Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Brad Vance, author of “Werewolves of Brooklyn.” Hi Brad, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Thank you! Great to be here.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
It’s an amalgam of events. I’m a commercial artist, so I follow trends in the market, and sometimes I can capitalize on those, as I did with my “stepbrother” stories. But there are lots of successful tropes that I’ve just never been interested in doing. Funny enough, shifter stories were something I thought I’d never do! I block my plots out with the “seven point story structure” before I start, so I don’t get lost in the story.
Who doesn’t love a good hero? Tell us about your protagonist. Was there a real life inspiration behind them?
Sort of…some of my Facebook fans/friends started putting up photos of sexy men with tattoos and beards. I’d never been in to the big-beard look, I couldn’t imagine kissing my way through one. But suddenly my feed was full of all these insane hotties with that “hipster” look most of us associate with Brooklyn. So I made some crack about seeing all these “werewolves of Brooklyn” and…there it was.
What real-life inspirations do you use when world building?
I rely a lot on research. If I’m going to write a college football player, I’m going to study the NCAA regulations applicable when he was playing, I’m going to track down who was nominated for a Heisman that year, I’m going to see what college team had the best record. And that gives me a framework for what happens in the story. Learning about NCAA school transfer rules altered the plot of “Given the Circumstances,” because there’s a one year “sitting out” period in some transfer cases, which led me to have Brian the baseball player sit out for a year, and show how that impacted him.
Did you learn anything from this book and what was it?
I did a lot of reading on old New York and the Civil War, and it really kindled my interest in that period of American history. I’d taken a Civil War class in college but it wasn’t focused on the war itself, more about the social impacts. I’m definitely transforming into a Civil War buff, something that ten years ago I would have scoffed at!
It’s your last meal on earth. What do you choose?
Oh, boy, that’s easy. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter. And lots of it.
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Publisher: Brad Vance
Cover Artist: Brad Vance
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…
Pages or Words: 54,000 words
Categories: Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal
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.
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
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I would like to give a big Thank You to Brad Vance and Will at Pride Promotions for letting us take place in this Blog Tour.