Interview with Kevin Bruce

Where did you come up with the idea for "After Alcatraz - surviving the escape"?
I had written several non - fiction art books published by Ten Speed Press but I had always wanted to write a novel (Great-American or other wise). My father was a non-fiction writer and had written the book "Escape from Alcatraz" a non-fiction account of Alcatraz in general and the 1962 escape in particular. The Clint Eastwood movie was based on my father's book. Thirty years after the movie was released, and continued to be a well received movie on television. it came to me that there was constant speculation on what happened to the three escapees. My novel answers that question. Ity is a story of survival, reinvention, and redemption.
So you are following in your father's footstep?
In some ways yes, especially in the case of Alcatraz. Our two books are only tangentially connected. He wrote of the history of Alcatraz and the escape. It was non-fiction. I took three real characters, the three escapees, and created a fictional life for them after they escaped.
Everybody seems to be fascinated by Alcatraz and what happened to those guys. Will there be a movie?
Yes. I started writing a screenplay before the book but the book just sort of took over. When the book was done I started on the screenplay. Screenplays are much more disciplined and structured. It was a lot of work but the final result seems to have paid off.
I was a finalist in the 2015 Napa Film Festival and the 2015 Cannes Screenplay Competition. Best of all, my screenplay was optioned by Capestany Films. I can add "soon to be a major motion picture" to my book cover. Follow the progress of the film on the Capestany Film website.
Published 2016-08-25.
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After ALCATRAZ Surviving the Escape
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 71,560. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Screenplays » Drama
On June 11, 1962, three men tunneled out of their cells, gained access to the cell-block roof, lowered themselves to the ground, and made their way to the shore of the Alcatraz Island. Clinging to an improvised raft they slipped out into the dark waters of the bay. They were never seen again. But they did not die. Read this remarkable account of what happened to the escapees from Alcatraz.