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The Light at the End of a Lime with @rasi22 – Interview & a Recipe

Hello Douglas Brown, welcome to the Cabin. I tend to be a bit… off and fun, so sit back and enjoy, don’t be afraid to have some fun, and let your hair down! Grab a donut, a handful of bacon and a cup of Black Magic! We are going to have some fun!! I am glad Lady Reader’s Bookstuff suggested having you come visit! Thanks again for putting up taking the time to interview with me. 

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CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO! 


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DB – For ultimate rule, the dark #wizard needs The Light of #Epertase. Hardened warrior, Rasi, would sacrifice everything to stop him. @rasi22

CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)

My name is Douglas Brown and I’m a firefighter/paramedic in Columbus, Ohio, as well as a 4-time published author. I’m actually a Lieutenant at the fire department now.

A dirty little secret, huh? OK. I like to kill my friends. Now, don’t go calling the cops. I just mean that I use their names and sometimes their traits in my stories. Unfortunately, their characters sometimes have to die. After I’m finished, I can’t wait to tell them about how I killed them. Does that make me evil?

I also believe that I’m a better story-teller than I am a writer, but I’m working on it. I am willing to bet that anyone reading this would admit that my concept for my werewolf novel, Tamed, is as unique as it gets. If you’re looking for elegant prose and subtle story-telling, that’s not my strength. Yet. But, if you’re looking for an exciting, fun read with an original twist, I’ve got you covered.

CG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? (If you want you can – I would love it if you did – a max flash fiction of no more that 500 with the prompt of “LIGHT” since summer is almost here (Yes this could work with romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics.. own it, title it and GO!)

DB –          That’s an interesting question because I am a fantasy and horror writer, but I don’t feel like I’ve broken into either of those genres as much as I’d like. But I don’t think that answer is in the spirit of this question and is a bit of a cop out. So, I’d say I’d like to write crime fiction. Maybe someday I will. In fact, as part of this answer, I get my chance. Be gentle. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone here. I just wrote this 500-word flash fiction story about a wronged cop. I’m afraid I’ve broke the rule by a few words, but I get credit for being a good sport, right?

Here’s The Light at the End.

The Light at the End

Headlights.

Blinding Frank as he falls to his hands and knees. Wet crimson from the bullet wound in his shoulder paints the hard pavement beneath him. The charging car’s engine sings a death song across the parking lot. Frank reached for his ankle.

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Two minutes, fifty-seven seconds earlier.

Friday. 11:00 PM. Frank and Darryl stood roll call in the dark, police substation parking lot. Their sergeant eyed them with narrow, calculated eyes. “So, what do you think, Darryl?” he asked.

Darryl had been a cocky SOB ever since Frank met him during the police academy years ago and probably for a long time before that. He walked with a king-of-the-mountain kind of swagger and Frank didn’t much like him.

“We have to do it, Sergeant,” Darryl answered without missing a beat. “It’s gotta be Frank.”

Frank’s stomach turned. This was a bastard of a set-up if he’d ever seen one. One could call Frank clumsy, which people often did, or a slob since he never tucked in his shirt. But crooked? Not a chance.

Frank stared forward, his hands instantly clammy as his sergeant’s eyes burned a hole through his temple.

“Open my trunk,” the sergeant said with a nod toward his black Nissan.

Darryl reached through the open car window and popped the trunk. He held up trash bags, a dirty shovel, and duct tape with bloody fingerprints on it. Frank swallowed hard.

“Put it into Frank’s trunk,” the sergeant said. His hand slowly traced his sidearm.

Frank backed away while secretly feeling for his own revolver. “What’d you guys do, Sergeant?”

“Not us. Frank. What did you do? Don’t fight us. It’s better this way.”

The air turned angry. Darryl drew his weapon first and fired. Frank spun away. He unloaded seven shots of his own as he retreated across the lot. A bullet tore through his right shoulder, knocking his weapon from his hand. Though Frank was clumsy, he was a hell of a shot and Darryl lay motionless on the pavement beside the car. Frank fell to his hands and knees, his strength pouring from his wound. The sergeant’s car engine screamed to life. The tires squealed toward him, the headlights were blinding.

Frank fumbled for his backup revolver from his ankle holster, forced himself to his feet, and fired five shots into the front windshield. The fifth one struck pay dirt. The car veered left, inches from his leg, and slammed into another parked sedan.

Frank staggered to the driver’s side window, gun aimed. The sergeant’s wounds were mortal; he just didn’t know it yet.

“What did you do, Sergeant?” Frank asked.

“She was never gonna leave you. I had no choice.”

Frank’s gut filled with dread. “My beautiful Gracie?” His heart ached with the thought of his estranged wife.

The sergeant coughed blood across the spidered windshield. His eyes grew cold and vacant. Frank stumbled backward. Gracie’s smile flashed through his thoughts and a tear kissed his cheek. He lifted the gun to his temple.

“We could have fixed us, Gracie.”

He squeezed the trigger.

“Oh Holy shrimp cakes, that rocked Dougie poo… I think you may have a fire to put out!” fanning my face… “You just rock! More Black Magic?” *pouring more coffee my magic Keurig Coffee pot made for us*

CG – When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question?)

