Interview with Drew Brett

When did you first start writing?
I began writing as a young adult as a means to sort out the feelings and emotions associated with growing up in a family with deeply pathologic issues of dysfunction and abuse. As a child I wasn't allowed feelings; was told what to feel, how to feel, what to think by two very sick and narcissistic people. It was brainwashing in its most basic form. Writing has allowed me a safe outlet to rebuild and heal my spirit and sense of self. In short, writing has given me a voice.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As a vehicle to help others, to inspire people to reach for their potential, to see the good in themselves and to see all that they have to offer this world. You don't have to be held back or constrained by your past, whatever it is, that we all have inner strength of spirit to reach for great things and help each other while doing so.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I believe in staying active in body, mind and spirit. Treating my body well with exercise and eating well is very important to me. As a younger person I was very active athletically and enjoyed playing baseball, golf, softball, going fishing, swimming at the lake, etc. I don't play sports as much anymore due to some aging knees and back/neck injury but I still get regular exercise. I am a firm believer in lifelong learning and am always striving to learn something new. That doesn't necessarily mean formal courses, although I do hold a B. A. in Psychology and Business and do enjoy taking classes. To me, learning something new keeps the mind fresh. That can mean taking up a new hobby, learning to play an instrument, taking some college courses, starting a new project, reading an interesting book. At the moment I am learning to play an 1890's banjo that belonged to a distant family member and is in remarkably good condition for being 120+ years old. Some of future goals; long ago, I started some work towards my Private Pilots license but put it on back burner for over 12 years when I started doing some other things. That is on my bucket list of things to do for sure.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth from friends, sharing via electronic format or search for something interesting.
What is your writing process?
I suppose very similar to many in that I put ideas down on paper that pop into my head. From there I try to establish a rough outline and then a rough draft on paper. Then I might move to actually telling the story in a more formal and complete format on the computer. And lot and lots of revisions.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
This is a funny story. It was a small book my mother gave me. It was called 'The Boy Who Saw Bigfoot' I was 8 or 9 and it scared me to death. I think I slept with my head under covers for months after this. I was sure Bigfoot was looking in my window every night thereafter. Do I believe in Bigfoot? hmmm
How do you approach cover design?
I am lucky enough to have a friend that has a degree in graphic arts, is a professional designer and has quite an imagination. I generally give him a few ideas and then let him run with it. All I do is say, "I like it.' One thing I am not is an artist. Stick man is about as good as it gets for me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I love social media and utilize just about every tool that I can. Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, Stumble Upon, Independent Authors Network, Goodreads, my blog and website are all things that I use to get the word out about my books and writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Midwest. I don't know that it really had an impact on my writing. I think the people and culture have had an effect on my life and therefore my writing reflects that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a memoir of sorts about growing up in a family with pathologic multi generational patterns of abuse and dysfunction. More than anything it is the story of a narcissistic, probably borderline personality disordered woman, my grandmother, and her narcissistic and abusive son that would become my father.

There is tragedy in my story of losing a childhood and my youth to this abusive pattern. In it I touch on my struggles as a child, from not feeling like I fit in anywhere in the world, not in my family and not outside of it. It is an honest, if not brutal glimpse inside a family torn apart by the enmeshed mother and son relationship. The wake of personal destruction left by my grandmother and father is heartbreaking and shocking.

Out of this tragedy I have found the strength of spirit to survive, to move on and to do my best to heal in spirit and soul.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write, felt my story was worth sharing and that maybe in sharing it I could help someone. From emails that I have received, it already has and that makes it worth the effort.
Published 2014-04-07.
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Books by This Author

The Narcissist As Parent
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,810. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Child Abuse, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships
The Narcissist As Parent is the shocking story of a narcissistic mother that raises a dangerous narcissistic sociopathic son. The wake of personal damage left in the path of this enmeshed pair is heartbreaking. See it through the eyes of a child and the work that adult child does to put his dark past behind him. A story of the strength and will of the human spirit.