Thursday, October 6, 2011

Interview with Carroll Bryant

 What is the Children Of The Flower Power about? 
  Children of the Flower Power is about a family, really. The grandmother, Jennfier Kapshaw. The grandfather, Wesley Morris. The rebellious daughter, Christine Williams, and her 15 year old daughter, Sally. The story takes place in 2003 in the small town of Beddington, Maine. Sally is a born and bred New York Teen who has to spend part of the summer at her grandparents old hippy commune. It's really quite hilarious to watch as this young girl tries to bond with these old hippy grandparents. She makes good of what she perceives as a bad situation. It is also about friendship and love. This soon becomes evident when she meets Josh Terwilliger, the local town hunk. (Every town has one) LOL But more than that, it is a story about people coming together again, and learning life lesson's and how to deal. It's about coming of age, accepting ones upbringing and coping with death.

Where is your book available?
> Children Of The Flower Power is available for E-readers only, and their affiliated sites. (Kindle) ... (ipad) ... (Sony Reader) ... (Nook) / Not available yet in paperback.

 Where did you get the idea for your book? 
  The idea for "Flower Power" came from a song by the nineteen seventies group, 'Redbone'. I like to listen to the oldies and I used to keep a portable radio  in my bathroom to listen to when I shower. On one particular morning, after turning the radio on, I stepped into the shower and at the same exact moment, the song "Come and get your love" started playing. The moment of the songs opening riff, I saw the words flash before me in my mind. It read, CHILDREN OF THE FLOWER POWER. And it followed me from there. I like to compare it to the doc in 'Back to the future' when he slipped and fell in the bathroom, hitting his head on the side of the tub and having the vision for the "flux capacitor" which we all now know, makes time travel possible.  At first, the idea was to write about an active commune in the year 1969. That idea transformed and manifested itself into what ended up becoming the final product. I think it turned out well. Girls from the age of 12 and up to 70 will probably enjoy this book. So would many men.

How did you come up with the title? 
 The title came up with itself as I previously described. However, I did tinker with the notion to change it. One possible option was just to call it "Flower Power". I even considered "Flower Power Rides Again." LOL But ultimately, I realized the first vision was the best one. And Children Of The Flower Power was the final decision.

Who designed the cover? 
  The cover design was my concept. It was brought to life by the art team of my Ebook publisher, Bookbaby.com. I wanted it to reflect a happy, and fun vibe while at the same time, project a hippy-type feel to it. Even though, the book itself is not saturated with the hippy culture.

Do you have to travel a lot for your books? 
  Interestingly enough, no, I don't travel for my books. I have never been to Beddington, Maine. I do all my research on the Internet for the locations of my characters in my stories. I had about five locations to choose from and I chose Beddington because of the name. The first three letters in it is Bed. It sounds like a really sleepy, laid back place. A far cry from New York, where Sally was born and raised. Thrusting her into a new environment that is completely opposite was the interesting part of the story. Watching her as she slowly adapts is hilarious.

When did you write your first book and how old were you? 
  I wrote my first book at the ripe old age of 21. I didn't even start writing until my 18th birthday, when I wrote my first song with a friend of mine at the time, Paul Kauffman. From there, my penchant for writing emerged. I must have written well over 600 songs and lyrics when I finally decided to pen my first book with a portable typewriter my mother got me for my birthday. I was living in Tampa Bay, Florida at the time. And it really wasn't a book as much as it was a movie script. I haven't converted it yet to a book format, but I am thinking about doing it. Ironically enough, it is a science-fiction/fantasy story. It took me about three months to write. Now, I can knock them out inside of 4 to 6 weeks. "Flower Power" was actually my 4th book. The other two are science-fiction and a horror/thriller, very gruesome. I haven't decided yet if I want to publish it or not. For the record, I now have written between 1700 and 1800 poems/song lyrics.

If your book was a movie, who would you pick for the main characters? 
  If Flower Power were to be made into a movie, I pictured Jane Curtain as Jennifer Kapshaw. Jane has the eyes I want Jennifer to have. Wesley Morris would be played by Tommy Lee Jones. Christine would be played by Faith Hill and Jack Terwilliger would be played by Tim McGraw. Sally and Josh would have to be played by new up and comers, unknowns. As for Ian Finnegan, probably Tommy Chong. The rest of the clan would be made up with the likes of Shirley Jones, Doris Roberts perhaps and other big named stars from the 70's. Just to give it a real 70's feel. Florence Henderson comes to mind. I would also want Lee Majors and Lindsey Wagoner in the movie as well. And Santana and Michelle Branch.

Do you plan on writing sequels? 
  I have no plans on writing a sequel to "Children Of the Flower Power." - I considered it. I even wrote the first chapter for a sequel, but then discarded it. I just couldn't see how I could re-create the magic. Although, I do have a five book sci-fi series coming up in the near future.

How long did it take you to complete Children Of The Flower Power? 
  I got the idea for "Flower Power" around 1996. I started writing the first chapter in 2003. I stopped and picked it back up in 2006. It took six months to complete. And that includes writing on it seven days a week, about 10 hours a day. It went through 25 edits to get it to where it is now. And yes, I did each and everyone of the edits. I am a perfectionist. Of course, wouldn't you know it, after all of that I ended up releasing an unedited version by mistake. This led me to having the original release pulled from the Ebook shelves and I quickly moved to release the 2nd edition. The "FINAL EDIT" version. So, when you go to buy it, make sure you are buying the 2nd edition. I would estimate I have from start to finish, about 1500 hours invested in "Children Of The Flower Power." Which may be why it is getting such high praise.

What is your favorite book? 
  My favorite book I ever read or wrote? I'll answer both ways. The favorite book I ever read is without a doubt, "Gone With The Wind." It was also the first novel I ever read. As for what I have written, my favorite is "Children Of The Flower Power." For as long as it took and for as many characters it has in it, and the difficulty of it, I had a blast writing it. It is my baby. My master piece. LOL

About Carroll Bryant: 
  I started writing songs and poetry long before I started writing novels. In the fall of 2010, I released my first musical CD called "Rock That Country." - A 12 track disc of country, country rock, pop, pop rock and rock-a-billy. A really fun CD. I am currently working on my 2nd CD which I intend to call "Judas Wept". Mostly, it is a rock, hard rock collection of songs. No, I do not sing on any of my songs. I get other singers to do that. Outside of writing, I enjoy football. My social life has taken a bit of a hit since I began to focus my attentions on my writing, but something had to give. LOL Currently, I spend as much time as possible on Goodreads.com to meet new and wonderful people. I probably should be trying to promote my book(s) more, but I spend most of my time talking to friends or trying to make new ones. I live alone. I just recently got a kitten, and I sleep very odd hours that change as constantly as the seasons. Most of my free or spare time, I am hanging out with my manager and best friend, David Henderhan. I'm not really looking for a relationship, but if one just happens to fall into my lap. I certainly wouldn't toss it to the side. However, I have been told that I am difficult to deal with or so, that's what the opposite sex claims anyway. LOL And yes, I am single, never been married, and have no kids. 

>Social Media Sites:
 
 The only social or media site I am a part of is Goodreads.com

> Links To Where the Book is Available:
 The book is availabe at ... http://www.amazon.com/   - http://search.barnesandnoble.com/ <http://search.barnesandnoble.com/> - http://www.theapplestore.com/ - http://www.thereaderstore.com/ and of course at http://www.goodreads.com/

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