My first inkling of an idea for The Eaters came in a dream I had when I was 13 years old. I remember waking up from this intensely plot driven dream thinking, “Wow, that would make a good book!” I even attempted to write it down in a school notebook but soon abandoned it for more pressing teenage problems. Flash forward some 20 years, to December of 2013. I was bored, lacking motivation and feeling like I wasn’t contributing to my life or society. I recall being in the shower when I thought again, as I had occasionally over the years, that I should write a book. I didn’t major in writing or English in college, so I had no real world experience. I was good at long social media rants and gossipy emails to my friends, however.
While I was maniacally exfoliating my skin and deep conditioning my hair, I thought to myself that a heroine as neurotic as me might be fun to pen. The dream I’d had as a kid resurfaced, and needless to say that particular shower took even longer than the usual hour. I began to flesh things out within the plot, adding details, creating characters. I wanted to include themes that were relevant to me, and to the world, like climate change, animal welfare, relationships. I knew the plot would have to move quickly, so a dash of drama and danger had to be in there. I’m also pretty sure I was dieting at the time, because food plays a big role in the book. Within a few days’ time I had asked several people whether my idea seemed interesting enough to attempt to put to paper. The answer was yes. So I just sat down one snowy morning and started typing. No outline to work from; I didn’t even know what those were. Within about a month I had my first draft. Initially I had written a very long beginning to the novel which I drastically cut down. One of my dearest friends in the world, Tom Marshall, began reading what I had, and he immediately encouraged me to continue the process. A lot of editing and a WORLD of help later, here we are.
The Eaters was my first book to be completed that year, and I went on to write 4 more within about 12 months. Most of my ideas come as I’m doing something utterly banal, like folding laundry or yes, exfoliating. But now and then I’ll get one in a dream, like I did when I was a knobby-kneed, angst-y kid.
About The Eaters
The Eaters: Book One: Origin
by Corrie Brundage
Publisher: Prospecta Press
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
So not your usual post-apocalyptic, clone vs. hybrid romance-adventure…
Brilliant, brave, determined, and just a little bit…distracted. Meet Dr. Mina Brice, dedicated savior of species, and scientist with a secret. On a planet ravaged by climate change, her ability to mind-meld with earth’s imperiled beasts has made her a valued member of a team dedicated to saving as many as they can from extinction. Unfortunately, Mina’s inability to connect with her fellow humans has kept most of them at arms length. Except for Jack—handsome, dashing-with-a-touch of goofy, totally distracting Jack. Dr. Jack MacConnell was never supposed to be part of Mina’s gameplan. But when thrown together on a crazy-dangerous mission, both fate and a deadly tsunami seem determined to propel them down the same fraught—and occasionally delicious—path. Perhaps forever?
But forever turns out to be a fluid commodity when both awaken 500 years into the future in a city called Origin. Presided over by aliens known as The Travelers, it is a world at once familiar and totally strange. And for Mina and Jack, it will become a battleground…against a hybrid race of predators loosed on the human population, against those whose dark side is so very carefully hidden, and even, as fate throws a heartwrenching twist their way, against…each other?
Corrie Brundage kicks off The Eaters trilogy with an intoxicating tale of pulse-pounding action for fans of urban fantasy and science fiction to devour and savor.
About the Author
Corrie Brundage is a former model, opera singer, and personal trainer who, out of sheer boredom and personal relief from planetary insanity, completed five novels in the space of twelve months. She pumps iron, is a political junkie, and is a dedicated animal advocate.
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