#BookMuse – The Crimson Deathbringer

  • What is the title of your book?
    • Would you tantalize readers with a synopsis?
      • When Earth gets embroiled in the middle of an intergalactic war, humanity’s only hope for survival rests with a rag-tag team of unlikely heroes. Can an ace fighter pilot, a stuntwoman, a super-assassin, and an alien prankster work together to save every man, woman, and child on the planet?

  • What inspired this tale?
    I’ve lived with these characters and this story in my mind since I was a teenager. But if you want to know how I ended up finally writing it, this is the story:
    • I‘ve got purely obsessional OCD. What this means is a thought enters my mind—usually something negative—and doesn’t leave. I end up having to think about it 5000 times a day, and once this starts, my life is ruined for a week, two weeks, a month, or six months. I’d tried a lot of different ways to get rid of this problem: therapy, medication, meditation . . . Nothing ever worked, until I read an article that said the people who had this problem had an overly active imagination, and it would help if they channeled it into something productive, like writing.
    • I’d always wanted to be a writer. This is literally a childhood dream, one of those you give up when you grow up, so instead, I ended up being a university/college-level English teacher.
    • I had the story of The Crimson Deathbringer in my mind for years (even started writing it and stopped a few times). When I read that article, I was going through a tough time in my marriage (fighting with your wife is no fun, even for sane people), and my mind had gone into its life-destroying overdrive, so I told myself, “Well, you’ve tried everything else, let’s give this a shot.” And then a miracle happened.
    • My mind put the same energy it used to put into producing BS and making my life miserable into coming up with stories. Ideas would come to me fast and furious, and I had to stop whatever I was doing several times a day to write them down. I’ve been OCD-free since then (I know, I sound like a recovering alcoholic). When TCD (cool, eh?) was finished, it took my out-of-control brain half a day to plan my second novel (Book Two in the series, called The Golden Viper).
      • Did you have to do any research, and if so, what, and why?
        • No
      • Did you learn anything new or surprising while you wrote this book that you’d like to tell us about?
        • As I just said, I found writing is therapeutic!

  • Who is the main protagonist of the story?
    A wise-cracking, movie- quoting, OCD-suffering fighter pilot, Jim Harrison.
    • Do you feel your character is relatable to readers of all ages?
      • Apart from children, yes.
      What made you write this character? Were they based on a real person or something that inspired you?
      • As I often say, my characters are actually alive in some weird alternate universe. They do their own thing. I just observe and report. So, answering your question, this is how I see Jim in my mind. I did not sit and plan this character; This is just how he is.
      Do you consider the main character to be good or bad, and why?
      • Mostly good, but he ends up doing terrible things from time to time, often with best of intentions.
    • What’s the objective of your character?
      • As his friends often say, he has a pathological need to protect everyone.

  • Is there anything specific you’d like readers to know about this piece of work?
    • If you are a Star Trek or Star Wars fan, you are going to love it!

  • What was your writing process like?  For example, do you use an outline, or do you let the story flow as you write (“pantser”)?
    • I answered this question already: I observe my characters, who are alive in an alternate universe, and report. They basically do their own things, and I have very little control over the things that they do.
    • Do you have a writing routine?  Like, do you get your cup of coffee to write in your office in silence, or do you prefer to sit on the deck with the radio playing in the background?  What atmosphere is conducive to your creativity?
      • I have a full-time job (I’m a college level English teacher), so my routine is to write whenever I can find a few minutes of extra time during my day.

  • Where can readers connect with you and purchase your book? 

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