Broken Pieces

Jack Canon's American Destiny

Author Interview – Brie McGill

Friday, August 9, 2013

Where do you get your inspiration from? I love archetypal, mythologically influenced stories. I think it’s so important to constantly feed the brain new stories. Music that sets the mood for my imagination is a critical requirement.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Writing the rough draft, for me, is the hardest, because it is the process of pulling a story out of thin air. I imagine stories in my mind, especially the fun parts–but for a novel to function, it requires a clear sequence of events. Sometimes this entails intense plotting of details I didn’t originally imagine. This is the hard work.
Editing is easy because the tough work–the first draft–is already done. At this stage, I’m chiseling and embellishing something that is already there.
Marketing is fun. The hard part about marketing is knowing when to stop–and when to return to work on that next first draft.
Do you find it hard to share your work? For no particular reason, other than profound personal neurosis, I’ve always found it difficult to share my work with people I know. After my dad began to read my book, there were nights I couldn’t sleep because I kept thinking, “OH MY GOD! I can’t believe my dad is reading my book! He’ll think I’m insane!” A warm reception from total strangers eased this anxiety considerably. Sharing my writing is sharing some of the most intimate parts of my mind.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? I don’t know where I would be without them, friends and family. I’ve signed a lot of print copies for people I know–I only hope they’ll love the book!
Do you plan to publish more books? I have plans for at least ten books in the Sex, Drugs, and Cyberpunk series. The books are written so they can stand alone, or be read in any order–you can mix and match, skip around, read them however you please.
What other jobs have you had in your life? I used to work as a dietary aide at a local hospital. I would wake at the crack of dawn to slop food onto molten hot plates that literally seared away the fingerprints of those who handled them.
After mealtime, I had to wear goggles and a paper apron and go into the basement to wash dishes with a machine called “The Pulverizer.” Dietary aides had the duty of scraping all the uneaten food off the patients’ plates into a gully on The Pulverizer, where a jet of water pushed the waste to be pulverized. Sometimes I removed the lid to discover a patient ate his lunch, and then vomited the whole thing back onto his plate. Other times I found half-eaten food with half a set of dentures stuck inside. The worst part of the job, though, was that once The Pulverizer began to operate, the same water cycled through the machine for the three hours of scraping cleanup that the whole hospital required–so by the third hour, when I slopped someone’s vomit off the tray and into the gulley of The Pulverizer, that same dirty water that had been washing everyone else’s food, vomit, and    dentures away toward Pulverization would splash up and hit me in the face.
The goggles and paper apron were hardly an accommodation.
We rescued the dentures. But no one ever came to rescue us.

My Review

Secret Words (Secret Dreams Contemporary Romance 1)Secret Words by Miranda P. Charles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How did the main character feel during the book? Jasmine was hurt. Kane was confused. When they met and sparks flew it was obvious that they belonged together but needed to work through many different issues.

What did the title have to do with the book? Kane and Jasmine both kept secrets from each other and people around them.

3 things you like about the main character. Jasmine was willing to put Kane's interest before hers. She took the time to explain their situation to Hannah and lastly, she was far better than she gave herself credit for.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

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About the Book:
Counting days is irrelevant in the life of a well-to-do man, unless he counts the days passed in total service to the Empire. Salute. Submit. Shut up and scan the wrist. Therapists armed with batons and brass knuckles guide the derelict along a well-beaten path to Glory.
When human experiment Lukian Valentin escapes the Empire to save his crumbling sanity–through a grimescape of fissured highways, collapsing factories, putrescent sewers–he realizes the fight isn’t only for his life, it’s for his mind. Torturous flashbacks from a murky past spur him on a quest for freedom, while the Empire’s elite retrievers remain at his heels, determined to bring him home for repair.
Lukian needs one doctor to remove the implanted chips from his body, and another to serve him a tall glass of answers. Lukian attempts a psychedelic salvage of his partitioned mind, gleaning fragments of the painful truth about his identity.
A scorching, clothes-ripping rendezvous with a mysterious woman offers Lukian a glimpse of his humanity, and respite from his nightmarish past. It also provides the Empire the perfect weakness to exploit for his recapture.
To rise to the challenge of protecting his new life, his freedom of thought, and his one shot at love, Lukian must reach deep into his mind to find his true identity. To defeat the Empire, he requires the deadly power of his former self–a power that threatens to consume him.
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Genre – Sci-Fi/Steamy Romance
Rating – R (18+)
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