Bo Brennan is an Irish ‘Crime Thriller’ writer who has lived and worked in various locations abroad. None were exotic.
Bo’s favourite past times are reading, writing, and eating. Unfortunately, the three combined do nothing for the waistline, so hiking the wild Irish mountains occasionally is a must.
Bo’s debut novel ‘STEALING POWER,’ featuring DC India Kane & DCI Colt from New Scotland Yard, is the first of a trilogy to be published.The second in the series – ‘BABY SNATCHERS’- is due to be published August 2013.
What inspires you to write?
Life! I am absolutely fascinated by human beings and their power to endure, complex relationships, and generally what makes us who we are.
My passions drive my writing – injustice, inequality, and exploitation. I’m a staunch supporter of the underdog and I hope this comes across in my writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
Usually a story emerges in my head and grows until I can’t ignore it!
I always start with a few random jottings as the finer points emerge, and use MindMap to keep it all in one place. This piece of software is my absolute saviour, it allows me to get all the thoughts down and work on the linkage. It’s fantastic for the random mind!
No matter how hard I try to plot a structured outline and fill in the blanks, the characters always take the story in another direction for me!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wrote a blog post about this, so it’s apt I put it here, even it makes me look insane!
‘The Zone,’ is a weird place. A very weird place indeed.
I couldn’t direct you there – it’s not a small village on the Beara Peninsula or anything like that – it’s one of those places that you just kind of stumble into when you least expect it.
There are keys to ‘The Zone,’ but I have no idea where they are kept. I just know they exist because I mislaid them once. When my father died, I found myself on the outside looking in. I remember very clearly seeing the residents of ‘The Zone’ going about their business, but being unable to reach them. For me, that was a bad time.
I love ‘The Zone.’ It’s the best place in the world to be. The only way I can really describe it, is that it’s a bit like a parallel dimension, a different plane if you will.
I’ve been there before, outside of my writing life. When I was younger, and stupider, I used to ride motorbikes. ‘The Zone’ I stumbled across back then was a bit like being inside a Super Bikes computer game.
I often wonder if everybody has a ‘Zone’ of their own. That place where everything feels right,comes together, and falls smoothly into place. Or do you only find ‘The Zone’ when you’re doing something you love so much it’s all consuming?
Well now, there’s a question – I’d love to hear your answers.
So without further ado, and at the risk of sounding like a total nut job who shouldn’t be allowed out on my own, here’s a bit about my ‘Zone’!
Time has no meaning there. The hours and the days blur and blend. To the residents of ‘The Zone,’ I’m invisible. I follow them around intruding into,commenting on, and documenting, their daily lives and innermost thoughts. Watching them, and listening to them, as they go about their business, like a creepy stalker armed with a pencil and pad. The residents are my characters.
When I’m in ‘The Zone’ my writing is fluid and frantic, and I never really know what I’ve written until I’ve left. I love it when it flows like that, and I love the quality time I spend with my characters there.
Right now, I’m deep into my second book BABY SNATCHERS, and that means I’m hanging out in ‘The Zone’ with my characters again. A hell of a lot has gone on in the intervening months. The events of STEALING POWER have certainly left a mark on them all, and changed them in ways I could never have imagined.
The dynamics between characters have been irrevocably altered as they learn to live with the past. Minor characters are finding their voice – and getting pretty vocal in their quest to be heard – as they step up to the plate. Previous allegiances and solid relationships are straining under the weight of the truth. And the plot for BABY SNATCHERS is twisting, and turning, and evolving, in a very exciting way indeed.
I can’t wait to find out how it ends!
What advice would you give other writers?
Always have a notepad and pencil to hand, even beside the bed!
And, write from the heart – write for you!
Stick with it and be patient.
Write every single day, and always finish at a point when you know where to start tomorrow. This keeps your tank full!
Edit, edit, edit!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I researched both the traditional and self publishing routes and it was a bit of a no brainer for me!
For me personally, the deciding factor was that the traditional route required me to write a letter (I know, I know, it’s just a letter right?!) basically saying how wonderful I am. Now, I can write novels until they come out of my ears…..but I can’t write that letter!
To me, that is something readers decide – not writers, my work must speak for itself.
I think every writer has to do their own research. Self publishing is easy, self marketing is hard!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
What will happen in the future of book publishing is anyone’s guess, but it’s a very exciting time for readers and writers……and I would imagine a very frightening time for traditional publishers and agents.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Crime, Suspense, Thriller
What formats are your books in?
Link To Author Page On Amazon