My guest today is P.I. Barrington.
Hello! Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age! It’s such a pleasure to see you here again.
Hello! Thank you for allowing me to share my latest sci-fi adventure!
Oh, of course! It's an honor.
Can you tell us a little bit about your book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?
The Brede Chronicles, Book 2 actually came out May
30th! It picks up a year later in the saga.
It’s a step into a mystery which is this new book, and it wasn’t just me who
Well, it really wasn’t inspired but it was something
that helped me get through my sister’s death from cancer. I was trying to write
it through all of that and I think it’s what kept me coherent as a
writer and as a personality. She was my
closest sister and it was and is still hard to deal her death. They say it gets
better with time, but I don’t think so.
I think that’s just a platitude that people think they need to say at
times like that. But I really think that writing the book kind of created a
buffer between my sister’s death and dying, and me trying to accept the
situation in a sane way.
Um, let me think a moment. I think for Colin Factor I’d cast Jason
Momoa. He just seems to have that type of personality and Alekzander Brede has
always been Vin Diesel with box braids (but not as an anti-hero, just
anti-everything). If I could find the woman on the cover of the first book,
that’s who Elektra Tate is to me. I only have a photo of who Zander Brede is,
but I’d have to find him in real life. And little Arrian is…well, just a little kid with coloring like Elektra
and temperament like Colin. And I’ve
brought a new character in who I envision as (an alien) Dame Maggie Smith. I’ve always loved her. Part of her charm is
her impeccable sarcasm.
I’m old-school. My mom got a Kindle reader one year
for Christmas and I tried to load things to read on hers, but I never really
could get into using it. I just love paperbacks. But I don’t dog-ear them
either! I can’t stand people who don’t value books and who mistreat them. Of
course, Kindle is much less to carry around and you can read it anywhere.
Actually, I just finished a book, Blaze by author Hope Bolinger, and it was an eye-opener in terms of
what the YA genre is about. I rarely review anything but I did with this and I was
quite surprised at how much I liked it, and one reason for that is that it’s a
clean read (considering my characters swear at the least, LOL) and the premise
is great! It released last week so I would advise anyone of any age to read it!
It depends, but usually I start with a character and
what they look like, and a basic idea of their personality and the name.
Then I start writing the opening scene. And again, that opening scene depends
on what the story is and where it takes place. I’ve tried to plot, so hard, but
I cannot do that. I have to just let it flow. I’m one of those weird
“pantser” authors, that’s all I can say.
I haven’t even thought that far ahead yet. LOL. I’m
not sure, but I’ve been thinking about a new trilogy with the next generation of
Bredes. Zander already has a backstory
and Arrian does too, and I think where they could go is pretty intense. I have
other stories that are screaming for attention too, so I’ll be busy.
Is there anything you'd like to add? Any advice for new writers?
Normally I would say no, but I just gave some basic
advice to a new author a few days ago! I told her that to get published she HAS to finish the book or a book before
she can do anything. Many new authors don’t know that or don’t think that way,
but finishing a manuscript does something for the author’s mind. It lets them know that they can finish a book and that they should
always finish a manuscript, and that once they do, they’ll be taken much more
seriously in publishing. I also told her to memorize this: A story has a
beginning, a middle, and an end. If they can work through those things, getting
published will be easier to do.
Elektra Tate is dead,
yet she haunts them all.
Arrian, the little boy sent to his uncle’s to live, doesn’t understand
this at all—he only knows that he misses his mother and brother desperately,
even as he’s afraid of his father.
Zander, responsible for his mother’s death, scheming a takeover while battling
the grief that acts as both fuel and motivation
Colin who lost track of Arrian so enmeshed in his own secret liaisons with
Elektra, guilt and a sense of something more niggling at him
Alekzander, burying himself in a bottle when he’s not following Elektra through
the streets and slums of New Cairo
Elektra appears to them all, none really certain about what is and isn’t
real. The only certainty in all this is that nothing will be as they thought.
Is someone impersonating her, or has she truly come back to them all?
Arrian, the little boy sent to his uncle’s to live, doesn’t understand this at all—he only knows that he misses his mother and brother desperately, even as he’s afraid of his father.
Zander, responsible for his mother’s death, scheming a takeover while battling the grief that acts as both fuel and motivation
Colin who lost track of Arrian so enmeshed in his own secret liaisons with Elektra, guilt and a sense of something more niggling at him
Alekzander, burying himself in a bottle when he’s not following Elektra through the streets and slums of New Cairo
Elektra appears to them all, none really certain about what is and isn’t real. The only certainty in all this is that nothing will be as they thought. Is someone impersonating her, or has she truly come back to them all?
