5/20/2015 9:23:00 AM
In which we interview Michael Gill-Branion, author of Integrated Synthesis
Integrated Synthesis, by Michael Gill-Branion
Genre: Science Fiction | Mystery | Thriller
Description: A Lesbian Themed Science Fiction Thriller
Your writing process
I wake up and write down my dreams in as much details as possible. After I’ve compiled around 100 dreams I search for a theme/plot that can logically link all of them together.
For every book I write I also write the screenplay for the same story. I believe this technique helps flush out the story.
When everyone is sleeping, I am writing.
I want to be the greatest "LISTENER" in the Multiverse (did you think there’s only one?) and heal as many people, animals, or things as I can anyway I can.
How you define success as an author
Success for me is when a child dresses up like one of the female superheroes (or Protagonist) I’ve written and wants to be them on the movie screen.
"At first, I didn't want to accept reality. But, here I am standing inside a dank brick detention cell. An infamous interrogation room; the proverbial camera placed in the upper right hand corner with its green light flashing. There’s one small metal rectangular table accompanied by three uncomfortable metal chairs. A large rectangular mirror interrupts the pale paint on one wall. It’s closer to the backside of two chairs. Behind the mirror a room full of eyes watches me. In the past, such predicaments make me want to laugh, but this time no humor emerges. It’s different when you’re the one in the room knowing there are five more cameras you don’t see."- Michael Gill-Branion, Integrated Synthesis
Why do you write?
In the beginning my reasons were a selfish love of writing. Now, I write because I see the strong need to represent African-American Science Fiction writers of our time. We are an overlooked niche and when those of the future look back I want them to know we were here and they will read how GREAT we as writers impacted literature!
What was your inspiration for writing this book?
There is a very strong need for a strong biracial lesbian female superhero in literature and comic books. Hopefully, Kayla Kree fills this void. She doesn’t cry, she doesn’t take anyone’s bullshit, she doesn’t trip and fall in the woods, she doesn’t run away, she doesn’t look for a male to save her or need a male to save her!
What authors have influenced you?
Sheree Renee Thomas, Walter Mosley, Gwendolyn Brooks (who gave me incredible guidance at Illinois State University years ago), Anais Nin, Anchee Min (Who autographed her book for me at San Diego City College years ago), J.R.R. Tolkien, Gene Roddenberry, Alice Walker, and the indomitable Maya Angelou (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings).
Does your book fit into any existing fandoms?
I believe that is for readers to decide.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Think and write outside the box. Commercialism is fickle and undependable; who knows when your stories will catch the wave of success?
What did you learn while writing this book, and how will you use those discoveries to help you write your next book?
I believe researching the Lesbian lifestyle was the hardest part of writing this book. I read, Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Narratives by Marilyn R. Farwell to get a grasp. I watch online dramas like Starting From Now and Kiss Her, I’m Famous to boost my imagination. It’s important to represent women in the right perspective. I worked hard to describe women’s bodies in good taste and with good judgement. In the future, all of my protagonists will be women.
"I wake up in a pool of water. The bed is soaked in the middle as water leaks onto the floor from the sides. My messy hair is drenched along with my clothes. The strong scent of chlorine looms in the air. I find something in my mouth. I spit it out. It’s my dental fillings from my teeth."- Michael Gill-Branion, Integrated Synthesis
What was your favourite scene to write?
The scene at the end of Chapter 1 inside the house. If a reader is able to put the book down after that, then the book should be left unread.
What was the hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene to write was in the White House with the President at the end of the book. It took several months for me to get that part right. And, I still feel nervous about it…
How did you come to be a writer? Is it something you’ve wanted to be all your life?
Everyone knows writer’s write, right?
What is the most important thing a book should have or do? And what do you want readers to take away from reading yours?
All stories have a message and should have one. Hopefully, readers come away with two messages after reading my book. First, lesbian women aren’t weak and are an important integral part of society. Second, EARTH’s water crisis is real and must be addressed.
Why did you choose to upload with Readership?
I published an article relating to this on LinkedIn.
For some reason readers and enthusiasts from the United Kingdom and China take more notice of my writings than any American organization, publisher, or researcher. I am perplexed as to why. I received an invitation to become a member of the Pineapple Express after writing The Forgotten Prince by Film Director Gina Wong.
I was also contacted about playing roles in the film should it ever be developed by British Actress Brigitte Millar (Harry Potter).
It is my experience that the United Kingdom and China are more open to writers than the rest of the world. However, I also believe the UK and China welcome African-American Science Fiction and Fantasy stories/screenplays.
As a writer, what do you want from a writing and reading-based community like Readership?
You’ve already provided it! A level playing field with plenty of opportunity for any writer to push (raise funds) for their written works to get published, or any reader to take note and donate to a writer’s work. There isn’t a 30-day time limit and there is more room for a book’s constituency to grow!
Everyone who donates will receive a free copy and their name in the back of the book!
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