Interview with Chris Bedell

Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Chris Bedell amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about his new book Lives Of Lawyers!
Please read on …

Things begin when Haley Richardson introduces a case to her law firm involving a possible link between vaccines and autism, but she ultimately becomes disappointed when the case is dismissed. Eventually though, the firm files a class action lawsuit for wrongful death against Whole Some Peanut Company as a result of fifteen people dying after eating tainted products. In addition to dealing with the trials and tribulations of a class action lawsuit it soon becomes apparent that the case is nothing compared to the personal lives of Haley and her colleagues. Haley begins a relationship with Neal but doesn’t know what will happen when her estranged best friend Miley comes back to town. But her best friend Sienna seems to have an even more complicated life since she is enjoying her relationship with Doug but she can’t help but wonder about Julian. Meanwhile, Haley’s other colleague Kirsten thinks she has found the perfect man, and that she and Angus will live happily ever after, but what Kirsten doesn’t know is soon the media will be talking about how she is yet another scorned politician’s wife. Ultimately, it becomes clear that the stakes are at all time high and nobody is safe from heartache.

So Chris, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1. Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

My name is Chris Bedell and even no that I’m only a senior in high school I’ve known I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since early elementary school.

2. What brought you to writing?

Ultimately what brought me to writing was the fact that I was an avid reader ever since elementary. The first major series I read was the wizard of oz series by l frank baum. However, it would take awhile for interest in writing to manifest.

3. How many books have you written?

I’ve written 7 books, although I have only published one novel so far (lives of lawyers). Although, I have plans to publish more novels in the future. They would ultimately be published as ebooks though.

4. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since third grade although I didn’t write my first novel till I was a freshman in high school, although I have written warmup novels in 8th grade and part of 9th grade.

5. Which was your first literary project?Tell us something about it.

My first literary project was my debut novel lives of lawyers, which is about litigation and also the personal debacles of the lawyers at the firm.

6. Is this your new/latest project?What inspired you to write your (latest) book?

Thus is my latest project. However, as I said I have many books in the pipeline so to say. I was inspired to write lives if lawyers because of all the controversy over litigation, in addition to general things in the news. So in a way you could say that my book is a little bit of a satire/parody of things that gave actually happened in the country.

7. Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

In tenth grade I self published my book as a traditional book and I did reasonably well, or as well as a teenager could do but after being aspired by Amanda Hocking’s success with her e-books I thought it would be a good idea to have my book available as an e-book. Also, I was influenced by the power of the Internet and technology and realized that hard copy books may not be dinosaurs just yet but e-books have a lot of potential, and they should not be looked down upon.

8. Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

Sure see below for the first chapter
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

9. Do you have any funny / interesting incidents on how you came up with plots or characters?

No not really, other than that my book was influenced by real world events and that my plots and characters are influenced by my personal life a little bit.

10. What are your hobbies?Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

I love to watch the news, read, go to the movies, go for for walks, watch tv and spend time with my friends and family.

11. Who is your favourite author?

John Grisham hands down.

12. Is your writing style at all influenced by those of your favorite authors?

Yes, absolutely. John Grisham is a master when it comes to penning legal thrillers. But, on a related note television has also influenced my writing because I incorporate soap opera elements into my book. In addition the television show Damages which stars Glen Close and Rose Byrne which originally aired on FX before moving to DIrect TV has influenced me to write legal thrillers.

13. What is your favourite genre to read and also to write?

Legal thrillers since there just so intriguing.

14. Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

No, not really.

15. Where do get your ideas from?Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

I get my ideas from what is going on in the news and from events that have happened to me in real life.

16. Do you have a pseudonym?

17.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry?

Positive or negative?Please share your experience with our readers.
My experience has been terrible. Ultimately the publishing industry is driven by the status and it is unfair how even halfway decent writers have no chance of being discovered since the status quo drives everything. And it’s also not fair how literary agents are like the middleman, and they aren’t willing to take any chances on a fresh young writer. Ultimately, that’s what lead me to self publishing.

18. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Hopefully I will have become successful I also hope to write, direct, and act in TV shows and movies. But, I will always be writing books though. I also hope I will be happy with my life in 10 years.

19. What motivates you to write?

Ultimately, my ambition motivates me to write. People sometimes forget that ambition can be a good thing and it shouldn’t have such a stigma to it. But at the end of the day I’m just cultivating an interest like anyone else does. Some people are good at sports, some people are good at music and some people are good at writing.

20. How important is good cover art for your books?

It’s extremely important to have a good cover. It would be nice if people didn’t judge a book by its cover, but at the end of the day people do judge a book by its cover. Presentation is everything, and unfortunately you only have one chance to make a good first impression.

21. Do you have a price strategy for your books?

Yes I do. For example, when I decided to have my book be available as an E-book I looked at what other self published authors priced their books, and $2.99 seemed quite reasonable, not to mention I don’t have an overinflated view of myself, but at the same time I feel that a lot of time was put into my novel, and that does have some value.

22. How does it make you feel when you read a bestselling book that you don’t feel is as good as yours?

To be frank, it makes me mad. It can be unfortunate on how people may put a lot of stock into someone who isn’t that talented.

23. Why do you think readers should buy your book?What can you offer them through your book?

I think people should buy my book because it’s different. It is very dialogue driven, which I think is something that a lot of novels lack. Also my book could offer inspiration to people because there’s a character for everyone. For example, the character Miley in my novel lives of lawyers, who is the estranged best friend of the main character Haley, turns is a budding actress but she is also dealing with addiction. Finally, my book offers relate ability. For example, one person commented how a plot in the book was reminiscent of her relationship drama. And at the end of the day it’s nice to be able to relate to characters.

24. Where is your book available?Any Buy Link for our readers?

It’s available at the amazon kindle e-book store and is available by searching under lives of lawyers [kindle edition] on amazon but more directly it’s available at this link

25.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here?

Well first off I’m on twitter and people can follow me at @ChrisBedell and I have a blog with blog spot at:

26. What advice would you give to other writers?

I would say to never give up. Determination is key. So what if you can’t make through the traditional route with an agent. Thanks to the availability of e-publishing literary agents may eventually become irrelevant. And as a result of e-publishing its easy and free to get your books up. I would also say to be prepared to really be committed to your book(s) because if you hope to accomplish anything you really have to be in it for the long run. But most of all believe in yourself. Although, it may be debated whether people like Amanda Hocking are the exception or the rule, it certainly makes things seem hopeful.

27. Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Yes that the link to my local tv interview can be seen here and –
In February 2012 my young adult novel The Outsider will be available as an e-book on amazon, not to mention my vampire novel Blood Lust will be available as an e-book on amazon, and in may the sequel to lives of lawyers: Lies, Scandal, And Murder will be available as an e-book and also I have plans for books three and four of Lives Of Lawyers which are titled: A Killer Among Us, and also The Downward Spiral Of Haley Richardson, furthermore, I have plans for many more books to come so readers should always be on the lookout.

  • Thank you Chris Bedell for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    Lives Of Lawyers By Chris Bedell

