Louis T. Bruno’s first book is the Disintegrating Bloodline Part 1, and Disintegrating Bloodline Part 2 is his second. He watches anime and is enriched by a series called Berserk. His favorite authors are a wide arrange of literary styles and voices; Jonathan Franzen, Don Delilo, Jane Smiley’s nonfiction book 13 ways to read a novel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Ondaatje, John Irving, Stephen King, and many others. He has written 13 novels in 12 years. He resides in Richmond, Virginia.
He is the youngest of an older sister, Beth Ann Margetta. His father, Thomas Bruno is a librarian and his mother, Marie Bruno, a dental hygienist. Both of these professions are very important because they require a certain discipline in which he developed his own writing style. He graduated from Northstar Academy in 2004, and began his studies at a small community college, J Sargeant Reynolds from 2004-2007. During this time he traveled to Greece, Turkey and Rome to expand his knowledge of the world. In the fall of 2008, he was admitted into Henrico Doctor’s office for a blood clot near his kidney. From 2008 to 2011, he continued to write numerous books but then returned to University of Phoenix where he will graduate in 2014 with a BA in English.
Hi Louis, thank you for joining us today!
You’re welcome. I always enjoy coming back to your blog.
It’s good to have you back! I know you have been busy. Can you tell us more about your latest book?
Man, I’m not really good about describing my books. This is the second installment of the Disintegrating Bloodline, called Chaos. It continues from the first part where Chris drops off A.J. at George Bradley High, and we go through his preparations for the obstacles Chris is about to face. They are in a huge war over illegal CD’s, and in the story the government passes a law that prohibits illegal CD’s. Now, A.J. is starting to take on some of the risks, and that means high jacking trucks full of CD’s and running the school. Only his life reaches a critical point when his father in the hospital and Chris has been shot. Even George Bradley High is under threat of another school shooting, and things do get out of hand. I picked the subtitle right.
Since this book is about the mafia, how did you research it?
Well, I knew that something bad had to happen in this book, and even though bad things like Columbine had to happen, time has shown that you can’t stop something like a shooting. Other than the mafia, I wanted to hit at a central issue that is bothersome to most people, and that is High School. I researched into the Columbine shootings and saw that for the time, the two shooters were both bullied and were taking out their aggression on their aggressors, or the popular kids. Only what I always thought in the case of this novel was that this shooting in this novel was planned. Only after time passed, a great book called Columbine by Dave Cullen, later suggests that both the shooters were not bullied, but they were the bullies themselves. I predicted a long time after that incident they were the aggressors, and that’s a simple thing to think of when looking at an issue. I knew that one of the characters was going to plan a big shootout that would happen in George Bradley, and this was not some random act of violence. It had to be planned and well thought out. The shooters would not make it out, but A.J. and Frank would face some of the pressure and stand right in the target zone. So, I predicted what time later revealed about the shooters, and long before Dave Cullen wrote Columbine had exposed the truth of the two shooters in Colorado. Now, we come up to the issue itself.
This is an issue that no one wants to deal with, and I think that maybe with this book, people will help deal with issues such as SandyBrook middle. Only I find that we aren’t dealing with the problem. The source of this issue is clear. No one, except for Dave Cullen, is asking all the important questions. Like who is taking care of these kids, and how would they react if you talked to them instead of imposing your own ideals on your children. Or maybe if you didn’t beat them or neglect them, maybe they would make straight A’s. Sometimes, I believe that kind of pressure can lead to creative outlets or destructive behavior, and even now, no one wants to deal with it. That’s why these shootings aren’t going away. They seem to always happen every few years, and no one knows how to contain them. Even if you had every cop at a school, someone is going to get in with a gun. This is a problem that I can’t solve overnight, because you can’t expect every bad thing to happen.
Definitely heavy subject matter but sadly, coincides with our society today. Where else did the inspiration behind your latest project come from?
You know, I wanted this to be a truly literary experience. This was originally one book, and I found that after splitting them up, I could look at the themes and issues on a broader scale. I remember a paragraph of description that was from Hamlet, which I thought truly captured the title and what was going to happen. I’ll put it here for you, from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1:
“A mote it is to trouble the mind.
In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead
Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets;
As stars with trains of fire, and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun; and the moist star,
Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands,
Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse.
And even like precurse of feared events, As harbingers preceding still the fates
And prologue to the omen coming on, Have heaven and earth together demonstrated
Unto our climates and countrymen.”
