B.C. Brown lives on the southern Illinois/Indiana border with her small dog, a mixed Pomeranian/Miniature Dachshund she affectionately calls a 'Pomerachshund', named Widget. A fan of books her entire life, B.C. first picked up a pen at the tender age of 12. From then on, she was an unstoppable force.
B.C. is the youngest of three children (all girls) and grew up with a family who indulged every quirky idea or story she came up with, taking pride in the 'unusual' child. Initially, she began writing poetry and short fiction based on her life and on people she knew. When she first mentioned the idea of writing a novel to them, her family's response was simple. "Hurry up and finish it already!" With such a backing, the young writer immersed herself into novel-making and never looked back.
Her first novel, entitled Shades of Gray, is a beautifully wrought fantasy adventure that sweeps you from tranquil seas to war camps. But the writer has scratched the surface of many genres with her pen. A second novel, entitled A Touch of Darkness, is an energetic paranormal mystery and has evolved into a series of three books. Her spin-off novel called A Sight Unseen stems from the same world as A Touch of Darkness and helps to raise awareness for a rare disease called Pompe's Disease or Glycogen Storage Deficiency. Yet another novel, Night Sins, is a breathtaking futuristic sci-fi/romance and another, Blood of My Blood, is a terrifying look at a society willing to sacrifice their liberties and their blood to be "kept" by vampires.
But B.C. is one true to her roots, still dipping her quill in the ink to turn out numerous short stories and several poems. Several of her more memorable works include Killing Innocence (horror short story), Extra-Ordinary (YA fantasy short story), and Mortal Transgressions (working title - fantasy short story). Of her poetry, B.C. claims she is proudest of her epic work Little Girl Red Vs. Madman and Nightfall. With a wry grin, B.C. will tell you about her screenplay, entitled Shadows, but it is with a shrug and a shake of her head. "I've never once thought I could write plays," she says when asked about the screenplay. "I don't know what came over me. Maybe I was possessed?" The wink and smile she gives you will make you wonder if, perhaps, she still is.
However, B.C. is not limited to the label 'author'. Active in her local theater, she revels in standing on stage, under blazing lights, touching people with her words in a very different way. She also spends a good deal of time as a literacy tutor. When asked if she tutors reading because she is a writer, her response is simple. "I tutor because other people are authors, and their worlds are too wonderful to miss out on." Along with tutoring and acting, B.C. is in love with karaoke. "I don't sing well," she says, "since I am hearing impaired, but I love music and the way it makes me feel."
So, why does B.C. write? "To keep my brain from exploding," she laughs. "Whenever I've tried not writing, I've felt as if a herd of elephants had taken up residence in my skull. Not writing, I think, actually makes me sick. Why be sick if I can avoid it?" And, what keeps her writing the things she does? "Oh well... No clue. Seriously, ask any writer; we rarely have a clue as to why we write the stories we do. Seriously."
So, what else should we know about B.C.? "I'm addicted to changing my looks; I'm like a chameleon, depending on my mood." She leans in close to whisper a secret. "Most people don't realize that I wear wigs, either." Wigs? "Well, I do have all my own hair, but I change my look so often that I have several wigs to help me pull off my Superman, Clark Kent change-a-roos." Ok, so wigs. What else should we know? "Well, my socks never match. I have better things to do than match socks - like editing. And I love gummi bears dipped in mint and coated in chocolate. They're like Junior Mints and Gummi Bears in one, and they are ambrosia. Oh, and I still call my mom 'mommy'."
Lastly, and before we forget, what does the 'B' and 'C' stand for in your name? With a smile, she answers, "Billie Carlena. But only my mommy gets to call me that!"