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The Passionate Foodie

Over on the Passionate Foodie, Richard Auffrey has featured a number of authors, including yours truly, in his post, Authors, Alcohol & Accolades: Volume 1.  Go check it out.  It’s a fantastic blog for anyone who enjoys the finer things in life.  And Richard is out of Boston, which dramatically increases his coolness quotient.

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Q&A: Favorite Short Story in That Which Should Not Be?

Amy:  Your book contains several smaller stories that all add up to make on heck of a thriller at the end…but when you were writing these stores, did one of them stand out to you more than the others? What character did you find yourself relating to the most?

Answer:  Hello Amy! There were two of the stories that I had been wanting to write about for a while, the first two. The one that I liked the most was the second story, Daniel’s trip to Eastern Europe. I loved writing that one, every second of it. Part of it was the different locations–Venice, Budapest, the Carpathian mountains. But I also liked the mystery that surrounded it, never knowing who was good and who was evil. It wrote itself. The last two I had to come up with on the spot, as it were.

I think the character I related to the most was Henry Armitage, Carter Weston’s sidekick. I’ve always been the consummate believer, and that is what Henry does. Carter is stubborn; it takes him a while to come around. I am more of the leap before you look kind.

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Where Do I Get My Inspiration

Continuing from the Goodreads Q&A

Tricia:

Hi Brett!
Where do you get your inspiration? Do you draw bits and pieces from people you know and observe, or just entirely make them up? Do you write with music or with silence?

Can’t wait to read your book, it looks really good.
Thanks!

Answer:

Hi Tricia! The inspiration question is kind of a hard one to answer. I find inspiration in everything. For
That Which Should Not Be, I had an idea to write a book in an older, Gothic style than most of the ones (particularly a book called House of Leaves) I had been reading. In a larger sense, I drew inspiration from the classic horror writers, most notably H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker. For the stories themselves, it varies. Sometimes crazy things just pop into my head (scary, I know) and I try and find a place to fit them into the story. Sometimes I have read something in the news or something about history and decide to use that for inspiration. Other times, I take things that my friends have said or experienced and bring that in. So I guess the short answer is I draw inspiration from everything.

I can write in any conditions. One of the reasons I started writing is because I like to watch horror movies, but I felt like I was wasting my time. I felt like if I was writing while watching the movie, I was being productive. I do less of the movie watching these days (now that I take all this more seriously), but I do listen to music. All kinds really.

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Posting the Questions and Answers from my Q&A

I am going to start posting the questions and answers from the Q&A I am doing over in the Authors & Readers Group on Goodreads.  Join us if you can, or add your comments here.  Here’s the first!

Question from Marianne:

Hi Brett, That Which Should Not sounds pretty scary, what attracted you to write ‘horror’?
And I am assuming Crimson Tide is the name of a football team, and is that American football or the kind of football we play here in the UK? Actually, I don’t know why I am asking because I’m not really a football fan, but I am curious about that name ( sounds very bloody!), so please don’t worry about answering that ;o)
Last question, when do you find time to write????
Cheers!

Answer:

Hi Marianne! I have always wanted to travel to the United Kingdom. Can I sleep on your couch? I’ll start with the Alabama Crimson Tide and then move on to that boring writing stuff. The University of Alabama is the state university here in, you guessed it, Alabama. Our American football team is the center of our universe. (Our stadium holds over 100,000 people.) To give you something to compare, we are the Manchester United of American college football. We’ve won 13 national championships, more than anyone else, and will be playing for #14 on January 9 against the LSU Bengal Tigers in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana (think World Cup final). The name the Crimson Tide comes from a game played in 1907. Our colors are Crimson and White. On a play that won a particularly important game, a sportswriter who was at the game wrote that Alabama washed over its opponent “like a crimson tide.” People started calling them that, and the name stuck.

As for horror, I have always loved it. I think it started back in the 80s. I had a laser disk of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. I used to watch that thing over and over and over again. I like to be scared. I like stories about good and evil. In a funny way, I think I like horror for the same reason I like Harry Potter. The real world often lacks magic. Everything is so cold and scientific these days. But in horror, there’s still that mystery. I love that.

I write whenever I can. I work a full time job as a lawyer. Like most writers, I can’t (yet?) make a living off of my writing, but maybe one day. I try and write at least one single spaced page of text a day. That just means everything takes longer. My publisher really wants me to finish my next book, but there are only so many hours in the day . . .

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Ask Me Anything!

Q&A is live over at Readers and Writers.  Here’s the link.  Mash me.

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Author Q&A with Yours Truly on Goodreads!

This weekend of Dec. 16th-18th, I’ll be the focus of a Q&A group discussion in the Goodreads group, Writers and Readers.  Basically, you can ask me any question you want and I am contractually obligated to answer it, more or less.  Wild, huh?   So join the Writers and Readers group and come pepper me with questions!  The event invite, which I think you can see even if you aren’t in the group yet, is here.

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Interview in The Big Thrill Magazine

Check out my latest interview in The Big Thrill magazine.  It is . . . thrilling.  Mash me!

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