Brad what makes you passionate about writing?
The need to know makes me passionate about writing. I get a story idea in my head and I have to find out (1) if I can tell it well, and (2) what happens between the beginning and the end.
Do you have a writing routine?
Because my regular job puts me behind a computer for eight hours a day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit behind a computer. As a result, my routine consists of waking up by 4:00 AM on Saturdays, Sundays, and days off, and writing until my brain is fried or until I have to take care of an errand, do some chores about the house, or run in a race. About the only times I write during the week are when I’m working on a particularly difficult section or when I’m nearing the end.
What is the title of your book?
Guardians III: The Journey Home
What genre does your book fall under?
I believe the genre issue is one of the reasons I’ve had difficulty marketing all of the Guardians stories. Because vampires are part of the story, the tendency is automatically to place it under Fantasy/Paranormal. However, one of the protagonists is a “dead” DEA agent who has to face the men who “killed” him several years previously, which would place the story in the Suspense/Thriller genre. The chase scenes and the various locales argue for Action/Adventure.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Up until this question I’d given very little thought about which actors would play my characters. Below is my incomplete list.
Robert Mackie: Keanu Reeves, Jeffrey Donovan, or Ben Browder
Jason Mackie: Jason Busse (actor from San Antonio)
Brian: Arturo Fernandez
Lisa Kaes: Hayley Atwell or Gigi Edgley
Benito “Bennie” Acevido: Tony Perez
Escobito “Esky/Skeeter”: Esai Morales
John Tilley: Ray Wise or Peter Flynn
Juan: David Zayas
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Robert Mackie believes once he takes care of the drug kingpins who are lying in wait for him in San Antonio, getting his niece and nephew home to Pensacola will be a cinch, but the vampire Brian is secretly closing in on the Mackies to exact revenge for killing a great many vampires.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
Guardians III is self-published through Outskirts Press.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
When I started on the first draft and how long it took to complete are difficult to nail down because originally, Guardians II was going to be the one and only sequel to Guardians. However, when I finally reached the showdown at the car rental agency, I knew I was looking at a story of more than 500 pages. That was going to place the book out of the price range of many readers. Taking into account the starting and stopping of various chapters in writing Guardians II, the first draft of Guardians III required about eight months to write.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I know if no other books within the Fantasy/Paranormal genre that are comparable. I don’t mean that as a boast. Some of the comments I have received on the Guardians series point to the fact the readers have never read anything like the stories because each has at least one parallel storyline that has nothing to do with vampires but everything to do with the characters. Comparable stories may very well exist, but since I have not read a vampire book in over twenty years, I really would not know.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The movie “An Interview with a Vampire” and the growing awareness of AIDS in the late 80s inspired me to write Guardians (that should give you some idea how old the original draft of Guardians is). I wanted to know how vampires could survive in a world of tainted blood. Guardians III came about because a number of my readers wanted to know if Jason and Alyson, a brother and sister who are two of the three protagonists in the story, make it home to Pensacola.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
While I do provide a definite ending to the Guardians series with Guardians III, the possibilities for several spin-offs exist. In fact, I am working on Rob Mackie’s next adventure, under the working title The Janus Project II: When is Sylvia Wallace? My plan is to have it out by Thanksgiving of this year.
Where can we find your book?
Guardians III: The Journey Home can be found on Amazon
Barnes & Noble in hardback, paperback, and the respective eBook formats. It also comes as an iBook. My publisher’s link is www.outskirtspress.com/guardiansIII.
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