Author Interview: Brandy Woods Snow

You know that feeling when you read an amazing book and keep on thinking about it in weeks to come? I can't get As Much As I Ever Could out of my head ever since I've read. It's one of those books that make you feel all the things and story has such a beautiful message. 

I was so excited to interview the author and very happy that she took the time for it. :)

First of all, I want to say how much I loved reading As Much As I Ever Could. It made me feel all the feels and cry and laugh. It’s just so good. :)

Aw, thank you so much! That means so much to me. I literally feel like I fall in love with my characters as I write, so I’m so happy to hear when readers love them too!

 It’s the kind of book that touched your heart. How did you get inspiration for the story?

The inspiration actually came from two songs I’d been listening to—Drive by Incubus and Drive by The Cars—and the idea of dealing with the concept of fear and how it can seriously “steal” from your life. It all fell together so perfectly—one of my biggest fears is being a witness or involved in a terrible car accident. (I’ve been in 6 car accidents over the course of my life so the fear is real! PS—and not my fault. LOL I always feel like I need to make that disclaimer. I’m not a terrible driver…I just apparently ride with them or attract them somehow!!) I came up with CJ’s character first—a girl pulling away from the world, retracting into her shell, because of her survivor’s guilt and an intense fear of getting behind the wheel. I love for my love interests to challenge the other one in the books I write so I thought, who would challenge this girl the most? A race car driver with no fear! Yes! LOL. That’s how CJ and Jett were sort of “born” in my mind.

 What was your favorite part to write and which one was the most challenging?

My favorite part to write was the first kiss scene. The setting was very dreamy and beachy in that one, and there’s just something about building up the tension to that very first kiss. Love it so much! The most challenging scene to write was the break-up scene. I knew what had to be done but man, I just wanted to skip past it and back to “the good part.” I sort of felt like I was tearing my own heart out when she was in the back of Hippie James car, heading toward the train station. I literally cried as I wrote it.

 My favorite character in the book was definitely the grandma. What character was the most fun to write?

OMG, definitely Memaw! I knew she needed to be the non-traditional sort of grandma to be able to snap CJ out of her funk. I started off with the idea that she’d be a perfect mix of two of my most favorite Southern characters—Blanche Devereaux (Golden Girls) and Ouiser Boudreaux (Steel Magnolias). I think Memaw speaks to everyone because she has no filter and she gives these awesome nuggets of advice wrapped up in her own wacky personality. I hope to be like her when I’m a grandma one day!

What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was 6 years old. It was from that age that I told everyone I was going to “write books” one day. It’s really just always been a part of who I am.

What is your all-time favorite book?

Where The Red Fern Grows. I started reading this to my kids and couldn’t finish because I was crying to much. To me, this book was the original “all the feels” book I read. I still have my old childhood copy, which is now falling apart, and the kids have a shiny new one too!

 

Thank you so much for answering my questions!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity, and for reading and loving AMAIEC!!


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