Author Interview with Brigid Kemmerer (ft. me fangirling over one of my favorite authors 😍)

Hello everyone, and welcome back!! Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ I hope you’ve all been doing well…. my midwinter break just started yesterday (happy late Lunar New Year, by the way 🎉) and while my teachers have again assigned a crazy amount of homework, I’m so excited to be blogging again!! I have so many post ideas and hopefully I can get some of them published during the next week or so 😊

Today, I’m bringing you something really special — my first ever author interview, with no other than Brigid Kemmerer, one of my all-time favorite authors!! For those of you who don’t know, Brigid has an impressive backlist from a variety of genres, ranging from fantasy (Cursebreakers series) to contemporary romance (Letters to the Lost) to paranormal (Elemental series). I am a HUGE fan of the Cursebreakers books and Brigid’s contemporaries, so imagine my fangirling when Brigid readily accepted my interview request 🤩

Although we had to keep the interview on the shorter side due to time constraints on Brigid’s part, the answers she was able to give are brilliant! I hope you enjoy reading through them as much as I did!!

So let’s get started!!

Abby: Thank you so much for joining us here today, Brigid! Your contemporary and fantasy books are famous for including the most swoon-worthy romances. So my first question is: What do you think is the most important ingredient in developing realistic romantic relationships?

Brigid: There are a lot of layers to realistic romance. For me, I always start with an initial attraction. Physical attributes are obvious, and they do play a small role, but what I really mean is something that catches the other person’s attention in a surprising way. Is it an unexpected skill? Their tone of voice? The way they treat animals? All of the above? And then there are the opposites: challenges to overcome. Is someone stubborn? Angsty? Aloof? Are these challenges worth looking past? Just like people are multi-faceted, characters should be, too. 

Abby: That’s so fascinating! I’ve always wondered how authors create chemistry between characters. I know this next question may seem like a personal attack, but I have to ask: Who was your favorite character to write from the Cursebreakers series and why?

Brigid: While I can’t choose a favorite character overall, I can definitely tell you my favorite character to write. That would have to be Rhen. He has so much internal thought, and he’s so driven and purposeful, his voice just flows right out of my head and onto the page. I love all of them, but Rhen is by far the easiest to write. 

Abby: Rhen is definitely such an interesting character! Though I have to say that Grey will always be my fave 😍 Speaking of characters from that series, let’s talk about Harper! Fans of the Cursebreakers books know that Harper, one of the MCs, is affected by cerebral palsy. What research did you have to do to accurately depict someone with CP? Do you have any other book recommendations featuring disability rep?

Brigid: I started with a close friend who has CP, and I asked her about a million questions about her teen years, her challenges, what it was like in high school … anything you can think of. I also spoke with a pediatrician to make sure I had the medical aspects portrayed correctly, along with a lot of reading and watching online. Finally, once the manuscript was complete, I hired two sensitivity readers to make sure Harper wasn’t portrayed in an inauthentic way, and to make sure I didn’t fall prey to any stereotypes. It was important to me that Curse wasn’t a book about dealing with CP, but that it just happened to be a part of Harper’s character. Here’s a great list of #ownvoices YA titles with disabled characters.

Abby: I’m definitely going to have to check that list out! Next question: Your acknowledgements sections are always notoriously long, and I’ve noticed the names of some of my other favorite authors included in there. Can you tell us about what authors you’ve worked with in the past? How have they helped you to become a better writer?

Brigid: I’ve grown close to so many authors over the course of my career! From Jodi Picoult, who blew me away when she first sent me a DM, to Gillian McDunn, who is one of the most talented MG writers I know, to Isabel Ibanez, who gives phenomenal critique notes, to Jennifer L. Armentrout, who is always an inspiration. They all make me want to be a better writer, just because they’re all so amazing. 

Abby: Isabel is a brilliant writer, and I’m looking forward to checking out Ms. Armentrout’s work soon! So, you have another book coming out in September. What can you tell us about Defy the Night and other projects you’re currently working on?

Brigid: Defy the Night is so much fun! I’m so excited about it! It’s a brand new fantasy, unrelated to the Cursebreaker series. It’s about the kingdom of Kandala, which is ruled by a cruel king and his brother, a man named Corrick, whose job it is to punish thieves and black marketeers. In Kandala, the people are afflicted by a mysterious illness that can be fatal, and the only cure is an elixir made from the petals of a plant called the Moonflower. Because the Moonflower is rare and expensive, only the richest citizens can afford it. A girl named Tessa takes it upon herself to steal moonflower petals and distribute them to those who can’t afford them, but she’s always at risk of being caught and having to face the terrifying Prince Corrick. But Tessa soon discovers that the only way to truly save the people is to start a revolution, and that might just mean destroying Kandala if she has any hope of saving it. 

