Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interview with entertainment professional turned novelist Brian Russell

I'm happy to introduce today's guest, someone well-known in the entertainment industry, Brian Russell. Brian's debut novel Scribe, is the topic of conversation.

Celebrity Praise for the book.... 

A dramatic, sexy, exciting, chilling novel. I can see this as a movie. Fantastic work. Take a bow.  --Susan Wiggs, New York Timesbestselling author

Scribe offers a stunning new dimension in the great tradition of Anglo-American romantic fiction. A knockout!  --Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Actor

I read Scribe in one sitting. I could not put it down. This beautifully crafted book really satisfies.  --Cheryl Ladd, Actress

Scribe is captivating from beginning to end. It has everything to offer, including a great love story; one that endures through the centuries. Save me a seat for the movie premier. Five stars!  --Monty Roberts, author of the New York Times bestseller The Man Who Listens to Horses

Educated in Scotland and Canada, Brian has made his mark in several facets of the entertainment industry for more than 30 years. 

As a composer and performer he was signed to Elton John's Rocket Records and has written hit songs for Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyonce, Chaka Kahn, Ann Murray and Cheryl Ladd. 

He has produced both feature films and television, including The Grace Kelly Story, From The Hip, Spellbinder, One West Waikiki and The Fulfillment of Mary Gray. 

A remarkable creative force, Brian has designed luxury homes and worked in the slums of Uganda. 

He lives in Santa Barbara, CA and Boerne, TX with his beautiful wife Cheryl and his labradoodle, Crockett. He's the co-author of the children's book The Adventures of Little Nettie Windship (Dove Books). Scribe is Russell's debut novel.

Welcome, Brian. Please tell us about your debut novel.
Scribe is a transportation device that takes the reader to another place, another time. It is a sweeping, exciting, haunting tale that will remain with the reader long after the last page is read.

What inspired you to write this story?
Writing is in the blood. I've written music, a children's book, television and film. A novel was all that remained and somehow I found the audacity to give it a shot.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I'm writing the sequel to Scribe. I became so immersed in the characters, I'm not yet ready to let them go. They have become friends of mine.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I knew i was a writer at five when I started making up stories to get out of trouble. When I think back, I can't believe some of the stuff I got away with. Later, when I learned to play piano, I immediately started writing music which has been a true blessing in my life and has opened many doors. Writing hit records resulted in me being signed to Elton's label. What an experience that was!

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I have the luxury of writing when I want to. Fortunately, I very much enjoy it. I am currently building a new house, another creative endeavor which I believe to be part of the same energy stream.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I don't plan. I allow the muses to play with my head. Parts of Scribe were actually written for me...I swear.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Important and tall, so that people wouldn't hurt me any more.

Anything else you'd like to share with the readers?
Please give Scribe a read. You will be rewarded, I promise. I hear that readers resent coming to the end of the experience. God bless us all.
Ways to connect with me:
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Thanks for the interview today, Brian!

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