Interview with Brad McBride

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I am engaging creatively with myself. The struggle of transforming an idea into an outline and then into a novel is invigorating and I find it to be the most rewarding creative activity I've ever undertaken.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I have two projects I'm working on. One is another dystopian science fiction book but the other is a happier story about time travel that is, so far, paradox free.
Who are your favorite authors?
I was first introduced to sci-fi when I came across a collection of Isaac Asimov in Jr. High and, nearly thirty years later, still love reading his stories and books. JRR Tolkien was another treasured find that is still close to my heart. Douglas Adams is still missed and reading his words always makes me happy. Whenever Neil Gaiman publishes something, I gladly turn over my money for it. The same goes for Terry Pratchett, Neil Stephenson, George R.R. Martin, John Scalzi and David Sedaris.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wake up in the morning ready to get to work. After I've had a good night's sleep, my creative energy is at a peak thanks to rest and dreams that inspire me to create more. My first book is the direct result of waking from a dream with an image in my head. The story answered the question, "how did that image come to be?"
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm observing. It's the task of a writer to capture the mundane to the extraordinary and this only happens if the writer has a well of experience to draw from. My observation time is often spent playing with my kids, enjoying the wonderful things Portland Maine has to offer or reading: something every writer has to do.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often find books thanks to a great circle of friends who read as voraciously as I do. Additionally, I find a lot of books by listening to various programs on NPR or podcasts. The Nerdist is always great for finding new reading material.
What is your writing process?
I generally start with an idea and begin to ask myself what if scenarios and figuring out how that idea would work. After that, I start to write down copious notes about my thoughts. I turn the thoughts into an outline where characters, themes and ideas emerge. From there, I begin to flesh out those ideas and a book emerges.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy books along with graphic novels. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are two of my favorite authors to turn to when I want to take a fantastic journey or laugh at the human condition.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Kindle Fire on a daily basis. I keep it beside my bed or my desk depending on where I am throughout the day.
When did you first start writing?
I didn't start writing until my late thirties. Before then, I believed writing was something done by other people who were more talented and smarter than I. Then, I met a few people who wrote and they helped me realize that I was mistaken and that I had the ability to tell my stories and write. They challenged me to participate in NaNoWriMo and, one month and 60,000 words later I knew I was a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm in the process of publishing my first book and, thanks to another NaNoWriMo, I have another in the works. Both are science fiction books and writing them has been the most rewarding creative endeavor I've ever done.
Published 2013-12-12.
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