Indie Author Chat: “The Cubicle Chronicles” by Lynn Brookdale

Have you ever had a day job you just despised?

Concocted strange viruses or injuries as excuses to get out of work for a day or two?

Actually wished to be sick so you wouldn’t have to go in?

Then you know how the Sunday night blues feel, just like you understand the utter joy of a Friday night with the whole, work-free weekend stretched out before you.

(I remember my husband and I once avidly tracked the progress of a hurricane that was heading toward our coast the way most people watch championship games, but that’s another story.)

Twenty-something Bethany Bowers knows what that’s like. A recent college graduate, Bethany experiences the frustrations that many millennials face immediately post-college. In The Cubicle Chronicles she discovers that sometimes it’s hard to find your place—and your joy—in the professional world. I was happy to connect with author Lynn Brookdale to find out what inspired the book, how she approached the publishing process, and more.

The Cubicle Chronicles is relatable for many recent college graduates. What inspired you to write it?

I have worked my fair share of “bad” jobs and have seen all of the movies that mock this, from Office Space to Horrible Bosses. However, there were no books on this topic. The true inspiration came from a real experience when my friend was fired from a job where we both once worked (I had left and started a new job by this time). I remember her texting me “I just got fired!” and I couldn’t believe it. She was a good worker, showed up on time, never called off, and never abused the system; however, she wasn’t part of the “in crowd” and therefore became an outsider. I told her we needed to write a book (after all of the other stories and crazy antics we had both experienced there) and so I started writing what became the prologue. I sent the rough draft to her and we started to add to it and eventually wrote a book.

What character do you love to hate the most in this book?

The character that was the easiest to write about or “hate” in the book was Topher.  I even came up with his last name (King) because I knew I wanted to make a play on the fact that he would constantly eat fast food for breakfast and lunch (and probably dinner) and he prided himself on working out, which I thought was funny.  Sadly, I didn’t have to inflate his character very much as most of the stories and scenes about him were based on real life!

Briefly describe your experience with the process of getting a book published. Is there anything you would do differently next time? 

I would try to research my options better.  I didn’t want to spend a ton of time sending out queries so I opted to just find a print on demand publisher who would print my book in paperback and online in kindle format.  I had to market and do everything else myself but I had a printed and electronic version of the book very quickly.

What’s next on the list for you? Any releases expected in the near future?

I am currently writing a stand-alone sequel called The Marriage Chronicles.  It is a very different style than The Cubicle Chronicles, but it follows two of the main characters from that book and is written from both of their points of view. It is also loosely based on real life events.  I feel really good about this upcoming book, so I am excited to see if readers will love it more than the first book or just enjoy it on its own.  I think it is also very relatable as it deals with relationships, heartache, and hardships that most people have encountered at least once in life.

If you sat down with an aspiring novelist who was struggling to finish her book, what would you tell her? 

I would say don’t rush it.  Step away until you are recharged and have fresh ideas.  Sometimes I need to jump around and start new sections or read from the middle of my WIP to get back in the groove or mode to be inspired again. I also tend to stop and read a few light and funny romcoms or chick lit books to get me back on track or to find that inspiration again. I also notice similar things while reading those books (plot line or characteristics) and it validates that I am on the right path!

Visit Lynn Brookdale‘s Amazon author page to purchase a copy of The Cubicle Chronicles.

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