May 13, 2012

Made It Moment: Brian Andrews

Filed under: Made It Moments — jenny @ 9:51 pm
Contest Update: Congratulations to reader Sheila K who won a signed copy of Brian’s novel THE CALYPSO DIRECTIVE! Thank you all for entering, and here’s to many more giveaways to come!

The Calypso Directive

Some of you may know that last year after my book sold, an author I long admired got in touch with me. Carla Buckley wanted me to become part of the Debut Authors Program of International Thriller Writers. This still stands as one thrilling moment. In the months since, ITW has become a beloved part of my life. I look up to the authors there, and getting to know some of these legends is just plain trippy. And I love every single one of “my” debuts whose releases I watch as if I were running along behind a bicycle until the person rides off for the very first time. Today’s guest is one of those Debuts, and his writing quest will speak to all of us who feel it’s less about making it than writing the next book. Here’s to launching–and to every single moment that follows.

Brian Andrews

First, let me say thank you, Jenny, for the opportunity to post on your blog. Your support for authors is remarkable, and I admire your dedication to finding success in both the craft of writing (bravo on Cover of Snow!) and communicating the accomplishments of your peers.

Regarding my “made it moment”…  Smack in the middle of editing Calypso Directive for publication, my agent informed me that she was retiring. Immediately, I was in a panic. What was I going to do about my next book? (never mind the fact I had not written my second book). The sky was falling! After several deep breathes, I realized this was probably not the pressing crisis I was making it out to be. Until I had another book to sell, fretting about getting a new agent was akin to worrying about what to order for dinner when you haven’t even had breakfast. After CALYPSO was past copy-edit, my editor (who knew my agent predicament) sent a copy of the manuscript to Phyllis Westberg of Harold Ober Associates. Fast forward to the present, and I can proudly say I’m once again a “taken” author. To be represented by the same agency of legends such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, and J.D. Salinger is humbling (and quite a boost to the spirit). Now, if you’ll excuse me… I need to go work on finishing that second novel.

If you would like to receive an autographed copy of THE CALYPSO DIRECTIVE, please leave a comment. Brian will sign and mail a book to one winner chosen at random!

Some facts about the book: The Calypso Directive originally had a subplot that wove throughout the novel—an origin story for my protagonist (Will Foster) set in 1665 in Eyam, England. As I wrote, the subplot evolved into a tragic love story… with enough legs to stand on its own. At forty-six pages in length, my editor and I decided to pull the chapters from CALYPSO, and bundle them as a companion novella titled “Ring of Flowers.” Ring of Flowers is a available for free on Kindle, Nook, and iPad for anyone who wants to delve into the origin of Will Foster’s mysterious immunity mutation.

Midwest born and raised, Brian Andrews is a US Navy Veteran who served as an officer aboard a 688 class nuclear submarine in the Pacific. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology. He is a Park Leadership Fellow and holds a Masters degree from Cornell University. Brian lives in Tornado Alley with his wife and daughter.


  1. Interesting interview :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Breila @ Book Lover's Haven — May 14, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  2. I enjoyed reading your “Made it Moment,” Brian. I believe that when one door closes a better one opens. Sometimes it takes time to realize that.
    Thanks, Jenny. This is one of my favorite blogs. Keep it up.

    Comment by Kathleen Kaska — May 14, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  3. I enjoyed your Made It Moment Brian! Thank you for sharing it with us. This book sounds really good.

    Comment by Kellie — May 14, 2012 @ 10:12 am

  4. Congratulations on the book Brian and to be in such great company with your new representation!

    Comment by Johanna — May 14, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  5. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    Comment by Sheila K. — May 14, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  6. Good insight, Brian. Congrats on your book! Thanks Jenny.

    Comment by Pamela DuMond — May 14, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

  7. Congratulations on your success! I have to get going on my second novel too!

    Comment by Julianne Carlile — May 14, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

  8. Thank you for RING OF FLOWERS. I cannot wait to read it! And I agree completely with your words about Jenny.

    Comment by SavvyBlue — May 14, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  9. Interesting blog … interesting sounding book.

    Comment by shirley nienkark — May 14, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  10. Congratulations on the book, Brian! Would absolutely love to read it! And thank you, Jenny, too! :)

    Comment by Mayra Limeira — May 15, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  11. Congratulations on all of your success! What a great post!

    Comment by Sandy Wolters — May 18, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  12. Sounds like a fascinating read – congrats!

    Comment by Teralee — May 18, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

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