The Circuit: Executor Rising – Q & A with Rhett C. Bruno
With a new re-release coming out today May 19th, I was excited to have the opportunity to pick Rhett Bruno’s brain about how The Circuit: Executor Rising came to be. Bruno is a blooming Science Fiction writer who is becoming a bright star amongst other writers of his kind. I hope you’ll take a moment to read through my interview with him and take the time to look at his book that is part 1 of more to follow.
Also, you can check out my review of the first release version here.
1. What is it about the sci-fi genre that pulls you in?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I think it’s really the countless possibilities the future holds. Even if they’re crazy, most sci-fi stories and worlds have amazing ideas in them that draw on feasible technology. I probably won’t live to see us as a space-faring species, but I believe strongly that it’ll happen one day. Sci-fi allows us to consider every possibility.
2. What was your inspiration for the story?
The inspiration for The Circuit all started from me thinking about why so many sci-fi stories never explain how artificial gravity is able to be generated on ships. I mean in Star Wars it just is. So I came up with the idea of Gravitum, and from there the idea of a fallen Earth to which humanity is still reliant came to be.
3. Who is your favorite character from the book?
Personally, I love Cassius. I love characters who straddle the line between black and white, and he does so throughout the first book. I wanted to write something at least a little unique, and to me Cassius does that. He’s drives a story which doesn’t necessarily have a typical hero or villain. He really is both.
4. When might we expect the sequel to be available?
My publisher and I are hoping for this fall. The first draft is essentially complete, but it needs a whole lot of editing before it gets release.
5. If you had to pick a side would you be more inclined to join Cassius Vale or the Tribune?
This is a hard question. While my beliefs may fall in line with Cassius’, joining him would mean having to do whatever it takes. Spoiler Alert: But Cassius Vale is a killer, whereas the Tribune’s first resort is to assimilate people. I guess I’d still pick Cassius’, but serving him would not be easy.
6. What is something quirky (either writing related or in general) about you that your readers might find interesting?
It’s my dream to write for video games. Games like Soul Reaver, and Mass Effect have inspired my writing just as much as any movie or book.
Synopsis: Centuries after Earth was rendered an uninhabitable wasteland, humanity was forced from its homeworld and founded the Kepler Circuit, a string of colonies throughout the solar system. These settlements provide resources to the remnants of humankind, the most important resource being the newly discovered element—Gravitum—found only in the Earth’s unstable mantle. But a powerful religious faction known as the New Earth Tribunal has risen to preside over most of the Circuit. Though there is barely a faction left to challenge them, a string of attacks on the Tribunal’s freighters causes them to suspect their mortal enemies, the Ceresians, of foul play. Tasked with solving the problem is Sage Volus: Tribunal Executor. Spy. Sage quickly infiltrates the ranks of a roguish, Ceresian mercenary named Talon Rayne, seeking to discover the truth behind the attacks, but the longer she works amidst Talon and his squad, the more she finds her faith in the Tribunal tested. While her quest for answers only unearths more questions, a new threat is on the rise, and it plans to bring down the Tribune once and for all.
THE MAN BEHIND THE BOOK:
He has been writing since he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic short stories when he was young to show to his parents. When he reached high school he decided to take that a step further and write the “Isinda Trilogy”. After the encouragement of his favorite English teacher he decided to self-publish the “Isinda Trilogy” so that the people closest to him could enjoy his early work.
While studying architecture Rhett continued to write as much as he could, but finding the time during the brutal curriculum proved difficult. It wasn’t until he was a senior that he decided to finally pursue his passion for Science Fiction. After rededicating himself to reading works of the Science Fiction author’s he always loved, (Frank Herbert, Timothy Zahn, Heinlein, etc.) he began writing “The Circuit: Executor Rising”, The first part of what he hopes will be a successful Adult Science Fiction Series.
Since then Rhett has been hired by an Architecture firm in Mount Kisco, NY. But that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to work on “The Circuit” and all of the other stories bouncing around in his head. He is also currently studying at the New School to earn a Certificate in Screenwriting in the hopes of one day writing for TV or Video Games.
He’s happy to hear from his fans and can be reached at rcbruno44(at)outlook.com!
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