It is with a great deal of pleasure for me to introduce my guest, Jim Bronyaur, to my blog today. He has graciously agreed to answer some questions for us and has provided us with some of his music. Just click on the link at the end to hear the music.
1- Tell us a little about your book, In the Corner, and how it came to be.
In the Corner is three stories in the horror/psychological horror genre. The first story, When the Star Fade, follows a man named Jimmy, who is on the wrong side of a beating when something comes from the woods...something big and dark...the question is, is it here to end his suffering or help him? The second story, The Second That Burns, follows a man named Trevor who is the survivor of a horrific car accident-one that should have killed him. He's living with the guilt of living and with the help of Dr. Philips, he hopes to conquer his quilt before it gets the best of him. And in the final story, The Wrong Side of the Tracks follows a couple as they attempt to take a road trip but then something happens...the road changes...and keeps changing...
The book title is the story of these three stories. They were stories I started but never finished. I very rarely start something and don't finish it, so these three stories burned in my mind for a while until I decided to finish them, edit them, and put them together. And the stories themselves all work and just fit together.
2- How did you come to write the songs for the band Butler in your story, 'The Wrong Side of the Tracks?'
I've always wanted to incorporate music and writing together...and while I'm not sure I've come close to perfected it, I found a cool way to do it. The lead character in The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Evan, is the lead singer of the fictional band, Butler. So I decided to write a demo for Butler and tie it all in with the book. And two of those demo songs are going to be used quite often on this tour...
What I did was just channel the story, and parts of it that I wrote based on my life and came up with some music. It went a lot smoother than I thought it would-the hard part is recording everything since I'm a one man band here so I have to take one track at a time, one instrument at a time
3- Did you ever play in a band? If so, when and where?
Oh yeah, I was in a band. In high school, I was the guitarist in Falling Down the Stair. FDTS! We recorded a demo, played a lot of shows, and were on the radio once. That was such a cool feeling turning on the radio and hearing our song. We played everywhere we could, mostly holding concerts in our drummers basement and packing it with as many people as we could and just playing.
4- Do you tend towards the horror/thriller suspense genre? Do you see yourself writing in other genres?
I've written in other genres before, yes, and I enjoyed them. BUT my genre is horror/thriller. Even my writing that could be considered literary fiction still had slight horror elements to it. Now, does that mean I won't ever write in other genres? No. But if I do, it'll be under a pen name. *hint hint*
5- Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, what did you do previously?
Writing has been in my life as long as I could remember. It started when I read Pet Sematary by Stephen King when I was 8 or 9. When the other kids were reading Beverly Cleary and Stuart Little, I was buried in horror novels. Then I started playing guitar when I was around that age too and they just seemed to sync together and that's all that ever mattered to me...writing and music.
6- Do you have any WIP? If so, can you tell us about them?
Yes, yes, yes! I have two really cool projects coming up. My serialized story Pulsate is going into ebook and paperback! I just wrapped up the first season of Pulsate on Flashes in the Dark and I decided to try something new...take the season and put it into book form. I figured if people will buy the season of a TV show on DVD why not a serialized web story? And plus, I know that some people don't like to read online and may not have the time to commit to reading every episode so this is my way of ensuring everyone has a chance at reading Pulsate...plus, I packed the book with 5 bonus episodes AND a novelette. It's due out June 2011.
7- I am interested in your work 'The Killer and She.' Can you give us a little background and how it came to be?
Oh, I love The Killer & She...it's part of a new series I'm calling the Poetry Story Telling Series. I'm calling it a mix between Dr. Seuss and Stephen King. These are epic horror poems that tell full stories. I've always wanted to do something with poetry so I started dabbling and one night I read some parts to my wife who told me it sounded amazing and to keep going. So I did. The Killer & She is about a woman having nightmares about a man coming to kill her...while dreaming, a man does come, breaks into her house, and tries to kill her. They fight, but who wins? Well, you'll have to read to find out!
The next book in the PST Series is due sometime this summer and it's called The House & He.
8- What do you do for relaxation?
Write. No, seriously. Write. Play guitar. And since we moved into a house with a fireplace and I have my own writing space...I like to build fires, watch scary movies, and think about what I'll be writing next. Writing is my life, inside and out, from daybreak to day end. And I wouldn't change it for the world.
My site: http://www.jimbronyaur.com/
Follow me: www.twitter.com/jimbronyaur
Buy my book: In the Corner- http://jimbronyaur.info/?page id=1100
Link for music: http://jimbronyaur.info/?p=1606
I wish to thank Jim for stopping by and answering our questions. Feel free to leave a comment and ask Jim any questions you may have. Be sure to stop back for his answer.