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Feast of Fates, Pumpkins & a Wolf’s Kiss with @AuthorChrisAB #interview #recipe

Feast-of-Fates-Button-300-x-225Hey everyone! Welcome Christian A. Brown for his first visit to Cabin Goddess!

Christian agreed to be my victim guest today for the Tuesday blog stop on his Bewitching tour. But seriously I bet you are asking yourself what do pumpkins and a wolf’s kiss have to do with Feast of Fates author Christian A. Brown? Well, keep reading!

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Hey Christian! Welcome to the Cabin. Here, have a BLT & some Kale chips!

I swear, the kale makes even bacon healthy… here at the cabin anything is possible!

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

Two unlikely lovers forge a bond in the midst of a war between immortal kings. –  @AuthorChrisAB

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 – please take the chance to not take yourself to seriously and enjoy!)

Dirty little secret? Just one? I discovered rather early that I wasn’t fit for contemporary vocations. When I got a paper route, on my very first day, I decided that it was easier and less time consuming (so that I could get back to my writing—even then), to simply throw the papers over the back fence into some woods behind our house. Surprisingly, my crime wasn’t discovered for weeks. I apologize to any of the residents of Barrie that did not receive their weekend news during that dark time.

pumpkinCG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you are planning, have or want to could break into? If you want to have some fun, how about a bit of flash fiction with the prompt of… PUMPKIN!

Unrelated to the approaching holiday—Halloween—I am brainstorming and laying out rough drafts for a very different take on the YA genre. A bit of horror, a dash of sci-fi and sprinkling of magic. I tend to mash up a lot of genres in my work. Even Feast of Fates is hardly “hard” fantasy. On this new concept, let’s just say that I’m quite certain it hasn’t been done before, and it should be strange and wonderful if I can wrangle the story from my head. I anticipate diving into the idea in full come the completion of the 4th manuscript for the Four Feasts Till Darkness series. I’ve already finished two manuscripts, and I’m half-way into the third, so you won’t have to wait long to discover to the end (?) of Morigan and the Wolf’s tale.

On another note, since you asked me to write something about a pumpkin, I have. My brain is a little fatigued between writing and approving edits at the moment, so this is the best you’ll get out of my tired gray matter. A poem, if you will.

Shall I tell you a story, dear Jack?
A tale to chill you to your seeds
Of what awaits the fools who brave this eve
A glimmering dark
Deeply unhallowed
As thick as the heart of all sin
Picture it
Hark, little Jack. Could it be?
A rustle?
A shudder in the silk and shadows beyond?
You should not stay on your porch to listen
To these sounds that twist your soul into knots
Of wrongness
But you have stayed too long
Burned too bright
Called the demons that rule the night
The doom-grinding drums of their footsteps, you hear
The carolling caterwaul of their cackles, draw near
From the gullet of the dark, they spill
A hundred demons or more in masks of horror
Their beady stares, aglow, aflame
Sticks to thrash and beat and maim
Hands to claw your tangerine meat
Pulp, your pulp, beneath their dancing feet
No escape for you, dear Jack
It is the end
So stay in, dear Jack
Keep your candle snuffed tight
Let us wait out the terrors of this long, Hallows’ Eve night.

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?)

Neil Gaiman; he crosses genres quite well and has a humorous bent to his prose—like me. Ursula K. Le Guin is simply a master at her craft. Her world-building is exquisite. I’m also a big fan of dearly departed stage and book-smith, Timothy Findley. Such amazing dialog and characterization to his work.

CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? Why and if you could have them say one line what would it be?

Eva Green as one of the Sisters Three (my play on the Fates of mythology, with a pseudo-Celtic bent). I would choose Eva because of her eyes, naturally. Her talent too! But man, those eyes! I’m pretty sure she’s a witch, with the way she can entrance a person through the screen. Hopefully, a nice witch. I am also in love with nearly every role she plays, simply because she throws herself so fiercely into character. She must be a method actor, as well as a witch.

I would cast her as Elemech (Elle-eh-mek), the reader of fates. I would die a happy man watching this scene (line is in bold):

“I miss Eean,” she complained, and shoved her rump next to Elemech on the rock on which her sister sat. Elemech held her, and they watched the horizon of foliage and clouds. A flock of black birds suddenly cawed and broke the tree line, flying west.

      “An omen,” declared Elemech.

      “Of what?”

      “Get me that rabbit, and I shall show you,” said Elemech, pointing to a fluffy white hare that nibbled the discarded fruits of a blackberry shrub. Kindly Ealasyd, as innocent as a child’s wonder, had a way with animals, and they never shied from her. She picked up the hare, kissing it and ruffling its fur, and brought it to her sister.

      “Here,” said Elemech, extending her hands.

      As Ealasyd passed the animal over, she had an inkling of what her sister was to do by the coldness that ran through her features. In a single painless twist, Elemech broke the creature’s neck, and then set its soft body on her lap beneath her budding belly, like a remorseless mother who had committed infanticide. Ealasyd fell to her knees.

      “Why! Why would you do that?”

      Death, death is coming. Or something like it. You asked me a question, and I have given you an answer.

      “Your lessons are always so cruel, sister,” sniffled Ealasyd.

      “You can’t have kindness without the cruelty. The world has to balance itself out. We’ll have rabbit tonight, with pepper and red willow root. It will be so lovely that you’ll be thanking this white fellow once he’s in your belly, and we’ll sing a song about his sacrifice.”

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)?

