December 18, 2013

12 days of writers - no. 11: brea brown

Blogger's Note: Welcome to the 12 Days of Writing, Change the Word's annual December celebration. After two years of sharing writing tips, this year, I'm sharing 12 writers with you. For the first three weeks of December, you'll have a chance to meet 12 wonderful women and learn about their favorite holiday traditions.

Brea Brown is one of the best writers I've come across in recent years. Her novel, Daydreamer, kept me flipping the pages of my Kindle app even in the middle of a night out with my friends. Heck, I was so determined to get to the end of this story, I even kept reading through a fairly serious case of morning dehydration. My face actually did that thing where it hurt, because I was smiling and laughing so much. Brea and I bonded the way I imagine most people do: A shared interest in Colin Firth finding photos of hot men holding puppies/babies or wearing cowboy hats/sailor suits/vests/almost nothing. We've since found other common interests, and she has become a regular source of entertainment and inspiration for me.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
I love going to church on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. It makes me feel connected to the less commercial side of the holidays and seals the deal on my Christmas spirit, but I'd have to say my FAVORITE tradition is less spiritual. I love decorating the tree. I buy one new Christmas ornament for each of my kids and a new family ornament to put on our tree every year.

Plus I have friends who have made ornaments for me over the years that are so dear to my heart.

Trimming the tree is like reconnecting with old friends. I have a memory for every ornament, and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to recollect them all.

What is a must-have eat or treat this time of year?
Eggnog. I know a lot of people think it's nasty, but I am obsessed with it. I drink it straight-up or with rum or with peppermint schnaps or in frozen custard or in a hat or with a cat. I just love it. Our local grocery stores sell it year-round now, but I'm disciplined and only partake around the holidays, so it remains special.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
A couple of years ago, my husband gave me the BBC Romance Collection Special Edition DVD box set...

...and I made noises only the neighborhood dogs could hear. I mean, the picture on the box set, alone, was enough to get me all crazy. My husband knows what I like, and he's not against indulging my ridiculous obsessions, as all of my friends and family can attest. Usually there's a theme involved. One year was all about the KC Chiefs. I got a fleece throw, some Matt Cassel football cards (that I made into magnets for my filing cabinet at work and that have since prompted major teasing from my co-workers), and a calendar. He's an excellent gift-giver! (My husband is, although I'm sure Matt Cassel is an amazingly thoughtful gifter, too.)

What is your favorite holiday read and watch?
Read: The Polar Express. I've loved that book since I was in grade school. My kids love the movie, but I still prefer the book.

Watch: Love Actually. It's the quintessential Christmas movie for me. So funny and romantic and irreverent! Close second: The Holiday. Jude Law. 'Nuff said. Although... Jack Black is very charming and sweet in that movie, too, and I LOVE Kate Winslet.

What’s one New Year’s resolution you’re making for 2014?
I want to publish at least one of my books in paperback form in 2014, if for no other reason than to say that I did. I'd also like to actually hold one of my books, instead of just seeing it on a Kindle or computer screen. I think the logical choice will be Daydreamer, since it's the first book I ever published, but we'll have to see. Since when have I ever done the "logical" thing?

About the Author
Brea Brown lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and three sons, but her international support network stretches as far as Australia. She spends the majority of her time in front of her computer, imagining swoon-worthy guys and fictional situations. Occasionally, friends and family--and her day job--coax her out into the real world, which is sometimes almost as good as what goes on in her imagination.

Her published novels are Daydreamer, The Secret Keeper, The Secret Keeper Confined, The Secret Keeper Up All Night, The Secret Keeper Holds On, The Secret Keeper Lets Go, Plain Jayne and Quiet, Please! Coming Soon: Let's Be Frank.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me, Laura! I had so much fun answering your questions and sharing my favorite things about the holidays! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you for being on the blog. It's been a lot of fun getting to know you and your traditions better. :)

  2. OMG! That family ornament is so cute!!! :) Just saw The Holiday again a few days ago... such a wonderful movie. It might be my favorite Kate Winslet movie. That BBC Box Set is such an awesome gift!!! Happy Holidays, Brea!!

  3. The Romance set..... ooooooooo.....

    Love the Mr. Darcy ornament!

  4. Of course, OF COURSE Colin Firth is on your tree! Loved this--and love you! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a super-kick-ass 2014! xo