Jun 21, 2011

Brendan P. Myers - Author Guest Blog and Contest

A warm PVN welcome to Brendan Myers author of Applewood  (By Light Unseen Media, May 15, 2011) Brendan will discuss the writing of his recently published vampire novel and will offer a signed copy of the book to one lucky commenter. [see contest details at end of post]

I’ll begin by saying thanks to Patricia for providing this forum to discuss my new vampire novel, “Applewood.” Thanks as well to the loyal readers of this blog for indulging me.

I remember years ago, reading a quote by Stephen King, in which he said what he did was something akin to being a paleontologist, finding that first small bit of bone sticking up out of the ground, then lovingly and painstakingly brushing away all that dust and dirt until the entire skeleton – in his case, a completed story – had been unearthed.

I think what he meant by that is often, even he has no idea where a story is going until he sits down and writes it. Of all the stories I’ve written, “Applewood” comes closest to my experiencing what King was talking about.

For example, I didn’t even know there were vampires in it until they showed up (though once they did, it explained a lot.) What I had in the beginning were ruminations on growing up in a small town, and reflections on the friends I managed to make. I had some sketches about a place where you couldn’t take a step or two without tripping over some piece of history or other, a place very much like the town where I grew up.

Applewood” begins with a man coming home to a neighborhood that’s now abandoned and fenced off from the outside world. When I wrote it, I had no idea why he was coming home or why his neighborhood had been abandoned, but I was very curious to find out. He returns to the house where he grew up, and memories begin flooding back.

It turned out, he didn’t have an easy time of it growing up. Compounding the natural awkwardness of adolescence, his mother had recently died, and his father taken to drink. He’s been experiencing strange visions, flashbacks to times and places he has no business knowing about. Though he’s been blessed with a couple of close friends, they’re all mostly outcasts, bullied by the adults in their lives and by their peers, who run roughshod over their town, their school, and their lives

When to my surprise the vampires did arrive in “Applewood,” making the lives of my characters even harder than they were, I was determined to do what I could for them. There would be no wet nighttime feedings or bloody daytime stakings. I would ensure that none of my beloved secondary characters would succumb to the onslaught, and my main characters – the friends I had so lovingly crafted over long weeks and months – were not in any way to be maimed or killed (or worse) by the outbreak.

Alas, the book had other plans; the bones of this particular dinosaur had a shape of its own.

I had an awfully good time writing it. I hope you have a good time reading it. If you like traditional, 1970s, non-sparkly vampire mayhem, if you enjoyed “The Lost Boys” and are partial to coming-of-age fare like “Stand by Me,” then “Applewood” may just be the book for you.

Most sincere thanks for reading.


* Brendan is offering a copy of  Applewood to one lucky reader.

* Leave a comment for Brendan about this post for a chance to win.
* Be sure contact information is included with your comment.

* Contest ends June 28 2011 at 11:59pm EST

* Contest is limited to US and Canada


Andra said...

Sounds like an interesting read :) I love Stephen King and non-sparkily vampires so maybe I'll enjoy it :D

thanks for the chance to win!


debbie said...

I loved lost boys and stand by me. This sounds like my kind of book, I would love to read it.

Sapphyria said...

I am very interested in reading this book and it's been on my "To Be Read" list for a bit now. I know I'll get to it this summer before college starts back up come hell or high water.


Julie S said...

This sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. juliecookies(at)gmail.com

ChristyJan said...

This sounds like an "awfully" good read ~ I'd love to win a copy.


Brendan P. Myers said...

Thanks for all the kind comments, folks. Very much appreciate them.

ChristyJan: Hilarious. Funny, not a word I use at all, but when it came to me . . . it just felt right.

I'll definitely be checking back but won't comment again because with my luck . . . I'll win. And that doesn't help me at all. (:>)

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I love reading vampire books. I loved the Lost Boys also. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new vampire reads, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed both The Lost Boys and Stand by Me (the book it was based on).

Applewood sounds like a novel right up my alley.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

SandyG265 said...

I'm glad to see a more traditional vampire book.

sgiden at verizon.net

Kalex said...

Sounds like a good read.


Brendan P. Myers said...

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and for all the kind comments. Soon as I'm told who the winner is (I suspect Patricia is waiting to hear back from them) I'll send the book straight away. Thanks again, and enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Hi all, I'm glad to start posting on this blog.

Vampires have always fascinated me: their being at a time vulnerable and so powerful and mysterious is something I find intriguing.

I got another reason to love them: the possibility to appear as one of them.
I heard of a competition related to a comic book and a movie called Vampire Wedding. People are joining their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vampirewedding to post their photos; the best ones will be featured as vampires in the comic book and in the movie.
It seems you can also apply via an iPhone app.

So I’m preparing myself for this great competition and I will soon post the photos.

I hope to get my chance to pass for a real vampire.

See you soon.

Patricia Altner said...

Hi Dharen

This sounds like a great opportunity. Best of luck!