Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are proud to welcome Brent Weeks to our sites today!
Brent is the proud creator of the NIGHT ANGEL Trilogy and LIGHTBRINGER series.
The NIGHT ANGEL Trilogy consists of “The Way of Shadows”, “Shadow’s Edge”, and “Beyond the Shadows”. There is also “Perfect Shadow”, a Night Angel Novella, which was just released this past June.
The LIGHTBRINGER series currently only has 1 installment – “The Black Prism” – which was released on August 25, 2010.
For our readers who are not yet familiar with Brent’s work, let’s give you the rundown of his books…
NIGHT ANGEL TRILOGY:
“The Way of Shadows”
“The Black Prism”
O.K, now that we’ve given you a sneak peek into Brent’s books, let’s get to the interview and find out a bit more about Brent and his work.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi Brent! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us a bit today.
BRENT: Happy to be with you! And thanks for introducing me to your readers.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the book and series…
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
BRENT: I was defensive Player of the Year for my high school football team, I also wrote poetry, and my current mighty (and vain) struggle, is to make my yard look as good as my neighbors’.
Q3): What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
BRENT: I’m a gamer, mostly consoles. I have been dabbling in the uber-geeky side of things in learning to play Magic the Gathering this past year. I’ve also been dabbling in learning to box. You feel really tough the first time all of your knuckles are skinned and bleeding – and then you just feel dumb for skinning your knuckles. I also hang out with my extended family a lot. Other than that, since my career has really got rolling, I’m working six days a week. So I don’t have too much time for extra hobbies.
Q4): If you could have a superpower, what would you want it to be and why?
BRENT: To directly control the thoughts and emotions of others. Muhaha!! (And I think “Muhaha” is fairly self-explanatory!)
Q5): If you were to write an auto-biography, what do you think you’d call it?
BRENT: Don’t Call Me Brett, Dammit. It’s Only Five Letters. What’s So Hard?
Q6): Who are some of your favorite authors and a couple titles in your TBR pile right now?
BRENT: George R.R. Martin, Winston Churchill, and Dean Koontz. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry, Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes and Shadow’s Lure by Jon Sprunk and the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe, and the Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
Q7): For our readers not yet familiar with your work, can you give us a rundown of the NIGHT ANGEL Trilogy and LIGHTBRINGER series in your own words?
BRENT: Since you’ve got the marketing schtick above, let me give you the short, unpretentious version. The Night Angel Trilogy is an assassin story with heart. (Odd, but it works.) It’s all about the tough choices people make to survive in horrible circumstances, and how heroism and nobility shine brightest in the darkest places. It is, above all, a story about love, love’s curious strength, and how different people react to that strength that feels like weakness.
Lightbringer is a story of magic, guns, and swordplay set in an alternate 1600 Mediterranean world where magic is everywhere. It’s a story of secrets, family, two brothers in love with the same woman, and the carnage they wreak, and the highest, dirtiest politics possible. Sort of like the political machinations of the Borgias and the Medicis, the stakes are both national and personal all at the same time.
Q8): Why did you feel like you had to tell these stories?
BRENT: Because I love them: they’re kick-ass and fun, and occasionally funny and heart-breaking. They’re the kind of stories that I love to read, that keep me turning the page until way too late at night. They’re stories that, despite great action sequences, and some cool visual feasts, really take advantage of the power of the written word. You get to know my characters in a way that no movie or TV show can convey. And you’ll love them or hate them, or if I did my job well, a little bit of both.
Q9): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the NIGHT ANGEL Trilogy?
BRENT: I wanted to try to see if I could write an assassin character who isn’t, at core, a sociopath. That is, is there any way to make a good man actually take on the job of killing people for a living? And if he does it, what does that do to him?
Q10): How many books do you have planned for the LIGHTBRINGER series, and what can we look forward to as the series progresses?
BRENT: I plan to write it in three books, although I’m certain I have enough story for four. I always want to write books that are full of story, where lots of things are happening, that maybe you don’t even notice on the first read-through. I want to be the antithesis of the boring book. Or the series that goes on forever, just milking you as a reader because the author knows that you “have to finish it” after a certain point, so they can just make you buy and buy and buy. I want readers to be utterly satisfied and wanting more because the last book was so good, not because they just want to see it end.
Q11): What else is in the works for Brent Weeks outside of NIGHT ANGEL and LIGHTBRINGER?
BRENT: After I finish the Lightbringer books, I plan to return to the world of Night Angel and write more there. That’s been my plan all along, but I didn’t feel before that I had the skills and experience as a writer to tell the story that I wanted to tell as well as I wanted to tell it. Lightbringer has given me that. I also have some prospects of a movie, and a videogame in the works.
Q12): What’s a typical work day like for you? Do you have a writing routine or things you absolutely cannot go through your day without?
BRENT: Coffee! I try to write all morning every day, getting between 1-2,000 words, and then I take care of the business side of work in the afternoon. Of course, it’s not always that neat, and when your editor calls to talk to you at 8 o’clock in the morning, you take the call.
Q13): In a day far in the future when you decide to retire and stop writing, what thoughts do you want to have when you look back on your career and achievements?
BRENT: I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing. It’s not really a job, it’s a passion for me. I enjoy it, I enjoy more having done it, and I feel pointless if it’s been too long since I have. That said, when I look back, I want to think that I told great stories, that I wrote with as much passion and honesty as possible, that I tried tougher challenges with every book and never got complacent, and that I touched lives and hearts. And I hope to do all those things while keeping my family first.
Q14): Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
BRENT: Yes, there is! And the answer is 197.
Q15): Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
BRENT: I just talked with my editors today and they agree with my beta readers that The Blinding Knife may be my best book yet. It’s going to be out in September of next year, and I am getting really excited about it. There are scenes that you write as an author that you just imagine readers reading and being floored. And this book has a couple of those. So I have a huge amount of anticipation, waiting to see what kind of emails I get, and as with all things in an author’s life, I will have to wait about a year to see it. Also, I should mention that I post at least weekly at my website, and there’s cool stuff there like a book trailer for The Black Prism.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Brent, thank you so much for being with us today! We’re very happy to help you promote the NIGHT ANGEL Trilogy and “The Black Prism”. We hope that we have introduced some new readers to your work, and we’re excited to see what you have in store for us in the future.
BRENT: Well, thank you very much for your questions, and for taking the time to do this with me today. Honestly, I never thought anyone was going to ask me my favorite prime number!
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