Interview with K.C. Bryce Fitzgerald

Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles called Simi Valley. It’s home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, several notable shopping malls, and the Rodney King trial. I moved to Santa Cruz and attended UC Santa Cruz and spent two years living in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Santa Cruz, which I proudly call home.
How long have you been writing? How did you start writing?
I’ve been telling stories since I was five. My mother homeschooled myself and my two brothers growing up, and when I wasn’t doing my lessons I was making up stories with them. I started writing poetry in high school but it wasn’t until I took a class on Contemporary Women’s Poetry in college that I truly started taking writing seriously.
As a writer and a filmmaker, how do you balance these very different arts?
Honestly, it’s always been a bit of a struggle. The writer and filmmaker sides of me are very different, and both require different approaches to achieve maximum creative potential. Filmmaking is an incredibly collaborative process, whereas writing a book is intensely solitary. Part of the reason it’s worked for me is that I have an introvert-extrovert, or ambivert, personality. Writing and filmmaking satisfy both sides of me, even if it feels like a tug of war inside my own head sometimes.
What, for you, is the most difficult part about writing?
As a famous writer once said, sitting down at your typewriter and opening a vein.
Where do you get ideas for books from?
Life is the ultimate source of ideas for any of my creative ideas. I watch a lot of films and listen to a lot of music, so often I’ll see or hear something that will spark images in my mind and from that, I craft a story. Ultimately, I’m a storyteller, and life is a series of never-ending stories retold to each generation. My goal is simply to tell new stories.
Who is your favorite author?
Ernest Hemingway. And not in a “Hemingway-was-cool-and-manly” way like most Hemingway fanboys. I revere Hemingway because I think his approach to writing as a search for the simple human truth is what all great storytelling is about. Finding truth. As Hemingway said, “write the truest sentence you know.” That’s what I try to do.
Are you related to F. Scott Fitzgerald?
Rumor has it I am distantly related, but I can neither confirm nor deny such rumors.
What do you do when you aren’t writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m running my independent production company C4 Films and directing content for partner production company Element Productions. On the rare occasions I’m not working, I love to bike, hike, run, cook, garden, play and compose music, read. The list goes on! I love learning and I enjoy poring through Wikipedia articles in my spare time. I’m a self-taught bartender, carpenter, graphic designer, and photographer. I take great pride in being a bit of a renaissance man.
How did you find the idea for your current novel?
When I was fifteen, I had a dream about a man standing in a tent in the desert and someone running up a dark staircase in a white tower. Somehow from this I got The Lines of Union! I’ve always been interested in politics and the idea of a second Civil War always fascinated me. It wasn’t until Occupy Wall Street happened in 2011 that I started outlining the actual story.
Would you say your book has a political message for readers?
I hope it inspires readers to be the change they want to see in the world. The book itself has no agenda. It’s not Democrat or Republican, Right or Left. It’s just a story. But it does point out a possible, very dangerous path our country could take if we, as citizens, don’t get involved in our government.
What do you love the most about being a Santa Cruz local?
Too many things. The taquerias, the beaches, the forest, the eclectic and welcoming people, the amazing film and literary community, the beer, the endless activities, and of course the sunsets on West Cliff!
Published 2016-09-06.
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Books by This Author

The Lines of Union
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 126,500. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In a corrupt, near-future United States, inspirational reformist John Herald attempts to lead a movement to fix the broken government while trying to prevent a second Civil War. Written in the heart of Washington, D.C., it is a powerful, genre-smashing story that taps into the cultural heartbeat of our deeply divided nation.