Monday, February 04, 2013

Interview with Brett O'Neal Davis Author of Mama Lona's Man The Straw Man Series Book One

Do you have a specific writing style?

Given my journalistic background, I would have to say I write very cleanly and produce "copy," as we call it in the trade, pretty fast. I sometimes envoy those who can write knotty prose that takes some time to unravel; I can't really do that.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I don't have any big overarching themes in mind, I just try to write stories that readers will enjoy and that will take them on an adventure. That said, it's impossible to write about zombies without writing about life and death. In the case of "Mama Lona's Man," I literally give my titular character a second chance at life, whether he wants it or not. So I guess the message is that life is precious and you can't always predict how it will go, so you should enjoy the ride as best you can.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Characters or scenes, no; scenery, yes. Many years ago I went to Grenada for my honeymoon, and I think the island sort of sunk into my mind and eventually helped produce this book. Grenada appears briefly in the book as itself, and it also serves as a model for my fictional Petit Royale.

What book are you reading now?

I'm on book two of "A Song of Fire and Ice." It's heresy, I know, but I'm enjoying it more than I did "Lord of the Rings."

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I am currently plotting out sequels to "Mama Lona's Man." I have several stories in mind and want to put them in the best order. I'm also about to begin editing an indie film that I shot last year. I had written a script and rather than watch it gather dust, I decided just to shoot it myself, thereby bringing together two of my favorite pastimes, writing and photography. We'll see how it goes.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I don't have to travel to do research, but I do happen to travel a lot for work and I think that helps inform my writing. I love to see new places and get into the different rhythms of life that you find around the world. Sometimes new locations alone give me ideas for books, which is what happened with this one.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

A very talented artist named Cate Meyers. We collaborated on it but the final look is hers.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just keep at it, and enjoy what you do. Sometimes the journey is the destination.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

Reggae! Definitely. Some Marley ("One Love"), Jimmy Cliff ("The Harder They Come"), Peter Tosh ("Walk and Don't Look Back"). English Beat, UB40, anything like that. Anything that makes you want to dance on a beach.

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Mama Lona's Man
The Straw Man Series Book One
Brett O'Neal Davis

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 9781301347049

Number of pages: 219
Word Count: 74,000

Cover Artist: Cate Meyers

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Book Description:

Mama Lona’s Man combines a Caribbean love story with a zombie thriller. It’s a bit James Bond, a bit "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and a dash of "Night of the Living Dead.

The leading man is a ex-Navy SEAL controlled by a witch doctor. When he meets an American girl caught up in island intrigue, they fall in love even though he's been dead longer than she's been alive.

About the Author

Brett O’Neal Davis is a native of Florence, Ala., and attended the same high school as Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley. He studied journalism at the University of North Alabama and the University of Missouri, writing about music whenever possible. He also briefly “fronted” the one-man punk band Screwhead. Despite clearing $1.50 in profit on consignment sales of the band’s lone album at Salt of the Earth Records in Columbia, Mo., he turned to the slightly more stable world of aerospace and defense journalism, working today in the field of unmanned systems and robotics in Washington, D.C.

He is the author of four science fiction and fantasy novels, all published by Baen Books. The first, The Faery Convention, was listed among the best fantasy novels for 1995 by Science Fiction Chronicle, and Two Tiny Claws was named to the 2000 Books for the Teen Age List by the New York Public Library. An occasional panelist at area science fiction conventions, he also has discussed fiction writing at National Press Club events and at literary festivals, including the annual T.S. Stribling celebration at the University of North Alabama. Mama Lona’s Man is his first foray into paranormal romance, but it won’t be the last.