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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Interview with Author M.C.V. Egan

About M.C.V. Egan

M.C.V. Egan lives in South Florida with her husband and teenage son. She is fluent in four languages; English,Spanish,French and Swedish. From a young age became determined to solve the 'mystery' of her grandfather's death, she has researched this story for almost two decades. The story has taken her to Denmark, England and unconventional world of past lives and  psychics. The author would like to thank Critical Past for the use of the British Airways LTD.

M.C.V. Egan
Authorhouse June 9th, 2011


1. What inspired you to become a writer?
I have always had an absolute need to communicate. When I began to study Astrology in the 1990s I realized that this was due to my birth moon in Gemini. It is in the eighth house so there I assume will always be an element of secret, occult or mystery in my writing. I always wrote, stories, very long letters; in a journal in essence you name it I wrote. A defining moment was to see that a star pattern at the time of my birth made me a communicator.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It truly was one of those things I always knew. It was more of a question as to when I would find the discipline to be a serious writer, also a bit of a search as to what type of writer.

3. What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

It may surprise you to know that I was surprised to realize that I had written a genre cross-over. The truth is that I was very surprised when The Bridge of Deaths was described as a Paranormal, Historical, Mystery, and Romance.
Once I read that it made perfect sense as it does have all those elements, but I never gave genre much of a thought. I did feel it was such a sad dark story and it needed the light of romance.

4. Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

I was so interested in my maternal grandfather’s fate. That one may well be able to use the word obsessed. I absolutely needed to know more about him as a person and why he died. The research made me very curious about all those involved although of course the bond and family tie that I have with the grandfather I never knew is stronger than my curiosity about the other men who died with him made them all important and very real to me.

5. How long did it take you to put the story together?

Did I already use the word obsession? Well I can say with all honesty 18 years. That being said it was not a full time pursuit for 18 years, I had other very time consuming some money making endeavors. The most important one being motherhood.

6. Can you share a little about your novel with us? 

A blend of fact and fiction combining archives, past-life regressions, psychics and a Peruvian Shaman take you through events before and after the August 15th 1939 Crash of a British Airways LTD passenger plane.
The Bridge of Deaths was researched in several Archives in the UK, Denmark, the USA and Mexico. All such information is carefully documented and footnoted for those who wish to seek further or confirm. It was also researched through Psychics with the use of psychometry and recorded past life regression sessions with a person who wishes to remain anonymous.

7. Who is your favorite charter in your novel and why?

The book has two very distinct aspects in the fiction and the fact so it just seems logical to choose a favorite character for each.
Maggie of the fictional characters it is undoubtedly Maggie, I love how free spirited and curious she is. I also love that she is a pacifist and so ready to fall in love.
The non-fictional character is Anthony Crossley the British M.P. who died at the age of 36 years and two days. What that man accomplished and sought to accomplish leaves most lives pale in comparison. The passion to all his arguments in Parliament and my admiration for his passion was not fueled by an absolute agreement with what he stood for.
He was after all a sort of rogue conservative and I am a full-blown liberal. It was more in how knowledgeable, informed and ready to defend his views that I think politicians the world over would be able to learn a lot from Mr. Crossley.

8. What has surprised you the most about the whole processes of getting your book on the market?

This industry is going through an amazing change. Through e-books and self-publishing it has open amazing doors of opportunity and made “The BIG names” stand and take notice. I am surprised by so much daily I would not know where to begin. I feel that we are in the midst of a wonderful new era, in which so many more and more varied voices will be heard and I think that is exciting and wonderful for writers as well as readers.

9. Would you like to share what the reviewers are saying about your book?

I have learned so much from my reviews and for the most part my reviews have been so complementary. The commentary has been so varied; some saw it as a journey of self-discovery while others as a journey through history.  I have had reviewers that have become interested in exploring past lives, others in exploring hypnosis and others the historical aspect of pre WW II activity.
I thought that my intended messages of pacifism and how ‘messy’ history is was very loud and clear and it took many reviews before one or two reviewers tapped into that.
I love the tag line The Midwest Book Review gave me along with my 5 star rating ‘An unusual and most recommended read’.

10. How many books have you written? 

THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS is my debut novel.

11. What are you working on next?

I am working on a novel that is far more paranormal than historical, far less documented and targeting more of an entertainment seeking reader. I have a fascinating co-author Jolie DeMarco who is a clairvoyant and a healer. It is called 4covert2overt and we hope to have it out in a few months.

12. What do you like to do for fun when you’re not writing?

I enjoy so many things. I of course love to read for fun. I really enjoy cooking. I love long walks in beautiful places and South Florida is full of them. I enjoy a wide variety of arts and crafts. Amongst my many hobbies I dabble in Astrology, Numerology, play with tarot cards and Origami. All these things accompanied by a wide variety of music of course.

13. How can readers contact you?


 14. When does your book go on sale and where can we buy it 

It is on sale now in a wide variety of places on line.

Book Trailer for Bridge of Deaths

15. Last but not least is there anything that you would like to add.

I would like to thank you very much for the interview and visit to your fantastic Blog. I think your questions pretty much covered everything.

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  1. Thank you Leigh for the opportunity to be here. I look forard to all the comments on PAst LIves and I hope we get a nice lively discussion going.
    M.C.V. Egan

  2. Terrific interview! Not having read The Bridge of Deaths yet, I was also surprised by the genre cross-over. I had thought it to be an historical novel, part fact/part fiction. This must broaden the audience appeal tremendously. I will definitely endeavour to purchase and read soon.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Amelia. The Bridge of Deaths does weave different elements and is not a typical Historical novel.
      The Midwest Book Review called it "an unusual and much recommneded read" they topped that off with a lovely five stars.

  3. Very interesting interview, Catalina :) I'm not sure what to think about past lives. I sometimes get deja vu. Reincarnation...why not? Our energy goes somewhere, as all energy is neither created or destroyed, according to the first law of thermodynamics. It makes sense this isn't our first time here. I would appreciate next time around being given a bit of my memory from this time, though, so I'd make less future mistakes. :)

    1. That's great I wonder if it would be helpful or detrimental to remember...?If we are to preocupied with the past life we might forget to live this one!

  4. It's a interesting ideal when thinking of past lives... I even used it in my novel Shadows of my Past. So I think that the concept is great concept with many possibilities when it comes to a writers point of view.

    Blessed Be
    Leigh Savage