Sunday, 27 January 2013

Awesome Interview with the awesome Eric S. Brown!


I'm truly pleased to have Mr. Eric S Brown featured today. Eric's someone I looked up to since starting out. His output shames many a writer, and he's got some serious talent, too. I consider myself a fan, ever since reading 'A Pack of Wolves'...if you haven't read Eric's work, do yourself a favour and get downloading!

Anyway, enough gushing...here's my interview with Eric S Brown. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Eric, first up, can you tell us what got you into horror fiction? Was there an epiphany?

ESB:  I was pretty much born loving books, Star Trek, and comics.  They got me through a rough childhood.  I didn’t start writing seriously until I was 26 though at the urging of my wife.  The first story I sent out was a zombie tale and it sold to two places at once. I had to pick which one to let run it and come up with a second tale for the other market.  From there, my fate was sealed.  I spent eight years doing zombies and then switched over to Bigfoot horror.  However, along the way I have written a bit of everything from superheroes to military SF. 

What are you working on right now?

ESB:  Right now, I am working a six issue story arc for Unstoppable Comics’ Storm Chasers series.  Yes, really.  I am writing a comic book and I must say it’s awesome. 

Do you ever work on more than one project at a time?

ESB:  I work on tons of things all at once.  As a guy who pays the bills writing with two kids, you have to.  That way you’re always covered if one falls through plus it really helps keep you on your toes and doing the best work you can. 

You've been writing some movie adaptations lately - how did you get into that?

ESB:  There was Hollywood interest in my Bigfoot War series and talk of it becoming a film someday.  Though that’s still in the works and uncertain at this time, it opened up the door to doing novelizations and script treatments for a couple of studios.  My first novelization was of the Bigfoot horror film BOGGY CREEK.  Being a part of that name was amazing.  I don’t think you can go any higher in Bigfoot horror than Boggy Creek.  My second was of another company's film, The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot.  I played around a lot more with it and gave it a 70's Marvel Comics Horror feel.  The last one I did was for an as yet not in production script called Bloop.  It’s kind of a twisted horror take on Godzilla style stuff with warriors nuns.  I hope to do some more work of this type in the future.  We’ll see how it goes.

Famously (well, among your fans, perhaps) you're a massive comic fanboy - who would you like to work with from the comic world, given the chance?

ESB:  Man, writing for DC Comics someday is why I got into all this in the first place.  I have a Wonder Woman arc I have worked on for a long, long time and if I ever make it to DC, it’s my dream to see it in print and added to her mythos. 

Serious question, now...how on earth do you do it?! Do you have a formula, or do you write by the seat of your pants?

ESB:  I am very much a wing it kind of guy.  I let my characters tell their own stories and the worlds build themselves.  I try to give all my work a very fun and fast-paced kind of style that any genre fan will hopefully enjoy because they’re the kind of tales you don’t see a lot in the mainstream that you have always wanted to.  Bigfoot War is a prime example of this.  It’s like the zombie apocalypse really only with bigger, tougher creatures that I hope are a lot more scary. 

Can you tell us what the future holds for you?

ESB:  Right now, the agent is shopping my first full length novel which is Military SF in terms of genre, scripting the Storm Chasers comic book, and awaiting the release of the limited hardcover of the A Pack of Wolves series, the reprinting of my book The Zombie Farm, and the release of Bigfoot War IV: Legion from Coscom Entertainment. 

As a working writer, do you find you have to take on projects that perhaps you are, let's say, less enthusiastic about?

ESB:  Sometimes that happens yeah but you still got to do your best and make it as fun and awesome of the reader as you can. 

And, lastly, all that remains is for me to say a massive thank you to Eric for featuring on my blog today. Thank you.

ESB:  And thank you for having me drop by.

A few links for you!


Go check him out :D

There, that was good, wasn't it? Thanks again, Eric, and you, reader - hope you enjoyed it! 

Love you!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Back to life, back to reality...

Yep, I'm a product of the eighties. If you get the reference, you're old, too. Congratulations ;)

Little update...

Next thing on the blog will be my interview with Eric S. Brown...he's awesome, and I can't wait for you to read it. I'm going to try to maintain a little pace in future, and run some more interviews, post more often, write more, etc...

You know the drill...most of you work in some form or another. There's no excuse for my laziness.

Sorry!

Anyway - other updates:

I didn't make the next stages for the Stokers. Bummer...

Snow has seriously cut into the time I'm able to work, as the toddlers have been off school.

I've given up smoking, cut down on coffee, and thrown out my lucky jacket...all of which have hit my mojo...if I find it again, I'll let you know.

On the work front: Edits, edits, more edits.

I really don't like edits.

Love you!


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Interview with David Bernstein!

