Meet Braelin, a young woman in the year 2056, whose life is soon to be changed forever by a virus known as C47-a virus that wipes out much of the world, including her parents and her twin.
Now alone, Braelin is forced to learn to take care of herself. By fate and good luck she stumbles across a sanctuary hidden deep in the woods of Wisconsin. Here she learns the hardest lessons of survival yet. Along the way she meets Aravon and Timber, both of whom fall hard for Braelin. Filled with suspense, passion and excitement, Wolves in the Woods keeps Braelin fighting for her life and for her love until the very end.
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2 GIRLS- Good afternoon Brea, thanks for joining us today! I know you’re super busy with the new release!
BREA- Hi Cheree, I am here!! Running a little late. I homeschool my kids, I guess it is a good thing when they LIKE what I am teaching and want to look more into it LoL
2 GIRLS- I here that! I homeschool too and understand how schedules run crazy! Okay, so as this is your first novel, what inspired you to write Wolves in the Woods. I know you have dedicated this in memory or your twin brother right?
BREA- Correct. I started writing at age fifteen when he died. I could not find a book about the specific loss of losing a twin brother, so I wrote one. That took me about ten years. When I was done I realized how much I loved to write and wanted to write something for fun!
2 GIRLS- WOW! Did you ever do anything with what you wrote? Or is it more like a personal journal? Emotional release?
BREA- Yes. I rewrote it three times since then. As I learned from my grief, I changed/revised it. The finished product is called Death Sucks, Life Doesn't Have To and it will be coming out this February.
2 GIRLS- EXCITING! I will definitely have to check that out! There are some pretty emotional scenes in Wolves In The Woods with Braelin and Timber, those must have been hard scenes to write, and to see Timber battle the good and evil inside of himself. Was it hard writing those scenes and not ending them sooner, but allowing those things to happen?
BREA- No it wasn't hard to write, but yes it was intense. When I write it all comes pouring out of me in bursts which sometimes shock even me.
2 GIRLS- I love hearing that from authors! It's like the story writes itself and you are the seed and the portal....
BREA- It really is!
2 GIRLS- Who was your favorite character to write about?
BREA- That is a hard question. Braelin was hard to write, because she is a reflection of all of the hard things I have faced in my own life. It was almost painful to write about her. To be honest, Timber was the most interesting for me. He was a challenge. I wanted him to be a bad guy that you can't help but like.
2 GIRLS- And he very much was! I found myself rooting for him at times, and then get mad at myself for it! Lol Will there be any surprise appearances in book 2?
BREA- Yes...several in fact. Book 2 is called Wolves in the City and you will meet several new characters as well as visit all the same characters again.
2 GIRLS- OOO all of them! Excellent! There are a few characters that really intrigued me and hope to hear more about! Any tidbits about book 2 you want to give us? Pretty please?
BREA- Wolves in the City takes place in the fictional city of Chiwaukee. Aravon disappears in the city and Braelin leaves the Big Woods to find him. It is a different perspective on how those in the city survived the virus and the fallout afterwards.
2 GIRLS- Oh no! He disappears! It's always so scary waiting to see if a character I love is going to die!
BREA- One of my characters does die, but not until book four, which I am writing now....
2 GIRLS- WHAAAAA NOOOOOO!
BREA- Don't worry. It is not any of the original characters. This is one of the characters that shows up in book two.
2 GIRLS- Oh good! phew! Moving on from that heart attack, who is your favorite author, and what is your favorite book?
BREA- My favorite author is Stephen King. The original dystopian master. My favorite fiction book is a series. The Tower series by Stephen King. My favorite non-fiction book is The Secret.
2 GIRLS- Stephen King is scary to me, a little to “horror” lol Although, I do love all the movies they make from Stephen King’s books, he is the master! But don't remember if I have finished one of his books. ‘It’ ruined me, scarred me for life!
BREA- I don't like horror either except for him. Which I only read in the day time. LoL The Tower series though is less horror and more dystopian. Same with The Stand.
2 GIRLS- Good call on the daytime reading! And that's what I have heard about the Tower Series, all great things, but I'm not gonna lie, you line those books up....that's intimidating! Who is your biggest inspiration? Not just as an author, but in life?
BREA- My mom. She is the strongest person I know. She has severe asthma and is a two-time cancer survivor. She was told she would not live past thirteen, never be able to have children and would never be able to work for a living. She just celebrated her birthday, had four kids (including us twins) and was a nurse for 29 years. She is the person who I get my strength from, that is for sure.
2 GIRLS- WOW! Yah, that is some woman! Don't tell her she can't aye? That is awesome! Impossible to not be inspired by that!
BREA- You got it. Especially doctors, lol.
2 GIRLS- And the loss of a child would do me in!
BREA- It almost did. She was diagnosed with breast cancer one month after my brother died. It has been a journey. It changed us all forever. I keep telling her she needs to write a book.
2 GIRLS- I couldn't even imagine how that must have been for you and your family. I'm so sorry Brea!! That is a hard place to continue from J So, last question and then I will let you get back to life and kids. Do you have any other WIP, separate from this series, and aside from the one we discussed coming out in Feb.?
BREA- Oh yes. I have a middle grade book done about a boy with nonverbal autism that goes on adventures in his mind, called The Colors of a Mind. I have a children's picture book called Ants Are People Too, and I just started a YA fantasy book called Adams & Eves about a teenage girl who dreams about the Garden of Eden her whole life and realizes she was actually from there and tries to find it. I am always writing something.
2 GIRLS- ohmygosh! WOW! Are those all available?
BREA- Not yet. I am still deciding how I want to publish them. If I want to continue working with a publisher or self-publish them. It is a tough decision for me.
2 GIRLS- I would love to get some of those kids books! I have decided I do not want my kids reading on a kindle! Kids these days are losing the love of books, I can't allow that. Will your kids books available in paper or hard back versions?
BREA- If I self-publish them yes they would be available as paperbacks. My books will always be available as hardcovers, because I completely agree with you. There is nothing like holding it and reading it.
2 GIRLS- I agree! Thank you so much for your time today Brea, and I am excited for the audio release! I want to get it so my hubs can listen to it on our next road trip!
BREA- Thank you so much for your time Cheree! We will have to chat about homeschooling adventures soon.
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5 Star Review from Cheree
So intense!! This is such a tragic story of strength and survival! In a future that is desolate and destroyed, the reality of how people will choose to survive by taking from others, taking anything and everything. I devoured the last 50% of the book in just a few hours, with my heart pounding and my emotions everywhere!! When it was finally over I just had to close the book and absorb. This book wraps up nicely with no cliff hanger, but definitely open for future books! I hope that is the plan! I would love to see what comes after.
Brea Behn is very passionate about reading and writing in all genres. She started writing at the age of fifteen, when she wrote a memoir for her twin brother. Currently, she writes fiction of several genres, nonfiction, and is building her career as an author and public speaker.
When Brea is not writing, she is reading, usually several books at the same time. She also volunteers at her local humane society, gardens, and homeschools her children.
Brea lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their two children.