Here is an excerpt.
“I’m tempted to put you alongside Zander on that
mental planet,” Colin glared at his brother.
“I’m not crazy, Colin—" Brede said.
“They found you on your back in the middle of the
road at noon today, Alekzander. No one knew how you got there, or what you were
doing there, and why the hell you were unconscious. You could have easily been
murdered. What the hell happened?”
“It was her Colin—"
“Her? Her who?”
hesitated. “Elektra,” he said finally.
“What? Are you out of your mind?”
“She is alive. I touched her—held her. Then, she
said she had to go and that is the last thing I can recall.”
squeezed his brows with his fingers. He gazed down for a moment then looked
back up at his brother. “You do realize you were hallucinating, Alekzander,”
“I was not hallucinating. I touched her. She was
real, Colin, real.”
“All right,” Colin sighed. “Tell me everything you do
remember. How did all of this start? Where were you?”
“Just as it did the last time; I was sleeping in the
Menkare when I heard her voice calling me. This time she waited for me, and I
chased her all the way down to my old docking bay. This time she stopped and
spoke to me, then I reached out and touched her—"
“This has happened before?” Colin looked aghast.
“Yes, that’s why I’m here. I’ve been here a week.
I’m not leaving without her.”
Colin now rested his forehead on his palm, eyes
closed. “Alekzander,” he spoke slowly to make sure his brother understood the
words. “Elektra is dead, you know that, right? She is not alive, she is not even
on this planet. Her body is entombed on Amphidia in a mausoleum on your
property. Do you remember?” He raised his head and frowned at Brede.
“I am not insane, nor am I stupid, Colin. I was
there, I held her in my arms as she died. Do you remember that? I am telling
you she is alive—here in New Cairo. I fucking touched her.”
“What you are saying is insane, Alekzander. If you
keep this up, you will be lying next to your son, sharing a drug pump.”
“I’d like to see you try, Colin.”
“I don’t want to have to. Why don’t you stay with me for a day or
two—just to get some perspective,” he held up a hand to stop Brede’s
interruption. “Obviously, you’ve been
internalizing everything that’s happened. Maybe you need to talk
“I don’t need to talk, Colin. I need to find
“Look,” Colin rose from his large chair. “If it is
Elektra, and she’s really alive, she’ll still be alive when you find her. If
you find her. If she’s not, what difference will a day or two make?” He said in
a gentler tone. “I’m not trying to lock you up, Alekzander. I was once crazy
over a woman myself.” He smiled at Brede. “I nearly killed you over her.”
“Come on, brother. You can go with me to check on Zander.
Stay for a day at least.”
Seeing his deranged son did not make Colin’s offer
more attractive to Brede. Zander was the last person he wanted to see. “I’ll just stay tonight, Colin. I don’t need
to see my son. He’ll do better without me.”
“Fine, then. Come, you can use one of the suites and
prepare for dinner.”
Colin held out his arm and led Brede down the
hallway to one of the extra suite of rooms he kept for visiting dignitaries.
Neither noticed the pale woman with short blonde hair who stood amid the
servants wearing a cruel, but lopsided, smile.
Universal Reader link: https://books2read.com/u/b6j7PM
Wow! It looks quite a ride!
Readers, don't forget to explore book one as well...
We'll be sure to check out this science fiction adventure/family saga!
the entertainment industry, P.I.
Barrington has returned to writing
fiction. Among her experiences are
journalism, radio air talent and the music
industry. Her work includes Future Imperfect
Trilogy (Crucifying Angel, Miraculous Deception,
Final Deceit) through Desert Breeze Publishing,
Inamorata Crossing/Borealis 1: A Space Opera
through Desert Breeze Publishing, Isadora
DayStar (self-published), The Button Hollow
Chronicles: The Leaf Peeper Murders through
Mainly Murder Press, as well as some free
stories for your reading pleasure on
She writes crime thrillers usually of the
near-future, as well as science fiction. She lives in
Southern California and has a MaltiChu puppy
named Cupcake (she likes to call her Pupcake)
and her brother, Whiskey Pete! Yes, she knows
they sound like a prostitute and a miner. ;)
Her new novel, The Brede Chronicles, Book 2
released May 30, 2019.