We had the good fortune of connecting with Bree Porter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bree, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My dream was always to be an author but I’ve never been much of a risk-taker so I chose to stick to safer career options. However, in January of 2020, I finished a book I had been working on and published it completely on a whim. Looking back I wish I had gotten a cover designer or editor at least, but if I had, I honestly don’t believe I would’ve taken the plunge and published. Beginning my business really began when my debut novel began to get traction and I had to decide: take the risk or don’t? I chose to risk it and I am thankful everyday that I did.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a dark romance author so I have the privilege of working with characters who defy the limits of society and dealing with topics that make somebody squirm. I am so SO excited for 2021, which may be slightly naive due to the current state of things, but I have so many stories and books to share in the coming year. As to how I got where I am today professionally and was it easy, it definitely wasn’t. There have been a lot of breakdowns and cancelled plans and late nights, but the finished product was always worth the painful journey it took to get there. I think the most important thing I learnt about working hard was the healing powers of taking a break. It can be hard stopping or taking some time for yourself, but it is imperative to not burning out. Now, I take mandatory Me Time, which helps me recharge, solve problems and handle challenges at my own pace. I think I want the world to know that you can’t plan everything and risks can pay-off. I plan everything relentlessly and always have an excuse to not putting myself out there, but the one time I act recklessly, I end up sowing the seeds for my lifelong dream.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love this question. I’m located in the isolated but lovely city of Perth, Australia, so we would have to get creative about things to do. I think we would have to start in the bush, going on wine-tasting tours and hiking through the Aussie terrain. Then after that, we could head to the city. We could go clubbing in the nightlife district of Northbridge, where the entire weekend is a long tirade of loud music, good times and dancing. There isn’t only clubs in Northbridge, we could also go and see some live music. Perth has very distinct sounds, so we could enjoy some new local music. After the nightlife, it only makes sense to go shopping along Hay Street, where all the best shops located. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to WA without going to an obscene amount of coffee shops. We love our coffee here in Perth and it would take us longer than a week to visit every cafe!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To Sienna Mynx. Her Battaglia Mafia series introduced me into dark romance and completely changed my life.
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