Abby: Defy the Night publishes September 14, 2021! I don’t think I speak for just myself when I say that I’m beyond excited to read Tessa’s story!!

Thank you so much to Brigid for taking the time to answer my questions! 💖

Author Bio

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and LonelyMore Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell.

You can find Brigid on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and her website.

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS I’M SCREAMING. I had to keep some degree of professionalism with my questions but OH MY GOSH THIS IS SUCH A FANGIRL MOMENT FOR ME OMG HELP. I can’t believe that I had the chance to talk to one of my all-time fave authors??!?!? HELP?!!?!? I wasn’t really expecting anything when I first thought about sending an interview request and then emailed Brigid after much hesitation… but then omg this happened. I guess there’s a lesson to be learned here about going after your dreams or something 😂 Maybe I can make this a monthly feature or something?? I’d love to interview some of my other favorite authors as well 🤩

Anyway, my review for A Vow So Bold and Deadly will be posted soon (hopefully within the month), so be on the lookout for that!! Until then, you should chat with me in the comments! Have you read any of Brigid’s books? Who’s your fave character from the Cursebreakers series? Any book recs you have for me that feature disability rep? I’d love to talk with you all!

And to end on a more somber note, please take some time to read about the Uighur concentration camps in China and the systemic rape Uighur women are facing (TW: rape, torture, gang rape, sexual abuse). And if able, please consider donating to stop the genocide.

48 thoughts on “Author Interview with Brigid Kemmerer (ft. me fangirling over one of my favorite authors 😍)

  1. Oh my god I loved this interview!! I loved her Cursebreakers series! I’m literally fangirling with you over this so hard!!!! 😂

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  2. Congratulations Abby!! I’m so happy for you!! Author interviews are so cool, and you were amazing!! I enjoyed reading your questions and Ms. Kemmerer’s answers. I would love to see this made into a monthly feature too!! Recently, I’ve been wondering if I should email authors whose works I’ve picked up recently and loved for interviews, but I’m so nervous haha.

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    1. Thank you so much Eleanor!! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed 🥰 You should definitely give it a go! I was terrified when I first reached out to Brigid, but it was so much easier than I’d imagined… I had so much fun coming up with questions and formatting it all into a post!!

      Thanks for reading!! Happy Valentine’s 💛

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  3. Oh wow, I’m literally fangirling for you, Abby, because getting to interview one of your favorite authors seems like such a cool opportunity! 😍 And your questions were fantastic! I particularly loved the acknowledgments one because I also love reading through those and seeing which authors I know are actually friends 😊
    Also, you’ve made me super intrigued about Brigid Kemmerer’s work now! So far, I haven’t read any of her books, but you’re making me think I might need to change that!

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    1. Aww thanks so much Naemi!! And I’m so happy to find someone else who loves reading through the acknowledgments!! 🤩 I love it when I recognize the names of the people that the author mentions. And Brigid’s work is definitely worth checking out!! I’ve read all but one of her contemporaries and her fantasy trilogy, and she has yet to disappoint me 😍

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  4. Congrats on your first author interview! Especially since she is your favourite author! I really enjoy all of what I’ve read from her so far (the Cursebreaker series and Letters to the Lost, though that one may be my least favourite.) Next I want to read her other book Call It What You Want. You asked very insightful questions! Great job and hopefully there will be many more to come!💙

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    1. Thanks so much Eryn!! I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed Brigid’s work in the past 😊 I’ve read Letters to the Lost, More Than We Can Tell, and the Cursebreakers series — I’m planning to check out Call It What You Want and the Elemental books ASAP 🤩

      Aww thanks again Eryn!! You’re the sweetest ❤️

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  5. Abby!! First off, congratulations on interviewing one of your favourite authors!! That is such a huge achievement, and you should definitely be proud of yourself!! Personally, I haven’t read any books by Brigid Kemmerer, but she sounds like such a phenomenal author, and I’m 100% ready for A Vow so Bold and Deadly to take me on an adventure, and Letters to the Lost to completely destroy me!! I loved the questions you thought of!! Lovely post, Abby!! 💖💖

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    1. Ahh thanks so much Ahaana!! That’s so sweet of you to say 🥰 Brigid is definitely an amazing author. I’ve read five books from her so far, and she’s yet to disappoint me 🤩 I can’t wait to see what you think of her work!!