    Chapter One
    There are many professions out there but somehow I had ended up becoming a lawyer. My job entails working in the courtroom. I must fight for my client and make the best case for my client that I possibly can.
    I work for a very good law firm. It’s pretty small. There’s Sienna, Doug, Neal, Denise, Kirsten, Chris, and me. Denise is the head partner at the firm. She is the boss. She can be ruthless sometimes. She’s one of the best lawyers out there. Denise does the best job she can for the client. Denise would fight to the death if she had to. She rarely ever lost a case. She was impressive to say the least.
    “ Haley Richardson.” said somebody.
    “ Come in,”
    It was somebody who was coming to talk about possibly taking on a case. I had no idea what the case was.
    “ I’m Taylor,” said Taylor as she shook my hand.
    “ I’m Haley Richardson.”
    “ I don’t know if you could take this to court,” said Taylor.
    “ What’s the case?”
    “ My daughter has autism,” said Taylor.
    I knew what the case would be. It was happening all over the country. Parents were beginning to suspect that there might be a link with certain vaccines and autism. This could be a great case to work on. Denise might be proud that I brought in a case like this for the firm. I would still bill a lot of hours even if I just did research and I lost the case. But I was concerned. Would I be able to make the case? Or was this a bunch of talk?
    There could be a link between certain vaccines and autism. It would be tough though to find scientific evidence to prove the link. But I would have to try and find out.
    “ You were saying.”
    “ Oh right. My daughter has autism and I think it’s directly related to the fact that she was vaccinated,” said Taylor.
    “ But who specifically do you want to sue?”
    “ Red Star. They made the vaccines that made my daughter sick. They shouldn’t be able to include small amounts of mercury in the vaccines,” said Taylor.
    I really would like to help her. But I don’t know how I’m going to help her. But I am a lawyer. It’s my job to help the client. It’s my duty to help the client. I must help the client. But since this would be a high profile case I would have to talk to Denise about taking on the case. Hopefully she would agree. She has to agree. This kind of case would be good to take. It would generate a lot of publicity. Somebody needs to stand up for these kids with autism. It was a very topical issue.
    “ I want to take the case.”
    “ You do,” said Taylor.
    “ Yeah.”
    “ That’s great,” said Taylor.
    “ But since this would be a very high profile case, I would have to consult with my firm. I just can’t make the decision by myself.”
    “ That’s okay,” said Taylor.
    “ I just want you to know it would be a very high profile case.”
    “ I realize that,” said Taylor.
    “ It would be very intense.”
    “ Okay,” said Taylor.
    “ We might not even win the first hearing.”
    “ At least we would go down fighting,” said Taylor.
    “ Maybe we should find other plaintiffs.”
    “ Okay,” said Taylor.
    “ We might have a better chance to win if we have more people like you who are
    making the same accusations and join together in a class action lawsuit.”
    “ Then we would have to split the settlement,” said Taylor.
    “ I understand that but the important thing is to focus on the big picture.”
    I would have to convince Denise to take the case. She would have to take the case. It would be a good case.
    “ How much do you cost an hour?” asked Taylor.
    “ Six hundred dollars an hour and there would probably be another person working.”
    “ Okay,” said Taylor.
    She gave me a piece of paper with her phone number and I agreed to call her later in the week. My next step would be to convince Denise that we should take the case. That wouldn’t be that difficult.
    The next day I presented the case to Denise and the firm in one of our conference rooms. I knew that I would be able to convince her. I was just nervous. But at the end of the day it’s okay to be a little nervous.
    “ There’s a case that I would like tell you guys about.”
    “ By all means Haley,” said Denise.
    “ I spoke to this woman named Taylor the other day. Her daughter has autism. And she thinks that there is a link between the vaccines and her daughter having autism She wants to sue Red Star since they were the manufacturer. And at the very least we should be alarmed by the fact that they put mercury in their vaccines.”
    “ So,” said Kirsten.
    “ It could be a great case.”
    “ Its just accusations, Haley,” said Doug.
    “ But we could make a case.”
    “ I think it would be a good case,” said Sienna.
    “ Me too,” said Neal.
    “ It would be risky,” said Julian.
