I’m going to start this interview a little different. I’m going to post the blurb for Stuart’s new book Jackal…. enjoy!
From the aftermath of a brutal massacre at a rural police station two survivors leave behind a swathe of bodies and a cryptic sigil painted on the wall in blood. A disgraced Detective Inspector begrudgingly starts to investigate the crime scene but as the facts begin to emerge the trail appears to lead into the highest echelons of power making the policeman himself the next target. As the conspiracy spirals ever deeper and with no-one to trust, both prime suspect and policeman are forced into an unlikely alliance to prove, not only their innocence but the existence of a force so ingrained into our society it could rewrite the very fabric of human nature.
Please welcome Stuart Brogan to Roadie Notes……..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Hi there, thanks for having me. I began writing when I was about fourteen years old. At the time, I was heavily influenced by Fighting Fantasy, choose your own adventure books. Then, as I grew older, I started to write horror stories inspired by those authors around in the early 90’s.
2. How many books have you written?
At present I have released two nonfiction books called HEATHEN WARRIOR and HEROES OF PAGAN BRITAIN. These are all about, not surprisingly, Heathenry and Paganism. I have also written one action / horror novel entitled JACKALS.
I am currently 90% finished with a novella called SCALLYWAG. It is a fast-paced horror / thriller due to be released at the end of April / early May.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Zombies! I find they are boring and have been done to death (excuse the pun). Everybody seems to be writing about them, each claiming to have a different slant on the story. Also, there seems to be a trend for gore for the sake of gore, I have violent scenes but it has a meaning and serves a purpose rather than for little more than shock value.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am currently 41 years young and am happily married with three-step kids. I reside in Glastonbury, UK where I live with the family and also have two cats and a man-eating Shih-Poo dog called “Poppy”.
I do have a boring Mon – Fri day job but I also own a Viking / Heathen shop called Shield Maiden in Glastonbury. In this we sell everything from drinking horns to period tents. We supply everyone from re-enactors to Museums.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
At this point, I have to say JACKALS.
I had so much fun writing it and exploring the story, not to mention the fact the characters were really interesting to write.
None of them are perfect people. None of them are truly evil or good. They all have failings. The reader may sympathize with one then something will happen to totally undermine their reasoning for liking them in the first place.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Initially, it was the fact that the only things I really enjoyed at school were the creative subjects. Reading those early, choose your own adventure books really fired my imagination and I loved being transported to other worlds.
Later I started to explore horror from authors like Shaun Hutson and Brian Lumley and a host of others. I also loved watching all those classic 80’s horror / action movies.
I figured I could write my own stuff and be as free as my mind would allow.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I am an avid shooter. I enjoy close range tactical disciplines as well as F-Class long-range target shooting out to one mile.
For me it is a “Zen” moment, it relaxes me and focus’s the mind. I also enjoy archery but don’t have a lot of time to go these days.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Nothing written in stone, I am of the opinion that every book has its own energy and as such, generates a different emotion or response when complete.
Sometimes I might just jump straight in to the next one or take a break. I let what happens take its own course.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I would love to say that I have my own study or man cave but alas I sit on my couch with my laptop, fueled by copious amounts of caffeine and nicotine.
Usually I like to be surrounded by silence but now and then I am partial to having some really nasty and bleak black metal in the background.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I am happy with my “voice” and hybrid style but like any author, I want to improve in my craft. Sometimes I read other authors and am blown away by their sentence structure and their ability to convey emotion. I have only released one novel to date so it’s very early days.
I can only get better.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream would be living off of my writing; fame and fortune mean little to me. The most important thing is to be able to pay your bills, have clothes on your back and food on the table, all from doing something you love.
This doesn’t mean being a millionaire nor being famous, in fact, I am a very private person and would find such fame alien.
Having said that, if Hollywood wants to pay me a lot of money for movie rights, I wouldn’t say no!
12. Where do you live?
I currently live in Glastonbury, UK.
I have a man-eating Shih-Poo dog named “Poppy” as well as two cats called Mia & Gimli.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The escapism from the world around me, to be able to visit faraway lands or create the most terrifying creatures; it’s the limitless possibilities that fire our imaginations.
15. What is coming next for you?
I have a novella called SCALLYWAG coming out at the end of April / early May which will be available in paperback and Kindle via Amazon worldwide.
Keep an eye on my social media pages for details and release date.
Fans of fast paced horror / thrillers are in for one hell of a ride.
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