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IndieView with Brian Price, author of Last Chance California |

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Last chance California was a way for me to stop running away from my past and confront it frontally. The book was for me a healing journey.

Brian Price – January 30, 2022

The back flap

Last chance in California Emphasizes our world, on the brink of the COVID-19 epidemic, through the eyes of a sarcastic and stubborn millennial who pursues his California dreams in an attempt to break the cycle of his family’s generational abuse.

Regarding the book

What is the book about?

Last chance in California Follows the disappointed Wyatt Lewis who pursues the dream of his life to live in California after discovering he is more like his abusive father than he realizes.

Once in Southern California, Wyatt reunites with an old friend, Summer Harrison, as he struggles for the elusive and spirit-free Leah Murphy. Summer and Leah show Wyatt a dazzling world replete with sumptuous spicas, blatant drug use and overpriced cocktails. Surrounded by a fake glow and stuck in horrible corporate work, Wyatt’s escape quickly becomes his worst nightmare.

Overloaded, alone and full of remorse, the aspiring writer rolls into a path of self-destruction that forces him to confront the violent past that fled to California to forget.

Last chance in California Introduces some of the salient flaws in our society and at the same time reminds readers of the complexity of families, the imperfections of human beings and the burden we carry every day.

When did you start writing the book?

I started writing this in a diary while camping in Zion National Park in June 2020. Zion is really something unbelievable. Pictures will never be able to do justice to the place. Being there really sparked something inside me. I started writing and could not stop.

Or maybe it was the drugs that inspired me.

Either way, it all started with a grade.

How long did it take you to write this?

Eighteen months.

I have written several drafts and worked with beta readers and editors. After each draft, I would take at least a week off before diving back inside. I learned this from Stephen King. I do not know the man, but I read his book. This freedom between drafts allowed me to come to the story with fresh eyes. I hated Last chance in California sometimes. I would edit and ask myself why the hell am I doing this to myself?

Where did you get the idea from?

Much of it I drew from personal experience – whether I experienced, heard, witnessed or read about it. The biggest inspiration comes from my childhood, which, unfortunately, was pretty awful. Last chance in California There was a way for me to stop running away from my past and confront it frontally. The book was for me a healing journey.

Were there parts of the book you struggled with?

The middle is really a pain in the ass. There were so many stories I wrote that I had to cut from the story. Lots of great episodes and scenes that I hated to put out. I hope I can find them a place in the future. At least a more significant place from my blog of thirteen subscribers.

What comes easily?

Dialogue and the narrator’s clever sarcastic remarks.

Are your characters completely fictitious or have you asked people from the real world that you know?

I beg the fifth.

We all know how important it is for writers to read. Are there any writers who have influenced the way you write, and if so, how have they influenced you?

Charles Bukowski, Neil Strauss, John Fanta, Chuck Plahnyuk, Hunter S. Thompson and Ernest Hemingway. Except for Neil Strauss, I have not read any of the writers listed up to the plague. The reading of these writers sent a switch in my mind and really made me want to write Last chance in California.

I think each of the writers was unique in their storytelling ability, but they all achieved the same goal … I could not put their books out of hand. I wanted to learn how to do it.

Do you have a target reader?

Millennium, no doubt. And those who are survivors of child abuse.

Regarding writing

Do you have a writing process? If so can you please describe it?

I light an acto cooler candle, yes, there is a candle that smells like Hi-C juice boxes. I read famous writers or listen to writers talk about their art. I throw on some headphones, dance in my house, and as soon as I get a good burst of energy, I sit down and start writing. I usually keep the music while I write. It’s always too noisy if I’m honest.

Do you describe? If so, do you do it extensively or just chapter headings and a few sentences?

I would not call it an outline, but I will write important scenes … and some random ones. From there I brush them up and turn them into episodes. Then put them all together and hope it’s not shit.

Are you editing while or waiting for you to finish?

I edited while. Do not Do It. It’s a mistake. This will make the writing process take longer than necessary. And it really brings out the impostor syndrome and self-loathing. At least for me.

My next book, Once Upon a Subway Will be edited after completion of each draft.

Have you hired a professional editor?

Yes. I used Reedsy and I had several editors who suggested my work. I ended up working with an editor who completely amazed me. If you advertise yourself, hire an editor.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what causes the fingers to tap?