    Denise turned to Haley in order to address her.
    “ Haley if you want to take the case you should. If you think that it would be a good
    case then you have my support. At the very least we get our firm’s name in the news,” said Denise.
    “ It’s too risky,” said Julian.
    “ So,” said Denise.
    “ I would need somebody to help me with the case.”
    “ I could,” said Sienna.
    Sienna and I were good friends. We had known each other for a long time. We had known each other for the last sixteen years. In fact, we had first met in high school.
    “ This is probably going to be at least forty hours of research times six hundred dollars and then times two since two people are working on the case. That’s forty-eight thousand dollars right there, even if we loose after the first hearing.”
    “ That would be good money,” said Denise.
    “ Yes it would be,” said Doug.
    Later that day I called Taylor to let her know that the firm had agreed to take the case. Now all we would have to do is find more people like Taylor to join the class action.
    Tonight I would go out for a drink even if it were by myself. That was sad that I would go out drinking alone. But on the bright side maybe I would be able to meet somebody.
    “ Can I come?” asked Neal.
    I turned behind me and saw that it was Neal.
    “ I’m just going to get a drink.”
    “ I could keep you company,” said Neal.
    “ Okay.”
    Secretly I kind of had a thing for Neal. But I would never tell him that. It would be my secret that he would never know.
    Sienna was having dinner with Doug that night. They were beginning to get very friendly with one another.
    I was thinking about the case I had just taken on. I was very nervous. I knew it would difficult finding evidence of a link. But I knew that I could persevere, I had to persevere. But is there a link between the vaccines and autism? It was very nerve racking. Sienna and I would have to find more people making the same claims and we would have to see if there were any other cases like this. There might have been one
    case that was tossed out maybe. I would have to find out. But why am I thinking about the case? I’m out having drinks with a guy I really like and I’m worried about the case. I really must be pathetic
    “ You seem quiet.” Said Neal.
    “ I’m just thinking.”
    “ Too much thinking isn’t good,” said Neal.
    “ I realize that.”
    “ Thanks for letting me come with you for drinks,” said Neal.
    “ No problem.”
    I took a sip of my drink.
    The case would probably be tossed out. There was no evidence. You can’t go into court with just accusations since you would loose. Maybe I shouldn’t have taken the case. I needed to figure it all out. And the sooner I figured it out the better.
    “ Where did you come up with the case?” asked Neal.
    “ Taylor came to see me.”
    “ Why you?” asked Neal.
    “ I don’t know.”
    That was the truth. I didn’t know why she chose me for the case. She could’ve gone to anyone about the case. But for some reason she had chosen me.
    “ I hope you win,” said Neal.
    “ Thanks.”
    “ You seem like a talented lawyer,” said Neal.
    “ I am a talented lawyer.”
    “ I know you are,” said Neal.
    “ That was really nice of you to support me when I was presenting the case to the firm.”
    We weren’t really flirting. It was just a casual conversation. I needed to be professional. Maybe I could kiss Neal on the cheek though. That wouldn’t be so bad.
    “ I should go in a couple of minutes.”
    “ Stay for a little while,” said Neal.
    “ That’s okay.”
    “ Are you sure?” asked Neal.
    It seemed Neal kind of liked me. But I couldn’t be anything more than friends with Neal. Like I said I needed to be professional. So it really would be best if I left. Neal and I being friends just wouldn’t work out.
    I was back at my place. I had done the right thing. It’s important that you don’t get your feelings hurt. And besides, Neal didn’t seem like the kind of guy that would commit to anyone. It’s better that I get a little upset now then have my heart be broken later. But I was really upset. After a while I began to cry. If I liked Neal I should’ve just told him that I do like him. But it’s difficult to bring yourself to say that.
    Doug escorted Sienna to her door. And then he stepped inside her house. Sienna really didn’t care if he stayed the night. Sienna gave Doug a kiss on the head.
    Doug really liked Sienna. She was gorgeous. He especially loved her light wavy brown hair.
    “ I’m going to leave,” said Doug.
    “ Really?” asked Sienna.
    “ Yeah. I should go home,” said Doug.
    “ You can stay,” said Sienna.
    “ Nah,” said Doug.
    Sienna was upset that she just let Doug walk away like that. She was thinking how she had been foolish and not begged him to stay.
