Today, I’m really excited to bring you an exclusive Q&A with author Brett Sills, whose fantastic new book, My Sweet Saga , hit store shelves on September, 27th!

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in New York, but I have lived in Los Angeles for the past eight years. I studied Shakespeare at Reed College and, since, have had modest successes and epic failures as a writer in the film/television world. I’m a fairly easy going person that would rather sit at home than in a bar, and I’m pretty jealous of a dog’s life because I, too, spend the majority of my time eating, sleeping, and walking, but at least a dog never has to go to work!

Please describe My Sweet Saga in three words.

A love letter.

How did the storyline of your book come about and can you describe the impact that Sweden and traveling had on your story?

A random trip to Sweden had 100 percent impact on the book. It’s actually a really crazy story. I was two months passed a suicide attempt and had decided to make a list of all the things I wanted to change about my life. One of the items involved travel and Sweden was just, more or less, an arbitrary choice at the time. On the plane ride there I met a beautiful Swedish girl who would later become the inspiration for the character, Saga. After spending hours with her, I felt happiness for the first time in what felt like forever. I never saw her again, but wondered what it would be like if I spent just one day with her, and this became the inspiration for the novel. I also fell completely in love with Sweden during that week. The city of Stockholm is beautiful, romantic, and just incredible. I actually wrote a fairly long blog post about the inspiration, which can be found here. I’m sure these first two answers are making the book sound like some weepy tale! It’s funny! I promise! I think…..

What was the first thing you did when you found out your book was going to be published?

My first thought was actually “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Haha! I think being a writer in Hollywood has jaded me and taught me to always expect the other shoe to drop. Actually, the real special moment was holding the copy of the book for the first time… though it was quickly replaced by extreme fear and the thought “Oh ****, what if people hate this!”

I was really quite fascinated with Brandon’s character and his uncensored, blunt and hilarious way with words… What was the inspiration behind his character? Was Brandon’s character based on anyone in real life, or was he simply a character of your own creation?

He’s pretty much based on me! Ugh! There are a number of differences, but I think my cynical, yet romantic ideals shine through Brandon, though he’s much angrier and probably a bit more sarcastic than I am, and definitely more crude. Though I guess writing him was a way of getting some things off my chest in a productive manner.

How long did it take you to write My Sweet Saga? What was the process like?

The first draft took me about five months. I worked on it virtually everyday and looked forward to losing myself in it every night. I was still kind of going through a weird time, so I liked living in a, for a lack of a better term, fantasy reality. I used it as an anchor and just had a fun time with it.

If you met someone in a bookstore, and they were thinking of buying your book, what would you say to convince them?

Knowing me I’d probably wind up talking them out of it because I have this uncanny ability to get in my own way. But you know, even though the story is pretty whimsical and silly at times, I think there’s a lot of honesty in it, so I suppose I’d promise them that they could oddly relate to it. It’s really just a story about falling in love and all the crazy crap we do in the name of it. With a lot of curse words.

What’s something people would be surprised to discover about you?

That I played football in high school? Haha! That generally inspires a “really” from whoever I’m talking to.

Do you have any other books (or ideas for books) in the works? What’s next for you?

I would LOVE to write another book and I have some ideas, but it’s back to the screenwriting world for me for a bit. My first feature film is scheduled to shoot this winter, and I have a couple of other projects out there that I’ve optioned and hope will find some traction.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, Brett!

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And in case you missed it, you can check out my review of My Sweet Saga HERE…

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