Monday, June 11, 2012

The Last Kincade by Ted Miller Brogden: Interview


From Goodreads

Wyatt Kincaid has no clue he is the target of a vendetta that has been 50 years in the making. Sole heir and president of the multi-billion dollar Crown Kincaid Corporation, he suddenly finds his Board of Directors infiltrated and he is stripped of his company, wealth, power, and freedom in a single day.

Wyatt has lost everything but the architect of his demise, one Ganna Mae Ferguson, will not be satisfied until she has succeeded in making his existence so miserable that he will take his own life. Months of imprisonment and torture aboard a tramp steamer commanded by a sadistic Russian sea captain, with no opportunity for escape, and Wyatt is actually ready to meet his maker. He learns some unsettling family secrets and with them, the reason he has been targeted for destruction. He also learns that he is, in fact, not the last Kincaid. Despite bitter and contentious bouts with a beautiful fellow prisoner, love blossoms in the dank holds of the prison ship as it nears the familiar waters of Cape Fear.

A passel of unsavory characters, foreign and domestic, are drawn to the possibility of billions derived by the destruction and take over of the Crown Kincaid Corporation. Further revelations lead Ganna Mae to realize she has made a terrible mistake. She attempts to abort her deadly plan, but the stakes are too high. Now, it is only her blood that will satisfy the thirst for vengeance and greed of her former co-conspirators.

Currently, this book is available exclusively on Amazon.

Welcome Ted!  I’m happy you are here today and thanks for agreeing to me do a quick interview so we can find out a little more about you and your new book. Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

I think all writers put a little of themselves into their characters, especially main characters. In my case, Cape Thomas is a pilot (as am I) and Wyatt Kincaid is a businessman (my background also). The similarities stop there and Wyatt becomes a composite of my imagination and people I’ve met over the years.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“For all your days prepare, and meet them ever alike: When you are the anvil, bear. When you are the hammer, strike.” Edwin Markham

Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it?

From Jigsaw: The South is a chameleon, a soft-spoken seductress, bathed in scents of magnolia and honeysuckle. In the summer, her rivers run black and clear against verdant banks lined with thin sandy lips. In the fall, she slips from her green veil and dons a calico quilt more colorful than a rainbow. Her winters are a mixed temperate concoction, not unlike a hot fudge sundae. The extract of this wondrous place—the South—is renowned for its therapeutic effects on expatriates come home. So far, however, the cure had eluded me.

I guess what this says about my books, is that I am a Southern writer…It may take me awhile to get to the point, but in the end, hopefully, you get paid off.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

I had donated some books to one of our local hospitals for the patients and volunteers. So much time had passed that I had forgotten I’d made the donation.

On a day that I received a particularly scathing review and was feeling pretty low, even doubting my ability to write, I received a message on Face Book from one of the hospital volunteers. Seems that the volunteers had been passing around a copy of my book for months. I’m paraphrasing here, but the messenger wanted me to know how much they all enjoyed the story and begged me to never stop writing.

Timing is everything, as they say, and I suppose that’s what made that the best fan letter I’ve ever received.

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they? 

I would like to encourage anyone who wants to write, to write. It doesn’t matter when you start, you can be ten, or a hundred when the bug strikes. You may not be an English major, few writers are, but if you have the urge to write, you are a storyteller and that’s all that matters. Ignore the obstacles: just write!  And when you bump into the occasional critic, drag out one of those fan letters and read it. That will remind you that you write for yourself and your fans, not the critics.

That is good advice, Ted.  Thanks for being here today and I wish you every success!!

Laurie, thanks so much for having me. You are a wonderful host. I would like to offer you two autographed copies of The Last Kincaid to distribute to your readers.

Ted Miller Brogden is an instrument rated pilot, and practicing raconteur. Mr. Brogden spends most of his time in Eastern North Carolina or points South. His simplified view of life: "I've always tried to face life like an oyster when given grit: give back a pearl."
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2 Possible Winners!
2 Signed, Print copies of The Last Kincade (US/CAN Ship only)
* There must be 10 or more unique entries for the second prize to be given.


Joanne said...

This book sounds intriguing. Can't wait to read it.


Kara D. said...

Sounds like a good book! Would love to read it.

Missypen said...

Looks great!

Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

Suz Reads

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Unknown said...

i enjoyed the interview- thanks!

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Holly Bryan said...

Thanks for this chance - I'm from Eastern North Carolina and love supporting authors from around there! I have "Jigsaw" by Mr. Brogden and would really love to read "The Last Kincaid" as well. Thanks!

Fiza said...

Sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

Darlene said...

The synopsis has piqued my interest! Thanks for the giveaway!

aatweens said...

Cool giveaway! The book sounds really interesting.

angeljenn said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Dee B. said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway!

Samantha Remington said...

Would love to win! Looks interesting.