Interview with Richard O’Brien, Author of Break Glass

02 Jan 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Break Glass: In Case of Genocide?

I am descended from survivors of genocide. I studied how noninvolved people became heroes and prevented massacres. It led me to Found The Center for the Prevention of Genocide. This book includes the stories of the heroes and the work of the CPG saving lives.

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


What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The first chapters which I wrote while traveling and researching around the world.

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

I tend to percolate, then when it’s ready, I write like my father in a torrential stream.

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

Like so many others: Carpe Diem.

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

Genocide can be prevented – but since it’s part of human nature, we need to take specific steps to end it. Those steps are clear and are in this book.


Richard O’Brien is the author of the new book Break Glass: In Case of Genocide

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