So I got the chance to ask Rich Brawer, author of The Nano Experiment, some questions to help get the word out about his book.
So here’s the Q&A session:
Why do I write Mysteries and Thrillers?
Writing a novel was the last thing I thought I would ever do. Then I read a horrendous article in a newspaper about a father in Boston whose child was born with brain damage and he refused to take him home from the hospital. He thought he could return the child like a damaged piece of merchandise he bought in a store. The nurses were outraged and their disgust was quoted in the article. That’s when my imagination took over and I asked myself, “What if the child was misdiagnosed?”
I took that thought and began making notes. The notes turned into paragraphs and the paragraphs into chapters. Thus my first mystery, Secrets Can be Deadly was born featuring detective, David Nance. I was hooked. I followed that with two more David Nance mysteries and one Russell Gerard mystery.
Why did I switch from writing mysteries to thrillers?
I was looking for another project. My daughter is a lawyer in the entertainment business and writes scripts on the side. (Everybody walks around Hollywood with a script in their back pocket.) She had written a script where the protagonist, an African-American male, was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Despite her being a lawyer in the movie industry and the screen play winning a number of awards including $1000.00 from a “Writer’s Digest” contest she was not able to generate interest from her associates in Hollywood.
I said to her, “Let me write it as a book with an African-American female protagonist as there are many African-American actresses looking for a strong, leading role.”
However, in the process the book took on a life of its own and dramatically deviated from the screen play. The only parts that remained the same were that the lead character was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death and she escapes death row and fights to prove her innocence. All the fighting, chases, and the ending are entirely different from the screenplay. The result was The Nano Experiment.
The Nano Experiment has received rave reviews which you can read on Amazon.com, but there was one section of a review I found exceptionally interesting. “…This book will appeal to young adults because it does start with great action involving a main character that has all kinds of problems as a teenager allowing the reader to associate with her life. The language used is appropriate with sex scenes being minimal…” D. Deen
My books were written with adults in mind, but sometimes readers and reviewers will surprise you and recommend your book to a category of readers you never thought about.
(NOTE: The Nano Experiment was originally published by L & L Dreamspell, a mid-sized publisher under the title Beyond Guilty. Sadly one of the partners passed away and the other decided she could not go on with the business. Unable to sell the company she closed the publisher and returned all the rights.)
As a result of my losing my publisher, and unable to find another one for this book― it seems no publisher wants to take on books already published―I decided to publish it on Amazon KDP myself. It is available on KINDLE and any e-reader, Computer, Apple or Android device that has a KINDLE APP, or any TABLET that can access KINDLE books.
Here is the link to the Amazon page for The Nano Experiment:
It was the success of The Nano Experiment that turned me from writing mysteries to thrillers. I like writing thrillers because I can fill them with a lot more action and conflicted characters than I could fit into mysteries. After all, it is conflict among the characters and how they will resolve their conflicts that keep the readers turning the pages.
After The Nano Experiment I wrote The PAC Conspiracy. Three families intertwined by blood and marriage are drawn into conflict with each other, and how conspiracy, lust, infidelity, revenge, betrayal and murder destroy those families. See what I mean by conflict.
(NOTE: The PAC Conspiracy was also published by L & L Dreamspell. I also republished in on Amazon KDP.)
Here is the link to the Amazon page for The PAC Conspiracy:
What was my favorite book to write?
That would be my latest book, Love’s Sweet Sorrow, a romantic suspense novel being published by Vinspire Publishing another mid-sized publisher (not a self publisher). It is my favorite because not only is it a thriller full of action but it is also a turbulent romance.
Here is a blurb: Love and faith are tested as Jason and Ariel are caught in a battle to expose smugglers selling weapons to terrorists. The kidnappings, killings and harrowing escapes from those trying to retrieve the evidence force Jason and Ariel to delve deeply into their often opposing long-held convictions, and question if they are truly meant to be together.
Love’s Sweet Sorrow will be available September 2014 in paperback and e-book wherever books are sold. You can read about it and all my books on my website: www.silklegacy.com.
You can pre-order Love’s Sweet Sorrow directly from the publisher: www.vinspirepublishing.com
So that’s the end of the interview with Rich Brawer but here is a little information about him.
Richard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time sailing and exploring local history. He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife.