Friday, April 20, 2012

Lois D. Brown Author Interview

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LOIS D. BROWN received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a news correspondent in Washington, D.C. She later completed a Master’s degree in communications and started her own freelance business.

She has written nearly fifty articles and books, many of which are about nutrition and the use of natural food supplements. She worked as the chief editor to a former New York Times best-selling author Dr. Neil Solomon, and she co-wrote a book on time management with former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes.

In 2004 she published a book with psychologist Victoria Anderson catered to Mormons about how to better manage stress and anxiety. She has presented material from this book to large audiences across Utah.

Recently she has turned her interests to writing fiction after realizing the bedtime stories she tells her four children never put them to sleep. 


Tell us your latest news. Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Provo, Utah, home of Brigham Young University.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

What fiction most influenced your childhood, and what effect did those stories have on your writing?
I loved so many books as a kid. A few that I remember in particular are: The Great Brain series, Summer of the Monkeys, The Chronicles of Narnia--Yes, I’m old. :)

Do you feel any competitive pressure from YA books? If not, why not?
I don’t feel competitive pressure for my book CYCLES --probably because it isn’t a paranormal YA book. I think if it were a paranormal I would be sweating it a little more because there are so many paranormal titles to choose from right now.

For those who are unfamiliar with your novel; Cycles, how would you introduce it?
The one problem I have with CYCLES is placing it neatly into a concise category. Technically, it’s an Urban Fantasy with elements of Science Fiction, but that description makes most people say, “huh?”

My blurb I often send to people about the book is this:

When Renee discovers that her neighbor, Dr. Dawson, has bags of his dead daughters frozen blood stored in his basement, she decides it’s up to her to uncover the doctors mysterious past. What she learns, however, is not what she expects. Now she and her friend Sam Miller are on the run, hiding from scientists who want to use what the two teenagers know to change human life forever.

Aside from Renee, Which character have you enjoyed writing the most?
The character of Gamma Didi. She is my favorite. (More so than Renee to tell you the truth.) Gamma is an older woman from the Ohlone tribe in California. When I started to write CYCLES I needed a “mentor character” for my two teenage protagonists. When I started writing Gamma, she literally appeared out of nowhere, and I instantly fell in love with her.

If you could introduce Dr. Dawson to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
His character reminds me of Lupin in the Harry Potter series. Lupin takes on a “fatherly” role for Harry, yet he hides a dark secret from him at the same time.

What was your inspiration for Cycles?
I had the idea for CYCLES at the same time I was diagnosed with Simple Partial Seizures. These seizures don’t affect motor skills, but they can affect all of your five senses (hence their other name: sensory seizures.) My seizures created an odd mesh of symptoms, the most disturbing of which was massive déjà vu where I felt like I had done something a thousand times before. Needless to say, it was weird.

I went to bed one night thinking about my recent trip to the neurologist. In my sleep, I had a vivid dream about a girl who had frightening feelings of having already experienced things before but in another lifetime. It wasn’t reincarnation. Instead, it was like her life just kept repeating itself and she had moments where these “other-life” memories were intensely strong. Next morning I woke up and knew I was going to write a book about it.

Where did you get your idea for Renee?
I have two daughters who both adore horses. I was waiting for them to finish feeding the horses at a barn, when I realized my main character, Renee, needed to love horses and the outdoors. Her bad attitude, at times, is nothing like my girls. :)

What chapter was the most memorable to write and why?
My favorite chapter to write in CYCLES is the “big reveal” of whose secret journal entries have been scattered throughout the pages. It is when the “two” stories in CYCLES meet, and that was very exciting to me as an author.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your teen readers. What would it be?
Be smarter and more courageous than me. Tell yourself you can write a book and then start. It took me 20 years of wanting to write a book before I actually did it.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
I attended a writers’ conference where I learned the “braiding formula.” Writing a balanced story means you take plot, character (which can include setting), and dialogue and then weave them together like a braid. Sounds simple, but it made a big difference to my writing. Often times when I’m in the middle of a section of dialogue that is way too long, I stop and think of the braid and then add in some character or plot.

If I came to your house and looked in your closet/attic/basement, what’s the one thing that would surprise me the most?
A complete set of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” collector cards from 1983. I was/am such a nerd.

Which author would you love to co-author a book with?
2001 Newberry Winner Richard Peck for his book A Year Down Yonder. I think his writing is amazing.

Who was your first boyfriend?
My first “boyfriend” was in first grade. I was reading a book in a bean bag chair when a boy name Patrick came into the library, leaned down and landed a full blown kiss on the lips. Freaked me out completely. That was the beginning and end of our relationship.

