Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest Post: S.G. Browne ~ author of Lucky Bastard

SGBrowne Author Photo

Guest post and invite to join an interactive Q&A with S.G. Browne today at 6 pm Eastern time.

We have S.G. Browne here to share with us to his thoughts on his choice of setting for his recently published novel - Lucky Bastard.

We are especially curious since we live so very close to (and adore) San Francisco. And we think it’s a wonderful setting for a funny and exciting book! (See John’s recent review for Lucky Bastard.)

We also have an invite for you. It’s an interactive Q&A with the author (all information is listed below.) It’s for anyone who would like to ask S.G. Browne questions about his book, process, writing in general, or to lurk and listen. It’s happening at 6 pm Eastern time today (3 pm West Coast time for us here near the Pacific Ocean.)  Everyone is welcome! 

Lucky Bastard Final Cover

Welcome S.G.!  With such a wonderful city and giving that you live there, tell us about your setting choice for your latest novel – Lucky Bastard?

The setting of a story can play an important role or it can just be a place to hold the action. Personally, I like it to matter, to be a silent character lurking in the background that doesn’t get much of a speaking role but nonetheless plays a part.

My first novel, Breathers, was set in Santa Cruz, where I lived for a dozen years, while my second novel, Fated, took place not quite exclusively in New York City.

When I moved to San Francisco six years ago, I knew at some point I would want to set one of my novels here. Turns out it ended up being the perfect place to host my third novel, Lucky Bastard.

Green Street Market #3

Centered around a private detective by the name of Nick Monday who has the ability to steal luck, Lucky Bastard starts out on the roof of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and then promptly jumps back in time about twelve hours to trace the path our hero takes that eventually leads him back to the hotel roof.

Doing the research was the easy part. I just had to step out my front door and start walking or get on a bus and take notes and pictures or sit down and write out a scene.

Because I discover the story as I write it, I didn’t plot out how Nick Monday wStarlight Room #2ould spend his day or where his actions would take him, but he ends up hitting famous and obscure locales alike, including Nob Hill, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Union Square, Starbucks, Bob’s Donuts, the Green Street Market, the Nite Cap Bar, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, the Tenderloin, the Marina, Pacific Heights, and Harry Denton’s Starlight Room.

It’s a lot of ground to cover in a single day, but Nick Monday gets around.

So for an exciting trip to this fun city - explore it vicariously through this latest action packed novel. Thank you for sharing with us S.G.! 

(Picture credits are for the author and are of the Green Street Market and Harry Denton’s Starlight Room.)

Now for a special invite for all our readers and writers out there in blog land!

Please join in the conversation today Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00pm EST (or 3:00pm for those of us on the west coast), S.G. Browne, author of critically acclaimed novels Breathers and Fated will be doing a virtual video chat through a new platform called Shindig.

He'll be reading and discussing his latest novel, Lucky Bastard, and hosting an interactive Q&A.  You’ll be connected globally online via webcam where you can socialize with other participants. Or if you'd prefer, you can just sit back and watch and listen. Here’s how it works. About 15 minutes before it starts, go to the following link and register:

At this point, you might want to test your microphone and camera to make sure everything's working. Then when the event starts we'll have an interactive reading and discussion, complete with a Q&A session that will last about an hour. The more the merrier!

Date: Wednesday, May 23
Time: 6:00pm EST (3:00pm PST)

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