In a recent visit to Raleigh to scout locations for the upcoming movie Jigsaw, the author Ted Miller Brodgen sat down with The City Insight for an interview. Mr. Brodgen, who has lived in Goldsboro, North Carolina for more than four decades, wrote Jigsaw, which was published in 2009. Jigsaw is a mystery thriller set around the main character Captain Cape Thomas, an airline pilot, who embarks on a mission to find a beautiful woman. He has a recurring vision of that beautiful woman holding a baby. In search of the woman he looked through both college yearbooks and yellowed courthouse records in hopes of finding the one woman that got away. This thriller takes you on a journey for the truth through secrets and mysteries and is now on its way to becoming a movie. Award winning filmmaker, director and cinematographer Michael Givens will be turning the novel into a movie.
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CI: How long did it take you to write Jigsaw, which was published in 2009?
TMB: It took me nine months from beginning to end.
CI: What inspired you to write Jigsaw?
TMB: It was a story that I just got in my head.
CI: What inspired you to create Captain Cape Thomas?
TMB: I wanted to write about what I know and Cape is like Ted Brodgen. The name Cape comes from reminders of coastal North Carolina, such as places like Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras.
CI: What is it about Cape Thomas that so many of your readers can relate to him on?
TMB: He is a guy who struggles so you want to pull for him. He struggles with knowing what the right thing is and he does the right thing many times.
CI: What is it about North Carolina that motivated you to include it as the location for the story?
TMB: Mike and I were both born and raised North Carolina so when we talked about locations I suggested North Carolina. North Carolina is where many parts of the book are based in and North Carolina had far better incentives. When Mike came up to look around, he came to the conclusion that Jigsaw belongs in here.
CI: What advice do you have for other inspiring authors?
TMB: The best advice I can give is to believe in yourself. People may say things that may not be positive but just keep pushing. Believe in yourself and just do not quit.
There are plans for Ted Brodgen to release his second novel sometime this year entitled, The Last Kincaid. If you would like to meet Ted Miller Brodgen, he will be at a few book signings during the month of February, two of which are at these location:
February 19, 2011 at 1:00am
Location: Beaufort Book Store, 2127 Boundary, Beaufort, SC,
February 12, 2011 at 1:00am
Location: Two Sisters Bookery, 318 Nutt St., Wilmington, NC