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The Perfect Brother - Chris Patchell (With A Word From The Author)

Please help me to welcome Chris Patchell to the blog today!
She has a new book out and it looks so intense!

Let's learn more about the author and the book...

Chris Patchell is an award-winning USA Today Bestselling Author who started writing to curb the homicidal tendencies she experienced during her daily Seattle commute. She writes gripping suspense thrillers with romantic elements set in the Pacific Northwest and believes good fiction combines a magical mix of complex characters, compelling plots, and well-crafted stories.

Over the years, she has written numerous popular books and series, including bestsellers Deadly Lies, In the Dark, and her most recent collection of small-town crime novellas, the Lacey James Series. Along the way, her writing has won several awards, including a 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Award, an IndieReader Discovery Award, and a Pacific Northwest Literary Award.

When she’s not writing, you can find Chris reading books, hanging out with her family, watching football, and struggling to keep up with her workout regime, all while shushing her incessantly yapping Yorkies. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two kids.



The Zen of Traffic

Years ago, when I first started writing, I lived in Seattle where I spent 2 – 3 hours every day commuting two and from my job. I know what you’re thinking—ugh, spending that long in the car every day seems torturous, and there are days when it was. In the winter months, when it was dark, the rain teeming down, staring into a river of red taillights as far as the eye can see. And don’t even get me started on what it was like to drive on the viaduct, which even the DOT admitted should have been replaced decades before it actually was.

The traffic was so bad, I used it as an obstacle in my second book. My editor said that she and her team were laughing at how many times the characters complained about the horrendous traffic. As part of the Amazon tribe, my editor and her team also lived in the Seattle area and no doubt each of them had their own stories to tell about their daily commutes.

Okay, yeah, it was bad, but it did have an unexpected upside. The commute gave me time to listen to countless audiobooks and podcasts. And it did something else too, something very important. Driving provided the perfect opportunity for my subconscious to work its magic. While I navigated through the endless stream of traffic on my way home for the night, my subconscious had time to churn. Whatever problem I was working on, whether it was a work-related situation or a question about my current story, my mind would quietly operate on a lower-level, thinking things through more deeply until suddenly, an idea or a solution sprang to mind that seemed like a lightning strike out of the blue. For me, driving in traffic became a weird sort of meditative experience.

Ironically, it was also one of the main reasons why I chose to leave Seattle. As the city continued to grow, the amount of traffic became overwhelming, and the drivers grew more impatient. The commute wasn’t just a matter of crawling along at predictably low speeds until you finally reached your destination. It became more random. More dangerous. People would dart out in unexpected ways, causing accidents as they ran out of patience. I understood. Sitting in traffic was frustrating, but I started worrying about safety—actually making it home in one piece at the end of the day, and when someone in Tukwila started shooting at the cars driving by… Well.

So we moved, and I started working from my home office, which seemed like a dream after all the time I’d spent in my car. What used to take me hours, now took a matter of minutes. The commute consisted of walking down the stairs, into the kitchen for coffee, then into my office for the day. But eventually I realized there was something missing. Driving played a vital role in my creative life. Now that I wasn’t spending hours alone in my car, letting my subconscious grind, I felt a gap in my creative life. That never-ending well of story ideas and flashes of insight seemed to dry up over time, and I found myself pushing my conscious mind into solving story problems driven by my aggressive deadlines, instead of listening to my gut.

Once I realized what the problem was, I started working on ways to solve it. (That’s what us Type A people do, right?) I would let my mind wander on a drive to the coast, and suddenly the ideas began to flow. Snippets of character dialogue would come to me. Solutions for story problems arose.

But because I work at home, and write, and have a family and, and, and… Long solitary drives along twisty backroads wasn’t exactly a scalable solution. So now what?

I started to meditate.

The first time I sat on my office floor to do it ended in abject failure. I flattened my back against the wall and crossed my legs. No sooner had my eyes drifted closed when I felt a fuzzy muzzle fill my palm. I looked down at my Yorkie, tail wagging, who thought for sure that the only reason I was down there was to play with him. His sister looked equally excited by the prospect. I shooed the herd out of the office (yep, there are two of them), and then they started to whine and scratch at the door, as if convinced that I was playing with their toys without them.

Yeah, that wasn’t going to work. So I went upstairs. And just as I began to clear my mind, the neighbor’s landscaper showed up with his leaf blower set to overdrive. I gritted my teeth and went onto Amazon. Salvation arrived a day later in the form of noise-canceling headphones.

It’s in the silence that I get my best work done, those blissful moments when the clutter in my mind falls away allowing room for the other thoughts (the ones that aren’t related to shopping lists and kid-related pick-up times). It’s then that my characters finally begin to speak and that action scene that has been plaguing me for weeks now, finally comes into focus. The ideas flow from my mind and through my fingers and the happy hours disappear.

While I never imagined myself to be the type of person who meditates, it’s been instrumental in helping me rediscover my inner muse. So if you find yourself struggling with a problem—a work situation you can’t seem to figure out, or a creative problem you’ve been struggling with, find a way to let your subconscious work. Find your inner Zen. Whether it’s taking a walk in the woods, playing a mindless game on your phone, or taking a long drive. Whatever it is that sends you into that meditative state, make it part of your regular practice.

You’ll be surprised at how much more productive you become.

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I hope you all love The Perfect Brother.

Thank you for visiting! 

Genre: Suspense
Published by: Indie Pub
Publication Date: September 27th 2022
Number of Pages: 421
ISBN: 978-1-7335452-4-2
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

A scandalous liaison. A killer on the loose. Can a young woman save her sibling from going down for murder?
Vancouver, Canada. Software engineer Indira Saraf refuses to march to her traditionalist parents’ old-world drum. Resentful of her brother’s golden-boy acceptance but still a devoted sister, she encourages him to confess his secret affair before he ends up married to a woman he doesn’t want. So she’s horrified when his student and lover is slain and he’s arrested for the gruesome crime.

Repurposing her own AI technology to prove his innocence, the unorthodox rebel scours the dead college girl's life for clues. But when Indira discovers another missing co-ed and the suspects pile up, she learns the hard way that her digging has drawn deadly attention…

Can she hunt down the culprit before she takes a fatal fall?

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