Wednesday, July 23, 2014

INTERVIEW: Brigham Vaughn plus #Giveaway!

Today we are talking to the absolutely lovely Brigham Vaughn who not only ROCKS the fedora, but brings us a giveaway as well! Check out her interview for details. 

Hello Brigham and welcome to The Hat Party <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

About the hat in the pic … Sadly, this is not my favorite hat.  All of my really fantastic vintage hats are still being stored at my parents’ house.  I do love the fedora though!

What important thing would you give up in order to continue writing?

In order to continue writing I would give up sleep.  Oh wait, I already do that.  *laughs*  Honestly, it’s a rare night where I get more than 5-6 hours of sleep.  Like many writers, I also have a full time real life job so sleep (and socializing) have taken a huge hit. 

What is your super-secret, wildest, most outlandish writing dream?

Let’s see, my super-secret, wild, outlandish writing dream would be to move to Paris and buy a houseboat on the Seine and write from there!

Tell us about a time someone did you a great kindness.

I don’t know that I can think of one specific time.  However, on a daily basis I see so many incredible people in this genre.   From the pre-readers who give me endless feedback to more established writers who give me advice I feel like it’s an incredible group of people and I am completely awed by them and the daily kindness I experience myself and see happening to others.

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

The paper shook as Patrick read it.

For three years I watched you recover from your grief. I watched tentative smiles become wide grins, hurting eyes begin to sparkle. I lost my breath every time you laughed. I counted the hours apart and cherished the brief glimpses of the kind, funny, hard-working man you are. In that time, I’ve fallen in love with you.

I’ll never replace Richard, I know that. But I’d like to try to be equally good for you. I should have spoken up before but I always told myself ‘just another day’. There are no more days. You’re starting a new job, today is your going away party, and if I don’t speak up now, I’ll lose my chance.

What do you say? Will you give me a chance, Patrick?

He looked up to see Alan hovering in the doorway of his office. Sweet, thoughtful Alan who was so quiet you could miss him if you blinked. Hopeful, patient Alan.

Patrick crossed the room and stopped in front of him, realizing for the first time how bright his blue eyes were, how soft his mouth looked.

“Yes,” he whispered and Alan smiled, eyes full of hope.

If someone challenged you to a water-gun fight *to the death* how would you fare?

If someone challenged me to a water-gun fight *to the death* I would probably not fare very well.  I’d be too busy laughing and I have horrible aim. 

Do you have any special library memories?

I don’t have any specific library memories, more like general impressions.  My mom always let me pick out as many books as I wanted and I remember carrying stacks so tall I couldn’t see over them.  Although it was a remarkably large library for a small town, I read every single book in the children’s section and some of them at least twice.  And one of my favorite things about the library was the cat that lived there.  I’m a firm believer that cats and books go together.

Give a shout-out to another author who may, or may not, know how much you appreciate them.

Jordan Castillo Price has been absolutely amazing.  I read her Channeling Morpheus series and had a silly question about the books.  I was friends with her on FB but hadn’t really spoken to her directly before, but I sent her a PM and she was so lovely when she responded.  The conversation segued into publishing and she gave me some really fantastic advice and was just very warm and approachable. 

What was the trigger that made you first get really serious about publishing?

My former boss at my RL job made me get serious about publishing.  She was horrid.  While I worked for her, I absolutely dreaded going into work every day and I knew I had to get serious about figuring out what I wanted to do with my life.  I’d been writing fan fiction for about four years and I kept putting off the idea of writing original fic and trying to publish it.  A particularly nasty encounter with my boss last summer made me reach my breaking point.  That evening when my husband came home from work I burst into tears and said, “I can’t do this anymore, I want to be a writer,” and he told me to go for it.  Shortly after that, I saw Dreamspinner Press was putting together an anthology with a medical theme and I decided to submit a short story.  It got accepted and everything steamrolled from there!

I still have the same job, but there was some departmental shuffling and I now report to someone else.  Work is much more tolerable and I’ve cut my hours back a little, but my long-term goal is to eventually support myself with my writing.

When are you most happy?

I am most happy in the water.  I grew up on a lake and I feel vibrantly alive when I’m swimming.  Reading is a close second and if I could figure out a way to combine the two I would be deliriously happy.

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

*laughs* the best dachshunds are the ones on my socks!  I have a pair of socks that used to have Rottweilers on them, but the fabric shrank more in one direction than the other, so now they have stubby little legs and look like dachshunds! 

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Title: Equals
Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn

Too busy to date while he worked to put himself through school, Russell Bishop's dedication finally pays off; he has a great job with Vantage Marketing. Stephen Parker, CFO of the marketing firm, has resigned himself to a life without a partner. For six months, they wanted each other but it isnt until Russ slips on spilled coffee, and Stephen rushes to his rescue that they discover their attraction is mutual. However, the twenty year age gap between them proves difficult when they begin dating. Fiercely independent, Russ isn't sure hes ready for long-term commitment. Scarred from a previous relationship, Stephen is afraid history is repeating itself. Is there any way for them to meet in the middle and become equals?

Available from Amazon | ARe


What inspired you to write the story you are promoting?

A picture inspired me to write Equals.  It’s not unusual; photos are often a source of inspiration for me.  I had a vague plot bunny whirling around in my head and when I saw the photo the ideas came together.  I’d wanted to write a story about a couple with a significant age gap for a while and the photo sparked it all.

Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?

It’s going to be a series!  Equals is a novella, about 48,000 words.  My original plan was for it to be a stand-alone story but after talking about it with one of my pre-readers and my editor, I saw the potential for it to be expanded.  I am actually very excited about it.

What are your hopes for this title?

I hope people enjoy it.  I hope they connect with Russ and Stephen and see a little bit of themselves in the characters.  And, of course, I hope it leaves them feeling satisfied but eager to read the next part in the series!

About the Author:

Brigham Vaughn has always been a voracious reader with her own stories to tell. After many years of abandoned plots, something finally clicked. Now she's eating, sleeping, and breathing writing and is excited to have finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the little time that isn't spent writing or reading, she loves cooking, yoga, photography, and remodeling her ninety-year-old home. Brigham lives in Michigan with her four cats and an amazing husband who has always been her biggest champion.


Tour Stops:

7/11/2014        Prism Book Alliance
7/12/2014        Love Bytes Reviews 
7/14/2014        The Novel Approach
7/16/2014        GGR Review
7/19/2014        The Blogger Girls
7/21/2014        Kimi Chan Experience 
7/23/2014        The Hat Party
7/25/2014        Rainbow Gold Reviews


1 commenter at each stop will win their choice of backlist title from Brigham Vaughn.

In addition one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Giftcard from Amazon.  Grand Prize giveaway ends 30 July 2014 @ 11:59pm.  Winner will be drawn by random drawing among all entrants on 31 July.

Must be 18 or older to enter. Void where prohibited.


  1. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway! It's always nice to know more about authors.

  2. You are looking fine in your fedora, Brigham! This was a fun interview. I have Equals and will be reading soon!!

  3. Love the picture of you in the fedora. The interview was great too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Great hat Brigham, look forward to reading your book. Thanks for the giveaway

  5. Great interview. I've added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I'm really looking forward to reading Equals and how great that it's part of a series. I've not read anything by Brigham yet so good time to start :)