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An Interview with Author Bryan R. Dennis

July 5, 2011

This post is part of a Blog Tour supporting Indie Authors and their self-published books. I hope you enjoy getting a little bit of insight into the writer’s mind & craft. If you like what you read, please consider supporting the author by checking out their work (links below).

Pitch us your book!

A self-deluded corporate loser encounters an eccentric woman from the desert who shows him another way of looking at life and at himself.

What compelled you to write this particular story?

I encountered a coyote on the way to work one morning. It stood on a hill in one of the last vacant lots of desert near central Las Vegas. From an aerial perspective, imagine a postage stamp of brown surrounded by an endless sea of clay-tile rooftops. That little square of brown was its home. Nearly every morning I used to see it there, chasing hares, transporting pups, sniffing around for grub. This time it was just standing still, watching the sun rise over the Strip. I never saw it again after that. The lot now lies beneath a subdivision of cheap, cookie-cutter tract homes, and the only wildlife left in that part of town are pigeons, cockroaches, and rats.

Did you stumble upon any interesting facts or trivia or insights while writing and/or researching your book? How did you incorporate this into your work?

I didn’t have to research much as I’ve lived in Las Vegas for over thirteen years, and four of those years were spent shuttling tourists around in a bus and limousine. While chatting with passengers I used to impart plenty of trivia and Vegas-related facts. Sometimes I got uncomfortable looks. Did you know that the Luxor is one of the most common places people commit suicide?

Pitch us your next book and/or project!

My next book, Saw a Rainbow, is a metaphysical thriller about an ancient general who wakes up as a homeless drunk, with partial amnesia, in modern Las Vegas. I love movies that mess with your mind: Inception, The Matrix, The Truman Show, Memento, Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you like those movies, you should enjoy my next book.

What are a few of your favourite things (books/movies/comics/hobbies, etc?)

I’ve mentioned some movies. I love books that make me see things differently — stories that whisk me away to strange mental landscapes. Books by authors like Haruki Murakami, Masanobu Fukouka, Douglas Adams, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Carver, Anne Rice. I love prose that is economical yet colorful. I like coffee and wide open spaces.

Favourite cookie?

Rosettes. Though I’ve never had a cookie someone made for me that I didn’t like.

Where can we find more of you (website/blog/twitter/goodreads, etc.)?

Indie Snippets — where I help promote indie authors.
Bryan Dennis – Blog

Check out Bryan’s novel, An Epitaph for Coyote, here:


I have not had the opportunity (aka time) to read Bryan’s book, but his sample pages are awaiting me on my iPAD. Bryan’s novel, A Epitaph for a Coyote, has some great reviews including this one:

“This is an intelligent and at times very funny novel as unpredictable as life, and as memorable. The “message” is so cleverly presented as well-written and engaging fiction that one may find oneself rereading the last few chapters, again and again.” — Publisher’s Weekly

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  1. July 5, 2011 3:03 PM

    Thanks for the interview.

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