When The Fault Breaks: Life Will Never Be The Same


When The Fault Breaks is a post apocalypse book predicated by the rupture of the Cascadia Fault. It is about the stories and lives of survivors of the Mega Quake in a world of chaos and mayhem. It is about one possible way some semblance of a normal life can happen. You will enjoy a mix of death and destruction, current social/political outlook, humor and hope. It is not your run of the mill post apocalypse book.

Preppers, survivalists, and homesteaders will like the book because it has many ideas on how to live off grid in a rural or wilderness setting. It talks about many different types of alternative energies, and agricultural methods. It goes into how things used to be done and how it could be again.

Unlike other post apocalypse books that just talks about what is destroyed and who dies When The Fault Breaks uses the quake as a catalyst for the changes that happen. The book is about people pulling together in times of catastrophe, though at first our fragile society collapses, life continues. New boarders are formed and the true nature of people come through.


Interview with Xavier Bruehler


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have been writing since I was an instructor at Lowry AFB in Denver, and as a student getting my Environmental Geology Degree. In 2003 while I was still working on my degree is when I started to write it. I don’t really think it was like a lightbulb moment it just happened.

How long did it take you to write the book?

Started it in 2003 and just now finished it to the point that I WILL NOT change it any more. So on to the present.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I don’t work anymore since I got my rating from the VA. I don’t have to work anymore and won’t.

When did you write your first book?

When the Fault Breaks is my first book.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I use to backpack on long (As long as 100 miles) but mostly 5-12 miles, but life and my body don’t let me anymore, so now I just travel the U.S. in our motor home and see the sites.

What do you think makes a good story?

I have a few ideas for stories.  As I take off on the next leg of our travels I am going to interview Campground hosts and get their stories and write a Campground Hosts story. It may be funny, scary, disgusting, whatever kind of story I get.  I will record them on the phone and write it verbatim with background for each in between stories.

While I do that I will continue working on the sequel

How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing “When the Fault Breaks”?

Tough one, I did not start out writing When The Fault Breaks to be a story of hope I started out with it being just another book of death and destruction.  But as I wrote it, it began to morph, so I just went with the flow as the words spilled onto the pages. When I realized I may have something is when I decided to go for it, before then it was more curiosity.

I knew the post apocalypse genre was strong and being in Bellingham Washington studying geology and learning so much about Cascadia as well as how much a danger it poses. It drove my direction there. 

What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

Funny I am not a big reader of books. I read copious amounts of science like our advances in space but very little of anything else except cookbooks looking for yummies.

I do remember reading “The Patriot” and do believe it help drive me toward the genre.

Do you write every single day?

There are times when I get this bug that makes me feel the need to write. I can    go sometime between those but don’t intend to this time. I cannot count how many times I have read reviews on Facebook and now Amazon that say when is the next one, so my goal is to complete it within a year from now

What’s more important: characters or plot?

That’s easy, both. You can’t have a good plot without good characters. That is why I have offered my beta readers and readers that have given me encouragement with some really nice reviews.  I think it will build a bigger fan base too.

The plot just seems to flow from them.

What was the hardest part of writing “When the Fault Breaks”?

Staying motivated when I doubted myself of the book.  It is a very hard thing to do when beta readers say things like it is hard to read or it don’t flow to stay on it. It would have been far easier to simply hit delete and say it is not another hat to add to my collection.

Are there misconceptions that people have about your book? 

One that jumps out at me, I don’t understand how someone that buys FICTION thinks EVERYTHING has to be completely possible.  ITS FICTION. Give me break.  I think if you don’t see some of the description and just read the Prologue they may think it is another of the same and quickly find it is not.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Science, and post apocalypse books.

When did you decide to write this book?


What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject, that isn’t so?

That when this quake happens, that we as a country will make it through it intact. My sister and I did the primary editing and my brother thinks the country will pull out of it, but I don’t.

They also think that when it goes it will be like quakes we have seen in the past.

This one will not just affect one city it will devastate the west coast. 

What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

It is unlike most of the genre, like yours it is about hope and life after an event and that there can be something good to come out of it.

Aside from writing, what are your hobbies?

I don’t really have them anymore; my body won’t let me but when we hit the Keys in Florida I will dive despite my cardiologist saying no.  I will just keep it to one atmosphere.

I do still do some rock hounding if I find the place.

And LOVE long walks on the beach.  

Do you have a ritual you use while writing? (During commercials, certain music, etc.)

Not really but I suppose most of the time I put on music in the background as white noise.

Are you working on anything presently?

Now that I finally finished When The Fault breaks I feel the need to dig into and continue the sequel.  I already have the theme of it.  It will be digging deeper into climate change that I touched on in When The Fault Breaks to set the stage.  I will still include a few description of zones of destruction but drive even more into the rebuilding. With no exception which I will not tell anyone until I put out the beta.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Be a Geologist, but never thought it would ever happen. It only took me 37 years to do it.

When I was finishing high school a vacation on the Mississippi clicked something inside me about being on the water. I looked into Merchant Marines but it was not an option. But the Navy was all over signing me up so off I went.


Author Biography


I grew up in a small town in Illinois having been raised by devout Catholic parents. I joined the Navy at a young age of seventeen going on fourteen, I had a lot to learn fast. I was in Rota Spain before my eighteenth birthday and found I made a wise decision to leave the cornfields of Freeport. After spending five years fixing anything on ship that was not electrical, I decided I wanted something different and learned how to fix electronics, which I did. I spent four years teaching some of the most advanced electronics in the world, then headed off to sea for six more years. My last hat in the Navy was to computerize the recruiting process for the Navy in Seattle until I retired at thirty-five.

I spent a few years falling back on my skills to fix things and did that until the VA decided they needed to retrain me and sent me to school for four years to become an Environmental Geologist. I got a job as an Exploration Geologist until the economy tanked out and shorty after that hit the road.

After a small time as a Florida Park Ranger where I learned it was not my forte, I moved on and got the great pleasure of working on seven-hundred-year-old cliff dwellings before retiring for good. Now I spend my time writing and helping out people wherever I can.
9/11 was a wakeup call for me where I saw that our country is on borrowed time and that we could fall with very little warning. I don’t live my life in fear of it happening like they portray many Preppers but I am ready for an event like in When The Fault Breaks. I have countless Preppers telling me their family thinks they are nuts, but that won’t be the case when it happens and they say sorry I was wrong. I don’t think prepping for any one possible event is a good idea, we ALL should prep for any event including natural disasters. Even the federal government tell us we should be prepared for an emergency.


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