DB – Stephen King is my favorite author. Strangely, I don’t write in the same style as he does, but I find him amazing. He can make an apple on a table interesting. I love The Dark Tower. I also like Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule and I feel my style of writing is closer to his. I love fantasy and horror, but my friends tease me about the fact that, as a reader, I’m in a nonfiction kick right now. I could sit down and read a book about Steve Jobs within a few days, whereas fiction takes me a bit longer.

CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

Val-Kilmer Tamed-001DB –    Let’s go with Tamed since werewolves are a more mainstream genre and since Tamed has already been snagged by a California production studio. So this will be fun. Let’s start with the villain. He is an older businessman named Bernard Henderson, described as being thick in a former football player kind of way. I see the current Val Kilmer as the perfect Bernard. Everything matches, from his mannerisms to his powerful persona behind his soft Jim Morrison-role voice. He’d be perfect.

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IL Gattopardo - Premiere - 63rd Cannes Film FestivalMy main character is a strong female firefighter named Christine who is pretty when she wants to be, but isn’t a supermodel. Christine has that toughness to put up with firemen all day while also having that ability to dress up and enjoy a night out on the town as a girlfriend. I’ve always liked Kate Beckinsale from Underworld for that role. Kate is a beautiful woman who I think could pull off that plain girl next door persona if she tried. The action scenes would be a no problem for her and she’s fought werewolves before. When you factor that in with her features, Kate is totally Christine.

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James Franco Tamed-001Let’s finish with Aiden. He’s a tough as nails mercenary with a conscience. Though my wife would insist that I put Joe Manganiello from True Blood in that role, I don’t see Aiden as that kind of muscle bound guy. (Though he’d be perfect for Rasi in Epertase.) And as I like to remind my wife at every chance I get, Mr. Manganiello was scrawny Flash in the Sam Raimi Spiderman only a few years ago. I’m just saying. Anyway, I see Aiden as a regular looking dude like James Franco who has a badass living within. James Franco was in 127 Hours as well as Sam Raimi’s Spiderman. He played the Willum Defoe Green Goblin’s son. I chose James because of his ability to carry an entire movie with just his on-screen presence as he did in 127 Hours.

CG – Write one line you would love for him/her to say from your book.

DB – I can’t write the line that I’d love to hear because it would give away the big surprise in the book. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about after you read Tamed.

CG – What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

DB – Start writing a sequel.

CG – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?

DB – I listen to music. I love music and like to have it playing in the background for whatever I’m doing, including writing. I’m listening to music right now as I write this. I also play a mean air guitar. If I’m truly stuck on a plot point, doing some kind of monotonous chore works well for me. I’ve solved some of my biggest plot holes by mowing the grass or taking a drive.

CG – What do you do when you’re not writing? (ie: What festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family)

DB –    I’m a family man. If I’m not writing or working at the fire house, I’m doing family type stuff. My favorite thing in the world to do is hang out with my 8-year-old son. He’s super cool. I’m also a big movie buff. Anytime my son asks to go to a movie, I’m in.

CG – During the zombie apocalypse, what fictional character would you want watching your back? 

DB – Hands down, Wolverine. I’ve loved Wolverine since before loving Wolverine was cool. (Has it has ever been cool?) In fact, Rasi, my main character in Epertase, was inspired by Wolverine. I hated how Marvel treated the Wolverine character, so I created an honorable badass who no one could ruin but me. Wait a minute, that didn’t sound right.

CG – If your book was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine? (I do a recipe with many of my authors this maybe an opportunity for you to share a recipe you think could go along with this? Or just describe the actual meal, this would be the whole thing not just one dish – see below for bonus round)

DB –          The Epertase trilogy would be meat and potatoes without a doubt. Rasi’s character is as testosterone-filled as they come and I think a nice, thick steak would be appropriate. The trilogy has plenty of light moments and a love story, but the battles are action-driven.

OK, so here’s my meal. In a modern time it would be dinner at any Brazilian Steakhouse. At a Brazilian Steakhouse, the food is all you can eat meat. They keep bringing it out until you make them stop. I’m equating the battles and action of Epertase to this kind of service for a couple of reasons. First, every time you feel like you’re catching your breath another round of action/meat comes your way. Second, once the book or meal is finished, you are completely satisfied and happy you made the journey. Now, this question asks for specifics so let’s start with the warm-up. Fried bananas, cheese rolls, and a nice Brazilian drink called the Hylock (see next question). After the prelims, comes the main event. We’ll start with Picanha which is the most perfectly seasoned top sirloin you’ve ever tasted. After a sliver of Picanha, your mouth waters for the Abacaxi, or glazed and grilled pineapple, that’s making its way out next. The meat keeps coming with tender chicken wrapped in bacon and parmesan-encrusted pork. The final book of the trilogy is like the warm apple pie ala mode for dessert because the entire final book is so satisfying in its resolutions that it is the perfect way to cap off the meal.

This question may have just cost me a hundred bucks because now my whole family wants to go to the Brazilian Steakhouse.

