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Writer Brian Spaeth Talks Writing, Movies, and Airplanes! February 15, 2009

Filed under: All the Blog's a Page — Shon @ 11:07 pm

Over at All the Blog’s a Page [link], I have a special feature with writer Brian Spaeth, author of Prelude to a Super Airplane!

My interview with Brian was probably one of my most favorite as he is hilarious and you never quite know if he’s pulling your leg or not! During the interview, we talk about writing, movies, and of course, AIRPLANES.

About Prelude: In the year 2012, These United States of America is politically divided to a degree not seen since the Civil War. On one side stands the fast emerging pro-flying car contingent; on the other, the stubborn and traditional pro-airplane members of the populace. At stake? The entire future of airborne leisure and transportation.

Set against this tumultuous backdrop, a young screenwriter has written a book about the only thing that can save the airplane riding industry – an impossible to conceive, 47-story airplane of such power and wonder, the world will have no choice but to submit to its glory.

The world’s first comedy/political thriller/mystery/drama/romance/action/adventure/science fiction/showbiz insider/horror/family/energy drink industry insider/holiday/autobiography, Prelude to a Super Airplane weaves the lives and destinies of 40 people together in astounding and unexpected ways, as they all find themselves facing the future of airplane riding…the Super Airplane.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview…

CLG: I can’t even start this interview the way I would do most because your book truly is out of the ordinary – but in a good way, LOL The back cover of your book – PRELUDE TO A SUPER AIRPLANE – offers the story of how this book came to be, but I’m not sure it’s completely true…or is it? Tell us how this novel idea came to you.
BS: The entire thing is fictional, but there are HEAVY layers of truth throughout. My parents really did own a chain of high-end retail furniture stores, for example. Certain elements of my brother are accurate, although he doesn’t work for the government. The second-to-last “deleted scene” is so true I almost didn’t include it. My “character” – that’s pretty much me. Everything with Jennifer is based on a real experience, minus the curse.

As to how this came to me, two days before Thanksgiving 2008, I woke up in the middle of the night, and Prelude to a Super Airplane was more or less fully formed in my head. Obviously it evolved, but the big picture just kinda appeared out of nowhere.

CLG: What are you doing as an author to promote PRELUDE?
BS: I just wrote a post about this on my site where I go into more detail, but for me, it’s basically about building awareness of my blog, on which I write irreverent nonsense every day. If people like my site, they’ll like the book. If they stick around long enough, they’ll buy the book.

In addition to that, I’ve put it out for some reviews in various places, and am doing the occasional interview with nice people, like what’s happening right in this sentence.

I’m avoiding the HARD SELL, because I just think it’s a bad vibe in 2009. I’ve made the first 55 pages available as a free download, with more to come.

I’m also writing what might be called a spin-off or companion book that I’ll be giving away in whole as a free e-book. It’ll also be available as a paperback through Amazon.

CLG: As mentioned earlier, you are a screenwriter. Talk to us about your screenwriting journey – what has been some of the highlights?

BS: The absolute highlight was being able to get my first feature produced, Who Shot Mamba?. As a bonus, to have it come out good was phenomenal. It was a battle to get done, and there were plenty of times any sane person would’ve given up.

I mean, other than that, there are a ton of highs and lows. The second week I was in LA, somehow I was pitching a movie to one of the producers of Forrest Gump. I was sure I had made it, right? That didn’t work out.

When I got my first agent was cool. Then the second agent was less so. The third one you realize you’re gonna be doing as much for yourself as they are, so the coolness wears off.

The lowlights are any of the times you talk to your friends who are lawyers and/or other successful things, and get those brief moments of self-doubt.

Overall, I’m one of those people who will never be satisfied, so I really don’t get too high or too low. Not that I don’t love the book to death, but already I’m kinda like, “Well, I wrote a book. That was fun – what’s next?”

Head to All the Blog’s a Page [link] to read the rest of my interview with Brian Spaeth!

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