WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – H. L. Brooks


Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

hlbheadshotH.L. Brooks writes contemporary fairy tale and paranormal romances with an emphasis on strong female characters. Her Red August series is available at many major online retailers. She is also an artist and photographer. Her coloring book “The Yoni Coloring Book” can be found on Amazon and other online retailers. You can read her sensual observations and micro-fiction in the Sensual Sunday series at her blog. H.L. is currently developing a series of short bedtime stories for adults, in collaboration with William Hardy, to be released as podcasts.

Wolf: Let’s get to know you a bit more. Describe a meal you would be served while visiting another world.

H. L.: I’ll go ahead and choose this funny little flatbread I saw on an episode of Stargate once. It was so obviously an attempt at something “exotic” but it came off more like “hey, kraft service has some of these little personal sized flatbreads, run over to the caterer next door and buy some edible flowers, the props master forgot to design food for this shot.” And DESPITE that, I enjoyed the aesthetic and, clearly, still remember it. Also, the food had some special properties.

Wolf: I remember that episode. If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

H. L.: I think maybe a cat. I feel a bit like I’m already a cat. I’m fluffy and I like sunny little spots to nap.

Wolf: Sun. Warm & cozy. Sleep… If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

H. L.: Broadsword for close combat. I enjoyed swinging the big “waster” (wooden practice sword) around. It felt pretty badass. But for further away, the bow and arrow. I took some classes to study for my Red August series, because I wanted to know what it was really like to shoot. Write what you know and if you don’t know it, learn it. When you can. Some things you can’t ever know, but you can have good guesses. I like to write as authentically as possible.

Wolf: I don’t think I could lift a broadsword, but love bows and arrows. While walking in the woods you come across…

H. L.: A lot of rocks. And mosquitos.

Wolf: Must be damp in your part of the woods. You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.

H. L.: I’m soft and long-stemmed. I don’t like full sun, but I can bare it if I have to.

Wolf: We better take this interview inside. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

H. L.: I would likely never been by myself at the end of a dark damp corridor. You know, the rumbling might be there and I’m not about that.

Wolf: How about disasters? What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?

H. L.: I assume you mean aside from water and such. Lip balm, Advil, matches/lighter, sewing kit, multi-tool.

Wolf: Good choices. What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)

H. L.: A brook. Bonus for a little arching footbridge.

Wolf: Of course it is. What story are you working on now?

H. L.: I’m working on the third book of my Red August series. Book one is “Red August” and book two is “Red Archer.” Book three will be “Red Hunter.”

Wolf: Do you have a favorite character?

H. L.: That’s really hard to say. Of the secondary characters I love Brigid and Abel. But the best parts of Faolan is based on my husband, so clearly, he’s my favorite.

Wolf: It’s so hard to choose. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

H. L.: I like to connect to other women writers. I started a book salon for women writers. I really love the idea of women supporting each other instead of tearing each other down. I couldn’t find a local writing group that was strictly for women so I started Women Authors of Maryland group on Facebook. Then shortly after I decided to create The Write Women Book Fest, which will be at Marietta House in September. Other than that, I like hanging with my sweetie, cooking, checking in with my kids, and fighting the patriarchy.

Wolf: If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?

H. L.: Inception question! A mystery wrapped in a riddle. I think that it would ask me why I write. And the answer is, because I like making lemonade from lemons.

Wolf: Thanks for visiting. You can find H. L. Brooks on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – @hlbrookswrites

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Keep Writing!

A message to writers.

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To all writers:

Please trust in yourselves, have faith in your voices, and tell the stories you want to tell.

Have confidence in your abilities, and keep going.

Remember that you can do this, that you can create your work, and that you are a writer.

Remember, success comes with the discipline to continue the work.

Pick up a pen, or sit at the keyboard, and write!



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The Write Women Book Fest – September 21, 2019

Meet authors, aritsans,  crafters, and more!

The Write Women Book Fest is a presentation by co-hosts Marietta House Museum & Women Authors of Maryland. it was created for women authors by women authors. It is intended to be diverse and welcoming to underrepresented groups. The 2019 The Write Woman Book Fest will be held outdoors at Marietta House Museum in Prince Georges County, Maryland. http://www.pgparks.com/3072/Marietta-House-Museum

There will be authors from every genre, artisans, crafters, and other literary-related businesses and organizations represented.

Attendance is free! Come do some holiday shopping.

September 21, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Marietta Manor Historical Site
Glendale, Maryland

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Rare Bird Books and California Coldblood Books are proud to bring you the remarkable debut novel from social media maven and marketing expert Drew Minh, Neon Empire.

About Drew:

Drew Minh is a digital advertising executive in Los Angeles, with firsthand knowledge of our current social media revolution. He’s lived in Barcelona and Paris, where he worked as a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and digital consultant. He’s had fiction published in 3AM magazine, Word Riot, Litro Magazine, and other publications. He also wrote a fictional crime column for weekly newspapers in Spain.



In a state-of-the-art city where social media drives every aspect of the economy, a has-been Hollywood director and an investigative journalist race to uncover the relationship between a rising tide of violence and corporate corruption.

Bold, colorful, and dangerously seductive, Eutopia is a new breed of hi-tech city. Rising out of the American desert, it’s a real-world manifestation of a social media network where fame-hungry desperados compete for likes and followers. But in Eutopia, the bloodier and more daring posts pay off the most. As crime rises, no one stands to gain more than Eutopia’s architects―and, of course, the shareholders who make the place possible.
This multiple-POV novel follows three characters as they navigate the city’s underworld. Cedric Travers, a has-been Hollywood director, comes to Eutopia looking for clues into his estranged wife’s disappearance. What he finds instead is a new career directing―not movies, but experiences. The star of the show: A’rore, the city’s icon and lead social media influencer. She’s panicking as her popularity wanes, and she’ll do anything do avoid obscurity. Sacha Villanova, a tech and culture reporter, is on assignment to profile A’rore―but as she digs into Eutopia’s inner workings, she unearths a tangle of corporate corruption that threatens to sacrifice Cedric, A’rore, and even the city itself on the altar of stockholder greed.

The Blog tour is just getting started. Check out these other sites.

September 1 Booklover Book Reviews Q&A and Giveaway
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September 5 AL Kaplan blog
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September 7 Tehben Review
September 8 Books of All Shades
September 9 The Bookwormery
September 10 (release day!) Suanne Schafer interview
September 14 Don Jimmy Reviews
September 19 Suanne Schafer review

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Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.
Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.


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A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.


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Writers: Keep Writing

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To all the writers who read this, please remember to keep doing what you do.

Keep writing, keep revising, and keep working!

Never let anyone dissuade you, and that includes you.

Do not doubt your work.

Remember, keep writing.



GallowsHillFinalCoverEbookGallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.


Please follow the following links to find my novel:


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Thank you!

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