Interview with Author Jeremy Breitenbach
There are many authors out there. Some have been published, some have not. Here at Our Write Side, an author is anyone who has put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard and created something shared with the rest of the world, whether it be in an anthology, or a book, or even their own personal website. Many times, like today’s author, they inspire us because of who they are, obstacles they face in order to write, and sometimes, just because they are great people. We offer them a spotlight with our author interview.
Today, Our Write Side introduces you, our dear readers, to an author that inspires us.
Latest Release: The Gateway
Genre: Sci-fi, childrens
Jeremy Breitenbach, advocate, now author, is a resident of Cincinnati OH, where he was also born and raised. He has overcome several struggles including a premature birth from which he was not expected to survive, to being legally blind and living with Cerebral Palsy.
His first book, The Gateway, introduces readers to Chicago, IL in 2059, and Dr. Richard Caulman, a physicist who aims to revolutionize transportation. Instead, his creation leads to an alien invasion which puts the entire world in danger. See how the story unfolds as Author Jeremy Breitenbach gives you, The Gateway.
- How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was fifteen. I am legally blind with cerebral palsy. I use Braille. I started out with writing original stories based off of The Legend of Zelda and original stories based off a ’90’s cartoon I love called Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, but in the years since, I stopped writing the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog stories. I still continued to write The Legend of Zelda stories. I eventually created an original series based on The Legend of Zelda consisting of 3 books so far.
I also began writing my own original stories based on the anime Dragon Ball Z (which I’m a HUGE fan of); so far writing 3 original Dragon Ball Z stories. In 2009, I started writing my first real book; a horror/sci-fi book for adults entitled “The Gateway” finishing it in 2011. While writing that, I began writing children’s books. I completed three: The Abduction of Benjamin Williams, My Dog George, and Tim’s Story. I’m still working on a 4th: Lost in Wisconsin. A friend named Matthew McElwain helped me in coming up with the plot for Lost in Wisconsin so I dedicated it to him and acknowledged him for helping in its creation.
I also wrote a how-to book entitled How To Read and Write Braille. In 2014, I came across Author Ronnie C. Dawson, CEO and founder of Broken Bars Publishing and told him about myself and all 6 of my books. I e-mailed him The Gateway, and published it through them.
Here’s what all 6 of my books are about:
- How To Read and Write Braille: details how to read and write Braille
- The Gateway: a physicist opens a gateway on a planet within another dimension which leads to an alien invasion; violence and strong language.
- The Abduction of Benjamin Williams: a family gets betrayed by a neighbor they thought they could trust.
- My Dog George: a boy’s dog runs away
- Tim’s Story: A boy becomes an orphan after his parents are killed in a tragic car crash. (This story is inspired by Steven Curtis Chapman’s songs “When Love Takes You In” and “All I Really Want”.
- Lost in Wisconsin: a boy gets separated from his parents while they are going on vacation and due to his dyslexia boards the wrong plane.
Here’s what the books in my original The Legend of Zelda series are about:
- The Hyrulean Civil War: The Saga of King Link, Book 1-a civil war breaks out in Hyrule
- The Rezlorian Empire: The Saga of King Link, Book 2– an emperor wants to conquer Hyrule
- The Great Moblin Invasion: The Saga of King Link, Book 3– the King of the Moblins plans to invade the Upper World.
Here’s what my Dragon Ball Z original stories are about:
- The Return of King Piccolo–King Piccolo returns to Earth to seek revenge on Goku
- Turles’ Revenge–Several years after his defeat, Turles escapes from Hell in another attempt at taking over the Earth
- The Return of Garlic Jr–The shattering of dimensions caused by Janemba destroys the barrier which separates the Dead Zone from Earth’s dimension once again releasing Garlic Jr.
Excerpts from The Legend of Zelda original series and my original Dragon Ball Z stories can only be found under the “Notes” tab of my personal timeline.
- What kind(s) of writing do you do?
I enjoy writing horror and children’s books.
- Why did you choose that particular field or genre?
I started with horror because I’m a huge Stephen King fan. And I wrote children’s initially to write a book for my Godson. But I enjoyed writing that one book I ended up writing 3 more; finishing two.
- What inspires you?
Stephen King’s books and writing. I’ve always admired his writing and storytelling skills.
- Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing, etc. come from?
The first time I read a book by Stephen King.
- How do you find or make time to write?
I write whenever the mood strikes me or when I get good ideas for the book(s) or stories I’m writing.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
I write by intuition. Whenever I have a burst of good ideas for a book or story I write until the ideas stop flowing.
- How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
When it comes to my wanting to be an author, it’s because of encouragement and support from my friends and family during my attempts to get any of my 6 books published.
- What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a 4th children’s book entitled Lost in Wisconsin.
- What process did you go through to get your work published?
I came across the publisher I’m using, Broken Bars Publishing by being put into contact with BBP’s CEO and founder, Ronnie C. Dawson by way of someone on Facebook. I’m currently in the publishing process with the very first book I wrote, a book for adults entitled “The Gateway” which is currently being edited.
- What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Dealing with writer’s block when it occurs.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? Share your favorite work.
That it is fun for me to create stories and books that I enjoy myself and in turn hope others feel the same about them when they read them.
Excerpt from Tim’s Story (this book will not be published until long after “The Gateway”): It is early June of 2010 and Timothy Anderson who had just turned ten in April was very excited because his mom, Mary and dad, Ted were going to be taking him to his very first CMA Music Fest in Nashville, Tennessee since Tim is a big fan of country music. He said, “Thanks a lot Dad for taking me to CMA Music Fest!”
“You’re welcome. The money it costs is well worth it to make you happy, and besides your mother and I are huge fans of country music too. Isn’t that right, Mary?”
Ted Anderson is 31-years-old. He has a somewhat deep voice, brown eyes, a medium build, and brown hair.
Mary Anderson is also 31-years-old. She is a skinny woman with a high soothing voice, brown eyes, and red hair.
Timothy Anderson is a skinny boy with brown eyes and red hair.
They arrived in Nashville on the beginning day of CMA Music Fest. Throughout the entire week, the Anderson family enjoyed the live music and meet and greets with all of their favorite stars. When everything was all said and done Timothy Anderson got to meet all of his favorite artists and groups. Once the week-long party was over, the Anderson family began their return trip to Cincinnati, Ohio.
On the drive home, Tim was still excited over meeting all of his favorite country artists. “Mom I think I’d like to be a singer someday.”
“I know, and I think you’d be good at it because I’ve heard you sing to some of your favorite songs before.”
“Do you think I have a good voice for my age?”
“What about you, Dad?”
“Yes, I do. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
“Gee, thanks, Dad!”
“You’re welcome Tim.”
By the time the Anderson family entered Cincinnati, Tim was asleep. There was a lot of traffic on the highway. As Mr. Anderson tried to change lanes, a car that was in the lane that they were changing to collided with their car at a high rate of speed. With how fast the car was going, there was no possible way Mr. Anderson could have gotten out of the way in time. After the collision, the entire Anderson family along with the driver of the other car were all taken to the hospital. The crash was so bad that none of the doctors expected any of them to survive.
- What is the biggest thing people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t true?
That some horror/sci-fi books are to follow. Honestly, I wasn’t able to come up with a better answer than the one I gave, and I dwelled on this question for quite some time; nothing better came to mind.
- What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that they should?
That it is intriguing and suspenseful.
- For those interested in exploring the subject/theme of your work, where should they start?
In the case of the first book I’m publishing, The Gateway, I’d say any book(s) by Stephen King that have sci-fi elements.
- What are some ways in which you promote your writing? Do you find that these add or detract from your writing time?
I do all my promoting on Facebook. No, because I do all my promoting when I take a break from writing.
- Who are some of your favorite authors? What impact have they had on your writing?
My favorite author is Stephen King. A big impact. He’s why I aspired to be an author. I’ve always enjoyed his work.
- What makes your writing stand out from the crowd?
To be honest, I am not really sure what a good answer to this is, because I honestly can’t think of something that sets it apart aside from the fact that I initially write my stories and book(s) in Braille on a BrailleNote (you can learn about them by looking them up on Google or Wikipedia), and then translating them into Microsoft Word documents so that they can be read by sighted people.
- What are you currently reading?
The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition. There are a lot of other Stephen King books I plan on reading someday.
- What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
I think reading and writing will always be a part of life for people because people will always want to be taken to places and have experiences that only a book can give.