Author Interview: Brandi Elise Szeker

Today I am interviewing Brandi Elise Szeker, author of the new novel, The Pawn and The Puppet, first book in The Pawn and The Puppet series!

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DJ: Hey Brandi! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! 
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Brand Elise Szeker: Thanks for having me, DJ. I’m 27, for the last five years I’ve worked as a social media marketing specialist, but have been writing The Pawn and The Puppet for the last ten years (on and off, of course.) And I have four rescue dogs that are my babies, Louis, Stella, Cali, and Nova. 

DJ: What is The Pawn and The Puppet about?

Brandi: The Pawn and The Puppet is a New Adult Dystopian Romance set in a problematic, tortuous asylum. We follow our main character, Skylenna, as she tries to change the ways of the asylum treatments (simulated drownings, chair binding, electroconvulsive therapy.) and tries to understand the patients and their traumatic pasts. But she’s given the ultimate challenge, the thirteenth room. The most dangerous patient in the asylum, with a split personality, genius mind, and a master manipulator. 

During her time getting to know him, she learns of the mystery of his sinister past, and realizes he might know more about her than she does. 

This book has extensive trigger warnings. Please take them seriously as they are not suitable for anyone under the age of eighteen. 

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Pawn and The Puppet and the series? 

Brandi: The show Criminal Minds played a big part in the complexity of each case. I did thorough research for asylum cases that would match the extremity of the asylum, but I was originally drawn to the idea by the cases in Criminal Minds. 

I also loved the dystopian world of The Hunger Games and Divergent, hence, why I pictured Theo James when I wrote Patient Thirteen. LOL

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