Monday, February 13, 2012

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, TODD BROWN (T.W. BROWN)

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR OF "THE ZOMBOLOGY TRILOGY", TODD (T.W.) BROWN

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Hello Todd, thank you so much for allowing us to interview you. Tell us a little about your books.

Well, in my horror stable I have the Zomblog trilogy. However, it is the 12-part DEAD series that I feel I am doing something very special. That isn’t to say the Zomblog trilogy isn’t fun, it’s just that I am doing something very character heavy with DEAD that I feel sets it apart from a lot of what is out there in the zombie genre.

It seems that you have a fascination with zombies, how did that all begin?

I saw the original Dawn of the Dead in the theater for my thirteenth birthday. It was the first time I saw somebody get sick watching a movie. How could that not leave an imprint? Still, there was something about that movie that drew me in and wouldn’t let go. I hadn’t even heard of NotLD at that time, which I feel has to go down as one of the classic horror films of all time.

If you ever thought about writing in another genre what would it be and why?

Actually, I have another book titled Dakota (as Todd Brown), which, besides being my first novel, has absolutely nothing to do with horror. In addition, during this year’s NaNoWriMo, I put 50,000-plus words down on Uncivil War about a full-scale, modern day race war in the United States.

I am focused on finishing the DEAD series, but after that I want to dabble in something else besides zombies. Not that I will ever give them up, but I might try my hand at the already overburdened fantasy market along with the other four books in the Dakota saga.

Who are some of your inspirations in the literary field?

I am a fan of a lot of writers: Kim Harrison, Stephen King, Nathaniel Philbrick, Scott Sigler. As far as inspiration, I’m inspired by every indie writer who works all day (or night) at a “real” job, then comes home to get in a few words on their latest project without knowing if it will ever be read by anybody besides friends and family…if that.

What was the first novel you ever wrote?

Dakota. I actually believe that if I ever get “discovered” as a writer and make it to the Big Time (i.e. NY Times Best Seller lists etc.) that Dakota is the title that will make it happen.

When did you realize you had a talent for writing?

Around fifth grade. I couldn’t just do the one page “story” for my English assignment. It had to be five or six pages typed. Since about age twelve, I have wanted nothing more than to write. Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of support early on and it came in fits and starts. Now I have a ton of support and writing is a part of my everyday life.

You do a lot of anthology work, who are some of the other writers you have worked with?

I have had the fortune of meeting some very exciting “new” talent. Just a few names that probably aren’t on the tips of anybody’s tongues yet, but are likely to be in the near future…Chantal Boudreau, DA Chaney, Bennie Newsome, Michael J. Evans, John Lemut and Craig Wallwork.

If you had to choose one of your books out of all that you've written so far, which would be your favorite and why?

DEAD: Revelations. I think I really found my voice for the storylines in that book. I got in to a groove writing that book that I have never felt before.

What do you have coming up next and when will we see it out?

Currently I am working on DEAD: Winter for a May release. I am editing a handful of anthologies, one of the most notable is our charity anthology, Wake The Witch. All the work was donated and every penny of the proceeds will go to a quarterly check made out to The Red Cross in the names of all those who contributed. (Even if their story was not accepted.) In addition, I have a short story coming out in Books of the Dead Press’ anthology, Zombie Kong in the next month or so.

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other authors? Also please leave us your links to where we can find out more about you and your work.

Write because you love it, not because you think you will get rich. Enjoy the good reviews, but don’t let them go to your head, and don’t let the negative ones rip out your heart. If you can’t handle criticism, quit now because not everybody will love you.
All my work, as well as the anthologies I have edited can be found on Amazon in physical form as well as ebook formats. Most can be found on Smashwords.

I respond to emails (whether you liked my stuff or not), and can be reached at twbrown@maydecemberpublications.com. And can be found on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/MayDecPub.


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