Ha! I have quite an addictive personality, although I’ve been blessed that such a character trait hasn’t led me to more damaging vices. I exercise, religiously. Weightlifting and cardio. I’m obsessive about it, as I am with everything else, including my writing. That’s probably why I get so much done, however, that can come at the expense of personal relationships—but I always make amends! If I had to choose one mindless habit of mine that could be considered a vice, I guess that I’d go with video games. Currently, when I can, I’ll whittle away an hour or two on FFXIV. What a lovely digital world.

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)

Exercise, but I mentioned that. I have some amazing nieces and nephews, so I like to spend time with them whenever possible. My cats need plenty of love and attention. My partner, too! Occasionally, I’ll plan for a big trip. This year we’re going to England.

CG During the zombie apocalypse, what fictional character would you want watching your back? (I cannot help myself TWD is finally here!)

Hermione Granger. If the zombies ate her, then Xena. If Xena somehow succumbed to a bite and therefore needed to be tragically put her down before she became an uber-zombie, I suppose that blue fellow from Watchmen would do, since he’s like immortal or something. If all else failed, Amy Schumer, just so that we could have some trashy giggles before the end.

CG – If your book was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine?

Interesting question. Something classic at first glance, though with plenty of unexpected flavors. Let’s start with a braised and apricot-stuffed tenderloin, either pork or beef (or tofu-substitute if you’re vegetarian). Top it in a demi-glaze of red wine, herbs, and butter. All rich and layered flavors. Accompany the meal with a glass of fruity merlot. On the side, a light and refreshing vinaigrette salad with berries and nuts, as well as a separated portion of roasted leeks and candied yams—for a touch of the savory and the sweet. No need for dessert when your meal has been so satisfying.

CG – Create or rename a drink (with or without booze) representing your book in name and ingredients

The Wolf’s Kiss
Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces brandy
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • ½ tablespoon of grenadine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Instructions
  1. For the wild taste of the Wolf’s kisses in your very own mouth. Drink with caution, and never under a full moon.
Notes
Adding two cherries and the choice of glass can make all the difference in the world. A Wolf's Kiss can be very risky!

CG FAST and FURIOUS – Don’t pause just answer what comes first to mind

  • Beer, Wine, Shot Glass and a bottle or perhaps a potion? Potion

  • Coke or Pepsi? Tea

  • Helmet, Baseball Hat or Scalp? Scalp 

  • Spirits, Demons or Killer Clowns ?(so I am a little obsessed) Spirited demonic clowns.

  • Duct tape, Zip Ties or leather thongs? All three.

  • Chainsaw arm or shotgun leg (gotta throw a zombie apocalypse related question in here! J)? Gandalf’s staff.

  • Exorcism, Smiting or Summoning? I don’t want to talk about my exes.

  • Zombie Apocalypse or mysterious pandemic? Flesh eating tapeworms (from the inside out—they’re in the drinking water!)

  • Warp speed or Worm holes? Astral portal.

  • House of Mirrors or House of Horrors? House of Mirrored Horrors.

  • Learn battle techniques from a Mage, Viking or Ninja? Mage, then I’d bespell the secrets from the others.

 

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

Christian-A-Brown-2My time machine is complete. I’d tell you what I’ve gotten up to with it, but you wouldn’t know, obviously, since it’s now actual history. Other than moonlighting as a Time Lord, you can expect the continuation of Morigan and the Wolf’s adventures in early 2015, as well as all sorts of media, marketing and top-secret shifts in the world of Geadhain. I’ll be ready to share some of these secret projects very soon. To Cabin Goddesses, and to those who have endured my rambling, thank you for your time. Happy Halloween, too. Try not to raise the dead. I did that last year. Left a terrible mess in the basement, and necromancers never stay to help you clean up.

All the best, – C

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Thanks for being here, Christian! I cannot wait to try the drink! Everyone else, enjoy the Rafflecopter (thank you both Christian and Bewitching) and make sure you check out the tour schedule below for more great guest posts and interviews!

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Feast of Fates, Pumpkins & a Wolf’s Kiss with @AuthorChrisAB #interview #recipeFeast of Fates
Series: Four Feasts Till Darkness Book One
by Christian A. Brown
Pages: 540
Illustrator •Published by CreateSpace, Self-Published
on September 9, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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"Love is what binds us in brotherhood, blinds us from hate, and makes us soar with desire.

Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her--visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.

With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.

 

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About Christian A. Brown

Christian A. Brown has written creatively since the age of six. After spending most of his career in the health and fitness industry, Brown quit his job to care for his mother when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010.

Having dabbled with the novel that would eventually become Feast of Fates for over a decade, Brown was finally able to finish the project. His mother, who was able to read a beginning version of the novel before she passed away, has since imbued the story with deeper sentiments of loss, love, and meaning. He is proud to now share the finished product with the world.

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7 Comments

  1. Wow, what a glorious setup! Those .gifs made my day 🙂 Thank you so much for the opportunity, and for providing such a fun and interesting interview. Oh, and as of this morning, Feast of Fates received one of the surprises that I mentioned: a new cover. One scrawled, penned, or what have you by the esteemed artist: Lamin Martin. Its stunning, if I say so myself, and its rolling out on Kindle and physical copies as we speak. If you want a peek, head over to the official website.

    • You are SO welcome… but NOW, pretty please what is the official website? Yours? I cannot find it and now I am … pouting!

  2. Excellent interview, Kriss! Your interviews are always entertaining. Good luck to you, Christian! I look forward to keeping an eye out for your future works.

    • Thank you! I look forward to delighting you with the adventures of Morigan and the Wolf 🙂

  3. Terrific interview, as always, Kriss. Thank you for the great introduction to Christian, and Feast of Fates. oh, and I might need that kale chip recipe…..

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