Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bryan Koepke ~ an interview and his novel ~ Vengeance

Bryan Koepke

Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: I’m definitely a morning person.  There’s nothing more enticing than sitting out on the porch at sunrise with a hot cup of coffee and my laptop computer.  The birds will be there chirping to one another, and the air will be still and crisp as the sun burns off the morning dew.

Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A:  I’ve always had a passion for aviation.  As a boy I used to spend large amounts of time at the airport busying myself while my father tinkered or talked to one of the mechanics in a neighboring hanger.  I guess that’s why I was drawing airplanes and later building them with Legos as far back as I can remember.  To this day when a plane flies over I look up and enjoy the Doppler effect of its engine as it passes overhead.  In 1997 I passed the tests and became a licensed private pilot. I’ve been flying ever since and if you read my thrillers you’ll be sure to come across a few flying scenes.
Q: Did you like school when you were a child?
A:  I was fortunate enough to attend a progressive elementary school in the late 1960’s and 70’s.  I remember the first day of kindergarten when to my joy I discovered the school had an entire bin filled with large wooden trucks.  Later there was daily music class with so many instruments you could try everything from the trumpet to a marimba.  One of my favorite activities was when the entire school went outside, and in a very orderly fashion we dug a hole in the front lawn and planted a tree.  This probably won’t come as a surprise, but I was that kid in the third grade that loved it when the teacher would say get out two sheets of paper and spend the next half hour writing me a story.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A:  Exercise has always been a part of my life.  Whether it’s walking our dog with my wife, or hiking in the mountains when I get enough time to drive up there I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors.  I find that walking is an important activity for writers.  Henry David Thoreau said, “Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow”.  For me it provides a way to get out and enjoy the fresh air while doing good for my body and clearing my mind.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A:  Most of my ideas come from my imagination or from something I’ve read that sparks a new idea.  I’ll come up with a question such as what if there was a corporation filled with greed, betrayal, and corruption?  I’ll carry the idea around in my mind for months and sometimes years until at some point, usually when my current novel is being professionally edited, and then I’ll sit down and begin to write notes around the central idea.  Over time the idea will expand into a novel length thriller.

There is a time of morning, usually on the weekends, when I first open my eyes and once spotting the clock have closed them and am trying to fall back to sleep.  I’ll lie there with my eyes closed not sleeping and not fully away, but dreaming of a story.  Little by little it will reveal itself to me, and if I’m patient when I sit down at my desk a little later I’ll have a good start on a new novel.

Q: How did you come to write your genre of choice?
A:  I’ve always enjoyed reading mysteries and thrillers.  I search out authors that teach you something as you read their books.  One day back in 2010 when I was reading I laid a book down after finishing the last page and I thought - I can write something like this.  From there I bought a notebook and started jotting down notes.  Next I went to the library and read every book they had on writing fiction.  Soon I came to realize that book writing wasn’t something that you just picked up in your spare time.  It took a giant commitment, but at the same time I found a passion that had been lying there waiting to be discovered all of my life.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A:  I’m a little of both.  When I first start writing I get as many scenes written as fast as I can.  I learned this from reading a book - on writing by Stephen King.  At some point I’ll be interrupted by one of life’s responsibilities.  The next time I sit down at the computer and find myself less motivated to write I’ll spend the time building an outline of the scenes and chapters I’ve written thus far.  I find this very useful for keeping track of the story’s timeline, and planning out how subplots will lay into the overall plot among other things.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A:  Yes.  In this next novel in the series, SABOTAGE, my main character Reece Culver takes an interest in a certain female character.  Now that I look back on how the story evolved over multiple rewrites I know that it was Reece that steered me to write it this way.  I like the new material more than what I’d originally planned to write in that section of the book.
Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A:  I’m currently working on book number 3 in the Reece Culver thriller series.  This book, as of yet, remains untitled.  It starts with Reece working at Caulder Space Systems in Centennial Colorado.  The book is in the early stages of plot development, but I can tell you that his good friend Haisley will help out with whatever Reece finds himself involved in. 

I also have a good start to book number 4 in the series that I started last spring. 

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A:  In this next book in the Reece Culver thriller series, SABOTAGE, while vacationing in the Scottish Highlands Reece Culver and his buddy Haisley Averton are pulled into the ever – changing world of Draecon International – a bubbling caldron of infidelity, corporate espionage, assassination, and a plot to destroy London’s Financial District.

SABOTAGE will be published by Writers Cabin Press, Ltd. this coming November.  It will be available as both an eBook and in Paperback. 

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  You can find me on my web page:, 
on Twitter:  @BryanKoepke

VENGEANCE – A Reece Culver Thriller – Book 1

On a cold January morning Reece Culver gets a visit from a woman seeking answers to the mystery of her mother's disappearance.  Intrigued by her story he agrees to help and soon travels to the mid-west to search for clues.  Not long after, it becomes obvious that someone doesn't want him snooping where he doesn't belong. 

While visiting his client's childhood home he's jumped, beaten, and left for dead. Several days later he sits chained to a table in the interrogation room of a St. Louis Police station charged with murder. Reece figures out that the case he’s investigating and an unsolved murder that has haunted him his entire life are linked. 

In a desperate race to catch the killer before the FBI offers this perpetrator immunity Reece dodges multiple attempts on his life and seeks the answer to a single question. 

Can he stay alive long enough to solve the mystery and put the murderer behind bars?

DAMAGE – A Reece Culver Thriller Short Story – Prequel to Vengeance: 

It’s a battle he’s played out in his mind day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute living in the memory of it all. Each new dawn brings with it the life he’s always lived as Al Culver waits patiently for the time and place when he’ll happen upon those responsible.

SABOTAGE – A Reece Culver Thriller – Book 2

While vacationing in the Scottish Highlands Reece Culver and his buddy Haisley Averton are pulled into the ever – changing world of Draecon International – a bubbling caldron of infidelity, corporate espionage, assassination, and a plot to destroy London’s Financial District.

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