Just Heard, Just Read, Just Seen has had the chance to read a fantastic little book from Indie author MCV Egan, The Bridge of Deaths and it really is worth your time and energy. Equally as exciting was getting the opportunity to interview Egan and find out a little bit more about the book and the author herself.
Just Heard, Just Read, Just Seen (JH,JR,JS):Can you tell us a little about The Bridge of Deaths, without giving away too many spoilers, and what inspired you to write it?
MCV Egan (MCVE): The Bridge of Deaths revolves around a 1939 airplane crash in Denmark at the brink of WWII. An era where the more we learn the more we know that almost no-one was who they seemed to be. The story is explored through the perspective of a modern day couple researching their past lives and a relative of one of the casualties determined to unravel what really happened in 1939.
The book is a blend of well documented fact stitched together through a fictional narrative. I was inspired by the unanswered questions and mysterious circumstances surrounding my grandfather Cesar Agustin Castillo’s death.
I researched numerous archives and other traditional sources and I also used psychometry by four different psychics and documented past life regressions of a subject who requested anonymity.
JH,JR,JS : Which character do you like the most? Why?
MCVE : The book has two very different elements: fact and fiction. On the fact side my favorite character is Anthony Crommelin Crossley a conservative English Member of Parliament who met his fate on that plane.
Mr. Crossley was a very interesting voice in the politics of the 1930s and a very diverse individual. Even when I did not agree with his opinions I found them very informative.
On the fictional side I love Maggie, she is full of life and hope and her desire to know as much as possible about war in order to have a voice in preventing it in the future inspires me. She grew in my mind as quite a surprise to me and I grew very fond of her as she developed.
JH,JR,JS : When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
MCVE: I always knew and I always wrote; with me it was more as to what genre, how to fine tune my voice as I wrote.
JH,JR,JS : Who or what has inspired you?
MCVE: I find inspiration in everything I see, read and hear. I find inspiration from everyone I know. I love to watch people and create a story behind what I see. Aside from writing I have many other creative outlets and in those as well I find inspiration everywhere.
JH,JR,JS : What books have most influenced your life most?
MCVE: I have read so many, it is very difficult to hone in on any particular genre or book. I have a very good memory so I seldom read a book more than once. For the Bridge of Deaths I read many history books on the era (1930s) as well as books on the Lockheed Electra.
JH,JR,JS : What book are you reading now?
MCVE: Right now I am working on a book with a covert military angle and so I am working with books related to that subject. I did recently read and review a book called Magic Bridge by Thomasina Burke and as you can see by my review I really enjoyed it.
JH,JR,JS : Are there any new authors that currently interest you?
MCVE: I am meeting so many wonderful new authors, especially Indie authors that my list world be endless. Amongst the ones I have gotten to know I am interested in Amelia Curzon and Mario (El Gecko) Gomez and Russell Bittner.
JH,JR,JS : Do you have any little ‘things’ you do or traditions you follow when you write?
MCVE: No there aren’t. Especially not lately. I write as often as I can and as much as I can. The one BIG thing is I like to be prepared and I feel very strongly about researching carefully.
JH,JR,JS : Where do you write?
MCVE: I have a ‘room of my own’ at home where I do most of my writing. I have been known to write in my car waiting at the carpool line for school to end. I also always carry a tape-recorder as you just never know when an amazing thought strikes.
JH,JR,JS : Do you have a dedicated space, a particular office or piece of machinery?
MCVE: I have a special room with loads of bookshelves and bulletin boards. It is the only somewhat girly room in my home. The rest is dominated by my husband, my son and our male dog.
JH,JR,JS : Do you ever write longhand?
MCVE: I do write longhand very often. I like fountain pens and pencils. I love the feel of how the paper and writing implement connecting flow into magical words, thoughts and create something wonderful, I also love to doodle.
JH,JR,JS : If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Hope is Love?
MCVE: I like to draw from experience and the past is the past. Anything past is useful not to make wrong choices the whole ‘learning from mistakes’. The past is also a great resource for writing.
JH,JR,JS : What do you love most about writing?
MCVE: As a writer I am the lord master and creator of a story. I can decide who lives and who dies. I can decide who falls in love….wow I just realized there may well be an inner control freak tendency.
Just Heard, Just Read, Just Seen has an electronic copy of The Bridge of Deaths to give away. Simply leave us a comment in the comment section below or on our Facebook page and you’re in the draw. I’ll draw the winner on Sunday June 17 and email the winner. REMEMBER – you must leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page to be in to win.