What’s the hardest part about writing YA lit?:
Not too much! I seem to have a perpetual teen voice and enjoy writing in first person. I think my largest issue as an author is better development of my characters.
When exactly did you know you wanted to be a writer?:
I’ve been writing since…forever. I think when I made the jump from fanfiction to original fiction, I thought ‘where could I go with this?’ One series and multiple other books complete, I have no plans of stopping. (And yes, I still write fanfiction from time to time).
Have you found any clever ways to market your books to YA readers?:
My Tumblr blog, Marching Arts Photography, has been growing since I started it in 2011. I’ve found it’s been an inspirational, supportive and fun place to interact with all levels of the marching arts.
What YA books have had the biggest influence on your writing?:
I’ve always loved Tamora Pierce and Maud Hart Lovelace. I think their collective works have influenced me in different ways. As I’ve recently started a YA steampunk trilogy, I’ve been heavily influence by the creative works of Gail Carriger.
Short author bio: Courtney Brandt is proud to present The Line, and the additional novels in the complete series, A Fine Line, Keeping in Line, and The Line Up (available individually, or as a complete Anthology). Each of the lighthearted novels was created for high school students and alumni in marching band. As a former drumline member, Courtney enjoys bringing a fictional voice to band geeks all over the world and is patiently waiting for Hollywood to wake up and realize her books would make great (and financially successful) films or television series!
Courtney is also proud to announce the release of two stand alone marching novels, Confessions of A Teenage Band Geek and Major Pain. She is the sole manager of the successful Tumblr ‘marchingartsphotography’ account.