Welcome to the December 20, 2009 edition of The Fox Hole. Five more days until Christmas and we’re all busy with family, last minute details, and sudden revelations that we’ve forgotten someone on that seemingly endless gift list. Well today I’m bringing everyone an early X-Mas gift. Today I have multi-published, award winning novelist P.A. Brown as my guest and I’m sure you’ll love getting to know her on a personal level. So pour a hot cup of Joe, grab a danish, and have a seat as I delve into the mind of a crime writer who has been praised by Rick Reed himself!
Welcome to The Fox Hole Ms. Brown it’s a delight to have you. Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Western Canada and being a military brat moved a lot. This trend stayed with me even as an adult, which led me to leave everything behind and move to Los Angeles when I was 22. I wanted to write screen plays and I knew that was the place to do it. Nothing ever came of the screen plays except one character, Johnny Wager, who this year found new form in a novel called Memory of Darkness. I lived in L.A for 8 years and left with enough experiences to write a dozen or more books. Out of those years came L.A. Heat, then L.A. Mischief and later this year L.A. Boneyard.
When I’m not writing I’ve done jobs as diverse as horse groomer, house cleaner, fish store manager and network engineer. All of which have been fodder for my writing. I love to learn and consider my self a joat (jack of all trades) knowing a little bit about almost everything. And what I don’t know, Google is my best friend. And insatiable yearning for knowledge leads me to read almost anything, and out of that reading comes a lot of story ideas.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? If so when did you start writing?
Pretty much. At least once I knew that the books I loved to read were created by living people and realized I could do the same. I finished my first novel at 17, and from then till I was published in 2006, I wrote something like 7-8 books, mostly science fiction, since that’s what I wrote until I switched to mysteries and wrote L.A Heat. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t write, even if it was just scribbling.
As a writer what inspires you?
Ideas and characters. I get to know my characters the same way you’d get to know someone you just met. I hang around them, put them in situations and see how they react and just get to know them. Ideas will come out of the blue and sometimes they suggest a character, or sometimes they fit in with a character I’ve already created. Inspiration comes from so many places. It’s mostly just a matter of keeping your mind open to them.
Do you have any favorite writers?
Michael Connelly is my favorite, but I also like Robert Crais, Jeffrey Deaver, Joseph Wambaugh, Paul Bishop and Jonathan Kellerman, among others. I love darker, grittier books, especially if they deal with cops.
If you could live in any time or place–where and when would you choose?
There might be times I’d like to visit, but not stay. I like modern conveniences and things like decent medical care and antibiotics to live anytime in the past. As for places? Any place warm all year round. Hawaii, New Mexico. Fiji… Anyone want to marry me and take me away from it all?
Being a professional cook at one time, I have to ask this one. Do you have a favorite food?
Pizza. I make a killer pizza. Everything from scratch. I make the dough, the sauce with fresh tomatoes, real herbs and simple toppings – mushrooms, green peppers, sometimes bacon or pepperoni. Another variation is to make panzerotti – same ingredients, only deep fried!
Now that I’ve picked your brain, can you tell us about your latest work? Don’t hold back!
My latest work due out soon is L.A Boneyard and Lynx Woods. L.A. Boneyard is the third Chris and David book and deals with the discovery of two pregnant dead women in shallow graves in Griffith Park. It leads to human traffickers, ex-Marine gun dealers and some of L.A.’s worst gangs. It all takes place on the mean streets of South Central L.A and the bucolic, tree-lined streets of West Hollywood.
Lynx Woods is a romance between Tyler McKay, an environmental engineer and Charlie Reid, a wildlife artist who is in denial about his sexuality. It deals with acceptance and love and explores how far someone will go to find love and keep it.
My current WIP is a story about a young Latino man who is struggling to keep his family safe from local gangbangers in Cypress Park in L.A. Gabe’s life is further complicated when he meets young LAPD officer Alejandro Cerveras. Gabe’s attraction to Alejandro will bring them both death or free them to love in a world devoid of it. I’m calling it barrio boyz.
This one doesn’t have a publisher yet.
Well that’s all the time we have for now, but you’re welcome to come back any time and wow us with more of your writings. As a matter of fact as soon as you have a publisher for barrio boyz I’d love to have you back.
For those of you interested in learning more about P.A. Brown and her award winning work check out the links below.
Web site: http://www.pabrown.ca
Until next time may you and your families have a blessed holiday season and may the Goddess touch you with her light.