I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend Andy Brodrick! He’s an award-winning author who is posting chapters of his work on Facebook every Thursday and Sunday. You’ll want to follow him and keep with the story.
Let’s get crackin’ with the interview questions.
We all have books that make a special impression on us and change our view of the world around us. What’s the last book that had a significant emotional impact on you? It might be a story that made you cry or one that had you delirious with laughter. Why do you think it had that impact?
Andy: I loved Iscariot by Tosca Lee. That book had me in tears several times. Not only did it present the life of Christ from a unique perspective, it gave me a Savior who was both strong and kind at the same time. It was the first time I’d seen Jesus presented so well in a novel.
Sounds amazing. My TBR list just got longer. As far as your personal writing journey goes, all writers have projects that are a real bear. Which book of yours was the toughest to write? Why?
Andy: My novel Sober was a challenge on several levels. It was the first story I wrote where I took on the killer’s first-person perspective, and that was very uncomfortable. The main character is an alcoholic, so the ups and downs of his recovery were emotionally taxing. His troubled marriage is also a central focus and was very heavy to write. If I had known what I was getting into beforehand, I probably wouldn’t have written it. I’m glad I did though. That book taught me the beauty of redemption.
I can’t wait until it’s published! Sounds like a powerful story.
Do you have any quirky writing habits?
Andy: I have to have a good supply of Cheez-Its nearby when I’m writing. And a steady stream of coffee (though not at the same time). I write better in silence and get too easily distracted in a coffee shop atmosphere. Most people are surprised to learn I’m pretty disorganized when it comes to writing. I’m organized in every other area of my life, so I kinda drive myself crazy with that one.
Gotta have that brain food. What do you love about the genre you write?
Andy: I mainly write suspense, and I honestly just love the thrill of it. Everyone loves a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but books are always ten times better at that. I like a well-written climax that keeps me frantically turning pages. I respect a book that keeps me up past my bedtime, and I want to give other readers that same experience.
How do you think your writing style has changed over the years?
Andy: I’ve learned to trust my characters. I don’t try to control them as much anymore. Any time I do, they fight back. And they are almost always right. Trusting the characters more has led to trusting the story more, and that’s when things flourish.
Bio: Andy Brodrick is a licensed mental health counselor by day and a writer by night. He makes his home in the Ozarks and loves hiking in the scenery they provide. Though he isn’t published yet, Andy has written several novels and short stories. One of his novels recently won the 2020 ACFW Genesis Award in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. He’s an introvert who will almost always choose a good book and a cup of coffee over going out. A lot of people think Andy is quiet, but that’s only because they haven’t asked him about Superman, the Lord of the Rings, the Legend of Zelda, or his next writing project.
Where to Andy Find Online: Right now, the best places to connect with me are my author pages on Facebook and Instagram — @authorandybrodrick