Brandi Megan Granett - Writing To Find Out What is Going To Happen
When Brandi Megan Granett is not practising archery, teaching or mothering, she writes romance novels with engrossing plots and conflicted heroines. Granett calls herself a total pantser, as she literally has no idea what is going to happen once she starts writing, which means that her books often contain surprises that you won't see coming. As our Author of the Day, Granett chats about love triangles, reveals her biggest obsession and shares some solid writing advice with us.
Please give us a short introduction to what Triple Love Score is about.
Triple Love Score is about a woman at a crossroads. She find herself needing to choose between different paths in life and love.
Tell us about your main character, Miranda Shane - who is she and what makes her so special? Miranda Shane is a poetry professor who stumbles upon internet fame with poetry made on Scrabble boards. After losing her mother at a young age, Miranda always struggled with trusting herself, her art, and love. Now a fully an adult, she is ready to make some changes.
What inspired the use of a Scrabble board instead of paper for Miranda Shane to write poems with?
At the time I was writing Triple Love Score, I was playing a lot of online Scrabble, and I found myself amazed at how things from the internet went viral beyond the computer with things like Grumpy Cat stuffed animals appearing on store shelves. I found myself wondering what else could be made viral.
Doing something unexpected leads Miranda Shane to what she actually had always wanted. How often do you think this happens in real life?
How often? I’m a romantic, so I like to believe it happens more than we realize. I like to think everything happens for a reason, and the paths we find ourselves on are for a reason.
Poetry plays a very important role in this book. Why?
I’m intrigued by people who are driven by creativity—yet hindered in how they approach their lives. So I gave Miranda this gift to explore that tension. How could Miranda be both able to play with words yet so afraid to play within her life?
Triple Love Score contains a love triangle. Did you know right from the start which guy Miranda was going to end up with?
I wrote Triple Love Score five hundred words a day without any plan. Each day I sat down and said, well, let’s see what happens. I like to write to find out rather than planning before I write.
What is the best writing advice you have ever received?
The best writing advice I ever received was during the first time I participated in National Write a Novel in a Month contest. They sent out an inspiration email telling us to keep writing and not edit. That advise was spot on. If you want to get to the end of a project, write through to the end, then go back and revise. I suspect there are millions of polished first chapters that people never got past!
Tell us about your writing habits - how do you make time to write, what is your favorite writing spot, are you a plotter or pantser?
I am completely a pantser. When I am active on a project, I sent a daily word goal, and I have to meet that goal before the end of the day. While I like to write first thing in the morning, if it doesn’t happen, I will fit it in whenever and wherever I can.
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
I am a competitive archer. As much as I love writing, archery is my biggest obsession. I consider it yoga for Type A people!
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on revising a long term passion project and a new novel about a woman that inherits a summer camp; I am psyched about this project because I get to write about archery!
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
Readers can find me at my author Facebook page:
I am also a part of Tall Poppy Writers, a collective of women’s fiction authors, and we can be found at Bloom: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bloomwithtpw/