      Thank you!! 🥺❤️

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  6. I LOVE BRIGID KEMMERER AS WELL! I still have the Cursebreaker series to finish but my absolute favourite is Letters to the Lost! And congrats for interviewing one of your favourite authors! I definitely know what it feels like💖 I loved your questions for her and the answers she gave💖 Loved this post (;

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    1. Ahhhh yesss a fellow fan!!! Letters to the Lost is seriously amazing omg. That book destroyed me 😭🥺 And thanks so much Becky!! Your interview with Elizabeth Lim actually inspired me to go for it with my own interview request, so I owe that to you!! ☺️

      Thanks for reading and commenting Becky!! Happy reading ❤️

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  7. Abby! OHH THIS IS SO INCREDIBLE I’M SO PLEASED FOR YOU!! I personally have not read any of Brigid Kemmerer’s books but have heard so much about them ahhh… I’m hoping to be able to binge the whole Cursebreakers trilogy soon now that all the books are out and this interview + your coming review is making me even more excited… The interview was so fun and insightful! Asking an author to pick a favourite character is the same to readers haha and now I’m even more eager to meet Rhen, and it’s so heartening to hear about the cerebral palsy rep in this book. Thank you so much for this Abby, and congrats once again!! 💖

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    1. Ahhhh thanks so much Cherelle!! 🥺 Ooh I can’t wait for you to read the Cursebreakers series!! Waiting for all three books to release before starting the trilogy was a smart move on your part, the cliffhangers for each of the books are the definition of pain 😂 And I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview!! Rhen has such a fascinating personality — I never fell in love with him like I did with Grey (😍) but he’s still an amazing character in his own right 🤩 And yep, seeing CP rep in fantasy is so wonderful!

      Thank YOU for this lovely comment Cherelle!! You’re the sweetest 💕

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  8. Ahhh this is so cool, congrats on getting an interview!! 🤩 I haven’t read AVSBAD yet but I’m excited to see how the series ends!!

    Some books on my TBR with disability rep that I’m looking forward to reading – Gut Feelings by C. G. Moore and The Unbroken by C. L. Clark. Also I am so excited for One For All by Lillie Lainoff but I don’t think it comes out until next year!

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    1. Ahh thanks so much!!! And I’m definitely looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Vow — hope you enjoy ☺️

      And thanks for all the recs, I really need to read more books with disability rep!! I’ve been seeing One for All floating around, and the premise sounds INCREDIBLE. 2022 is too far away 😩 Thanks for reading and commenting MT!! Happy reading 🥰

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    1. Charis!! Thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed! ☺️ Yesss I’ve read two of her contemporaries so far and she has yet to disappoint me — I can’t wait to pick up Call It What You Want 🤩

      Thanks for reading Charis! Hope you have a great day 💜

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  9. This is such an informative and well-thought-out interview. I really enjoyed it. I think I’ve heard of Letter of the Lost before, but I’m not sure. It definitely sounds like it would be a great book though, especially since it has to do with disabilities (I had to learn about disabilities last semester, and they’re really interesting)

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    1. Aww thanks so much Shermaine!! Glad to hear you enjoyed ☺️ Letters to the Lost is 100% a book worth checking out — it deals with some heavy topics like grief and loss, while also packing in a very swoonworthy romance 😉 And the disability rep in A Curse So Dark and Lonely is definitely very meaningful — I personally learned a lot about CP by reading it.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Shermaine!! ❤️

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  10. Ahhhh omg!!! (I know I am seeing this very late but I can’t resist commenting still haha) I love Brigid’s Cursebreakers series! I have yet to read the last one, but I really cannot wait. How exciting that you got to do this interview! Lovely questions that you chose, by the way, and I loved her thoughtful answers! ❤

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    1. Ahaha it’s never too late to fangirl together!! 😆 Yessss I adored A Vow So Bold and Deadly — can’t wait to hear your thoughts, hope you love it 😍 And aww thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the post ❤️

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  11. You asked such good questions! This was so much fun to read. I would’ve never been able to keep my head doing this haha. Why can’t it be September already so I can get my hands on her new book!!

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    1. Aww thanks so much Wren, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed! ❤️ Honestly, I don’t know how I managed to repress my fangirling during the email exchange, it was so surreal omg 🤩 And yessss I need Defy the Night ASAP, it already sounds fantastic!!

      Thanks for reading, Wren!! (Not me almost typing Rhen 👀)

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      1. RHEN omg that would’ve been the best haha. I do have to say I’m a lil surprised that Rhen was the easiest to write for her. He’s such an introspective character, I think I’d find him hardest to write!

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        1. Yes, same!! He’s been through so much and his thought process is so complicated that I feel like I wouldn’t have been able to write a character like him without the characterization getting all wonky, haha. Grey and Harper are a lot more more straightforward — which is part of why I love them both 😍

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