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Friday, August 2, 2013

Author Interview – Brie McGill

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If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? I’d love to study dead languages. Learning Sanskrit, specifically, is on my bucket list. I fantasize it would bring me one step closer to The Mysterious Origin of All Things.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? I write on a big futon with seven pillows and two cats. I have to use a laptop–I could never write by hand. If I used paper, my edits would kill entire forests. Plus, my handwriting is atrocious.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? I am a grumpy monster if I don’t complete my last sleep cycle, dreams and all. This is challenging, because I work erratic hours with my day jobs, and my life is a constant struggle to balance work with writing productivity, while still having a personal life. Rest is essential to the creative process, and I often find my best ideas while dozing off.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Touching one person is a huge success. It’s amazing to see someone resonate with a passage where I spilled my heart all over the paper.

Financially, I’d love to quit my day jobs and write full time–that’s another measure of success, being able to support myself doing something I love.

Success doesn’t mean I have to become a gazillionaire, like some super-famous authors… but I did promise lots of people an open-bar yacht cruise down the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver if it happens. So far, I think I could afford a plastic yacht to float in my bathtub. Some people would consider that a success.

Happiness is unquantifiable.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Nikola Tesla. I would pour him wine until he told me his secrets. Then, I’d have to pour myself even more wine to understand them.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I play video games–Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Devil May Cry, anything with an epic story or killer atmosphere that might naturally inspire my own next story.

I also enjoy long, romantic walks on the beach and playing with my cats.


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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