I haven't been around much lately, but I'm back today and not with any ordinary post, but a Debut Delirium spotlight! Presenting one of my most anticipated debuts of the year (and hopefully yours!), Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe.
Facts about me and my debut novel, POINTE:
1. The book was originally titled A POINT SO DELICATE, which served as a placeholder until final edits were complete. I spent about a week brainstorming with my editor and agent for new titles (admittedly, not my strong suit), but my brilliant editor is the one who came up with POINTE. I love it, and can't imagine the book with any other title now.
2. The characters of Donovan and Sara-Kate had appeared in several versions of books I never completed, completely unrelated to POINTE. Surprisingly, they didn't change much at the core, but it was fun to watch them take shape and become complete characters during edits.
3. Tap dancing is my true love when it comes to dance. I took lessons for many years when I was growing up, and still try to go to classes when I can. I've taken plenty of ballet lessons, but mostly as an adult. And though ballet has never come as naturally to me as tap, I truly loved writing about it.
4. I wrote the first draft of POINTE while I was still living in Chicago, which is the version that got me an agent and sold to Penguin. I was in the process of moving back to L.A. as the deal was being finalized (I was driving cross-country and would stop for food or to fill up my gas tank and check my phone to see if there were new emails from my agent), but was surprised at how well the city stuck with me after I'd moved away. I wasn't very good at living in Chicago—which I realized only after I'd spent four years there—but I find it very much inspires me as a setting.
5. I use names of people I know in real life quite freely for minor supporting characters in my work, but I can't use them for anyone who's mentioned more than once or twice. It's too difficult for me to separate the real-life person from the fictional, in most cases! (Also: I spend a very, very long time deciding on character names in any project I'm working on. Like, an embarrassingly long time.)
I love the finished title and I love dance, dancing, dance shows, books, the works, but I've never taken ballet. As for naming characters, I feel Brandy's pain. It takes me forever to come up with names and even longer trying to decide on one. Do you ever experience this?
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Now that your reading buds have been tantalized and because Brandy is that cool, a giveaway - and yes, you can start happy dancing because it's open internationally!
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