Q&A with #YA Author Brinda Berry (& W*n Whisper of Memory)

First, thanks to those of you who joined in the chat over at Savvy Authors last night. It was mostly shop talk about time-management, but the chats are always interesting!

I’m thrilled to welcome author Brinda Berry to the blog today! She’s been gracious enough to subject herself to the Preternatura interview and talk about her new book, Whisper of Memory, the second book in her YA Whispering Woods series. You can also learn more about Nancy and her books by checking out her website. And read on to win a copy of Whisper of Memory or the first book in the series, The Waiting Booth.

ABOUT WHISPER OF MEMORY: Weapons training and winter formals…a deadly combination. All Mia ever wanted was to fit in at Whispering Woods High. But being a portal-finder who dates a guy from another dimension sort of makes it hard. Mia’s brother disappeared over a year ago, and agents from the IIA began policing people’s movements through dimensions. She’d trusted Dr. Bleeker from the local university when he’d told her the IIA were the bad guys. But even a girl with an extraordinary ability to sense things can make mistakes. Now two people are dead, and as a portal gatekeeper for the IIA, Mia needs to find Dr. Bleeker before he hurts anyone else. And her boyfriend Regulus, an Agent for the IIA, carries secrets of his own. Between learning about weaponry, finding the perfect dress for the winter formal, and catching bad guys, who has time to fit in?

Read on to meet Brinda and comment for a chance to win!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?

Whisper of Memory is the second book in the Whispering Woods series. It’s the story of high school senior Mia Taylor who is dealing with a missing older brother, a new hunky boyfriend, a dimensional portal, snarky gamer friends, and no dress for the winter formal. Did I mention the evil science professor?

What is your favorite scene in the book?

There is a scene in Whisper of Memory where everything is falling apart for Mia. She wants to wallow in self-pity, but she doesn’t because she’s not that kind of girl. She picks herself up and goes on to fight. I love strong females in novels and film. I’m happy that Mia’s character is one of them.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?

My TBR pile is enormous. If it were not for ebooks, I’d look like I belonged on an edition of the television show, Hoarders. I’m currently reading Legend by Marie Lu. My next read will be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Favorite book when you were a child:

The Boxcar Children

Your five favorite authors:

I have so many authors that I love. I’ll stick with contemporary authors for this answer. Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Dan Brown, Maggie Stiefvater, and Stephanie Perkins. That’s my answer this week. I say this because I only discovered Stephanie Perkins in the last two weeks and inhaled both her contemporary YA books. She has this great voice. Who knows who I’ll discover next week!

Favorite book about books or writing:

On Writing by Stephen King

Thanks, Brinda! Want to win a copy of Whisper of Memory (or the first in the series)? Leave a comment—do you read YA and, if so, what do you like about it? I do enjoy reading some YA because there seems to be more thinking outside the tried-and-true plot devices. You know the rest of the drill. One entry for comment, another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. Now…Go forth and comment!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

18 thoughts on “Q&A with #YA Author Brinda Berry (& W*n Whisper of Memory)

  1. I read some young adult. I usually look for books that are a little bit outside of the box. A different plot twist or unusual mythology.

  2. I think Brinda Berry is an amazing author! I love the way as a reader I feel like I can morph into her character Mia. When an author gives me the chance to experience his or her writing on another level I’m hooked!! Love YA genre and the authors who take a bit of a leap from the norm!!

  3. I like YA because they have very interesting stories and characters.

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  4. I read loads of YA and I love it. I like the storylines, I like that there’s usually not too much violence, and that the characters don’t automatically jump into bed together! I’m sure that if the books i read were adult rather than young adult I would still read them, so maybe it’s just that the type of storylines I want to read are just YA titles? Who knows really!
    Sorry, I’m rambling now!
    Whisper of memory looks really good and I will definitely be checking out the series on amazon.
    Thanks for bringing this to my attention 🙂

  5. I started getting into YA literature last year when I realized I knew almost nothing about it. It’s important to me as a bookseller to understand the popular authors, trends and themes in as many genres as possible.

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  6. i read some YA because some can be more hopeful than some adult book and i read to evade myself, to dream so these can be really good sometimes

    I would love to win the first book of this series that i didn’t know.
    Thanks you for this opportunity

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  7. Hi Suzanne- Thanks so much for letting me hang out with you and your readers today!

    I’m sending a “virtual wave” to all your readers. 🙂

  8. I read adult and YA. I love the innocence in some Ya as well as the drama. It is different from adult but I love them both. I guess I just like the variety.

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  9. I don’t read YA often. When I do, I’m very picky.

    The story sounds right up my alley and that cover rocks! Very nice!

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  10. I love YA because I love coming of age stories!

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  11. I love reading YA and the book that still remind in my head right now and make me really love this book is iron king (iron fey series). I love YA’s book is just make me think about sweet thing when we were teen 🙂


  12. I read YA a LOT. Some of the best stuff in fiction right now is coming out of YA, and if you don’t read it because it’s “not for adults” you are doing yourself a real disservice. The plots and themes and subject matter are not all about shopping and boyfriends and superficial things. They are dark and real and deep. The story element that makes something YA is just that the main characters are teenagers, and therefore dealing with the events of the story through the experiences of a teenager. They still deal with very adult themes. They’re perfect because teens can read them and relate because they’re living similar experiences right now (and this is true even with the paranormal or other fantasy storylines–they have a connection to reality that teens pick up on), and adults can read them and remember having lived these experiences. It’s a visceral reaction, sometimes. And that’s what fiction should strive for–to draw a true reaction from the reader.

    Ok, I’m going to shut up now. But seriously, YA is the best.

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  13. Thanks for the lovely interview. I hardly ever read YA but your series intrigues me enough to want to try it. If I win, I’d love the first book please.

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  14. I read pleanty of YA (and many other genres, too), although I’m very picky. There are some good books, some awful ones, some AWESOME ones. I like how many authors address really important themes and I think it’s really difficult to deal with teens and their reading habits

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  15. Hi. I like to read young adult fiction. i haven’t in a while though. i used to read it a lot as a teen. especially the series. but now i am starting up again bc of some books that i picked up at lets talk romance wordpress. so i am hoping to continue. plus they keep me in touch with what i thought was wrong.

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