We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Dear and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brittney, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
If I hadn’t have implemented risk, I wouldn’t have published a book at the age of 15. While I don’t find myself particularly brave, I’m most certainly a risk-taker; I enjoy testing my limits, proving myself wrong. This doesn’t always mean you’ll make it, or get what you set out for. But, if you never put yourself out there, you’ll never truly know yourself. I wanted to write a book, and so I did. I wanted to publish it, too, and so I did. I wanted to do it twice more, and it happened. Am I as successful as Stephen King? Absolutely not — not yet, anyways. But, did I go out there, take a risk, and do what I always thought and was told was entirely impossible? I did. Anything is possible is quite a cliche nowadays, but it has been my motto since a child. If you truly want to do something, try it out. What’s the worst that could happen? You fail? Then either get back up, or move on to something else!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an author of two psychological thriller novels and a collection of short stories and creative nonfiction. I am currently working on another book, that teeters between psychological thriller and horror. Writing stories is how I express myself, process emotions, and perceive the world. As a recent college graduate, with a B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in English, Creative Writing, I’ve learned how to blend my fascination of the mind with my love of words. Together, I can delve into psychological topics to help me as well as readers by unsheathing deep-rooted fears, unconscious desires, and mental health in an exciting, storybook format. I am a rather bubbly, happy person and yet, my writing has always come across eerie and dark. Occasionally disturbing. For most of my life, I’ve tried to combat this. Rarely did people want to read my writing because it was too frightening. But, as I’ve grown, I’ve leaned into my weird, unique writing style, and I’ve learned to not only accept it, but love it.
I want the world to know that writing is just like any creative art; it is the practice of stringing words together to turn a blank page into something meaningful. And there is always something you can learn from writing, if you peer into it deeply enough.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I currently reside in the college town of Denton, TX. My favorite place to write alongside a coffee, cold kombucha, or wheaty hefeweizen is Harvest House, by far. With a rustic outdoorsy setting coincided with a cozy interior, it makes for the perfect place to create or hang back with some friends. Also, check out the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Truly, my family has been my biggest support system. My parents first taught me that I could achieve anything I set my mind too and alongside me explored the power of risks and positive thinking. Growing up, my grandmother would take me out for coffee and listen as I rambled on and on about my latest novel or project. She’s the first to read all of my books. My boyfriend, Jared, is also a huge support and one of my biggest fans. For these past few years, he has helped me every step of the way in designing book covers, websites, and anything else I may need to be a successful author. He believes in me and in what I can go on to do.
Also, my friends, writers and not, have been so kind to me as I embark on this silly little dream of becoming a full-time author.
Keep the people in your life close, and let them in. I’m a firm believer that you can’t do anything totally alone.

Website: brittneykristina.com

Instagram: brittney.kristina

Linkedin: Brittney Dear

Twitter: bookishbrittney

Image Credits
Jared Atkins (image of me wearing green) Cristina Sandoval

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