About the Book:
The Tattoo Murder” is the story of a U-S Army combat veteran who became a police officer back in his home town after he’d seen enough injustice in the world. A different kind of cop, Det. John Potenza travels to the tune of his own drum, the waves which he loves to surf, the women who occupy his life and the music which drives him. All this is secondary to getting it right when it comes to justice. An Italian-American who knows his way around the kitchen, the fit and trim with comic book hero good looks catches the eye of almost every woman he meets. If he were British he’d probably be in “her Majesty’s Secret Service” with a Double-O in his name. Many of the characters in the book are derived from Bob Brill’s own past and acquaintances and friends and while the book is a work of fiction, the people are real – well sort of.
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1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I’ve always been a writer I guess since I was a child. I began writing jokes to tell to parents and their friends when I was about six years old. In school I wrote stories and read historical novels and history books which I loved and still do. When I went into radio right out of high school part of what I eventually did was produce and voice, and in radio usually you are the writer as well. I’ve always loved creating, writing and producing so it came rather naturally to me. When I decided I wanted to write books I had written many articles for magazines and some newspapers.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
At my desktop. I hate using a laptop and feel most comfortable in my office at home in front of the three monitors I have.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
I see something in front of me on the street and it triggers a story. Or maybe while driving I get something, which is most often the case, then I kind of imagine it in my head and then I must immediately go to my phone and record the idea for later. That’s basically it. Sometimes I hear a story on the radio and that triggers something.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
A plan or an outline is probably the best way to state it. I know I have a beginning and an end, and the middle just kinda comes along with them.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
I’ve written more westerns than anything but that’s because I wanted to write a series of books on one character, but my latest is a detective novel which I actually wrote long before the westerns but just recently decided to publish. “The Tattoo Murder” may turn into a series. I write any genre except horror, which always comes out like the Twilight Zone when I try.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Mathew McConahey (SP) Roony Mara, and in the westerns probably Eric Bana.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I do read when I have time but I really don’t have a favorite author. I like good stories, presidents, history.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
“Forget the Alamo” and “The York Patrol”.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
“The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli, the Logic the man lays out is incredible.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Just to begin writing. You will find out if you have a passion for this or not because if you find it a chore, then you won’t be a writer because a writer must have passion to want to do it full time, or even part time. Usually though the problem most people have is just sitting down and writing. If you don’t just do that, you will never know.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
I do post on facebook, my own website (www.bobbrillbooks.com), Amazon, some Twitter.
Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Bob-Brill/e/B00411A3MY
About the Author:
A native of Pittsburgh, PA and a hardcore Pirates and Steelers fan, Bob began in radio career in 1972 and worked all over the western US, several times in the L-A market. He’s currently a news anchor at CBS Radio LA; KNX 1070 News Radio.
Bob has won multiple broadcast awards including an Edward R. Murrow Award (among others) for anchoring KNX’s storm coverage in 2011.
A baseball historian, Bob writes the very popular weekly column found at http://www.baseballinthe1960s.com. He also is a podcaster who has teamed with former NFL Quarterback Erik Kramer for a weekly Fantasy Football Podcast called Kramer and Brill, which can be found where ever you get your podcasts or at their website http://www.kramerandbrill.com. Both are always posted on Facebook as well as Twitter.
Bob made his mark with the UPI Radio Network when a gunman went crazy in a San Diego fast food restaurant and Bob covered the story. It was his first big break. He later became a UPI National Correspondent and Bureau Chief. He has interviewed presidents, covered Super Bowl games and Hollywood as well as major news stories.
He lives in L-A. He has survived earthquakes and a beating during the 1992 L-A riots while covering the story, which was recorded on audio tape.
Bob is considered to have an excellent voice and has not only done many voice overs and radio spots, he’s starred in television commercials. Bob authored “Fan Letters to a Stripper: A Patti Waggin Tale” from Schiffer Publishing and “NO BARRIER: How the Internet Destroyed the World Economy”. His third book “Al Kabul; Home Grown Terrorist” is sure to be a controversial novel as well as a great read. “Lancer; Hero of the West – The Prescott Affair” is the first in a series of western novels set in the 1880’s, centering on the central figure; Lancer. Lancer is a gun for hire, good guy, who works the West out of Tombstone.