Welcome back to The Last Cafè at the End of the Universe. My vacation has been going well and I can’t wait to tell you all out the astounding authors I’ve been reading! But first, my travels take me once again past The Last Cafè just in time to sit down with Corrie Brundage, author of Origin, the first book in The Eaters Trilogy.
Astounding Books (AB) Corrie, thank you for joining me. Let’s get you a drink first… Your preference?
Corrie Brundage (CB) Diet Sprite, which I’m only allowed one per day. Well, to be fair, “in moderation” is what my coach/nutritionist recommends. But if you’d asked a couple of hours ago, I’d have said calorie-free flavored coffee (hopefully chocolate something or other) sweetened liberally with stevia and non-fat creamer.
One question I would ask myself: Is nutrition really THAT important to you or are you just OCD?
Both! My strict diet can be an annoyance not just to me, but to friends and family. However, I find it therapeutic to stick to the “rules” during difficult times when so much is up in the air, and I can’t really rely on anything to be dependable except food and exercise. There’s comfort in the mundane things!
(AB): As readers and writers, we all….and I mean ALL have a favorite book growing up. What was yours?
(CB): I’d have to say anything by Stephen King, but more specifically, The Stand. I guess as a kid, like most, I enjoyed knowing who was the bad guy and who was the good guy. But along with that came the excitement of the end of the world drawing people together, forcing them to make decisions they normally never would. I often imagined myself in the same situation, and tested myself to see if I would have succeeded as a good guy.
(AB): The Stand was the first Stephen King novel I read and it blew me away. What was the first thing you wrote that you were either most proud of or remember the most?
(CB): It was just one line, and it was written on a poster I’d drawn in art class of the Statue of Liberty. I think I was six years old. It read:
Spelling mistake aside, I had a childhood thing for fairness.
(AB): What are your hobbies?
(CB) I’m going to seem pretty shallow here, but I love lifting weights and shopping. I’m either in the gym or on eBay. That frivolity aside, I do like helping animals in whatever way I can, but also consider this a hobby as there are so many heroes out there devoting all their time to this endeavor, and for them I am truly grateful.
(AB): Who do you bounce ideas off of?
(CB): I’d say either my dear friend, Tom, or my Mom. Because they are both inherently strong encouragers, they always tell me my ideas are fabulous. But I’m hoping I can gather some loyal readers who are willing to be “sounding boards” for me in the future.
(AB): Any Guilty Pleasures?
(CB): Stalking ex-boyfriend’s FaceBook pages. Don’t tell me you don’t do it, either! Yeah…you know you do.
(AB): I can honestly say I’ve never stalked your ex-boyfriend on Facebook. Tony Soprano, dead or alive?
(CB): OK, wow, this question is so perfect because I am the BIGGEST Sopranos fan on the planet. I am so not kidding. And I happen to know Tony is ALIVE, because the creator of the show, David Chase, has said so. But aside from that, I just sense that the Boss of North Jersey mafia would never give up his seat of power. Yeahhh, whaddayagonnado?
(AB): Thank you for joining me today, good luck with your novel. Please stop by again. We leave you now to resume your regularly schedule Tour Stop! Let’s take a loon at your novel, shall we?
About Origin, The Eaters #1
Brilliant, brave, determined, and just a little bit…distracted. Meet Dr. Mina Brice, dedicated savior of species, and scientist with a secret. On a planet ravaged by climate change, her ability to mind-meld with earth’s imperiled beasts has made her a valued member of a team dedicated to saving as many as they can from extinction. Unfortunately, Mina’s inability to connect with her fellow humans has kept most of them at arms length. Except for Jack—handsome, dashing-with-a-touch of goofy, totally distracting Jack. Dr. Jack MacConnell was never supposed to be part of Mina’s gameplan. But when thrown together on a crazy-dangerous mission, both fate and a deadly tsunami seem determined to propel them down the same fraught—and occasionally delicious—path. Perhaps forever?
But forever turns out to be a fluid commodity when both awaken 500 years into the future in a city called Origin. Presided over by aliens known as The Travelers, it is a world at once familiar and totally strange. And for Mina and Jack, it will become a battleground…against a hybrid race of predators loosed on the human population, against those whose dark side is so very carefully hidden, and even, as fate throws a heartwrenching twist their way, against…each other?
Corrie Brundage kicks off The Eaters trilogy with an intoxicating tale of pulse-pounding action for fans of urban fantasy and science fiction to devour and savor.
About the Author:
Corrie Brundage is a former model, opera singer, and personal trainer who, out of sheer boredom and personal relief from planetary insanity, completed five novels in the space of twelve months. She pumps iron, is a political junkie, and is a dedicated animal advocate.