Interview with Charles Brass, Author of A Path of Possession

20 Feb 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write A Path of Possession (The N-ergy Cycle Book 1)?

Years ago, a member of the writing group I attended threw out an idea of a story with a young woman using gems passed down by her mother to grow precious herbs/flowers/etc. The original idea involved gems called dew drops. It evolved into its current form during the writing process as the story took unexpected turns.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I’m into how-to writing books these days. Larry Brooks’ “Story Engineering” and associated titles float at the top of that list. But for fiction, I’m on a William Gibson binge, which, as science fiction, is a far cry from my current succession of fantasy novels.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

J.F. Penn’s Writing the Shadow, Mary Buckham’s Writing Active Settings, Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. And a Kindle full of fiction in both science fiction and fantasy.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The Prologue underwent several iterations, and even started out as an opening chapter over a prologue. In the end, the smoothness of the finished prologue launched me into the rest of the story.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I write more while at work than at home (I work the overnight shift and have more non-working moments at work than actual work). It’s a sweet gig!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I want to entertain. If I can carry a reader’s interest from cover to cover, I feel I have accomplished my goal with that story.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

There are more stories to come! I’d like for a reader to want to pick up my next one after finishing their current read. Outside of that, I’d like my characters and their paths through the story’s obstacles to be memorable and encouraging to those facing similar problems.


Charles Brass is the author of the new book A Path of Possession (The N-ergy Cycle Book 1)

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