BRIAN G. MURRAY author of The Chronicles of Death trilogy.
The Burning Willow Press authors wish to help you celebrate the best month of the year, October. How you may ask? By giving you a different author from the ranks each day with in depth answers to questions that our staff have decided to ask them. Many will be generic, others not so much. Let’s get to know the authors of BWP! Oh, and did we forget to mention… the staff there are all authors too so they have decided to chime in with some answers of their own.
So first, when did you realize that the voices in your head were telling you to write stories or go mad with all that stuck in your head?
You leave the voices in my head alone. . . I know they don’t know what they are asking. . . I know you exist . . . yes, yes, yes, we’re bestest friends. Now can I get back to the interview, you will let me concentrate . . . OK, love you (clear my throat)
I know many writers who jump in all different genres, so what is your favorite to write?
My favorite genre is dark, heroic fantasy as I just have a thing for good vs evil, where sometimes evil wins (but good finally prevails).
Currently, there are over a million books that I want to read… and some I have in the past I wish I had written myself, do you have any that you read that you thought about and said, I wish I had written that book?
Yes, The King Beyond the Gate by David Gemmell as this has everything a good heroic fantasy book requires. Good, evil, fantastic character and a plot that just flows effortlessly.
What is your favorite book not written by you? See that question is not the same as the other one above… to follow up, what was your favorite book that you wrote?
Favorite book not written by me is Legend by David Gemmell
Favorite book I have written, I do not know as they are like my children and I love them equally.
When the muse is off doing their own thing instead of pushing you to write, albeit by gunpoint at times, what is your favorite time-waster?
Reading comics – I have over 15,000 at home so spend a lot of time cataloguing and reading them.
What is the one thing that you must do to get into a writing mood. For me, it is listening to 80’s hair metal.
Dress in my slob clothes and have LOTS of coffee.
Is editing your story just part of the job or does it literally kill a part of you to “kill your children” as it has been said? What about making revisions?
At the moment, I have an editor who helps me develop my work, so to me, it a fun part of the process.
When you read a book by another author do you ever look at it and criticize it or edit it in your head as the way you would have done it yourself?
I do edit other people’s books and HATE typos especially books from the so called BIG publishers – so annoying that they cannot get good editors. I am reading one at the moment where on at least three occasion it has been ‘hut’ in instead of ‘but’ and ‘be’ instead of ‘he’ – ANNOYING.
What would you like to be chiseled into your headstone?
He had fun.
What was your favorite candy to get at Halloween as a kid?
Refreshers (this is an English sweet) Hmmmmmmm
What is your favorite Halloween ritual? And if you do not do that… what is your favorite Halloween movie?
I try to watch a classic horror movie with a bottle of wine and sweet popcorn
Beach, Mountains, Country, City? And follow up… favorite season… just a hint here… you should say Autumn.
Anything but city.
Winter (but maybe Autumn)
I know my “To Be Read” list is never ending and grows daily… how is yours? And do you prefer paperbacks or e-books? Notice I did not ask about audio?
Books – I need to feel and smell the pages as I am reading, none of this e-books nonsense.
If you could not be an author then what would you be?
Unfortunately, like most authors I have a day job, I run a finance department, but it’s not my preferred vocation.
What was your childhood ideal job to be as an adult?
Cats, dogs, both, other?
Cats (will be looking for a couple of Maine coon kittens soon (if the wife aka the boss agrees)
Most newbie authors are told to write emotional state in what they already know… so how did you break away from that newbie status of writing what you know in the beginning?
I wrote what made me feel good. I use reading but especially writing as an escapism to dump the real world from my mind and go explore.
Advice in one sentence to a new author who is not published yet?
Believe in your work and keep polishing it.
Do your siblings or other family members support your choice to write horror? Fantasy? Erotica… if you do? SCIFI? Other genres?
Not really, but most of my friends all read fantasy books
Do you ever use writing as an excuse to get out of doing things with the family… especially the in-laws?
YES – but that’s our secret.
If you had wrote a sex scene in your book, would you be embarrassed to have your mom read it?
YES, but she is open minded
Beta Readers, Proofers, Editors… all are important to produce a better work of literature. So, who would you say is the most important in your team? Or do you not have those in place and are working on that?
Editor – a good editor helps you chisel the sharp edges of your story and once your editor understands your voice, they help immensely.
In your day of writing… do you push through it all day or do you take mental breaks?
Write, write, write and only stop for coffee.
What do you have coming out in the next year and who is producing it?
Burning Willow Press will be releasing the conclusion to the Chronicles of Death Trilogy, Death Rises which I am excited about.
What is your go to alcoholic beverage of choice?
Wine or gin.
In the book, Misery by Stephen King, his main character celebrates the end of the Misery books series by smoking a cigar and drinking a scotch so, how do you celebrate a finished story?
I have a glass of wine and sit in my chair smirking.
Ideas come from all over. I get mine everywhere… so my question is what was the inspiration for the last (or upcoming) book you released?
My last book, the Soulless One, I got my inspiration from wanting to create many ritual killings that were not too far-fetched.
Who would you compare your work to and would love to have them read and give you a review of or even better, a tweet and post about it?
I compare my work to the late, great David Gemmell who has unfortunately passed, so any fan of David Gemmell reviewing my work and comparing to his would be a massive buzz.
Are there any horror or thriller novelist that you admired when you were younger?
Shaun Hutson was my favorite horror writer, closely followed by James Herbert.
Have you ever seen a movie that was better than the book? If so, what was it and why?
Nope, never. My imagination far outweighs someone else’s imagination. Let me caveat that comment, I am not disrespecting others interpretation of a story, but I know how to scare myself, I know what makes me jump and I create my character images.
When writing a novel, do you have an intended audience (i.e. adult or young adult)?
No, it depends on how the book flows and the content.
Do you ever base characters on people that you know? If so, do you ever kill said characters and feel bad?
All the time and if they are friends, I let them know. Yes, I have killed such characters and felt bad, not because of who they are based on but my empathy for that particular character.
Have you ever written a scene so scandalous that you hoped your mom doesn’t read it?
Scandalous, no. Gory… yes.
As a reader, what are some ways that I can discover new independent authors and novels?
Search for the independent publishers of the genre you like and start from there. If they are on say Amazon you can sample the work to test the quality and then it’s a case of taking a punt and giving the said author a chance to entertain you.
I cannot live without Chapstick. What is one comfort item that you must have?
What is your ideal writing space?
My current office – quiet, and full of my ‘stuff.’
Do you ever feel that your characters have a mind of their own and change the course of the planned storyline?
I truly believe that you can never truly plot a story from beginning to end. In my case a story morphs over time and develops as the character develop and gain their voice. I am always changing / adapting my story as my characters grow.
What was your favorite Halloween costume?
I do not have one, but if I was to go out trick or treating, I would definitely have to dress as Pennywise. I like his frills.
Where can we stalk you at? Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, website?
I am on Facebook, Amazon and I have my website
Website – www.briangmurray.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/briangmurrayauthor
Amazon – www.amazon.com/author/briangmurray