I’d like to welcome Award Winning Author Alison Brodie to Layered Pages! Alison is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side.
Brodie is an international, best-selling author. Her books have been published by Hodder & Stoughton (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland).
Hi, Alison! Tell me how you discovered indieBRAG?
It’s hard to miss! I regularly see the BRAG Awards everywhere on social media: writing blogs for indie writers, and highly-acclaimed books with the BRAG medallion on their covers, etc.
What is your book about?
Brake Failure is about Ruby, an English debutante who ends up in Kansas City. Far from home, she transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in but she’s out of control and she ain’t hitting the brakes.
Who are your secondary characters in your book?
Ruby’s snobbish step-sister, Claire, who continually belittles Ruby. Rowdy the stray mongrel. Idabel, a Survivalist, who teaches Ruby how to shoot a gun and dig a man trap.
Do you take personality traits from real people and use them for your characters?
No. My characters come into my head fully formed.
Why did you choose to write your story leading up to the Y2K Meltdown?
Because it was fascinating! This was something that had never happened before in history. I lived through Y2K in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Television reports veered from “Just stock up as if for a tornado” to “run for the hills!!”
Nobody knew what was going to happen when the date on computers changed to four zeroes. The US government had a command center and spent $150 billion on preparing for Armageddon. I’m surprised nobody has written about this time in American history.
Why did you choose the romance genre to write in?
I like to write what I, myself, would choose to read. And I always like a little romance.
Which character in your story are you particular to?
Idabel, the tough Survivalist, who is preparing to battle against hordes of ravaging looters. When Ruby gives Idabel a box of blonde hair-colorant and cherry lip-gloss, Idabel stares at them wordlessly. Then she says: “Well, if we don’t survive, we’ll die real pretty.”
How long did it take you to write this story and what was your process?
Off and on for a fifteen year. I made notes before and during Y2K. When I got back to England I wrote the skeleton of the story and forgot about it. I finally wrote it a couple of years ago. (Sometimes it’s better to write a story long after an event because the things you remember are usually the sharpest, and most interesting.
Where can readers buy your book?
Brake Failure is on Amazon kindle. I hope to be publishing all my books in paperback by the end of the year.
What is up next for you?
I’m releasing ZENKA on 6 Nov. Here’s my first review: “Top of my list for best fiction this year” –Lauren Sapala, WriteCity.
ZENKA is not a romcom. It is a darkly comic crime thriller/suspense with a hint of romance. Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer, capricious, devious and loyal. When London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. With shocking consequences.
Is there a message you would like to give to your readers?
I never start my books with a BANG! I build slowly at first, then gather speed – faster and faster – while injecting twists and turns, until that rug-pulling moment. I usually have multi-strands in my stories so I make sure that these strands all come together in the end, like someone pulling tight the purse-strings of a pouch.
Reviews for her debut, FACE TO FACE: “Fun to snuggle up with” –GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Pick of the Paperbacks. “Vane but wildly funny leading lady” -Scottish Daily Mail.
Brodie has now gone “indie”. Here are some editorial reviews for her recent books.
BRAKE FAILURE: “Masterpiece of humor” -Midwest Book Review
THE DOUBLE: “Proof of her genius in writing fiction” -San Francisco Book Review.
ZENKA (to be released 6 Nov, 2017): “ZENKA is top of my list for best fiction this year. If Tina Fey and Simon Pegg got together to write a dark and hilarious mobster story with a happy ending, ZENKA would be the result.” -Lauren Sapala, WriteCity
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We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Alison Brodie who is the author of, Brake Failure, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion ®, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, A Dog for Leo, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.