Wednesday, November 5, 2014

His Cemetery Doll by Brantwijn Serrah‏


When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology. She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on. She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work.

Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com

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There's a woman in the graveyard.

Conall Mackay never put stock in ghost stories. Not even after thirteen years serving as the cemetery keeper in the village of Whitetail Knoll. But things change. Now, his daughter is dreaming of a figure among the tombstones. The grounds are overrun by dark thorns almost faster than Con can clear them. White fog and gray ribbons creep up on him in the night, and a voiceless beauty beckons him from the darkest corners of the graves.

When the world he knows starts to unravel, Conall might finally be forced to believe.


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Q) What inspired you to write His Cemetery Doll?
A) Many inspirations came together to create this book. The characters of Conall and the Broken Doll are incarnations of a pair of characters my husband and I created years ago, characters we've shared all our lives. I became interested in a supernatural creature based on a haunted "doll" after a trip to Knott's Scary Farm and a Halloween maze called "The Doll Factory". Finally, the music of Repo! The Genetic Opera helped me begin tying things together into the first stirrings of a plot.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) The story came together in different steps over a couple of years, but when the time came to put it down in novel form, it took six weeks from start to finish. This had a lot to do with the fact my publisher put out a call for submissions and it had a firm deadline. Sometimes when I'm under a deadline like that I can switch into "NaNoWriMo" mode, and work on a words-per-day schedule to get the book down. It doesn't always come smoothly, even so...in the case of His Cemetery Doll, though, it feel into place beautifully. I think Con and his lady were just ready for their story to be told.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) The infinite number of possibilities, all the different ways to explore themes and adventures and wild new ideas, all from the comfort of your own home. I love being able to write a story about a haunted gravekeeper and his delicate Broken Doll, then switch gears entirely and write about a lighthearted elvyn trio in a polyamorous affair. There is literally nothing out of bounds.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) As much as I love to write, and as much as I know the possibilities are so endless...sometimes when Writer's Block hits, it can feel like you'll never find that plot string again. There's always a point in any book where I doubt the whole thing, from start to finish, and wonder if anyone will enjoy what I've put down. It passes, usually...and then comes back as soon as the manuscript has been in consideration with my editor for more than a few days.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) Something about being Cleopatra sounds incredibly interesting. I'd really love to experience first-hand what it was like to be the best-known Queen of Egypt for a day. Preferably a good day, though a controversial day would also be very fascinating...

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A) The Arm and Hammer baking soda package which should have been replaced 3 months ago...

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) I have a paranormal lesbian romance coming out in December, and a couple of stories in an upcoming superhero anthology. I'll be working on a BDSM/Power Exchange story for National Novel Writing Month, and I have sequels to Lotus Petals and Goblin Fires in the works.

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1 comment:

Brantwijn Serrah said...

Thank you for hosting me today! I quite enjoyed the interview. :)