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Author Interview: Lillian Brummet

Author Interview with Lillian Brummet

Award winning author Lillian Brummet (www.brummet.ca) produces and hosts the Conscious Discussions talk radio show, and manages the Brummet’s Conscious Blog. Lillian has been professionally involved in the realm of brummetwriting since 1999; she and her husband have produced 5 published books to date with a second book of poetry coming out in 2013, a cookbook for gardeners coming out in 2014 and a bio-dynamic gardening book coming out in 2015. In those few stolen moments when she is not in the office she can be found spending time with her husband gardening, playing with their fur kids (2 dogs and a cat) or camping and walking along the many trails, rivers and lakes in BC’s (Canada) wilderness. The main focus of everything the Brummets do, whether in their personal life or in business, is to inspire hope in individuals – helping them realize the value of their efforts and encouraging them to become more positive, proactive in life. Find them at: http://brummet.ca

Q: For the record, what is your name and what is the title of your latest book?

Hi everyone! My name is Lillian Brummet – I’m an award-winning radio host, blogger and
author of 5 books. The most recently published book is the Jump Start for Writers, but I am also in the midst of creating the manuscript for a 2nd poetry book – this is only in the development stage and doesn’t have a confirmed title yet, but I hope to see it released before winter.

Q: Why did you write your latest book?

I wrote Jump Start for Writers for a couple of reasons – I wanted to have a mini-book available to give people a glance into what it takes to be a writer, and to have a product I could use for contests and giveaways when appearing as a guest on blogs, radio shows and other media.

In Jump Start for Writers, readers will find encouraging tips, inspiring quotes, and links to incredibly helpful interviews – all mixed in with an array of articles that we have written on the world of writing. This book is designed to encourage readers to reach for their dream of seeing their work published, and discover what it takes to prepare for a book release, tips on working with another writer, networking, time management tips, and answers to common writer questions. Jump Start for Writers can be considered as a precursor to the Purple Snowflake Marketing  – a 378 page book that we wrote, which provides a step-by-step guide to looking at your writing as a business – offering tips on being more efficient and effective in the office, and getting through the maze one often encounters in the realm of marketing.

Q: How did you get started writing?  

I suppose public school sparked my interest in creating stories that moved people… but this also scared me a bit. I recall moving teachers to tears and being freaked out by that, I wasn’t sure how to handle it and it overwhelmed me. I also remember being singled out and having my stuff read in class – and that was embarrassing to me, I didn’t like being in the spotlight. A few teachers also sent my stuff off to contests and I won some acknowledgments for that. Later in life I used poetry as a way to deal with the abuse and broken home life that I endured as a child – it was a way to get the emotions out that was safe, and no one had to know about it. After a while a few people noticed the poetry, read it and were really emotionally affected by it. They virtually begged me to enter poetry contests when they saw announcements, and sometimes I did. Those awards and acknowledgments really did encourage me but I never saw myself as worthy, or good enough to be a “real” writer until I was in my early 30’s.

Q: What is it that makes you want to be a writer?

I want to feel like my life has purpose, value – that there is a reason why I exist. I love interviewing others and doing the research; it is like going to university over and over again. I learn so much every day from online work, computer knowledge to writing skills as well. I’m passionate about making a difference by empowering others with tips, tools or techniques that will help them lead a more conscious, proactive life. So far I’ve written books within the greening the home/office/yard, gardening/landscaping, poetry and writer how-to genres. Yet I’ve done some freelance work writing on a wide array of topics from alternative agriculture to adopting pets from shelters. Formally as a staff writer (some 10 years ago) I would be assigned to interview interesting characters in the region we were living in at the time. I also spent about 7 years doing book review articles as well (which I no longer have time to do), and this really helped hone my skills as a writer because it challenged me to not only evaluate other writers products but to come up with something unique and interesting with each review piece. I occasionally take on review projects for green and conscious living products such as reusable bags, cycling gear, camping foods, etc. If I could to free up more time in the schedule, I’d probably take on more of those types of projects. Unfortunately, with managing the radio show (which airs 3 X per week) and our daily blog, along with marketing endeavors for our 5 books, and developing manuscripts – there is just no time left at the end of the day.

Q: If an unpublished author asked you to give them one piece of advice, what would it be?

Pace yourself to avoid exhaustion and be patient with yourself because this career will involve a lot of learning. Make sure that you research each and every thing you are about to do – it is better to be over prepared and informed then to make costly mistakes.

Q: If you could only publish in a single genre, what would it be? Why?

Oh, definitely non-fiction. While I do enjoy dabbling in short story fiction as a hobby and poetry as a creative writing project – non-fiction gives me so much more satisfaction on a professional level.

Q: Why should readers pick up your book?

I truly believe in every book we produce, that each of the books offer invaluable advice, are well researched and well organized. I focus on inspiring and informing with very little whitespace or fluff. The books are all packed with solid tips, techniques, resources and quotes that will give the reader a well-rounded look at the topic. Several of the books have won awards for the difference they can make in the world – and we’ve received acknowledgements from numerous groups, organizations and even a politician or two.

Q: Who are your favorite authors of all time?

Oh man, you do ask a difficult question. I’m a voracious reader and can get so involved in what I am reading that the day and anyone passing by fades away. I grew up fascinated with the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkein; I actually wore out several copies of the series – and now on my fourth copy. His powerful use of legends and real historical events mingled with engaging advice – somehow interwoven in a stunning adventure just blows my mind. My all-time favorite book has got to be Shibumi by the author Trevanian. And most recently I read a fantastic book by Michael Crichton titled: Time Line  – which has to be a second favorite of all-time. Startide Rising by David Brin is another fantastic book.

You know, I read a lot and it is quite difficult to choose just one author… my three book shelf units have many authors listed there, but you’ll see quite a few by Stuart Woods, Robert Ludlum, Stephen King, Jonathen Kellerman, Lawrence Sanders, Iris Johanson, Agatha Christi, James Patterson, Tim Powers and Clive Cussler.

Q: Do you think e-books should be protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM)? Why?

It would be nice to think that DRM actually works – but the sad fact is that it doesn’t really protect the book. People can get around it very easily. So whether you decide to use a publisher that utilizes that service or not is up to you. It is probably a good thing, though, if people do share your e-book formats with friends – because this only helps introduce new readers to your work and hopefully they’ll check out your site and realize you have a lot more to offer. If they enjoy your work they’ll tell others about it – and underground viral marketing is so much more effective then any other PR you could purchase.

Q: If you could improve any single aspect of yourself what would it be?

I think, sometimes, that I am too driven and don’t often relax. I have lists of things to do in the office, around the home, in the yard and personal to-do’s that push and push me to keep busy. I also feel that I am less patient with myself then I could be. Those are definitely areas that I am trying to improve.

Q: I understand you do a lot of networking too?

Oh yes, I enjoy networking very much. In particular today’s readers might be interested in networking with us on the Brummet’s Conscious Blog: http://www.consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com where they can submit articles or poetry for consideration, or query us for a World of Writing interview. We also do interviews on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions, depending on the genre. If any of your readers are interested in learning more, I encourage them to visit our website where we have contact information and guidelines for the blog and radio show available, a store page for our book, and other information about everything that we do: http://brummet.ca

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One Response to Author Interview: Lillian Brummet

  1. Thank you so much for having me as a featured guest on your blog today. I so enjoyed the interview process and it was presented very professionally.

    In appreciation,
    Lillian