Welcome to the eighty-seventh edition of Questions With. . .
Today we are joined by
***There is a giveaway with this interview. Rhett Bruno is giving one person the chance to win an ebook copy of Titan’s Wrath. There will be more information at the end of the interview.***
Rhett Bruno has been writing since before he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic stories when he was young to show to his friends and family. He currently works at an Architecture firm, but that hasn’t stopped him from recording the tales bouncing around inside of his head.
Rhett is the amazon-bestselling author of The Circuit Trilogy, Titanborn, and From Ice to Ashes.
1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?
Many people probably don’t know that by day I’m an Architect.
2.) What book or book series had a major impact on your life? Why did it have such an impact on you?
Honestly, Titanborn had a huge impact on me. I’d always wanted to be published by Random House, and even though it was with a smaller imprint in Hydra, it’s still all of the same editors, etc. It also came very close to a film rights deal with some really amazing people attached. Even though that didn’t work out, it was for sure a bucket list achievement,and gave me a lot of confidence going forward.
3.) If you could co-author a novel with any author, who would you want to co-write with and why?
Timothy Zahn! He’s one of my favorites, and it’s my dream to write a Star Wars novel. Doing that with him would be a dream come true.
4.) Which one of your characters do you identify with the most?
Malcolm Graves. Sure he’s way older than me, and I’m not a Bounty Hunter, but his views on the world very much align with mine. He’s cynical, often sarcastic, always composed, and struggles to believe in anything beyond himself. But when it comes down to it, he’s learned he’d do whatever it takes for the ones he loves.
5.) Which one of your characters do you wish you were more like?
Weirdly, the same character ha.I wish I was as bad-ass as him. Future Bounty Hunter is a dream job.
6.) Can you tell us the title of your latest release and what it is about?
Titan’s Wrath. This is the final book set in my Titanborn Universe, and a standalone science fiction epic in that it’s the longest book I’ve ever written. Told from the perspectives of two men on opposite sides of a revolution, this story is really about the darkness of conflict. Sure, there is plenty of action in this book, but this isn’t about sweeping space battles. It’s about the stuff in between. The heartbreak of war, the struggle of leading, coming to terms with loss. I wanted to portray character arcs that seem as real as possible, in that there are no real heroes and villains. These are gray characters fighting for what THEY believe in.
7.) Where did your idea for this story/series come from?
The original idea for Titanborn came from the idea that sickness between civilizations is never really shown in far future sci-fi. In the history of the series, a colony on Titan is ravaged by sickness when it has a reunion with Earth 300 years later. That is the impetus for the entire story, and the characters sort of took off from there. A bounty Hunter who is hired to take down offworld activists, who realizes the awful conditions the Titanborn live in and is changed by it. A good, young man driven to become leader of Titan’s rebellion because of those very conditions, and who must plunge into darkness to be effective.
8). Can you tell us something about the story/series that people might not know?
Hmm. A huge influence on the story comes from the European colonization of the Americas and the sickness they brought with them. The idea of whether it was intentional or not plays a huge role in the story-line between Kale Trass and his hated rival, Luxarn Pervenio.
9.) What was your biggest challenge writing this book/series?
I think balancing the two narrators. The books taking place before Titan’s Wrath which are published by Random House, really almost serve as prequels to this epic conflict. Each tells the origin story of the two characters who tell the story in Titan’s Wrath. So I had to balance presenting that background information for new readers because I wanted Titan’s Wrath to stand alone without overdoing it, as well as alternating each chapter between POVs in a way that didn’t seem forced. That was the toughest part. Since there are two very different first person narrators with stories that intersect, I needed to craft the narrative in a way where the story is told in a sensible way, but also alternates who is telling in chapter by chapter. I decided early on I didn’t want to cheat by having one character get a few chapters in a row like you can often see in third person books with multiple POV characters. It was a challenge, but I think it helps focus the scope of the story to really being about Malcolm and Kale.
10.) What is the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for one of your books?
I’m always looking up different types of power sources and engines in the future. Nuclear always seems to come up… So I’m probably on the FBI watch list ha.
11.) Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few readers will find?
I always drop little callbacks to the other books set in the universe, so that anyone who reads them all will get a little bit of extra insight. And occasionally a side character is named after a fan or great reviewer of mine. But that’s really all.
12.) What would your autobiography be called and why would you call it that?
Having written is SO much better than Writing.
13.) A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
He asks if anybody want’s this rock, then takes his hat off and has a rock underneath. He’s looking for a mate at a bar, which is never a good idea.
Where can people go if they want to learn more about you and the books you have written?
What social media platforms can you be found on?
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