Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"The Connolly Affair" by Brett Scott Ermilio



About the Book


Title: The Connolly Affair
Author: Brett Scott Ermilio 
Genre: Romance / Suspense
Award-winning writer, Brett Scott Ermilio, delivers his highly anticipated romance/suspense series, The Connolly Affair.

 



























Nicki Connolly’s life has flat lined. Nicki’s dull marriage to her husband, Aiden, flounders further and further into a hopeless abyss. Despite the setbacks, Nicki attempts to balance being a working mother, a successful attorney and relishes the distractions of a budding romance with a man named Taylor Diamond. Nicki has been assigned lead attorney in a massive class-action lawsuit that will make or break her career at the firm of Rapture and Myers. That is when the handsome Taylor Diamond appears in her life.

Taylor Diamond has been named second chair for the big case. Taylor has it all: looks, brains, a strong family name and many connections. But dark forces loom and converge upon Nicki and Taylor. As obstacles grow, the two form a fiery bond just as the case and her life reach an epic breaking point.

The Connolly Affair delivers a suspense-filled thrill ride that will have readers on the edge of their seats.



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Twitter: @BrettErmilio





Author Bio

Award winning writer Brett Scott Ermilio currently resides on the Jersey Shore with his nine colorful roommates: his loving wife, four beautifully chaotic children, three small yapping dogs and one moody fish.
The nephew of Neil Scott Bogart (The Disco King and founder of Casablanca Records), Brett has been writing stories since he was sixteen. His first completed screenplay was written at age seventeen. He won a screenwriting award for his move script, “Jacob.”
Over the years, Brett has written, directed and produced a feature film and worked on numerous screenplays. He had his first book published through Lyons Press, Going Platinum: KISS, Donna Summer and How Neil Bogart Built Casablanca Records, a biography highlighting the meteoric rise of Neil Bogart from birth to death.
Over the next year, Brett is releasing his highly anticipated romance/suspense trilogy, The Connolly Affair. He plans to continue writing enthralling stories and looks forward to sharing his thrilling adventures with the world. 



Interview for Jeri's Book Attic 

1) Which is the first book you have read that comes to your mind? Why is it so important to you?  

Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.

2) What made you start writing books?  

My love to tell stories. I honestly can’t resist developing stories and writing. It is something my mind naturally gravitates to. I honestly wish I would take more time to read but I constantly challenge myself to write more and more.

3) How much of yourself and/or your surroundings is part of your stories? And is the influence based on a conscious decision or does it happen from time to time that you recognize yourself in one of your character without planning it?  

Very cool question. I use as much around me as I can within reason. I am somewhat of a voyeur (the non-creepy kind). I am highly sensitive to other people’s emotions. It allows me to channel the kind of energy and feelings another human being, other than myself, could or would, feel. I would say that my energy often merges with the energy of the characters I create into one fictionalized symbiotic person. A brief insight into that would a screenplay I was working on in which the main character starts the story in the middle of a nervous breakdown. As I began to write that script I had anxious swells and difficulty balancing life. I stopped writing that script and shelved it for 3 years. It was that overwhelming. The character literally got inside my head.

4) Which author/actor/musician makes you start “fangirling” and why?  

Ha-ha. I’m going to go with “fanboying” on this one. I’m hugely appreciative of Mozart, Beethoven, Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, Blink 182, Pink Floyd and Bon Jovi—yes, Bon Jovi. Their music is awesome and takes me to other places. So many great musical artists, but I love the instrumentation and talent they all display. Acting…I’d say Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Stone…Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Sean Connery.

5) How does your perfect writing day look like? Do you plan when and how long do you write or does it happen without planning? 

Ah, I love opening the morning with a few pages. Then I bounce to do other things and return for some late afternoon writing. Then I enjoy ending the evening by the computer until winding down to watch TV. I would say all of this is unplanned. I am a rare breed in that I can just plop in front of the computer and go. My mind always has a pause button going on a story and I can just press play and go!

6) Which genre frightens you the most (in reference to writing a book that is part of the genre)? Explain why!   

Horror. I believe there is so much bad horror out there and it is so easy to look foolish unless you have a brilliant concept. I rarely give a thumbs up to a horror idea because so few are original and smart (in my opinion).

7) What do you like to do when you are not writing? What would you probably be your profession if you were not an author? 

Sports! Movies! Music! If I wasn’t an author (and I could pick), I’d want to be a musician and a painter. I chose two because I’d be so successful from touring that I’d have free time to dabble in art (ha-ha). I just started to paint a little so we’ll see. I’m all about Impressionism.

8) Which was the most touching reaction you ever got from a fan?  

They cried hysterically on the phone with me. I have something I will get around to publishing in the future, but it is about two brothers, one of who has Downs. It is an extraordinary and touching story and it drove a grown man to tears with me on the phone as he recounted the story. It was awkward for me. At the time, I was in my early 20s and he was in his early 40s.

9) What is the most important thing you need to find in a book?  

An effective smart story. I won’t allow myself not to have one. The story must be great regardless of genre. I put that upon myself and am very hard on my writing from that standpoint. Because I’ve written screenplays and TV projects, I have a tremendous background in developing stories. It definitely helps me as I flush out concepts and ideas.

10) What is the most difficult part of writing a book (including the preparations and after-work-process)?  

I am a VERY fast writer. I always have been a bulldog when it comes to projects. Because I work in different worlds of writing (movies, TV and books) it poses a challenge to slow down and be patient when working on my novels. In addition, editing is such a challenge for me. I want to move on to more stories and slowing down and making sure the story I just wrote was perfect is as important as the first draft itself. So keeping myself in check, preaching patience to my brain, is my greatest writing challenge.

11) If you could influence the questions people are asking you in interviews… which question is the most annoying one that you would love to NEVER hear again? 

There are no annoying questions. I say that honestly. I think the person answering questions needs to be humble and thankful that someone is interested in hearing their thoughts. No matter what level of success, it is important to share and let people in. And poor interviewers can’t possibly know all the repeat questions I get. I say this now…but I reserve the right 10 years from now to adjust this answer slightly. :-)

12) Which question would you really like to answer that you never got asked yet? And what is your answer to that question? 

What was the moment you realized you wanted to write stories? I’d say in high school when emotional outpouring hit the pages and I took my first baby steps toward becoming a writer.

13) Name three characteristics that you feel/think are important in your writing style.  

Visual style of writing. Creative Metaphors. Challenging my readers.

14) Which character of your books seems to be the most independent one so that it seems to develop an own life?  

The Taylor Diamond character in The Connolly Affair series is definitely a character that has legs and could spur stories from fans. I think he is dynamic and interesting. I do give the readers a couple of insert chapters at the end of book 2 in which I call “The Taylor Diamond Chronicles.” It gives a view into Taylor’s life before he became THE MAN. It looks at him as a teenager on the cusp of manhood.

15) What do you want tell your readers at the end of this interview?  

I’m a very creative passionate writer. I hope you come along for the ride as I start to show the world the man stories I’ve been working on since I was a teenager. I’ve lived primarily in the world of screenplays for a long time but I’m not adapting a lot of works and going to share some amazing stories with the world. And of course, I want to sincerely thank the readers for giving my stories their time. I say this with great humility: I hope I can entertain everyone for a long time to come.




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