An Interview with "Dream Wanderers" Author, Paula Brown, Part 1

As some of you know by now, I’ve been working from home for several years. Over the course of that time, I’ve met some truly amazing people who create works of art from their words alone. Paula Brown, the author of Dream Wanderers, is one such person. (You can purchase Paula’s novel through DriveThru SciFi.)

Recently, I asked Paula if she would be interested in answering some questions regarding writing and working from home. She said yes, and the answers below are the end result. We hope you enjoy!

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A: Sure, I was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Western Massachusetts and will always consider myself a New Englander, no matter where I live. (As I write this I live in Virginia, but we’re moving to Florida in June.)

I’ve always been into the arts. I’ve played the flute since I was 10, and I studied theater in college. I eventually became a disc jockey at a radio station in Western MA. I was offered a job with a station in VA and took it. I met my future husband in the station parking lot. (We will have been married for 21 years in September.) I left the station when my daughter was born in 1991 and never looked back.

Q: When did you first realize that you wanted to write for a living?

A: I never really realized that I COULD write for a living. I would write because I loved to write. I’ve always enjoyed making things up. Sometimes I would write them down and sometimes I would just play them out in my head. I never really thought about it as a career of any type until I found out about places like Demand Studios. 

Q: Have you always wanted to share your work with others?

A: No, pretty much the opposite. My fiction has always been very internal, and I was always scared to let anyone read it. When I wrote “Dream Wanderers”, though, something was different. I was happy with the way it came out, and I loved the ending so much that I wanted to share my work for the first time.

Q: Where do you get your ideas from? What inspires you?

A: They just kind of come to me. I’m a huge Star Wars” fan, and I have always loved the idea of creating an entirely new universe.

 Q: When did you publish your first piece of work?

A: The very first piece that I consider published was a poem that I wrote for the official website for the original “Battlestar Galactica”. I don’t write poetry and this was very much a tongue in cheek piece. I had included the words “A Very Bad Poem” in the title, but they removed that when they put it on the site. The site has changed drastically, though, and I don’t think it’s there anymore.

*This marks the end of part one. Please check back tomorrow to read more of the Paula Brown interview.

11 Responses to An Interview with "Dream Wanderers" Author, Paula Brown, Part 1

  • vange says:

    That's pretty nifty. How did you meet her?

  • Nicole Ireland says:

    I actually met Paula through Work Place Like Home's writing folder.

    I mentioned TCA to her, so I'm hoping she'll stop by. I think she'd be a great addition.

  • Patrick says:

    Very cool, I look forward to part II.

  • Jenny Beans says:

    Good stuff, what an insightful woman. Looking forward to part 2 of this interview, Nikki!

  • Edward G. Talbot says:

    Interesting. I grew up in Western Mass (and Maine before that) and now I live in Florida. And I hate it here! Don't do it, Paula, don't do it!

  • Jim Ryan says:

    Yeah, Star Wars kind of hit me the same way. 🙂

  • Drew Beatty says:

    Good stuff. I look forward to the next part!

  • Hmm. Interesting comment about Star Wars. I’m completely the opposite. Creating my own universe always seemed like something I would never want to do. I much prefer messing with our known universe. But I write horror, so that kind of works for me. 🙂 Great stuff so far, look forward to part two!

  • R. Van Saint says:

    I enjoy Star Wars but I prefer Star Trek. I’m starting to build my own universe, not intentionally, it just happened that way. Awesome interview, looking forward to the second one.

  • David Sobkowiak
    Twitter: dsobkowiak

    Interesting interview. I’m on my way to creating an entire universe with my co-author Laura and I can’t imagine what going to happen there. Well, I can, but that’d be telling 😉 Really looking forward to the next part!

  • Nikki says:

    The other two parts are actually up. I believe the post the first post is linked to the second and the second to the third.

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