A little bit about Jonathan
And yes, this means he wrote vampire fiction before Stephanie Meyer made it cool to sparkle in the sun.
He has a Master's Degree in History, thanks largely to his thesis focusing on MUSIC, a Milwaukee-based school desegregation campaign during the 1960's. He also enjoys discussing/making fun of pop culture of the 20th century and reading books of a non-historical nature. In his off moments, you can catch him writing for fun or making inane movies about nothing in particular. He also occasionally provides work for Twenty Four Pages a Second, a pretty keen website you should totally check out.
Q & A
I liked telling stories when I was younger. I would drag adults to tables to have them write down my stories because my own writing wasn’t quite developed to say the things I wanted to say. The first thing I “wrote” was a piece of Mary Sue fan fiction regarding Star Trek: The Next Generation when I was four. I forced some poor person supervising me to ghostwrite my word vomit while I provided pictures (which were terrible, by the way).
The itch started then, and only really let up in my mid-twenties due to awkward life decisions.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
I don’t think so. But then again, I’ve normalized my behavior, so I’m not the one to ask. I guess I’m horribly inconsistent when it comes to writing, in that I will sit down to write with about a billion tabs open, and then cycle through them every ten minutes or so until I get a good rhythm down. Then it’s all about the writing. Does that count?
What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Probably keeping all the minutiae straight. I had about twenty lists going on regarding character relationships, chapter order, story beat requirements. Every time I would be at work, I would make another one because I was so afraid of forgetting or missing something. Washed Hands was intended to be a short, episodic story—it grew much larger than that.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Short and sweet thrillers are a great way to unwind after writing an almost six-hundred page behemoth about super heroes and villains punching each other.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
I don’t really give much thought to this, just because the likelihood of such an event is somewhere between zero and absolute zero, but it still is a fun thought exercise.
I think I’d like for Monica to be played by Gina Carano. She’s a good actress and has a physicality about her that would match our protagonist’s. We’d have to dye her hair, but I’m okay with that.
Carla would be absolutely nailed by Kristen Bell.
Lucy Lawless would have an awesome screen presence as Meredith.
And if I may be the single worst human being in the world, I’d want to play Jasper, namely because I’m desperate for people’s attention and approval. Please don’t take this to mean that Jasper is in any way a Mary Sue or “guest appearance” by me. It just means that I’d be thrilled to be a part of something like a movie adaptation and this is one of the only ways I could ingratiate myself into it. But if that would absolutely ruin everything forever, Cillian Murphy.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Get out and write. Anything. Everything. There are lots and lots of people who will happily talk about the book they’re totally going to write, they have it all figured out, they just gotta sit down and do it. Don’t be those people. Write. Showing someone half a manuscript is so much better than boring them with a theoretical novel that may never see the light of day.
What book are you reading now?
A non-fiction book called From Assimilation to Multiculturalism: Managing Ethnic Identity in Milwaukee. In terms of fiction, I’ve started reading Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
At the moment, I’m struggling to keep my head above water with my workload. As such, I haven’t taken a risk on new authors lately. I do intend to remedy that the moment I catch my breath.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Depends on what I’m doing to the book, to be honest.
When it comes to straight reading, I prefer ebooks. I can go through the content much faster, I feel, and still get the same major elements as good ol’ book-type-books.
If I’m reading for critical analysis or anything that requires annotation, you can bet I prefer the real thing. Besides, highlighting something in your Kindle doesn’t quite capture the same kind of rage that underlining something six times in red ink and scrawling “IDIOT” with dripping blood next to it does.
Who is your favorite Villain/Monster in Literature?
In terms of monsters, I like the shape shifting alien in the novella Who Goes There?, best recreated in the film adaptation of John Carpenter’s The Thing. I also like the creature from Frankenstein. In the former case, I like the sense of unease generated by the nature of the creature itself: the ability to absorb and become a perfect imitation is terrifying even when you understand what you’re up against. As for Frankenstein’s monster, I like that Mary Shelley gave him a tragic story arc. It makes him, despite his protestations, human.
I guess I just like my baddies to have more than “is a sociopath” going for them.
About the Book
Author: Jonathan Charles Bruce (http://www.jonathancharlesbruce.com)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing (http://booktrope.com)
Price: $13.95 (paperback)
Breaking up can be one of the hardest things a person can do, something that the dedicated team at Washed Hands, Inc. thoroughly understands. Whether one’s soon-to-be-ex is manipulative, violent, or anything else that makes a clean break difficult, the company’s rejection counselors ensure that the split is established and maintained in no uncertain terms. And in the toughest cases, no one’s better at this than Monica Deimos.
Brought in on what appeared to be a relatively straight-forward domestic nightmare, Monica realizes all-too-late that she has been set up to take the fall for the murder of a wealthy socialite.
As the police close in, Monica needs to discover who she can trust, who wants her out of the way, and why she was framed.
She’s no fool, though. The best case scenario ends in a jail cell… the worst in a body bag.