Publish Date: May 7, 2013
Synopsis: Reality Bites
Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.
But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.
But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…
Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
A: Sure! The elevator pitch of my book is that Fortitude Scott has a useless degree, a minimum-wage job, a cheating girlfriend, and a roommate who stiffs him on the rent. And he’s a vampire… mostly. But when a little girl is kidnapped, suddenly he’s the only one who is willing to try and do something about it, so he teams up with a wise-cracking shapeshifter and heads off for a rescue mission that will very likely kill him.
I really loved writing this book. I spent a lot of time redesigning the vampire mythos to become something that I felt was really interesting for me to work with, and I also brought in and used the Japanese kitsune, which is a fox that can turn into a woman. It was also very important to me to create a character who wasn’t the most powerful person in this book – in fact, I wanted it to be the complete opposite. Fortitude is always outmatched by everyone he comes up against in this book, and the fact that he will still try to fight for what he thinks is important is what made him really interesting to me.
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
A: It gave me the experience of knowing that I was capable of writing the kind of book that an editor would be interested in buying, and it also gave me the experience of working with an editor, a copy editor, and a publicity department. I think this book was hugely helpful to my overall growth as a writer.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?
A: It came entirely out of being a very voracious reader from a young age. I didn’t start writing in a particular way until high school, and I wasn’t a serious writer until I was in college, but I was always someone who really loved books – I loved thinking about them, re-reading them, and thinking about all the different directions that the authors could’ve gone in.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
A: The discipline of it. It’s really hard for me to come home from a long day at work (or, even worse, get up after a long day of correcting student papers) and, instead of doing what I’d really like to do, which is put on my pajamas and read for a few hours to unwind, to basically chain myself at my desk and spend another two or three hours working on the current manuscript. Don’t get me wrong – I really love writing, but writing a book is some serious work. Writing a book on a deadline is even more intense – there isn’t the option of just waiting until the part of my week that I feel perky and ready to write – that will still happen sometimes, but I’ll also be writing on the other six days of the week when I really wasn’t in the mood. It can be pretty tough, but the payoff of having a complete manuscript is, for me, completely worth it.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?
A: I vary on this a lot, and I go through phases. Sometimes I’ll be working in complete silence, but other times I need music going in the background. I don’t have a playlist, but there are some CDs that I’ll just throw on repeat when I’m working. With Generation V I was mostly listening to The Killers, Mumford & Sons, the Dixie Chicks, and a little bit of James Blunt.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
A: I’m a planner. This is also something that’s true about me in regular life, but when it comes to writing I have to have a very clear path and idea for a book before I even write the first chapter. Before I wrote the first line for Generation V, I had a full outline for the book and all of its major beats and events. Having something like that makes me feel comfortable when I’m writing, because I know where I’m going and what I’m trying to build to. It also gives me the chance to make sure that I’ve caught any timeline goofs and made sure that every character has some kind of motivation for why they are doing what I need them to.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
A: Yes, I have been contracted for three books in this series.
Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: That’s really tough to narrow down just to one, but I think I’d have to say that Sharon Shinn is amazing. I love how carefully planned and distinct all of her worlds are, and I love a lot of the themes and ideas that she always has running beneath the surface of her books. She always writes books that can be appreciated on a number of levels, and I really admire that about her writing.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
A: The next Fortitude Scott book, Iron Night, will be published in January 2014!
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!
A: I love tabletop gaming – Munchkin, Puerto Rico, Settlers of Catan. Any time I have enough friends over, I’m immediately trying to get the games out.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: Just how much I hope they like Generation V, and how much I appreciate everyone who is taking a chance on a new author and series!
M.L. Brennan is offering one (1) signed print copy of Generation V for giveaway!
To enter: please leave a comment with your email address. The winner will be chosen at random once the giveaway ends May 31, 2013. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
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