1. How was your passion for writing born?
A - My writing career had its beginnings when I worked as a criminal investigator for the US Treasury Department. It carried over to future career paths with a municipal police agency. It continued on through my legal career until I took up writing fiction.
2. Which difficulties have you faced early in your career as a writer?
A – My biggest difficulty was how to write fiction. I had plenty of stories from my various career positions so what to write was not a problem. How to put it on paper so it held reader interest was my chief hurdle. To accomplish that and in following universal advice from successful authors, I read novels in the crime thriller genre.
My second major hurdle came with being self-published at the beginning of my literary career. Once I contracted with a boutique American publishing company, many literary doors that had been closed now were open to me.
3. Given the excellent results obtained, how it feels to become a finalist to the International Book Award?
A – There were a lot of quality novels submitted for that 2014 award, so I feel honored that Price of Justice had been selected as a finalist.
4. How do you rate your literary experience so far?
A – My experience thus far has been very positive. All my novels have been contracted to a reputable publisher. My author platform with social media as well as my author website have added to my positive experience.
5. Italian market is not among the easiest, why did you decide to try to place your book in this area?
A – I wanted to increase the market exposure for my novels so international readers would become familiar with author Alan Brenham. Since my wife’s parents are from Italy, I wanted to have the novel translated and distributed in Italy.
6. Self published Italian authors have still many difficulties in being accepted by Italian readers, what about self-publishing in the United States?
A – Self-publishing in the USA faces the same hurdles and reader skepticism that it faces in Italy. Professional writer organizations such as the International Thriller Writers refused to accept self-published authors into active membership with notables such as David Baldacci and Michael Connelly.
7. When an author starts to build a series dedicated to a particular character inevitably he becomes attached to it, how strong is your connection with Jason Scarsdale? How much of Jason Scarsdale is there in Alan Brenham?
A – Some aspects of the cases Jason Scarsdale investigated in Price of Justice were based on similar cases I worked when I was a detective. We both adhered to departmental rules, state law and established police procedures when investigating cases and that everything in police work was either black or white – no middle ground. Similarly we both discovered that situations arose where discretion and bending rules achieved a better result.
8. Do you think that a writer born or became what he is?
A – In my opinion, a writer becomes what he is. John Grisham, for example, had a small-time law practice in Mississippi. During that time, he used his legal experiences as well as a criminal case he observed from spectator status to pen his first novel.
9. When Alan Brenham is not writing, what does he do in his free time?
A – When Alan Brenham is not writing, he is either watching football on TV or reading books on his ereader.
10. What are your future plans?
A – Right now, I am writing and revising my next novel, a sequel to Cornered. Two other novels are in the planning stages at this time.