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Thursday, September 10, 2015

An Interview with Brad Vance ~ Werewolves of Brooklyn #Paranormal #MMromance #Giveaway




















Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Brad Vance, author of “Werewolves of Brooklyn.” Hi Brad, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

When did you write your first story/book? How old were you?

I wrote my first novel when I was 21. It was called “Call of the West,” and I wrote it on an electric typewriter, in my off hours from my day job as a mining claims clerk at the Bureau of Land Management in Reno, Nevada. It was about a mining claims clerk at the Bureau of Land Management (surprise!) who falls in love with a cowboy/miner from rural Nevada, who of course falls back in love with him. I sent it off to Knopf, absolutely *certain* I’d be published immediately, and when they (finally) rejected it, I was completely crushed. That novel is lost to the world, fortunately.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

A total plotter. I used to be a pantser but my endings were always weak. Now I faithfully start with the Seven Point Story Matrix and outline the book, right through the ending. That said, I’m no slave to it – I’ll pants my way right out of the plan if a character takes his own turn somewhere, but then I’ll go back and rewrite the rest of the outline to make sure I still have a map of where I’m going.

What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?

Well, the customer reviews say it’s unlike any other werewolf/shifter book out there, and I agree, naturally! I totally avoided the idea of shifting as a “curse,” or a monthly “period,” or even as something you were born into. Maybe because I grew up in the “gay ghetto” era, where people were rejected by their families and made their own families…I like that idea, that you choose your family, your destiny. Of course to be a werewolf in my world, you can’t just click your heels – you have to have the seed of the “nature” in you, and it has to be woken up, and you have to accept it. I’ve also done a ton of research on actual wolves, their societies, their symbiotic relationships with ravens in Yellowstone. My research is always my strongest draw for readers who really want to inhabit the world they’re reading about.

How do you find or make time to write?

I’m full time now, but I keep to the schedule I had when I had a day job. I suffer from brain death at 3 pm, so creativity has to happen in the morning. I get up at 4 am or thereabouts (sometimes earlier, rarely later) and get my work done. I had to do this when I had a job, since I had to knock off at 6:30 to get ready for work. For a while I kept the early schedule because I was afraid I’d “fail” and have to go back to Cubicle City, so I’d better stay in the habit, but now it’s so ingrained in me that I’m loath to try and change it, it’s working so well.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I love reading a really good narrative history. I recently read and loved Antony Beevor’s “Stalingrad” and Max Hastings’ “Armageddon,” because they’re works of military history that aren’t just a set of maps with little boxes flanking each other – they really get to the personal level with the people involved, military, political, civilian, and give you the anecdotes that make it come alive. Right now I’m in Allen Guelzo’s “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion.” I started it as research for the book, but I’m still reading it – same thing, fantastic human elements that keep you involved and caring about what happens. It’s those novelistic touches that make a work of history truly great, and not just a compilation of facts. 





Werewolves of Brooklyn by Brad Vance

Release Date: August 5, 2015

Blurb:

Darien Mackey wasn’t looking for an adventure. For ten years, he’d been happy living in Brooklyn, working as a butcher in the same job, living in the same apartment, dating some “nothing-special” guys. Until one night his buddy Jacob talked him into taking ayahuasca, the soul-changing drug. And Darien had a vision…of a wolf, its all-too-human eyes on him, its paws on his chest, its enquiring mind in his own…

Darien Mackey is changing. He’s more confident, more assertive, hungrier, hornier. And his world is changing around him – his job, his home, his beloved Mechanic’s Library all falling victim to the predations of unscrupulous developers, bent on demolishing the old Brooklyn he loves and replacing it with a forest of condos. But he’s no longer a passive observer of his own life, and as this thing, this power, grows inside of him, he resolves to fight back, to preserve the way of life he loves.

And he’s not alone in the fight. The Lipsius Preservation Society of Brooklyn stands ready to assist in the battle, even though it seems like a bit of a joke to Darien, with its King and its Duke, Marquess, Earl and Viscount.

But there’s nothing funny about his growing attraction to Albeus Finley, King of this mysterious Court. And when slumlords and condo-mongers start to die mysterious, violent deaths at the hands of savage animals, Darien begins to realize that something is afoot in Brooklyn – something supernatural.
And it’s afoot in him, too…

Words: 54,000 words

Categories: Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal










Excerpt:

The wolf’s eyes were lava-yellow with hate. His growl and his snarl were meant to terrify Darien, to freeze him in his tracks, prepare him for his death.
Then something rose up in Darien, rage, frustration, primal energy. And his own lips curled, his own growl met the enemy’s.
The Duke retreated a pace, taken aback. Darien felt sharp pains in his palms and looked down. Where he’d had fingernails, he had claws, long and sharp, and the fists he was making were digging them into his flesh.
He smiled, exhilarated, wild. He lunged and snapped at his enemy, knowing that his canines had become…literally that, elongated spikes ready to tear out a neck.
Darien’s ears were ringing, something surging in him beyond mortal feeling – like testosterone but stronger, more powerful, the smell of victory, immortality.
“The King is mine,” Darien declared. “And I am his.”
He knew he’d taken a step from which there was no turning back. He was the King’s man, the King’s consort. He would open to Albeus and take him, and be taken by him, and he would be alone no more.
He was one of the pack.
And it curdled the blood of men for miles around when he raised his face to the full moon, and howled.












About the author:

Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits "A Little Too Broken" and "Given the Circumstances." Keep up with Brad at BradVanceErotica.wordpress.com, email him at BradVanceErotica@gmail.com, and friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/brad.vance.10.

Where to find the author:

BradVanceErotica on Google+
@BradVanceAuthor on Twitter











Publisher: Brad Vance
Cover Artist: Brad Vance



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