What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?
How many times have you been bitten by a rabid dog?

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
GASP! I never lie. I just tell stories.

What’s the worst job you’ve had?
Scooping ice cream at a deli. It looked like fun, but the ice cream was so hard it killed my wrists.

When Renee discovers that her neighbor, Dr. Dawson, has bags of his dead daughter’s frozen blood stored in his basement, she decides it’s up to her to uncover the doctor’s mysterious past. What she learns, however, is not what she expects. Now she and her friend Sam Miller are on the run, hiding from scientists who want to use what the two teenagers know to change human life forever.

Praise for CYCLES

Cycles is tremendously inventive. Brown's writing etiquette keeps you guessing.  JeanBookNerd

You know within the first few pages it's a page turner. The writing is solid and the idea original. Book Cover Justice

From ancient Native American legends to eclipses and genetics, Cycles is wonderfully original and eerily realistic. Bibliophilic Book

Cycles by Lois D. Brown was an interesting read with a unique concept. Imagine you wake up at the hospital and they tell you that your blood type didn’t match any known type. This is the case of Renee after taking a hard fall from an accident. With this newly found information, she discovers that the life she was living was a lie and sets on a journey to find the answers of her true self.

Cycle was tremendously inventive in every aspect. It had great mystery elements stemming from Renee’s cloudy past and the hidden secrets of her life. Usually there are major clues between chapters that they are easy to decipher , but Brown’s writing etiquette keeps you guessing until the end. The fact she’s able to grab your attention from the beginning and keep it until the end is remarkable.

This young-adult mystery is very addictive, integrating supple and lively characters with a plot that is prominent and thrilling. It is fast paced, but yet the ending will come to a bang and shock you for not seeing it coming. The characters’ development, the unique plot, and Brown’s ingenuity are all reasons for a very fun, exciting, and interesting read. 

You can purchase Cycles at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you LOIS D. BROWN for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive one copy of Cycles by Lois D. Brown.
1 Winner will receive one e-copy of Cycles by Lois D. Brown.


  1. I'm reading Stolen by Ella James.

    Thank you for this giveaway. This book sounds very interesting!

  2. Legend by Marie Lu

  3. I'm reading Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning now. :)

  4. " Perfect Chemistry " by Simone Elkeles.

  5. The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  6. I'm reading Pawn of Mine by Tabitha Vale

  7. A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young. :)

  8. The Path by HK Savage (won a signed copy here, on Jeans Blog via a giveaway!) Thanks Jean and HKS!!

  9. splendor by anna godbersen and the breakaway by michelle davidson argyle

  10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

  11. Spartan Surrender by Kristine Cheney! It is wonderful!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I am reading a few books:) thanks a million for the giveaway!!;)


  13. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    I'm reading the second book in the Travis series by Lisa Kleypas, "Blue-Eyed Devil".

    I read a little with every chance I get at work.

  14. The End Begins: The Nine , by Jeff Zweig II Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. I am reading Passion by Lauren Cate.
    Thank's for the giveaway ^_^

  16. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
    Thanks for the contest!

    April K.

  17. I just started Fearless by Tawdra T. Kandle and am liking it so far:) Thank you for taking the time to share this interview with us, I am very intrigued by Cycles, I want to know what happens :)

  18. right now I am reading Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Very good!

  19. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

  20. Currently So I'm a Double Threat by Julie Prestsater

  21. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon!!
    The book is loooong but I'm loving the series!
    Thanks for the giveaway, Jean!!

  22. Until I die by Amy Plum. I love it!

  23. Vigilare by: Brooklyn James Here is a paragraph about the book. :D
    Detectives Gina DeLuca and Tony Gronkowski investigate a string of murders among Vanguard's most loathsome population, rapists and pedophiles.

  24. I'm reading The Scene by R.M. Gilmore :)

  25. Right now I'm reading Entwined by Heather Dixon

  26. Re-reading Everneath by Brodi Ashton :)

  27. I'm re-reading Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan :)

  28. the book im currently reading is evercrossed by elizabeth chandler
    but im almost done it
    after that, im going to read everlasting by elizabeth chandler

  29. My reading The girl who played with fire by stieg larsson

  30. Fated by Benedict Jacka

    Cherry Mischievous

  31. Wow! Thanks so much! Lois for your donation! I can't wait to read it! Thanks so much! :D

  32. GREAT BOOK! I love this book its clean,and very unusual can not say I ever read anything quiet like it .Very fast reading had it read in lease than a day. It kept me so interested i couldn't put it down .highly recommended for young adults,like I said its clean very unusual.

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