I know, a lot to take in, but I knew that I wanted to set the mood if I wanted this to have a sort of dramatic affect on people. I wanted this school to represent Rome just before the entire world is about to collapse, and you are about to swallowed up by something you can’t really explain. I wanted to make this an experience that I put a lot of time and effort into. It would only make sense if Shakespeare began the book with those powerful descriptions. Hamlet is one of my favorite of the Shakespeare plays. I just wanted this to take on a very dark turn, and the next few books get darker and more surreal.
Another thing that inspired me about this was to not just write a three page chapter or a ten page chapter, but dig into the heart of the issue and find out what was bothering me. It was mostly the fact that my grandfather died early in my life, and the scenes in the hospital are very close to me. I don’t have the extreme dysfunction that A.J. has with his parents, but it needed to be exciting.
Another inspiration, or the skeleton of the four books, was The Lord of the Rings. Even though that was my first book, the density of LOTR made me want to write in a dense way. Even though that was my first novel, I found that writing grows over time. The Godfather was an inspiration too, but even Goodfellas was as well. I read a lot of nonfiction to get the mentality, and then I took it into another direction.
That is a LOT of inspiration – all excellent. Tell us about your main characters; are they people you would be friends with in real life?
I think if I had to choose again, I would go with Chris. I think I have aged up to Chris’s age, and we would have some really good discussions on right and wrong, and whether there is good and evil. Would I want to be friends with them in real life? It’s funny because when I was reading it over, I found that I can relate to them in any point of my life. I make up my own architecture as I go along.
A majority of writers can probably relate to most if not all of our characters. 🙂 If you could make one of yours real for a month, who would you choose and why?
I think I have already answered this before, and it was Jessica. But now if I had to trade, I would say A.J. because I want to see what he knows after this entire experience. It’s four books long and a lot of bad stuff happens to him. I just kind of want him to say “Man, what the hell were you thinking?” but in most cases, I think readers will know what I’m thinking when they are reading the book.
As a writer, I wonder what it is you like to read…so, if you were alone in the woods for a year with only one book, what would it be and why?
I would usually say Moby Dick by Herman Melville, but now I’m reading John Irving’s The World According to Garp. Garp especially seems to grow with each read, and I would say that would be a book I would read over and over again.
Interesting – haven’t read that one, I’ll have to check it out. If you could choose any Author, living or dead to read your work, who would you choose and why?
I don’t know. I don’t think anyone human could read this book. Anyways, I might have Ray Liotta read it, because he has such a definite voice and you know it as soon as you hear it. He narrated and acted in Goodfellas.
What advice would you give to budding writers interested in publishing?
Your luck might not happen with one book, but you have to give publishing time. If you have a spare job, you should get a facebook page and put money into your posts so that people can see your work and get a wide readership. It’s only ten bucks for a thousand views, but you’ll have more people looking at your page. But you just have to trust yourself and give it some time. I know, I’m speaking from experience.
Great advice. Louis, what can we expect to see from you in the future?
You can expect another novel in May entitled the Data Chase (that might be pending due to that we are in the process, but I’ll let you know in May when the Data Chase comes out) on xynobooks.
Just for fun, before we wrap up your interview – if you could choose three people, living or dead, to share a meal with, who would you choose and why?
I would choose Fidel Castro, Terrance Malick, and Martin Scorsese. In most cases, Terrance Malick is a reclusive man and I like those kind of people. They make films every decade, and it’s the best movie that people will ever see in their lives.
Wow, what an eclectic mix there! Okay *cracks knuckles* Louis – it’s Rapid Fire Question time – strap in!
eReader or Paperback? Paperback
Sweet or Sour? Sweet.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs.
Tent or Hotel? Tent.
Beach or Pool? Beach.
Shower or Bath? Both.
Boxers or Briefs? Boxers. (But I usually prefer being naked).
Untouchables or The Goodfellas? Goodfellas.
*giggle* Girls – did you catch the ‘Boxers’ or ‘Briefs’ bit? SO, readers – be sure to check out Part 2 of Louis Bruno’s Disintegrating Bloodline and visit him online when you get a chance! Louis – thanks for being here today, I do wish you the best of success with your books! 🙂
Chaos: The Disintegrating Bloodline Part 2
“High-school student AJ Cattiano has apprenticed himself to the Mafia. After AJ takes out a rival capo for his mentor, Chris Mangini, he is then plunged immediately back into battle as part of a brutal truck hijacking.
“AJ becomes privy to a conspiracy by rival mob families to destroy him and Chris, as well as being forced to confront the mystery of his true heritage. Is his bond with Chris closer and deeper than either knows?
“With Chris shot by a traitor and his own father in a coma, AJ must navigate the menaces of the underworld and the unimaginable horror of a school shooting before learning the truth and pursuing vengeance.”
You can grab your copy of Chaos here
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