Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Author Interview: Brian McBride {Giveaway!}

Today I have with me our very own YAWA admin Brian McBride!  I'd tell you more about him, but then that'd defeat the purpose of an interview ;)

Tell us a little about yourself first.
Well, I am a writer (obviously, or I wouldn’t be here ;) ) and I love to read too! I am a musician and have had years of practice on the drums, bass guitar and piano. I love to take pictures and share them with people. I like draw and will often draw creatures and characters from my stories. I recently moved to Santa Rosa, California too! The Land of Sun!

Oh, and I LOVE iced tea! Lipton, please.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I would want to be a photographer, definitely!

Who or what has had the most influence on you as a writer?
I think Ted Dekker has been a major influence in my writing. His stories showed me how to add the sinister element to my own… especially in my thrillers. Donita K. Paul is also a major influence. In fact, I believe her DragonKeeper Chronicles are the stories that introduced me to fantasy worlds.

God has been the most prominent influence in my writing, however. When I write, my stories are always from a Christian perspective, even if the stories may not be blatantly Christian. They will always carry a Biblical message.

When you read, what is your favorite genre?
Well, my favorite genres kind of hop all around. First, it was fantasy, then horror, then fantasy again, but now I think that I’m beginning to drift toward dystopian. But that doesn’t mean I don’t adore fantasy and horror!

What was the biggest obstacle to getting published for the first time, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle for me, I think, was the money. I was self-publishing with Outskirts Press, but their packages were expensive. I am very thankful, however, for an extremely supportive extended family. All of my family chipped in with a little cash here and there to help pay for the package, and voila! Here I am!

When did you first realize you wanted to write books?
I don’t think I ever “realized” that I wanted to be a writer. I think that it just happened. I just started doing it and eventually I had finished three novels (one that I permanently shelved)!

Which are you - panster or plotter?
I’m definitely a pantser, though I’ve always wanted to be a plotter. I think that plotters are probably a lot more organized. Usually, I just let the words flow and let them lead where they may.

Are you planning any other books?
Haha, definitely! I have two more planned books in The Starcrafters’ Saga, a dystopian trilogy that I am working on, and a stand-alone horror novel. :D

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Take breaks if you feel that you are pumping out words that are not quality. When I wrote 5,000 words in one day, I was writing until 3 in the morning, but I began to feel like every word I wrote was not worth the time I put into it. So, yeah, take breaks; go for a walk, go out with your girl/boy friend, get some coffee at Starbucks, READ A BOOK.

Where can we find you online?
I am an active Facebooker, Tweeter and blogger. You can find me on and and!

I'd say thanks for joining us, but that just feels weird.  You're part of 'us'!  Thanks for supporting YAWA, I guess?  Haha...

Now, the part you've all been waiting for: the giveaway!  Open to all ages, US addresses only, please.
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