ABOUT MY WHISPERS OF HORROR
Women search for happiness no matter where they live. They want to build a life, family, career in order to insure a wholesome future. But in much of the world the patriarchal cultures women are born into simply nip at a woman’s potential and brutally guards the slave-like position that women occupy.
Women struggle as they are bought and sold as property. Their inheritance of an unequal and corrupt system that works against them. All while being enforced by domestic violence which women must deal with alone.
These issues, and so much more, are addressed by the voices of real women in ex-USSR nations. We included anonymous letters that will touch and terrify you on a personal level, while learning what women still have to deal with today.
1.What inspired you to write your first book?
My inspiration would be my wife, Olga Brine. If it wasn't for her or the stories that she had told me about in concern with Ukraine, then I may not have received the motivation to work on it with her. Of course we both credit our mothers for demonstrating to us about strong woman of integrity.
2.What books have influenced your life the most?
Where do I start? On the fantasy front it would the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, which is typical of many of course. But on the more philosophical side of things I was greatly influenced by George Orwell and his books 1984 and Animal Farm. They're important reads even to this day, of which I would recommend to anyone. 1984 especially is a warning of what we could experience if we do not stand against oppressive regimes, or at the very least make sure that our own governments continue to fear the people rather than the other way around.
3.What are your current projects?
We have numerous projects. Some we cannot speak about at this time, but two have already been publicly mentioned. We are starting a series of books that is a collection of outside authors short stories and poetry. We hope to expand this in the future to multiple series depending on what we have submitted to us.
Not only this, but we are also working on an extremely important photo centric book about the events happening in Ukraine. We have already received numerous letters and photographs from people on the ground.
4.If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Of course we had made mistakes during the process, like anyone in the beginning stages. But would I change what I had done? No. It is a learning process, and if we only ever did what worked then we wouldn't know what didn't. Mistakes are important for the process.
5.What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
We've been mostly receiving praise in our reviews thus far. But we have been told that some people expected a fictional horror book, only to be surprised by the contents of it. Even so they often appeared to enjoy their read.
6.What has been the best compliment?
One person said that the book changed their life. I remember going in thinking that if we had only reached one person on what is going on with women in Ukraine and Russia, then our book is a success. But we've reached more than that from what I can tell.
7.Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don't be discouraged. Don't give up. You'll make mistakes but don't fret over them, as its all part of the process. Publishing has a tremendously large learning curve, and no matter how much you learn you never will until you actually do it.
8.What is your favorite quality about yourself?
When I make my mind up to accomplish something I do it.
9.What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
Sometimes I can be a perfectionist which can delay the process, although I think that I have been getting this under control to find a happy balance.
10.Is there anything else you would like to share?
Yes. I should add that we aren't actually the authors themselves. All that we had handled was the translation, the foreword, and editing. The author credit should go to these brave anonymous women that sent us their life story. We greatly respect them for their courage.
We are mostly the publishers in this process. While sometimes we do our own writing, it is our wish to mostly focus on getting other people's work onto the market rather than our own.
We are an activist publishing company established as a partnership by a husband and wife in Ontario, Canada. The mission of this business is bring awareness for serious human rights issues around the world, while raising funds to expand our capabilities and to help fund non-profits and charities whose purpose is to better the world.
Our main purpose as a company is to find ways to better the world. We feel that if we fail in this mission then we fail as a business, so we will not give up on our goal. The release of our books and the profits that we raise are meant for this very purpose.
View their site at http://brinebooks.com