Double BlindDouble Blind
Brandilyn Collins
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Twenty-nine-year-old Lisa Newberry can barely make it through the day. Suddenly widowed and a survivor of a near-fatal attack, she is wracked with grief and despair. Then she hears of a medical trial for a tiny brain chip that emits electrical pulses to heal severe depression. At rope's end, Lisa offers herself as a candidate.

When she receives her letter of acceptance for the trial, Lisa is at first hopeful. But-brain surgery. Can she really go through with that? What if she receives only the placebo? What if something far worse goes wrong?
     


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Brandilyn CollinsBrandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e . . ." Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Book of the Year (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.

Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.When she's not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers' conferences. She and her family divide their time between homes in the California Bay Area and northern Idaho.

Favorite verse: Psalm 138:8 The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.

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 Our Interview with Brandilyn Collins


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Which bit?

I was born in India, raised in Kentucky. (Which could have given me one strange accent, but I have managed to overcome.) I grew up in a family of writers. However, I’m the only one who writes suspense. My mother reads all my books, but she still thinks I have a warped mind. (“Where did I go wrong?” she cries.)
 
Writing suspense did come in especially handy when my daughter started dating in her teenage years. She’d bring a boy home and I’d say, “Hi, I’m Amberly’s mother. I kill people for a living.” Kept ’em straight from the start.

I am married to the most wonderful man in the world, Mark. We have two children together, now grown, plus Mark’s son.

What was your inspiration to write Double Blind?

This story was a long time in coming. I had this idea rattling around in my head for a couple years about brain implants. The novel started out being about one kind of implant, but I changed it during the writing to do something completely different. From the idea of an implant that could instantly “turn off” severe depression and PTSD rose the story of Lisa and the challenges in her life.

How much of the story comes from personal experience?

None of it. Thank goodness. I’ve never had to deal with depression. But I’ve sure prayed some friends through it. I’m well aware of their struggles.

What made you decide to delve into severe depression and the ramifications of it?

Depression is so debilitating, and so many people suffer from it. Imagine an instant cure. Imagine how many lives such technology would touch. These people could suddenly lead productive lives. We’re talking saved quality of life, saved relationships, not to mention actual saved lives. Plus millions of dollars of medical bills saved.
(Of course, Double Blind doesn’t stop there. To be a Brandilyn Collins Seatbelt Suspense®, something has to go wrong. Very wrong.)

How much research did Double Blind take?

Quite a bit. It’s a new field for me. I collected articles and watched TV specials over the course of a couple years, while I was working on other books. When it came time to write Double Blind, then I really had to delve into the world of how the brain works and what technology is currently doing in the area of the brain.

What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Double Blind?

Just how far brain technology has come. Although the Empowerment Chip in my story is fictional, it is based on cutting-edge technology that has dealt with treating depression through brain implants. And all the experiments and technology mentioned in Double Blind are actually true.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
 
Writing! Creating a story that lives up to my brand isn’t easy. And it’s not getting any easier, even now that I’m working on my 25th book. My Seatbelt Suspense® brand carries a four-point promise: fast-paced, character-based suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. I can think of plenty “what-ifs” for a story but end up throwing them out because I don’t think they’ll live up to the brand.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

The interaction with readers, both online and in person. They are wonderful people—people I may never have met if it weren’t through my books.

What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?

I’m on the Advisory Board of ACFW—American Christian Fiction Writers. I’ve been a member of that organization almost since its inception. Years ago the board met at my home to write the bylaws. It’s wonderful to see how ACFW has grown from a small group of under 100 authors to an organization now 2600+ strong, and with a real voice in the industry.

I also serve as the emcee at ACFW’s annual writers conference each year. That conference is a wonderful time of teaching for all writers of fiction, from beginners to multi-published.

What new projects are on the horizon?

Well, I’m working on the next book, of course. Suspense. And after that will be another and another. It’s a little too soon to talk about the storylines of those books quite yet.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading the Double Blind
 
Double Blind carries the message that God is always with us even when we don’t feel Him. And many times in the depths of depression and/or PTSD, people don’t. Too often we allow our feelings to dictate. (“If I don’t feel Him, He must not be there.”) Thank God He’s not as ephemeral as our emotions!

What is your greatest achievement?

It’s only partly mine, because Mark is just as involved. It’s the modeling for our children of what a strong and loving Christian marriage looks like. This is becoming more important as they are thinking of their own marriages someday.

What do you do to get away from it all?

I jog. Relax in the hot tub. Hang out with Mark. Go visit my mother and sisters as often as I can. Read.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Are we connected on Facebook? You can “Like” me at www.facebook.com/brandilyncollinsseatbeltsuspense. If you’d like to read more about my books, including their opening chapters, please visit my web site at www.brandilyncollins.com.


 

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