Interview with Brendan P. Myers

What is your writing process?
Maybe the best way to answer this is the way the writer Brian Keene answers it, and he calls it "ass in seat" time. You've got to just put your ass in that seat and start writing. Something. Anything. It all starts there. Who knows? Maybe some magic will happen! But you're not going to write anything unless you put your ass in that seat.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing in earnest back in 2005, with my first novel, "Sumner Gardens," a semi-autobiographical look back at my childhood. Upon completing it, I said to myself, anyone can write ONE book, but if you want to be a WRITER then you need to write more than one. So, I immediately began writing "Hope Town," my first attempt at a thriller. Funny, some readers have said that "Hope Town" almost feels like a sequel to "Sumner Gardens," and in a way, they're right.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Funny, I've been thinking about that a lot lately. Even looked it up and found an ancient copy of it on ebay. The first book I ever remember reading was called "Olaf Learns to Read." It was about this kid (or maybe it was a creature of some sort) who was just learning to read, and I remember he came across a fire alarm, and the only word he could make out was "Pull." And so, he pulled. Aside from it being indelibly inked to my brain, it hasn't had that much of an effect on me. I haven't pulled any inadvertent fire alarms, anyway. But I do remember it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'd say the little surprises that happen along the way. For example, early on in a book or a short you try to add tiny details for flavor, or color, or because you find it amusing, or because you're trying to pump up the word count. Many, if not most, of those details will get excised during later edits. But if you've sprinkled enough throughout, you often find later on in the writing that something you thought was just a throwaway line a hundred or so pages previous has miraculously become intrinsic to the plot. Those are the best moments.
How do you approach cover design?
This is no doubt the weakest part of my marketing. I create my own covers, mostly using cover creator software from one publisher or another. My first few were just abysmal, but I think I'm getting better. The tools are certainly getting better. Amazon now has an excellent cover creator. But anyway, I try to think of an image from the story that best exemplifies the gist of it, and then it's a search for a public domain image that fits the bill. I've been very happy with my last few.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wow. Favorite book is "Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, hands down, and it's because of the writing. That it takes place in an interesting place and time with indelible characters is only secondary. Next might be "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy, again, because of the writing. Those are the only two books that when I turned the last page, I went back to the first page and read them again. I'll round it out with "Boy's Life" by Robert R. McCammon, "Tunnel in the Sky" by Robert Heinlein, and "Empire of the Sun" by J.G. Ballard, because I read each of those books at the exact time in my life I was supposed to.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'll read most anything, but I think you'll most often see me reading humorous fiction, be it Florida Fiction a la Tim Dorsey or Carl Hiaasen, madcap stuff from Christopher Moore, or more political stuff from Christopher Buckley, I can't get enough of it. When not reading that, it's horror from King, Simmons, or McCammon, the latest from Nelson DeMille, or whatever someone's left behind in the laundry room.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest is the fairy horror mystery romance THE MOUND (Exigua Publishing, October 2014), and the idea actually came from multiple sources. For example, I've long been intrigued by the mysterious and ancient stone ruins found throughout New England. But those ideas synthesized with others rattling around inside my head, not least of which was the 2007 unveiling of the Tulsa, Oklahoma "time capsule." To say more might be to give too much away, but once you read the book, I suspect you'll understand!
So what's next?
Funny, I'm not sure yet. Part of me wants to say that's up to the reader. If THE MOUND takes off, I'd love to revisit those characters and see what they're up to. I'm a good distance into the next volume of the APPLEWOOD vampire saga. And of course, I need to check in on my bumbling P.I. Dick Londergan every now and again. He gets in trouble if I don't! So I guess I'll just say . . . you tell me.
Published 2014-12-03.
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Books by This Author

The Mound
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,310. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
When people start disappearing in a small New England town, the new police chief follows the trail where it leads, in this case, to a mysterious and ancient mound that just might be the entrance to a fairy tale kingdom. What he doesn't know is that his troubled teen daughter believes she is to become its queen, and local skateboarder Ian Sinclair its king. And you know what? She may just be right.
Applewood
Series: Applewood. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,230. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
An epic vampire tale unfolds in a small Massachusetts town when fourteen-year-old Scott Dugan and his tightly bonded group of misfit friends are forced to confront a growing vampire army led by the town's long dead Civil War hero.
Sincerely Dead
Series: Dead. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,570. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
When a mob hitman returns to New York City and accidentally unleashes the zombie apocalypse, an epic adventure of survival unfolds, as a small band of the still living make a desperate bid to escape this now city of the dead. The long awaited follow-up to the seriocomic zombie short "Nearly Dead."
21C and Other Sordid Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,520. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Her badge says, "I'm a People Person!" Don't you believe it . . . Meet Jill. She'll be your flight attendant today. A word of caution, though. Do NOT irritate her or make her angry in any way, because if you do, you may find your flight turned into a living hell of abuse and intimidation and humiliation . . . that is, if you survive at all.
Fledge
Series: Applewood. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,310. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
The APPLEWOOD saga continues . . . Fourteen-year-old Scott Dugan is both desperate survivor and hunted casualty of a vampire outbreak that decimates his small Massachusetts town. His uncle believes science offers hope and takes the boy on the run from shadowy forces tasked with exterminating his kind. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed "APPLEWOOD."
Nearly Dead: A St. Pete Zombie Tale
Series: Dead. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(5.00 from 1 review)
When a New York crime boss sends a hitman to St. Pete in the middle of a zombie infestation, the hitman finds that even infested with the undead, his beloved St. Pete hasn't really changed that much. Yet even in the middle of an infestation, he still has a job to do. A seriocomic short story of about 4,000 words and prequel to the full length novel SINCERELY DEAD.
Swash!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,920. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When a late winter storm unearths an ancient shipwreck, the sleepy seaside town of Sully's Rump is turned upside-down, first by the media, then by the resurrected pirates who come back to reclaim their ship. But the town soon learns that dislodging the pirates from the Rump may prove more difficult than even deciphering the curse that brought them there.
Sumner Gardens
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,540. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
It's October of 1970 and twelve-year-old altar boy Conner O'Neil has a few problems. He's dodging some oddly personal questions from his parish priest and learns he has to kiss the creepiest girl in class after getting the lead in the school play. But only after his father has another heart attack do his real troubles begin. A heartwarming and life-affirming coming-of-age tale.
Adamson's Rock and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,080. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A detective investigating a suicide comes away with more than he bargained for . . . a routine clinical trial goes horribly wrong . . . an avid book collector learns to just what lengths he will go to hold on to a treasure . . . and a close-knit New England family comes to terms with the end of the world. From the author of SINCERELY DEAD come eight spine-tingling tales of terror and wonder.
A Truck Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,670. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
What would happen if a fanatic Red Sox fan and his two nephews became trapped in the back of the equipment truck as it begins its 1487-mile journey to spring training? Aside from the kidnappings, the car chase, an Elvis impersonator, some hungry alligators, and a few other surprises, the trip itself is relatively uneventful. A charming and hilarious tale sure to delight baseball fans of all ages.