Let’s make this a real Cabin Goddess “Interview and a recipe”

CG – Create a drink (with or without booze) representing your book in name an ingredients (this could be a renamed established drink)

The Hylock

Desde_un_rinconcito_del_mundo_by_ElhilodeAriadnaIngredients
  • Freshly sliced lime,
  • 2 tsp of fine sugar
  • expensive rum mixed with sugarcane juice.
To prepare:
  1. Place the lime wedges and sugar into a glass.
  2. Muddle well.
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  4. Pour in the rum mixed with sugarcane juice.
  5. Stir well.

BONUS ROUND “MAKE MINE A MEAL”

I’m going to call this The Pride of Thasula. I chose the glazed pineapple from above because it is super delicious and easy to make. Your readers could try this at home and have a fantastic treat.

The Pride of Thasula

Glazed Pineapple

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 of a pineapple, cut into spears
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a large ziplock bag. Add the pineapple spears, close the bag tightly, and shake it so that the cinnamon and brown sugar coat the spears. Place the pineapple in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat your grill to medium heat, around 350-400 degrees.
  3. Place the pineapple spears on the grill and turn them every few minutes.
  4. Grill the pineapple until it is cooked to your liking.
  5. Enjoy!

FAST and FURIOUS

On the Rocks, Blended or Bottle and a Shot Glass?
Bottle. I’m a beer man, not a mixed drinks kind of guy.
Coke or Pepsi?
New Coke. (Just kidding. Thought I’d see who’d remember that.) Actually,  I like Pepsi, but I stay away from sodas for the most part. (you are so my hero now… HELL YES PEPSI… god I like you so much!)
Zombie Apocalypse or mysterious pandemic?
Zombie Apocalypse. At least I’d have a fighting chance.
Warp speed or Worm holes?
Warp speed. I’m a child of the Star Wars generation. 
House of Mirrors or House of Horrors?
House of Horrors.
Superman or Iron Man?
Neither. Wolverine would kick Iron Man’s rear and Superman is too perfect.
Learn battle techniques from a Viking or a ninja?
Ninja all the way.
Cowboy hat or baseball hat?
Baseball hat. Yee haw.
Chainsaw arm or shotgun leg?
Chainsaw arm. It would help me cut holes in roofs at the fire department. Though I’d have to be a lot more careful using the bathroom. 

CG – Anything you would like to add… appearances, upcoming releases, where I can find someone to adjust the algorithms for my time machine.

See Dr. Emmitt Brown for algorithms to time machines and tell him I sent you. He’ll probably look at you like you’re crazy, but at least it makes me sound important. (Any idea where the Doc Brown reference came from?)

If you’d like to meet me, come see me at Mid Ohio Comic Con in Columbus at the end of Sept. If you’d like to follow my blog, just type in epertase.com. Like “Epertase” on Facebook and let’s be twitter pals @rasi22. Bonus points if you can guess where the 22 comes from.

Thank you for having me. I had a blast.

 About the Author

Douglas BrownDouglas R. Brown is a fantasy writer living in Pataskala, Ohio.

He began writing over five years ago as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter/paramedic for the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire.

Now he focuses his writing on fantasy where he can draw from his lifelong love of the genre.

He has been married for 14 years and has a son and two dogs.

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The Rise of the Cridon

When kings make war, innocent men die.

After Rasi’s bloody defeat at the hands of King Fice, he awakens imprisoned in the deadly grasp of the fishers.

Meanwhile, the dark wizard Tevin the Third has assumed Epertase’s throne. He believes finding Alina and stealing her Light will secure his brutal reign forever.

Alina flees with her son, Cridon, to Torick Island where the banished Teks live. But the Light has been broken and is calling Cridon back to Epertase. Tevin must be stopped, and the fate of the kingdom rests within the soul of a child.

The end of days has just begun.

8 Comments

  1. I like everything that’s going on over here: also “Chainsaw arm or shotgun leg?” has to be the most awesome interview question of all time.
    Show me some love!

  2. I have LOVED Douglas Brown since the first Light of Epertase book. Was that only two years ago? Wow… And the Brazilian Steakhouse? As long as I was being given steak after steak, you bet that sounds like my dream place! 🙂

    What an awesome post. I could not find his Twitter feed when I set up my review for tomorrow, so now I have it! wOOt! 🙂

    And Kriss, if you haven’t read “Tamed” yet, girl, you really need to, You’ll love it!
    Show me some love!

  3. Great now I want to find the money to go to a Brazilian steakhouse, Well maybe I should see if we even have one here. That meal sounds sooo good! Great interview!

  4. Great post! He sounds like a nice guy and the book sure does is another to read lister. 🙂
    Caipirinha and glazed pineapple! Whoopdidoo!

  5. Thanks for having me over for the blog interview. I really enjoyed myself. I loved the questions. Great, great job. Just a quick note, if you’d like to follow me on twitter, there was a slight misprint in the title. I’m actually @rasi22 without the extra “i” 😉
    Again, great interview.

    • That is fucking LOVELY. I love that I fucked up the damn twitter. I think I may give up

  6. I fucking love you so hard.
    Show me some love!

  7. P.S. I totally dig Brazilian, yo.
    Show me some love!

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