Author Interview: Shifted Perspective by J. Bridger (plus giveaway)

Welcome to Author J. Bridger

I am an aspiring author who has recently published my first book, a paranormal YA called “Shifted Perspective. Before that, I’ve had many careers, such as working in vet hospitals, a tour guide for a lemur research center, an intern in a Bolivian mental hospital, and a psychology graduate student studying developmental psych. Currently, I’m focusing on my love of Spanish and learning to interpret and, one day, to translate (though that’s far down the line).

I love reading and writing and my favorite authors include Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong, and Jim Butcher.


What is one book everyone should read?
This is a bit of a cheat, since these are both non-fiction, but I believe that everyone should read Reality Bites Back by Jennifer L. Pozner because it teaches a lot about being media savvy and about understanding the illusions that are created in reality TV. Similarly, I love Lisa Bloom’s Think, which also asks young women, especially, to look at the world and complex issues around them. They’ve both influenced my life so much since I read them.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’d want telekinesis. It’s always been my favorite, and it looks like something that you could have fun with. Also, it has to be an easier than by hand.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Read my book because it has werewolves, serial killers, humor, and Cocker Spaniels, though not in that order.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Working on the sequel to Shifted Perspective, which isn’t titled as of yet.  A goal eventually, to be honest, is to be able to publish also with a New York publishing house.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I always loved stories. I’d just tell myself stories till I fell asleep at night or imagine things on the bus to school. I think becoming a writer of fiction full time really started with getting into fandoms like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and writing fanfiction there. It helped me learn a lot about the mechanics of writing first and then about just how to plot, create characters, and how to craft dialog later. By the way, none of those old stories are under this name. In fact, I’m not even sure if any of those old Buffy fics of mine are even online anymore; that fandom is so old.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world…which would it be?
Oz, favorite book and movie of all time. I’d love to explore all of it.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
As a middle schooler, I really loved Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I liked the first two books of The Vampire Chronicles, and they were amazing, no doubt, but this one had a grand cast and such a sweeping scope that it hooked me in. I adore it.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The easy joke here is Who Let the Dogs Out?  I think that maybe Beck’s Loser is a good song for Caleb, my protagonist, and not because he’s unlikable or wimpy but more because the universe likes to kick him in the face often.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Just write. Don’t say you’ll “do it tomorrow.” Go to the keyboard and just start typing. Someone once said that “the first million words are practice,” and I believe that.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Jane Goodall. I love chimpanzees and primates of all kinds. My undergraduate degree is partially in primate biology, and I did a senior thesis on ring-tailed lemurs. I dreamed about going to live in Tanzania until I was in my twenties.

How did you know you should become an author?
I think when I realized I was doing this for hours a day as a hobby. I’m not trying to be crass about money, but I was writing so much and putting out so much just to friends that I realized I would do this regardless, no matter what, so why not spread it further?

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Stephen King, Cliver Barker, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, L. Frank Baum, and K.A. Applegate.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Not in any of the ones in Shifted Perspective, but I have definitely written unpublished works where certain characters are saying my thoughts unfiltered and with extra snark.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
I wrote a story with were-Cocker Spaniels! Do I win that contest yet?

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
When I was so miserable in graduate school, my best friend told me that I’d been on the same hamster wheel for five years, and, if I really wanted out, I’d get out, but there wasn’t any point in moping if it was going to just be me doing the same things and never learning or changing. I took her advice, quit school, and changed careers to both writing by night (so to speak) and training as an interpreter by day. Never been happier.

Shifted Perspective
Caleb Byrne is a bright high school senior who has enough to deal with between college choices, taking care of his single dad, and dealing with his headstrong girlfriend Joanna and an eccentric set of cousins in California. He was managing to get by until the day he woke up a Cocker Spaniel. Even if it only happens monthly and is more embarrassing than painful, the so-called ability is something that he’s anxious to be rid of. 
He didn’t realize his transformations would drag him into a hidden society of canine and lupine shape shifters as well as a family legacy he hates. To make matters worse, after moving to Los Angeles to learn more about his heritage from his Aunt Moira and his cousin Kalista, Caleb now struggles through life-and-death matters. He keeps angering the werewolves in charge of the shifter world, especially Kalista’s boyfriend Peter, the Southern California alpha’s son, who also happens to be grade-A sociopath. Worse, Caleb’s floundering to keep his secret from Joanna. 
While his family offers him some support, they may not be enough as Caleb realizes that the rules in shifter society—number one is supposed to be don’t kill humans—are not so ironclad. Some werewolf out there is leaving a blood-soaked trail across the Midwest and it might just be with the alpha’s blessing.

Giveaway Details
1 ebook of Shifted Perspective
Open Internationally
Ends 10/15/12

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