Adventuring in over 50 countries to gather material for his bestselling books, Brian David Bruns has won international awards for travel humor and thriller fiction. He contributes to Yahoo Travel, BBC, CNN, The Daily Beast, and The Travel Channel.
B.D. abandoned everything at age 30 to chase a woman who worked at sea, becoming the only American waiter in Carnival Cruise Line history to complete a full contract without quitting. His Cruise Confidential series chronicling the debacle has on two separate occasions been featured on ABC’s 20/20. After residing in Dracula’s hometown for several years (yes, really), Bruns moved to Las Vegas with his Romanian wife, where they live with two cats, Julius and Caesar.
“I found it absolutely hysterical!” - Today Show
“This man has seen it all!” - 20/20
“Cruise Confidential is a deliciously addictive read..." - Travel Channel
“Witty and self-depracating [Bruns] has a flair for dialogue...” - Blogcritics Magazine
What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea for In the House of Leviathan came to me while I spent several weeks sailing the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Being a museum lover, I toured an age-old paper mill that absolutely floored me with its dramatic setting. After meeting the highly superstitious people of the fishing village, I knew that this was the perfect setting for a paranormal thriller.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Like many professional authors, I am a hybrid of traditional and indie publishing. The publishing industry is changing radically, as we all know, and with the advent of ebooks now more than ever the big houses need guaranteed winners. That means they take less chances than ever, from an artistic point of view. So when I have projects that appeal to the larger public I go to my traditional publishers and when I have a more nuanced project, or perhaps am targeting a smaller demographic, I happily maintain full control and go the indie route. Authors today have the best of both worlds.
ForeWord's Humor Book of the Year!
RUMBLE YELL is the hilarious new book about RAGBRAI®. Finally enthusiasts, armchair cyclists, and adventure widows can live the full experience. No sweat. No lube. Just laughs.
The surprise ending to the Cruise Confidential series! An epic sail into the sunset. Romance. Discovery. Lawsuits.
One fascinating year on the world's largest sailing vessel, plying the Mediterranean was the highlight of four years at sea - and the end. It wasn't the betrayal that bothered him so much, but the lawsuits.
USA Best Book Award winner, double Book of the Year Award nominee, and Paris Book Festival winner.
From 3X Book of the Year winning author Brian David Bruns comes a true, hilarious, and surprisingly fiery international love affair across three continents and several seas. The full story of why troubled souls seek escape by working at sea.
From 3X Humor Book of the Year winning author Bruns, Ship for Brains takes on cruise ship art auctioneers: a society brimming with odd personalities drawn to the stress and isolation that invariably lead to alcohol and a Hell-may-care attitude. The burn-out rate is phenomenal, but when it works, you are king of the world. This ain't no galley tour.
INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS WINNER
"Bruns... creates well-imagined, realistic settings for his lively characters... a delightful balance of whimsy and the grotesque, with a glimmer of moonstruck romance.” - Kirkus Reviews
A fine study of Civil War squalor and carnage... where a timid rebel cook discovers something even grislier than the usual horrors of war: the Finger People.
A cruise ship's shore excursion goes horribly wrong when a sticky-fingered British matron encounters a rambunctious monkey in the wilds of Panama. A short from the best-selling author of the Cruise Confidential series.