Today I welcome author Jenn Bregman to my blog. Her legal thriller, The TimeKeepers, will be released on May 4th. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
Williston, North Dakota. I bet you’ve never had that response before! We moved around a lot when I was a kid — places like North Dakota, Minnesota, Oregon and Illinois, and then finally landed in Denver when I was in junior high school. I loved the variety of moving and I loved trying to understand how each place was different, or the same. At this point, though, I consider myself to be “tri-coastal,” and equally at home in Los Angeles, New York City, and Denver.
What or who inspired you to start writing?
My Dad. He was an avid reader and great writer. He was an economist who could tell a financial “story” like no one else. He never really edited my work in the traditional sense, rather he would ask questions to force me to come up with my own answers. Questions such as: “Are you satisfied with that adverb? Does it say exactly what you want to say or can you find a better choice?” You know, exhausting questions. 🙂
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
I’m about 1/3 into the sequel and can’t wait to work on it every day. It’s the continuation of Sarah and Sam’s relationship, set in New York City, with a blood-tingling plot. It is years afterwards. They have changed and so has their relationship. Spicy.
Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I write 4-5 hours per day. Any more, and I’m just not efficient. I have my tush in the chair at 5:00 a.m. and then can work until, at least, 7:00 before the rest of the house gets up. After that, I fit in another 2-3 hour chunk depending on the demands of the day. Having that almost sacrosanct two hour period first thing in the morning, though, is critical.
Please tell us about your current release?
The TimeKeepers is a fast-paced legal thriller that plunges headlong into the depraved underbelly of big money, big law, conspiracy, and murder. Attorney Sarah Brockman is young, idealistic, and naïve. Having left Big Law in search of work that would make a difference, she finds herself barely scraping by running her own personal injury firm working for clients who can’t pay and pursuing causes she can’t win. Then a random horrific car crash shatters everything and she’s staring into the darkest shadows of Big Law greed and murder. Facing off against a cunning and deranged adversary, Sarah must navigate a kaleidoscopic landscape of characters including a sharp-witted socialite, a felon and occasional crackhead, and a shameless Mexican raconteur — all while kindling a tender romance with her boyishly handsome new love, Sam, who’s been following the same trail . . . but from the other end, and the wrong side of the law. As invisible strings pull her ever closer to the core of the conspiracy, she wonders if the strings are being pulled for good or for bad? And will she be on the side that wins?
How did you come up with the title?
Most lawyers bill their clients by the hour, usually in six minute increments. As a lawyer, you must carefully keep track of your time every day, noting what matter you are working on, for how long, and for which client. It is laborious; everyone hates it, but it is a necessary part of the practice of law. On some days, all you feel like is a “timekeeper.”
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
I love almost all of my characters, or at least parts of them, for different reasons. There is only one character in the book who I wholly detest.
What is the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?
You will know it when you read it. It was critical to understanding the story and a certain character in it, but it was almost impossible to write.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed?
I LOVE cheese. 🙂
Attorney Sarah Brockman is young, idealistic, and naïve. Having left Big Law in search of work that would make a difference, she finds herself barely scraping by running her own personal injury law firm working for clients who can’t pay and pursuing causes she can’t win. Then a random horrific car crash shatters everything. Now she’s staring into the darkest shadows of the very system she’s dedicated her life to upholding, filled with corrupt judges, dirty cops and attorneys, offshore banking, massive fraud, and twists and turns through the highways and byways of Southern California, Mexico and the Cook Islands.
Facing off against a cunning and deranged adversary, Sarah is aided by a sharp-witted socialite, a felon and occasional crackhead, and a shameless Mexican raconteur. All while kindling a tender romance with Sam, her boyishly handsome new love, who has been following the same trail but from the other end – and the wrong side of the law.
Sarah feels invisible strings pulling her ever closer to the core of the conspiracy. But if she’s just a pawn in someone else’s game, are the strings being pulled for good or for bad? Or, even, both? And will she be on the side that wins?
About the Author
Jenn Bregman is a white-collar criminal defense lawyer who has practiced in both Los Angeles and New York City, where she worked on some of the most notorious cases of our time. A veteran of Big Law and member of Mensa, she is a graduate of the University of Denver and UCLA Law School and has been published in the UCLA Law Review and Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. A marathoner who loves pugs and hiking giant mountains, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and their, oh so busy, five year old twin boys.
The TimeKeepers will be released on May 4, 2017 as a softcover book and will be available wherever books are sold (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). E-book versions will be available via Kindle and Nook.