Oh yes. I make specific playlists for my book or theme. I will walk around the house, confirm myself before I sit down and start typing. Different moods and scenes require different music. I listen to everything, but it’s mostly ’80s rock that drives me.

Motley was especially cold.

On publishing

Have you submitted your work to agents?

I did submit about twenty agents before self-publishing. It takes a lot of time and there is not much return on investment unless you are established and you have a large following on social media, which makes sense. Publishing is a business and publishers need to consider risk and reward.

And I’m always at risk, baby.

What made you decide to go indie, whether self-published or indie? Was it a specific event or a gradual process?

I got some rejections. There are usually no comments. The process of submitting to agents made me realize that my manuscript was not where I should have been. Instead of trying to edit the novel, I spent so much time researching literary agents and creating queries. It felt like a huge waste of time. I thought that if I wrote a great book, maybe the publishers would catch me in the next book. If not, I will continue to publish myself.

Did you do your book cover professionally or did you do it yourself?

I used Canva and did it myself. I’m not sure if it fits the genre I wrote for and why not, but I like it, that it’s awful advice to say out loud, but I’m stubborn and love things my way.

Do you have a marketing plan for a book or do you just wing it?

I have been in PR and marketing for about ten years. This prepared me for the launch of the book and after the launch. I had a marketing plan, but I was also flexible. I think it’s important that you have at least some plan so that you do not react to things and that you have something to follow.

Is there any advice you would like to give to other beginners considering becoming an indie writer?

Do not worry about a damn thing until your book is finished. At least the first draft. I think if you’re worried about editing, marketing and / or distributing your book, you’re doing a bad job of writing. Write a great story first.

While I was taking breaks between drafts, so I learned about indie advertising. I would take notes, read and watch online videos to understand the process. However, as soon as it came back to editing / writing the book, I took these things out of my head and focused on the story.

Another thing is to be honest with your words. Do not try to write like someone else. Do not try to write something for fame. Or capital. Write what you want. A story you would like to read. If it comes from the heart, people will be able to connect to the words. We consume so much content every day that people can spot writing nonsense from a distance of an email.

You must

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in southern New Jersey. A small town. A boring childhood. Minus the constant fear I felt at home.

where do you live now?

I went back to South Jersey. I was living in San Diego when the plague struck, but I got there when the closure was announced. I traveled around the country with all my belongings, well at least the things I could put in my little car. Driving around the country while racing against the virus and the locks was insane. I have heard so many stories about people who took a job right before the virus, moved around the country and had to flee home because their new job was gone. No one was on the road. Mainly. I did a hundred miles an hour for almost the entire trip. I got home in less than three days. Amazing what adrenaline and fear can do to the body.

What would you like readers to know about you?

Staring at the face of the end of the world, I promised myself that I would try to get the most out of this terrible crisis. If the world was about to end, I would pursue my dream. In addition, how many people died too soon from this virus? How many have lost their lives from the neglectful actions of those responsible during COVID? I had to take advantage of what I could control. And I was lucky enough to be able to write. And that’s what I did. I sat on a chair and wrote. I think it’s important to do the things we believe in. No matter how hard. And writing this book took a toll on me. I was addicted to drugs. I spent many days in bed, angry at things from my past that I should have written about. It was cruel. But I came out on the other side in a better place.

At least so far.

But in my struggles I discovered my favorite song ever, The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski. I will not put the whole song here, but the beginning is my favorite part:

“Your life is your life

Do not let it drift to a wet serving.

Be on guard.

There are ways out.

There is light somewhere.

It may not be much light though

It defeats the darkness. “

And also, Fly Eagles Fly.

What are you working on now?

I was actually working on my second book, Once Upon a Subway. I have been trying to write this book for almost a decade. It is a modern romantic novel that tells the story of two former lovers who reconnect during a chance encounter on a subway ride. This preceded Last chance in California It shows more why Wyatt Lewis is as he is. I’m really excited to get it out. I wanted it to be my first novel, but I did not have the skills or experience. In addition, I thought of giving my series the Star Wars treatment – starting in the middle, going back to the beginning, and then writing the ending. I hope Wyatt’s last episode is not as crappy as what Disney did for Star Wars, but I guess we’ll see.

Once Upon a Subway Scheduled to be released on September 5, 2022.

End of interview:

Get your copy of Last chance in California M Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

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