie soundtracks such as the one from the new Tarzan movie and the Harry Potter films. I like to go to 8tracks.com where there are great playlists.
2. What is the first thing you remember writing?
When I was nine my great-grandmother decided that I should learn to type. She had an ancient typewriter with the keys and tape that took a lot of finger strength to move. I started out slow, but once I got the hang of it I have been pecking out stories and poems ever since. An amazing thing is that despite raising nine children and being an Air Force wife, my mother kept a lot of my first poems and books. I found many of these after she passed away and just had to shake my head at her tenacity.
3. Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?
In general I try not to do this, however, in my book A Different Kind of Black Belt, there is a coffee shop called JoAnn's (my mom's name), though the proprietor is nothing like my mother.
4. What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources?
Any name generator such as Fantasy Name Generators. I love these
On a more serious note, I find myself visiting Helping Writers Become Authors and Now Novel quite often. Both have great articles and refresher courses that keep me on track in my writing endeavors.
5. Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?
I use both. I do most of my work at the desktop on the scrivener software, but I also have kids so as I run them between activities, I take pen and paper. Often this time is spent editing, though I am ready if inspiration does strike while I am out and about.
6. What project are you working on now?
I have several projects on the stove right now, though a favorite is a steampunk Cinderella I hope to have out in the fall. I also have a middle grade, Of Christmas, Girls, and Squirrels, in the editing process. I am working with an illustrator for a picture book called Daddy-lion Wishes. Hotshot Romance and A Different Kind of Cheerleader will be re-released under my own imprint, Cypress Knoll Press, sometime this year.
7. What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?
Popcorn, hot chocolate--the darker the better, and Sunkist for a caffeine fix.
8. Do you have any furry writing buddies? (Or scaled or feathered?)
Last summer, my daughter found a kitten in a McDonalds cup on the road. We named it Ryo McKitten. She is now a sassy beauty with a blanket on my desk she spends many an hour on. I also have a clingy terrier mix called Jack who has a beanbag right at my feet, and the boxer, Lucy, just a few feet away on her bed. I have plenty of helpers that make appropriate protesting noises when I stay up too late or listen to my music too loud.
9. Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?
I have more interests than I have time! I like to sew, paint, draw, and color. When I get stuck on a project, I go outside where I garden, ride horses, or just spend time soaking up the sun.
10. Who are your 3 favorite characters in your book(s)?
First has to be Jill from Hotshot Romance. She's upbeat, competent, and brave with just a touch of vulnerability from her past. Definitely someone who would be a great friend.
Then there's Tansy, the 12 year-old from A Different Kind of Cheerleader. She never quits dreaming.
From Four Days to Fusion, I like Trey. He started out as a secondary character and just kept taking over scenes until I had to give him a bigger part. This created a love-triangle, but it couldn't be helped. He's just too cool, for a star that is.
But to be honest, I like all of my characters. Each of them have a little bit of someone I know in them, usually the good.