Beeker is trying to find his way in life, no longer a kid, but not yet an adult, when his single mother decides it is time for a change. He and his little brother, Dak, leave the comfort of their home in the Plains to go and live in the Mountains with their beloved Uncle Dobo, a founder of the Militia and renowned war hero. The rapidly growing population of Anoroc leaves their species, Chigidies, scrambling for sparse resources, particularly the most valuable commodity of all– Painite. Beeker, Dak, and their generation can no longer plead ignorance to the tumult overtaking Anoroc. But, at what cost will it come?
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
I don’t have an e-reader, there’s just something about reading an actual book that I crave. Not to mention, I enjoy adding to my bookcase. I do take a book with me anywhere I think I might have more than 20 minutes of free time though.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
The good one of course!
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
I have a an old-school La-Z-Boy recliner in my bedroom (think Archie Bunker), that’s where I’ll be.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
In my office or on the road meeting clients (I’m a financial advisor), at the gym rolling Jiu-Jitsu, or hanging out with my wife and three teens.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
If I’m currently into the book I’m reading, I can pass right by.
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of my wife and kids, but besides them I’m very goal-oriented. In my adult life I’ve always needed a New Year’s Resolution, some have been running a marathon, completing an Ironman, writing a book, etc. which I’m proud to say I’ve always accomplished.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Nerves. I’m not sure if I could call it excitement or worry. I’m hoping everything is just perfect, hoping each page, line, and word, is how I envisioned it, and then that the world will find it as engaging as I do.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just write. Every day you find an excuse to put if off tomorrow is another day you missed out on becoming a better writer and author. And it may not always feel like it, but every day you spend writing, no matter how productive or unproductive, you’re getting a little bit better.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
That’s a tough one. I’ll narrow it down to the literary world as I could name countless heroes of history that inspire me, but I’d have to go with David McCullough. Not only is he a great storyteller, but he’s studied or interviewed many of the heroes of history I just mentioned.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
Pre-COVID, I loved going to the Ocean Township Library. It’s a beautiful library in my hometown built a few years ago. They have a quiet section aside from the main library with a fireplace and couches and tables looking out at the park, it’s perfect for writing. Since the pandemic, I’ve built a home office that’s great for me to get away from the commotion of our household, put on my noise cancelling headphones with some classical music, and start punching the keys.
Thank you, Bryan M. Kuderna
About the author
As a child, books were my gateway to every corner of the world. The library was my time machine. Biographies allowed me to have an intimate conversation with every hero or villain who caught my attention. As George R. R. Martin so eloquently put it, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
I joined the universe of authors as a writer for the sports column in my high school newspaper, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I merged my passion for writing and financial education in 2016 with Millennial Millionaire- A Guide to Become a Millionaire by 30. Once I tired of the professional, daily grind of a non-fiction life, I sought an escape. For the first time in my adult life, I explored the make-believe. My brother bought me the Harry Potter series and said we’d go to Universal Studios after I finished it. I learned more and more from fiction, as I allowed myself to relax and see beyond the evening headlines.
The quarantine of 2020 offered an ideal opportunity for me to pick up my pen and paper and create a mythical planet in need of healing, Anoroc. I created characters, Beeker, Dak, and their friends who come of age with the energy of youth and willingness to do what’s right when the time calls for it.
I look forward to writing the rest of my life. I hope that someday you will too!