Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Glenn Arden Bruce and I am, hopefully, ageless.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Miami, FL, but I have lived in many different places over the years.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Both my parents were “draftspersons” early in life. My mom went on into advertising and my dad was a router at Eastern Airlines. My mom passed away in 1991, but my dad is still going strong at 96 and recently resumed his art “career” doing sketches (some quite funny) and pastels, mainly.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
With two novels finished by the end of last year, I took a short break, then got back to it. I just finished two novel adaptations from two of my screenplays. I decided on which one to adapt next and discovered that I had already done it several years ago! I had totally forgotten!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I moved to L.A. in 1979, I took one of Syd Fields’ first Screenwriting courses at Sherwood Oaks Experimental College – and was hooked.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Sort of: when I finished my first screenplay, “Sudden Courage,” by the end of Syd’s class. Kind of more: when I sold my first comedy sketches. The rest of the way: after I had sold stuff for about ten years.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A tough break-up. I was verklempt and bored, broken-hearted and stuck in a rut. So, in early 1981 I wrote “Chad” on my mom’s high school manual typewriter from the 1930s. Last year, I finally finished the rewrite.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I definitely have a style and voice whether I am writing thrillers or satire. It’s all me. I just vary it slightly depending on the voice of that particular book or, if it’s first person, that character’s speech style.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Depends on the book, but mostly it is just fiction. Some particular noteworthy events have made it in here and there, but are well-concealed!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not really. I travel because I like to travel. Oddly, I don’t gain much from those travels, since they are recreational in nature. But sometimes I will recall something about a place – perhaps a sense of that place that is strong or particular – and use it somewhere.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Sadly, me. Actually, I spend a lot of time on them. Some are better than others. I have done a lot of photography and I paint, so I have a visual sense going in. A “publisher” once said my covers were “lacklustre” and offered to help me for only $6,000! That was hard to turn down. Though, if I’d had $6,000, I might have used it to order a hit on him.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I seem to have a few common themes that I usually come around to using. One is that no one can be trusted, life is unfair, and (my) good guys figure out a way to “fix” that, whether it’s a cop story, politics, a personal story, or pure satire. Ultimately, it is The Man who must be destroyed. And always, I think, I have a glimmer of hope for love enduring beyond the ills. Though a lot of my work is dark, there is always a love story deep down in there, somewhere.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I like a lot of Palahniuk’s work. DeLillo is amazing, and though I have never been able to get all the way through Infinite Jest, DFW’s writing was amazing there. My heroes and influencers would be Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, Heller’s Catch-22, and Vonnegut and Steinbeck in general—with a large dose of Hunter S. Thompson thrown in for good edge.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My last ex-wife.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It has been and will continue to be I hope.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. 220,000 words is a lot of words.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
As someone who taught camera acting for decades, I am pretty picky about ability. Less about names—unless that name brings us the money to make the film!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write every day.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Off the Chart by James W. Hall.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes. King of Kings. I was about eight. It was a church thing. No memory of it other than I felt like I had accomplished something by reading an entire novel.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Not really. There are plenty of interesting people who aren’t famous. I’ve met a lot of famous people and they are – once they let their guards down – just like people who aren’t famous. Just a little more fucked up, probably.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Norwegian noir is high on my list.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Fish tacos, greens and blues, jazz, world music, and Afro-beat.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Curl up and die.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
A lot of people didn’t like him – but a lot of people did.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
www.glennabruce.com I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon.com, and many other places on the internets I don’t know about until someone tells me.
My Amazon author’s page is https://www.amazon.com/Glenn-A.-Bruce/e/B0078E3FZ8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
MY FB Author’s page is https://www.facebook.com/GlennArdenBruce/
On Twitter, I am @GlennArdenBruce