OK, long time reader ;) - let's try this for the new year...

Here's my interview with the amazing David Bernstein!

Hope you enjoy it...he's a lovely fella, and I've had the pleasure of reading his work - it's really rather good.



First up, what are you working on right now?

Actually, 2 projects. A novel called “Witch Island” and a novella called “The Tree Man.” Oh, and putting the final touches on “Machines of the Dead 2.”

Can you tell us a little about your latest release?

“Amongst the Dead” is an undead, horror novel. The main character is a 13-year old girl who must try and survive in a gang-ruled, cult-filled, world—oh, and there’s lots of zombies roaming around too.

Are you now a full-time, working writer? If not, is that the dream, for you? And if you are, what's it like, living the dream? ;)

I’m writing full time, that’s for sure, but I still have a day job. Now with that being said, I do get a lot of writing done at my job, so I’m lucky in that regard. And YES, it would be a dream to be able to write for a living!

Who is your muse? Do you have a muse, or are you a mojo man?

For some reason a lot of people like to use “muse.” I don’t see it like that or maybe I just don’t have one. I get ideas and want to see them come alive. Writing, wanting to tell a story—for a writer, is like running for an athlete or swimming for a fish. It’s like there is no reason or method, it’s just something that seems to be taking place naturally.

You write some seriously kick-ass zombie stories...can you tell us about the 'Dead' books?

I’ve always liked horror, whether it be sci-fi horror, supernatural horror, or “real-life” horror. At the time I started writing, Zombies were growing in popularity, and let’s face it, they’re a great subject to write about because they deal with survival. People. In my Dead Books, it’s all about the people, what they would do, where they would go, how they would handle themselves, etc. Would criminals become worse? Would good-hearted people stay “good?” I like to explore these things and a world in chaos is the perfect place. AND, it’s just cool to kill zombies.

Do you have any links to your work you'd like to add here, so the reader can find out more about you? 

            Facebook: www.facebook.com/david.bernstein.3

Do you only 'Traditionally' publish? If so, would you ever consider Indie publishing a novel?

I have a book of short stories I put out by myself called “Another Man’s Wife plus 3 Other Tales of Horror.” My novels are all traditionally published, but I wouldn’t be opposed to self-publishing.

Is there anyone working within the horror genre who you'd really like to work with?

John Carpenter. Stephen King.

Who are your influences? Whose work inspires you?

Parents. Girlfriend. The things around me and in my head. There are of course other authors whose works inspires me, but pretty much any good book or movie I pick up can get the juices flowing.

Any person, living or dead: Zombie survival buddy.

My other half. No doubt.

Three essential tools for zombie survival...go!

Food, water, and someone to talk to. (weapons can always be found)

Thanks David Bernstein. It's been a pleasure.

Thanks so much for having me! 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Wrestling with my Laurels...

Come on! Get in...first post of the (pretty old) new year, and starting with a pun!

AWESOME :D

Anyway, got a bit excited there. I shall try to rein it in.

Just thought, as I've been on a rather extended sabbatical, that I should pop in and do a little update on the blog. So, without further ado...here it is:

Last year, I published 19 novels/novellas/short collections. I didn't write a single short story, because I wanted to clear my entire backlog. I managed...nearly. Still one novel outstanding, which I'm waiting on. But 19 out of 20 ain't bad.

I haven't written a damn thing since 'The Dead Boy'. I haven't, before you ooh and aah, got writer's block. I'm just resting upon my laurels...

And the buggers are choking me.

I can't seem to get motivated! I've achieved pretty much what I set out to do. Now I need a new goal.

So, 2013. Time to set some goals.

Only trouble is...I really have no idea what I want to do with myself this year.

I haven't stopped being a writer. I don't think that's possible. I have, however, stopped writing. I've stopped blogging. Stopped submitting. Stopped WORKING.

Hmm...yep. I think this might be a problem.

As you've probably guessed by now, I'm thinking out loud. I'm toying with the idea of writing a short story, at last, just to get myself going.

I'm also toying with the idea of trying to read a little more. I don't read anything like enough.

But yeah, goals. Got to have goals.

So, when you've published nearly everything, started making some money (no, you can't borrow a fiver), been nominated for an award (yeah, I'm a nerd :P) and all that good stuff...

This is, I think, me, stumped.

It's not that I don't care any more. I still want to write. I want to make a decent living. I want the dream...

I'm just suffering, I think, from that most terrible of writerly ailments...

CONTENTMENT.

I'm in my comfort zone. I'm fucking OVER happy with my lot.

This, dear reader, sucks.

Goals. Need a new goal...

But sometimes, a story doesn't have an end...and I haven't got one for this blog post.

If I figure it out, you'll be the first to know.

Love you, as ever. x