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VBTC Interview with M.C.V. Egan - The Bridge of Deaths




We are pleased to welcome M.C.V. Egan to chat today. She is the author of The Bridge of Deaths, a historical, paranormal, mystery and romance. Welcome to Writing Innovations.

WI- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Communicating to others has always been an inherent part of who I am. I always had the feeling that I was a writer. I always saw myself as a writer. I just did not know what type of writer I would become. I tried journalism for one semester in college and really disliked it. I knew I was not absolutely seduced by fiction, which in retrospect is funny as The Bridge of Deaths has both elements in a very strong fashion. I always kept journals wrote letters, wrote stories.
I can honestly say it is second nature to me and goes hand in hand with my first nature being very talkative.

WI- What inspired you to pen this particular novel/book?

The Bridge of Deaths is based on the true events surrounding a 1939 passenger plane crash in which my grandfather, my Mom’s dad lost his life. This was 20 years before I was born and I was always attracted to any story about my maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo. He was a Bio-Chemical engineer, who worked for the international Oil industry. He had a multi-lingual, multi-cultural background. I always wondered how a man who had such strong attachments to both The United States and Germany could have felt about the inevitability of WWII. Which by all historical accounts was, by 1938 considered a case of when not a case of if there would be a war involving Hitler and Germany, and the United States.
Of course the letter sent to my family two weeks after the crash warranted exciting anyone’s curiosity. The letter was sent from London on August 30th 1939, from the CEO of the International Petroleum Conglomerate, an American with a most impressive military background, W. N. Grubb stating;
“…you will be interested in knowing that up to the present time we do not have any authentic information as to what caused the tragic accident. I am very much afraid that it is one of those mysteries which will not be solved, although, of course, investigations will be carried out.” (The full letter is on pages 82 and 83 in the book).

WI- What roadblocks did you come across while writing this story?

There were many road-blocks, and I believe you will find them rather unique. I needed access to many archives in both the UK and Denmark and many of the files I needed were either destroyed, inexplicably unavailable or sealed. The files that were available were guarded by individuals who were a bit leery as one of them put it “Can of worms you are about to open with that story” (page xii in the introduction of The Bridge of Deaths).
That roadblock however was also the gateway to amazing experiences in very interesting archive including a visit to a special reading room to use the Parliamentary Archives in the House of Parliament. It is such an interesting experience to go in through the back door and up a narrow long stairway to this special room where only eight people are allowed in at any given time. Today I can access much of what I worked with through the internet, but I am glad I had to personally go there and feel the rush of ‘touching’ history as it were. I have many stories about the various archives I visited.
Another major road-block was the attitude of family members of the people involved and their fear of what might be found. I was rattling skeletons in everyone’s closets and people do tend to get touchy and worry about shattering the images they form of their dearly departed.
Then there was the individual who had the actual past –life regressions that the character Bill experiences (with few creative liberties which are footnoted). He was so into the story and as the years passed he became as so many have in the world a more conservative individual and requested anonymity, and I of course had to honor that request, but it threw me for a loop and it was back to the drawing board from square one.

WI- What do you do if a story just doesn’t seem to flow the way you were hoping it would?

I sort of covered that in the previous question, re-write, adapt and start again! No not always, sometimes you need to feel the flow of the story, play with it a little bit, get to know aspects of your characters that won’t be included in the story but that make them real to you and easier to convey to the reader. I did have to re-write twice where the proofreaders got stuck or lost, so the first thing is good editing, do not think that as a writer of something long you can fly solo.
But I do believe to some extent you need to be prepared to go where the story leads you, I am finding a lot of that in my current endeavor.

WI- What has been the hardest thing about marketing this story?

Marketing is such a different world with any product isn’t it? And at the end of the day a book is a product that you need to detach from and put out there. In today’s world of on-line marketing I think it is very hard to tell who is real, what works and what the actual results you are getting are.
In regular markets as a self-published author it is even harder as all the huge bookstores are not likely to take a chance on you and the small ones are few and far between with certain niche specialties.
Now that I think about it, what isn’t hard about marketing your book today?
WI- What is one thing you wished you knew before, that you now know about marketing?
I wish I had gotten more involved with social media before I needed it for marketing purposes. I was not even on facebook before the release of The Bridge of Deaths so I needed to learn how to use the sites as well as how to best use them to market the book.

WI- What is one piece of advice that you received to help your writing that you still carry with you today?

Do not give up. Sometimes you will like what you produce, sometimes you won’t, but there is always tomorrow and you can only get there if you write.

WI- Tell us what a day in your writing life is like, do you have any writing quirks?

Quirks are surely a luxury that the mother of a teen ager cannot afford. I have my son home on a Virtual School program this year and I cannot wait till the fall when he goes back to regular school and I can perhaps get the luxury of planning an uninterrupted day.
If I need to I wait until my three guys are asleep; Husband, Son and dog and in the still and quiet of the night I write. It is I must say a wonderful feeling, so maybe my quirk is writing at night? Sometimes.

WI- Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

Absolutely everywhere, I have tremendous hopes for the future. I hope to write many books, short stories and maybe a play or two. I hope to have much success and I love going to psychics that always predict as much!

WI- Are you currently working on any new projects?

Yes I am. My primary project is a short novel I am working on with a co-author, Jolie DeMarco who also happens to be a clairvoyant and she channels information. Our book 4covert2overt is far more paranormal than historical and an easy, fun, quick read. We hope to be finished in a few months.

Do you have any upcoming events or special news you would like to share with our readers?

From the end of February until the 21st of April I am on a Virtual Book tour and there are several giveaways, I am a guest at Simple Clockwork every month with writing tips and my virtual tour also includes a radio interview on April 3rd I believe.
WI- Where can readers find you?

WI- Where can your book be purchased?
AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, AUTHORHOUSE BOOKSTORE and many other places on-line.

We want to thank-you for taking the time to chat with us today and offering your writing and marketing experiences. We wish you much success in the future.

Thank you!

The Writing Innovations Team



M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Egan the author of The Bridge of Deaths. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, one of eight children. From a very young age she became obsessed with the story of her maternal Grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo, mostly the story of how he died. She only spent her childhood in Mexico. Her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C.

From the early 1970s at the age of 12 she moved with her entire family to the United States. She was already fluent in Southern English as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award; ironically being the only one who had English as a second language in her class. In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill HS in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking ( The Swedish kind, not the football player kind) Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She returned to the USA where she has been living ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.

Mrs. Egan has worked for various companies and holds an Insurance license for the State of Florida. Not her favorite field but involves very nice folks and makes money!

Maria Catalina Egan is married and has one son, who together with their five pound Chihuahua makes her feel like a fulltime mother. Although she would not call herself an Astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in Astrology. This is one of her many past times when she is not writing or researching.

She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd 2011 and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift; she never submitted it to anyone prior to this decision and has enjoyed the very positive feedback.




 On August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. Here is a conceivable version of the events.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical
sources to solve "One of those mysteries that never get solved" is based on true events and real people, it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources in Denmark, England and the United States, it finds a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. The journey takes the reader to well-known and little known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime by exploring past lives.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world
of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical
sources to solve "One of those mysteries that never get solved" is based on true events and
real people, it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources in Denmark, England and
the United States, it finds a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data
and forming their own conclusions. The journey takes the reader to well-known and little
known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey
also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime by exploring past lives.


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3 Responses to "VBTC Interview with M.C.V. Egan - The Bridge of Deaths"

BK Walker said...

Thanks for chatting with me today :). 

Jennifer Bonges said...

I enjoyed the interview and your book sounds so very good..can't wait to read!! :)

Margaret West said...

Really great post and I love the sound of the book