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Mar 15, 2022

Brendan Slocumb talks to Carol Fitzgerald about his much acclaimed debut novel, The Violin Conspiracy, which was a Good Morning America Book Club selection and a Bookreporter Bets On pick.

The novel follows Ray McMillian, who discovers a love of playing the violin, but is unable to afford an instrument of his own. When he takes his family heirloom violin in for repairs, it is found to be a Stradivarius and suddenly there is a lot of attention to it --- and him. Shortly before his appearance at the biggest classic music competition in the world, his violin is stolen, and Ray needs millions of dollars for ransom.

Brendan talks about how he came to write the book, which he wrote over the course of a few months. They discuss the pacing and many of the characters who mirror people from his own life. He also discusses his life as a musician and the similarities between music and writing, and the ways he uses music to influence the reader.

Book Discussed in this Episode:
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

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Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald