BHS grad Brett Battles to address Ridge Writers

BHS grad Brett Battles  to address Ridge WritersBrett Battles, a graduate of Burroughs High School, will return to his home town to give the Ridge Writers program “Writing Independently Full-time” on Thursday, Feb. 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores Ave.

An acclaimed thriller writer, he will discuss “craft, writing habits and life as a full-time, mostly independent writer.”

His debut novel, “The Cleaner” (The Jonathan Quinn Thrillers #1), was nominated for the 2008 Barry Award for Best Thriller and the 2008 Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His second novel, “The Deceived,” won the 2009 Barry Award for Best Thriller. Battles received an additional Barry Award nomination for the fourth in his Quinn series, “The Silenced.”

He cites Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Alistair MacLean, Robert Ludlum, Stephen King, Graham Greene, Haruki Murakami and Tim Hallinan as his influences.

Born and raised in Southern California, he recalls that his parents instilled the love of books in him early on. Many days his mom would kick him out of the house in the afternoon just so he would get a little sunshine. “I’m not sure exactly when the idea came to me that I wanted to be a writer,” noted Battles, “but I do remember that as early as fifth grade I would tell people that’s what I was going to do.

“I guess the inspiration to be a writer came from my love of reading. I can thank my parents for that. They are both huge readers. I can remember that every night after my dad came home from work, he would read for an hour or so while the chaos of our household unfolded around him.”

Though Battles still makes California his home, he has traveled extensively to such destinations as Ho Chi Minh City, Berlin, Bangkok, Angkor Wat, Singapore, Jakarta, London, Paris and Rome, all of which play parts in his current and upcoming novels.

A book signing will follow his talk. The public is welcome, and admission is free. To learn more about Battles, see brettbattles. com. For information on Ridge Writers, see cwc-ridgewriters.com and facebook.com/RidgeWriters.

Story First Published: 2017-01-27