Saturday, March 17, 2012

Throwing Down the Words - An Interview with Nic Brown

Plan D: What have you been working on since we last spoke with you?

Nic: First off I’ll say thanks for having me back! Since we last spoke I’ve been working on quite a few projects. Currently I have an audio book in production through Amazon’s Audible.com service. It’s an audio edition of Blood Sacrifice: Werewolf for Hire. I know that’s my second book, but it is a free-standing story of its own and I think it makes for better listening. The samples I’ve had a chance to check out have been great so I’m super excited about this.

Also, I’m working on a number of short story projects. I just finished a short that tells what happens to Sam and Tabitha while Michael is in Kentucky in Blood Curse: Werewolf for Hire. I just completed the first draft so it doesn’t have a name yet even. I hope to do a few more related to Werewolf for Hire while I’m working on my third book.

Then there is my upcoming A Grave St. Patrick’s Day which comes out on March 16th as an e-book through MuseItUp Publishing.

D: What can you tell us about A Grave St. Patrick's Day?

N: It’s a fun little story set in the same world as the Werewolf for Hire series, but it features a completely different set of characters and situations. In a nut shell, it’s a story featuring leprechauns, zombies and one average guy who finds out that you really do have to be careful what you wish for!

D: Why the switch from werewolves to leprechauns?

N: I love werewolves, don’t get me wrong, but the world of the supernatural is a pretty big place so I like to stretch my legs a little. Plus, other than a series of b-movies, the leprechaun seems to have been somewhat overlooked in the world of horror. And leprechauns are a good way to introduce my new protagonist, Stuart Boling, and the readers of course, to the world of magic as I see it.

D: And I have to ask because you're tackling a subject near and dear to my heart - why zombies?

N: Zombies are now a mainstream monster. Everyone seems to know what they are and have their own favorites (fast, slow, heavily decayed, slightly grey, etc…). You would think that means I’d want to stay away from them, but honestly it makes them more interesting for me. The reason is because there are so many different types of zombies, so many different things you can do with them. They are a great type of monster and they also have one edge - they can be anyone. Anyone you know, anyone you love, it doesn’t matter what their relationship with you was before, after they change, you’re just meat on a stick. That makes them tragic on a number of levels, but the real tragedy comes from the living who have to deal with the horror of their loved ones or friends coming for them. Or, even on a more basic level, what about child zombies? You don’t even have to know the child to feel the pain of having to destroy a child zombie. It goes against our instincts to kill children.

D: Why now?

N: Because now’s when I thought of the story!

D: Let's talk about a different monster, this time one near and dear to your heart. The first time you were at Plan D, you mentioned a book you and your wife are working on looking at the history of werewolves in cinema. How's this coming along?

N: That’s actually at an interesting place right now. We’ve got a couple of sample chapters put together and an outline of the rest of the chapters, but we’re kind of on hold at the moment waiting to hear back from a couple of publishers who’ve shown interest in the project. I think it will be a great book though because there aren’t many books like it out there now and the ones that are out there tend to focus more on the legends and lore, not the movies. We’re just doing films with the exception of a chapter to talk about the different ‘werewolf histories’ from different parts of the world.

I’m also pretty excited because we’re lining up a few celebrity ‘guest stars’ to write some side bars and maybe a full on intro for the book. I can’t say much about who they are right now, but if it all works out there will be some pretty cool werewolf movie people lending a word or two to the book.

D: Last time I asked you about werewolf movies, and this time, with A Grave St. Patrick’s Day coming soon, I have to ask - which one of the Leprechaun films is your favorite?

N: I like the original Leprechaun from 1993. It’s not a great film, but it’s fun to watch and Jennifer Aniston couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag in it. The SyFy channel is doing one of their infamous original movies with a Leprechaun theme this week. I don’t know what it’s called but I’m expecting a Leprechaun/Shark/Dinosaur hybrid that they’ll call “Lepresauruspusagator” or something to that effect.

D: When can readers expect to see A Grave St. Patrick’s Day?

N: The easiest place is to visit the website for MuseItUp Publishing. They’re my publisher for this and they’ve been great to work with so I’d rather people pick it up directly from them than from Amazon (although it should be available there as well).

(Here’s the link for A Grave St. Patrick’s Day on MuseItUp - http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=285&category_id=157&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1)

Blood Curse: Werewolf for Hire and Blood Sacrifice: A Werewolf for Hire novel are available for order and purchase via Amazon and other online retailers. Both books are also available in e-format. Nic Brown can be heard nearly every week on The B-Movie Cast and online at his own website B Movie Man.

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