3Q’s Special – Theresa Braun never wakes a sleepwalker!

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I try really hard to have a solid memory about book stuff – so I am super duper confident that today’s guest has the distinction of being the first author out there to ever ask me for a blurb! I still remember getting the message and being completely blown away that someone as talented as Theresa was asking ME (WHAT!) to blurb their work! 

I’m a huge fan of Theresa’s work and I’m super excited to welcome her as today’s Special 3Q’s Bonus guest!

Please, welcome Theresa!

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Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
TB: Ugh. I really wish I had a much better answer for this. Currently, I’m trying to strategize what I can do regarding my day job so that I can set aside more time and energy for my writing. Being an educator means that the bulk of my time is grading, grading, and more grading. And grading some more… When I’m not working, I really work best when I have a deadline—like a submission call or a set release date. That really lights a fire under me! I would love to one day get into a daily writing schedule with a word count minimum. #lifegoals


Steve: You decide to host a writer’s retreat. One weekend in a luxury house on an island. What three other authors do you invite to come along?
TB: I would definitely reach out to Steve Stred. He’s super down-to-earth and such a genuine person. Not to mention, he has such a creative mind and a fun personality. Hanging out and brainstorming with him would be epic. (Is that against the rules to invite the interviewer? If so, I’ll continue with 3 more…) (Steve note – I usually try and not comment on interview replies – but this would be so much fun! Especially with J.H.!!)
J.H. Moncrieff is a top choice. A fun fact—we both met on a writers’ retreat in Transylvania eons ago, where we found out we clicked and had so much in common. I adore her as a person, and I admire her as a writer. What a gem of a human being. We’re actually travelling together soon and hope to discover some new haunted places—fodder for inspiring future fiction.
I’d love to invite Candace Robinson. We’ve been long-time virtual friends (she’s also in the Emporium of Superstition with me!) and have supported each other for years. Whenever either of us needs a beta-read, we have each other’s backs. She’s been a great cheerleader and source of information, especially when it comes to starting up TikTok, for example. (I swore I’d never get on there, and now I’m eating my own words). She’s got such spunky, creative energy and would be a ton of fun.
Caryn Larrinaga is another pick for an invitation. She’s another author friend in my life who has that vibrant, creative vibe. Such an imaginative and genuine person, not to mention such an amazing support. I’m sure we’d be up all night spinning ghost stories and hatching spooky plots.
If I could invite 3 authors I don’t know personally, alive or dead, here’s my list: Mary Shelley, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Taylor Jenkins Reid. Edgar Allan Poe and Shakespeare would definitely be runners up, though…


Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
TB: In October, Emporium of Superstition was released. It’s a spooky anthology of revamped old wives’ tales. A total of twelve female authors “draw on the ancient tales your grandmothers warned you about. From demons living amongst humans, to ghosts lurking in the shadows, and even gods looming above, these recountings will surely inspire a fright.” (That’s from the book blurb). My story is about why you should never wake a sleepwalker! A teenage son is terrified that his father is going to do harm to himself or others while he sleeps; however, the son has his own horrific secrets he’s been keeping.
Here are a couple of plugs for this amazing anthology:
“This gorgeous, epic tome of dark fantasy and horror tales is absolutely unforgettable. Featuring established authors like Theresa Braun and Candace Robinson along with a number of promising newcomers, this book takes you on a journey through magic and the macabre. You don’t want to miss Emporium of Superstition. It’s sure to be one of the best anthologies of the year.” –Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens and Reluctant Immortals
“From cats stealing your breath, to the misfortune of cracked mirrors, this tricky little trove of bite-sized horrors is candy for the superstitious, and will quench the craving for a Halloween treat.” –A.G. Howard, best-selling author of the Splintered Series


Steve: Bonus Question! You receive an invitation in the mail from one of these two people. The invitation invites you to have dinner and spend the night in their home. Do you accept the invitation from Victor Frankenstein or Dracula and why?
TB: What an incredible question! That really made me think. I’ve always been a fan of vampires, probably since birth. There’s something sexy about having such control over mortals, while at the same time being invincible. And the power of seduction they have is pretty cool. That’s not even taking into consideration the atmospheric castle and gothic décor—yes, please! Also, I’d imagine that vampires would be masters of conversation (being alive for so long and all), and that really turns me on. I realize there are downsides to the undead, but it’s just one dinner/overnight stay, right? Besides, Victor Frankenstein is super into himself and his creation. If he didn’t have the time of day for his fiancé, I doubt he’d have much interest in bonding with me. He might have invited me to his humble abode, but I’m less interested in what he has to say. Every time I read the novel, I root for the poor monster.

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Excellent choice! Thank you so much, Theresa for doing this! Keep an eye out, as the audiobook of Fountain Dead will be arriving soon, as well as a new release!

To find more of her work – check the links!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Braun/e/B007YTA6C2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tbraun_author

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