Title: Werewolves of Brooklyn
Author Name: Brad Vance
Publication Date & Length: August 4, 2015 – 186 pgs
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…
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.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I’ve got a two bedroom house, and the second bedroom is my office. I’ve got a 32’ monitor so I can ease the eye strain of looking at text all day. I’ve got a Bose sound dock plugged into the computer for music – I can’t write in silence. Right now my playlist includes Bad Suns, Spoon, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Dawes, Boy & Bear, the Walkmen, The War on Drugs, Lord Huron, Hozier, Sea Wolf, Guster, and Okkervil River. Also, two cats who occasionally make me take breaks to feed them cat snacks.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
Definitely Dane Gale from “Apollo’s Curse.” He’s (a younger sexier) me, a writer who wants to create something wonderful, who finds a way to do that in the unlikeliest place and manner. That’s my greatest novel, and probably always will be.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I’d have to be an editor, or a critic, or a teacher – it would have to be something with words.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
I wish I’d known when I started how important an outline is. I flailed on a few books before I got my rhythm. The Seven Point Story Matrix is my bible, I use it now when I outline every book. I’ll divert from the outline as characters change, situations change, during the writing, but I’ll go back and rewrite the outline for the rest of the book to reflect those changes.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
No. I’m terrifically happy with this book, it feels perfect to me. That’s monstrously egotistic, of course, but that’s what you need to survive the slings and arrows in this biz.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
It’s random. Werewolves of Brooklyn came about because Facebook friends were posting pix of gorgeous men with huge hipster beards, and I made a crack about, well, I should write a novel called werewolves of Brooklyn, ha ha. The response was frantically excited, you should totally do that! I laughed, smirked, and forgot about it consciously…but subconsciously, I was already at work on it…
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
As Brad, a sequel to “Would I Lie to You?” I’m starting several new pen names. Adam Vance has started a series of stories, “military science fiction with a twist.” The second one in that series is a few weeks away from publication. Derek Vance will be my pen name for a mainstream mystery/thriller I have in mind. I’ve been “midlist” as a gay romance author for too long, and I know that I need to move on to genres where I can be “toplist.” But that’s a very long term process, so there will be more Brad Vance stories at least for the next year. I’m going to be wrapping up my Colum/Viking series and my Rob the Daemon series, and we’ll see from there…
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Reno, Nevada. There’s 300 days of sunshine a year here, which I need desperately. I get seasonal affective depression in the winter, so I can’t imagine living in Seattle or Portland or anywhere gray.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Narrative history. A really ripping yarn that’s also true. Lots of history books are boring, compendiums of facts and theories, but the ones that focus on the human elements are riveting. Rick Atkinson, Antony Beevor and Max Hastings are brilliant, because they write fascinating military history. That can be the most boring of all history subjects (who flanked whom, dreary politics on the home front, etc.), but these guys never let you forget the real human beings, military and civilian, caught up in the tragedy of war.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Books! I’m always ordering books I don’t need on the vaguest of pretenses. “Oh, I might write a story about the Hundred Years War, I need that!”
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.