Please welcome Brett Davis to Fang-tastic Books today.
Brett, what is it about the paranormal that fascinates you so much?
First of all, thank you, Roxanne, for this opportunity. As for the paranormal, for me, it's a way to look at life from a different angle. Paranormal stories are usually about the real world but they add a twist and let writers explore some pretty serious issues — how we treat others who are different from us, or how we would behave if we could live forever — in a fun way.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write a secret agent adventure story that explained why it was that the hero never gets killed. My way of explaining that was to make him a zombie. He can't be killed because he's already dead!
Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
Getting into the head of my zombie character was pretty tough, as he's sort of mentally frozen in 1983. I have him in the modern world now and had to try to keep track of what he would know about this world and what he wouldn't understand.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
My lead female character, Abigail Callisto, was fun to write. She's an electronics whiz with a flair for the dramatic and is a bit of a secret agent herself. Her character grew and developed over the course of the rewrites and in the end I have her taking up a pretty serious responsibility.
What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
The final showdown scene is my favorite. Some of the zombie lore I used is pretty accurate to actual voodoo, but at the end I introduce a pretty big twist of my own. You haven't ever seen a zombie behave like this before.
Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?
The whole concept and structure of voodoo is really interesting. It's one of the last pantheistic religions in the world and the way the gods interact with people is very different from most other religions. It's very direct in some cases.
With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of?
Well, let's just say that by the end of the book the title character is being kept alive by the love of a young girl, and love can be a fickle thing sometimes.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
Sometimes. I have made my living as a writer since college, or even high school, really, so I know you just have to power through it and get something on paper. Even if you have to change it later, at least you have something to work with.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
I would say I started writing seriously when I was 21, and haven't stopped, although I take a break now and then.
Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?
Photography is number one, right up there with writing. I love to take pictures in any form, digital or film. Travel is next, and fortunately those two go together very well.
What can readers expect next from you?
A sequel to this book, although it's still in the planning stages. And, last year I wrote and shot an indie movie, so now I'm editing that and hope to have it out somewhere later this year. It has vampires!
January 5 Interview and review
January 8 Interview
The Zombie Survival Crew
January 10 Interview
Immortality & Beyond
January 13 Character Interview
Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
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Books & Tales
January 15 Interview
Bewitching Book Tours Magazine
January 16 Promo and review
Priestess of Hearts
January 20 Interview
Books & Other Spells.
January 22 Interview and review
happy tails and tales
January 31 Guest blog
Cloey's Book Reviews and Other Stuff
February 2 Interview
February 3 Guest blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
February 4 Interview
Mama Lona's Man
The Straw Man Series Book One
The Straw Man Series Book One
Brett O'Neal Davis
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Number of pages: 219
Word Count: 74,000
Cover Artist: Cate Meyers
Mama Lona’s Man combines a Caribbean love story with a zombie thriller. It’s a bit James Bond, a bit "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and a dash of "Night of the Living Dead.
The leading man is a ex-Navy SEAL controlled by a witch doctor. When he meets an American girl caught up in island intrigue, they fall in love even though he's been dead longer than she's been alive.
About the Author
Brett O’Neal Davis is a native of Florence, Ala., and attended the same high school as Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley. He studied journalism at the University of North Alabama and the University of Missouri, writing about music whenever possible. He also briefly “fronted” the one-man punk band Screwhead. Despite clearing $1.50 in profit on consignment sales of the band’s lone album at Salt of the Earth Records in Columbia, Mo., he turned to the slightly more stable world of aerospace and defense journalism, working today in the field of unmanned systems and robotics in Washington, D.C.
He is the author of four science fiction and fantasy novels, all published by Baen Books. The first, The Faery Convention, was listed among the best fantasy novels for 1995 by Science Fiction Chronicle, and Two Tiny Claws was named to the 2000 Books for the Teen Age List by the New York Public Library. An occasional panelist at area science fiction conventions, he also has discussed fiction writing at National Press Club events and at literary festivals, including the annual T.S. Stribling celebration at the University of North Alabama. Mama Lona’s Man is his first foray into paranormal romance, but it won’t be the last.