Brigid Kemmerer aka the author of the Elementals series that I LOVE agreed to talk to COBG about the series, slut shaming and what we should expect next from the Merrick brothers!
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)
1. You are being sent off into space on a 10 year mission alone, you can only bring three books with you, what books do you choose and why?
Wow! Tough question. Ten years means they need to be epically re-readable. Hmm. Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella, Don’t Let Me Go by J. H. Trumble, and Blood Alone by Elaine Bergstrom.
2. I read that the idea for the “Elemental” series came to you in High School! How did the idea come to you and what motivated you to write “Storm” years later?
I’m pretty sure the idea came to me because I was sixteen and boy-crazy, and the idea of four supernaturally gifted brothers was pretty appealing. I wrote several stories about those four brothers, and even though I’d branch out and write about other characters, I’d still come back to them. In the beginning, the Merricks were vampire brothers. By the third time I sat down to write about them, I knew I wanted to do something completely different, so I tried thinking of things that would go along with the number four. Four horsemen, four-leaf-clovers, whatever. I finally settled on the four classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water, and the rest is history…
3. Hunter is a very confused character. He has lied and betrayed the beloved Merrick brothers. What was the most difficult aspect of writing his character? Did you feel the need to justify his actions or redeem him in the eyes of your readers?
Hunter was really difficult to write. My normal writing process involves loud music and a cup of coffee by my side. Not for his book. For Hunter, I would sit in absolute silence and sketch scenes out longhand. Then I’d type them into a Word document and try to clean them up. He’s so conflicted about everything and everyone, and he’s never sure who to trust. I’m personally very open and trusting, so his character was a real stretch for me.
4. In my opinion, the characters in this series have an amazing support system, but spend their books feeling very much alone. Why do you think it is that these boys always feel so isolated? Is it their powers or is this a normal sort of teenage feeling of being misunderstood?