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Friday, October 28, 2011

Welcome Author Brannan Black

Tell us about your books.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
In a nutshell, I write erotic romance novels with a whole lot of action.  I’m an action/adventure fan so it’s natural that spills over into the books I write.  I have three main “worlds” I work with. 

Futuristic paranormal/sci fi:  These are my wolfman books.  Set in the near future after a virus blends human and wolf DNA.  It turns men into human/wolf hybrids, the wolfmen.  The altered men become violent and society collapses. 

The Wolfman: Apocalypse series revolves around one of the few men immune to the virus.  Daniel calls himself the last gay man standing.  It’s a lonely existence in a compound of female refugees and children.  He meets the alpha of a local wolfman den and discovers things are not exactly what he’d thought.  This is a m/m series.

Also set in this world are the Wolfman Tales.  The first of these shorter, hotter stories follow the path of a blind woman named Mei and the two young wolfmen who claim her as their mate.  It is a menage with m/m components because the wolfmen have been lovers since the change.
I’m planing more series set in this world both novella length and shorter Wolfman tales. 
In the works:  A series about Daniel’s nephew, a cattle rancher and how those outside of urban areas deal with the end of civilization.  And I’ve got another character I want to work with that will show up in new Wolfman Tales. 

Contemporary paranormal.  Where you’ll find vampires, werewolves and ancient immortals. 
There are two Viking Seduction books centered around a mercenary band of former Vikings.  The first features the head of the company, Dekker.  He’s nearly a thousand years old and writes romance novels when he’s not busting heads.  His sister, Segrun, takes the lead in the second book.  These books are m/f.
Soul Bound is a menage featuring an ancient immortal who’s just escaped hundreds of years of imprisonment.  She’s on the run, right into a team of hunters, one werewolf and one vampire.  Dekker puts in a cameo appearance.

Fantasy/ alternate world.  What if the Vikings had met a classical Grecco/Roman empire?  I started with that question and gave it my own twist.  My cultures are based in reality but not meant to be historically accurate. I’ve drawn heavily on Viking lore for the Northlands but added my own ideas to the mix.  For one, certain bloodlines carry the berserker magic.   They come into conflict with the “civilized” peoples, cultures based on Grecco/Roman and Persian history.  Toss in some early Celtic type islanders, a few medieval city states and a dying magical race.
I’ve only published one book in this world but have much, much more planed. Eireann’s Tale is a prelude to the main epic.  Eireann is a red headed spit fire from the Wild Islands captured by pirates and “rescued” by Northmen.  The northlands will never be the same!

  Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
  My biggest challenge is promotion.  With ebooks much of that work falls to the writer.  I enjoy chatting on various yahoo loops just a bit too much.  Finding the balance between writing and promoting still eludes me but I am making progress.

  What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
  Chose your publishers carefully.  I’ve been lucky but have heard horror stories.  Make friends on the loops with seasoned writers.  Don’t be shy, they can’t see you.  I’m more than a bit reclusive in real life but have found a huge circle of friends online. 
  A note of caution:  once it’s on the net, it’s forever.  Just saying.

  What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
  My only tools are a computer.  NO way am I writing by hand.  Tried that, got hand cramps, couldn’t read my own handwriting (yes, it’s that bad) and gave up. It’s also indispensable for research, organizing notes, website data and even keeps me on schedule.
The most important tool is your own imagination.  Without that, well, I’m not sure what you’ll be writing.
 
  Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
  I decided early on that if I was going to write graphic sex I needed to balance it with realistic fights.  My line is simple: if it freaks me out to write it, don’t.  I don’t go out of my way to describe every little blood splat, more just to give the reader a feel for it.  I’ve never been a fan of slasher movies but love a good fight scene.  I hope that makes the distinction clear.  I write sex scenes the same way.  So yes, my books are considered erotica and graphic but I don’t write that for it’s own sake.  It’s all part of the story.

You can find information about me on my
website:  www.epicromances.com
blog: http://brannansfantasies.blogspot.com/
and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Brannan-Black

Wolfman series  http://www.changelingpress.com/catalog.php?upt=book&ufilter=series&sid=295
Apocalypse  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1488
Revelations  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1558
Judgement  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1590
Salvation  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1662
Genesis  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1714

Wolfman Tales  http://www.changelingpress.com/catalog.php?upt=book&ufilter=series&sid=320
Blind Passion  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1569
Blind Devotion  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1624

Viking Seduction:  http://www.changelingpress.com/catalog.php?upt=book&ufilter=series&sid=285
Blood Slave http://changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1450
Blood Hunter  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1524
Soul Bound  http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1425

Northlands:
The Wild One: Eireann’s Tale  http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=540&zenid=76708d2394b02ab66013066e9127f7ba

Most of my books are also available at ARe http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Brannan+Black

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