After the release of her first two novels, The Light in the Wound and His Wounded Light, Brae never imagined that her words would touch so any people. Her third novel, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June 2014. She lives in Chicago, with her husband and children.
1.) What inspired you to write In This Life?
I wrote In This Life at a time when I was searching for answers for the inexplicable things that had happened to me in the last two years. My books are a reflection of my emotions and feelings at various stages in my life. The stories may or may not be all fiction, but the emotions, thoughts and words are real.
2.) You’ve written a few other romance novels. What attracts you to this type of genre?
Love is universal. It drives our actions, it rules our lives. I believe in it so much, in its power to redeem and change and form a person. My novels are about strong women and their life’s journeys. It just so happens that love and friendship are such important aspects of a woman’s life.
3.) Anna is very spiritual. Was there anything that you wanted readers to take away from the story in that aspect?
I certainly did not want to overdo Anna’s spirituality at all! I hope it didn’t come out as the focal point of the book. What I wanted to write about IMPOSSIBLE love and so I had to find a situation that depicted just that.
4.) Who are your favorite writers? Do you draw any of your inspiration from them or their novels?
Oh my gosh! I could go on and on about my favorite writers, I have so many! My personal stories inspire me, so I don’t really draw my ideas or inspiration from other writers. What I do draw from them is their creativity, their passion for this sometimes thankless art. There are certain authors whose writing styles I adore. They are the ones I strive to emulate. There are many wonderful Indie Authors out there – people know who my favorites are. But I do love the more traditional authors like Anita Shreve, Alice Hoffman, Paul Coelho.
It was really a challenge to embody these characters with that one lesson.
5.) Do you have any good book recommendations?
Yes! I have so many, I don’t know where to begin. So let’s just look at the latest ones I’ve read.
First, I am currently reading Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar.
My all-time favorite book is Hausfrau by Jill Essbaum. There’s Adultery by Paul Coelho. And Tarryn Fisher just released her latest masterpiece, Bad Mommy. Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless is another favorite. I could go on and on, but I think I’ll leave you with those five.
In This Life follows the story of Anna Dillon, who wants to escape her busy life in New York City before she starts medical school in the spring. She ends up volunteering on a medical mission in Thailand with her best friend, Dante. There she meets the passionate and enigmatic Jude Grayson. They’re immediately drawn to him and they share a brief, but fervent affair.
Then Anna has to rush home for a medical emergency, and Jude promises that he’ll stay in touch. But he doesn’t, and Anna tries desperately to move on.
Five years later, and she’s married Dante, after giving up hope that Jude will ever return. And then one day, in a chance meeting, they come face to face again. Anna then she learns the life-altering secret of why Jude never called, and why they can’t be together. But passion that ignited on that Thai beach never died, and it becomes impossible for them to stay apart.
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