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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 cu
1) What genres do you enjoy writing in?
I love doing paranormal and science fiction. “Werewolves of Brooklyn” is my third paranormal, along with the first two installments in the “Rob the Daemon” series. Right now, as Adam Vance, I’m working on my second science fiction book. I love history, and I wish that historical romances sold better – I’ve got a great idea for a French knight and an English knight during the Hundred Years War. Someday, maybe…
2) What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Really coming up with something fresh in the shifter genre. I’ve always known shifter books did well, but I just couldn’t get into them, and that’s why I haven’t written one until now. Once I figured out how my werewolf world worked, I was ready to go.
3) What did you enjoy most about writing your book?
The research, always. Part of what I felt was missing from most shifter books is an understanding of the actual animals, their societies, their behaviors. I added the ravens to this book because I’d read that one scientist suspects that the ravens in Yellowstone, who are always around the wolves, may in some sense be part of the pack. I did a ton of research on wolves, Old New York, the Civil War, Brooklyn now and then, the art of butchering…I love doing the research, I really think it makes the books “feel real,” which is all the more important when you’re trying to get people to accept something as unreal as the supernatural.
4) What cultural value do you see in writing?
It can be the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, if it’s done right. Right now I’m reading Don Winslow’s “The Power of the Dog,” and it’s a fast paced thriller that’s also teaching me about the history of the drug war, the Iran-Contra scandal, but without cramming it down your throat as exposition. There’s a lot that people can learn from fiction, in subjects about which they wouldn’t pick up a nonfiction book. It’s like Jon Stewart and the Daily Show – that humor makes the bitter pill go down easier.
5) What is your favorite positive saying?
Okay I know it’s self-aggrandizing, but right now it’s a line from “Werewolves of Brooklyn.” Darien was trained as a butcher the Old World way, a slap on the head when he made a mistake and silence when he did it right. The lesson was:
“Perfection was the expectation, not an exception to be applauded.”
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…