Nicholas Bridgman A Character in Reality

Meet Nicholas Bridgman, author of A Character in Reality

Hi and this week I’d like to welcome author and musician Nicholas Bridgman to the Thursday Throng. Nicholas is the author of A Character in Reality, where the lead character (Detective Robert Gladstone) really does come to life. As he works through the intricacies of the case, he gradually becomes more and more human.  The novel follows Gladstone’s adventures in gaining consciousness, adjusting to the real world, and learning insights about being human.

What is one thing that no one would usually know about you?

No one would usually know that I co-anchored the evening news at KALX 90.7fm in Berkeley in 2000-01, as well as co-hosting the news magazine, “On the Record.”  I put my writing skills to use by researching news stories and revising articles to read on-air.

How did you choose a title for your book?

I originally titled it Detective Gladstone, the name of the main character, but I realized this could suggest it was a mystery novel.  It is really a fantasy novel with a protagonist that happens to be a detective, there is no mystery involved.  So I thought about what my story was about, and what would make a catchy title.  I came up with A Character in Reality because it described succinctly the main point of my story, and it sounded interesting, making potential readers want to know more about what exactly a character would be doing in reality.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I have wished that I could be a professional jazz pianist/composer.  Fortunately, being a musician and a writer are not mutually exclusive, in fact, they have a synergy, and developing at one helps and informs the other.  I have actually released three albums in the last four years, alongside releasing two books, so I am lucky that I have the opportunity to pursue both interests.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

I would like Michael J. Fox to play me.  He is one of my favorite actors and has an appearance similar to mine.  In an ideal world, he would not have Parkinson’s disease, but sadly illnesses are not always fair.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

The biggest challenge was writing 40,000 words, enough to qualify my story as a full-length novel.  I had previously only written short stories, never a novel, so I was unsure whether I had it in me to write that much.  But fortunately, my characters, plot, and main premise of the story lent themselves to elaboration, and I really wanted to have written a novel.  So once I made my outlines and thought out what I wanted to happen, I overcame the challenge and was able to write over 41,000 words.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration usually comes to me from a variety of almost random sources.  Sometimes I will just be thinking about an idea about life, or a line of a conversation, or something that happened to me, and I will realize that could be the basis of a story.  Sometimes the idea will only be brief, but once I start writing on my laptop, it grows into something more substantial.


A Character in RealityWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT nicholas AND HIS BOOK?

You can find A Character in Reality in Kindle format here:

You can also catch up with Nicholas on his website:



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