    Sienna and I were both having problems with our personal lives. We were too weak and too insecure to tell the men in our lives how we felt. At least Sienna and Doug went out to dinner. They still had chance at happiness.
    The next day I was able to find five other people. They had the same story. Their children didn’t have autism but a month after being vaccinated their children ended up being diagnosed with autism. There was one famous person whose child had autism but I couldn’t think of the name at that moment.
    Two people were meeting late at night. I didn’t know them. But in time their names would be all over the news. They were having a conversation about something important.
    “ There are reports that our company is selling contaminated food,” said Clint.
    “ The tests that we have done are incriminating,” said Sally.
    “ Do what we’ve been doing,” said Clint.
    “ Which is?” asked Sally.
    “ Ignore the results. So what if our facility isn’t up to the standards that it should be.”
    “ Fifteen people are dead,” said Sally.
    “ Oh well,” said Clint.
    “ It doesn’t matter?” asked Sally.
    “ People are going to find out,” said Clint.
    “ The tests were positive for salmonella,” said Sally.
    “ I don’t really care,” said Clint.
    “ Eventually your plan will fall apart,” said Sally.
    “ I will deal with it then,” said Clint.
    “ People will talk,” said Sally.
    “ Let them talk,” said Clint
    “ Okay you’re the boss,” said Sally.
    “ Damn right,” said Clint.
    Several days later somebody called Clint just as he was about to leave his office.
    “ She won’t be a problem.”
    “ Thanks,” said Clint.
    I was sitting down on the bench. In a little while there would be a hearing. Hopefully I would win.
    I entered the courtroom. I was going to make my argument about why the case should be allowed to be continued. Hopefully I would win the hearing.
    “ This case is simple. These children were vaccinated and then shortly after that they were diagnosed with autism. There is a direct link between vaccines and autism. If you allow this case to go forward I will prove the direct link to the jury. There is a link. The children were fine until they got vaccinated. It’s not just a coincidence. These children deserve justice. And at the very least Red Star is negligent since they included mercury in their vaccines. All you have to do is look on the packages of the vaccines to see that there is mercury in them.”
    The other lawyer got up. That person was a good lawyer. He talked about how there is no link between autism and vaccines. He stated that it’s just a coincidence. He also said that these were wild accusations that couldn’t be proven and how it was all just a waste of time. I thought he might be right.
    Maybe there is no proof. Maybe it is just a coincidence. Maybe my ass!!! How could I think that? There was a definite link. But I didn’t really have much evidence. The case probably wouldn’t continue. But at the very least our firm got a little publicity. Publicity is always good.
    He was done with his argument. I was nervous. The judge was going to make her decision and I would probably loose. The case would be over and I probably had made a fool of myself. How could that have happened?
    She began to speak. She was a fair judge. But the outcome wouldn’t be good.
    “ I’m sorry Ms. Richardson. Your argument just wasn’t convincing enough. I really wish I could let this case continue, but I can’t. These are just accusations. If you had real evidence that would be one thing but you don’t.”
    I was going to interrupt since I always had to have the last word.
    “ Listen, your honor.”
    “ What is it?” asked the honorable judge.
    “ For the purpose of today, I was just supposed to make an argument. This wasn’t a major hearing. I’m not expected to do what I would do for a trial.”
    I was really nervous since that been my last chance to plead the case.
    “ I’m sorry, this case is done with,” said the judge rudely.
    “ Your ruling is bullshit and you know it.”
    After I said that I ran out of the courtroom. I had just showed disrespect to an officer of the court. I didn’t even wait for Sienna. I was just done. I had to leave.
    I just didn’t understand what I did wrong. I was just supposed to convince the judge that I should be allowed to continue with this case. I was foolish for thinking that I would be able to take this case to trial and win the pretrial hearing. But in all honesty I was just suppose to present my argument. It wasn’t the actual trial.
    As I walked away into the night I began to realize that I failed my clients, and it was just too much to deal with at this point.

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