Friday, March 1, 2013

M.R. Interviews...Michael Brookes

Please Welocme to Cutis Anserina Michael Broookes

When writing The Cult of me did you know that there was going to be a sequel?
Yes, the story has always been intended as a trilogy. 
What was the original idea that brought The Cult of Me to life?

The idea stemmed from Paradise Lost. Paradise Lost is the greatest story ever told and but it has some odd aspects. The most obvious is the less than flattering light is portrayed, while I'm sure this wasn't Milton's intention it did seem interesting to me. I originally intended to write the story from God's perspective, then changed my mind. I needed a human protagonist and The Cult of Me was the creation of that character.
What can readers expect from Conversations in the Abyss?
They can expect the revelations of how the universe came to be and the arrival of the apocalypse. It also features a man, made immortal by stealing Lazarus's miracle, now sealed with the walls of monastery.

When writing to do you write would you would like to read, or do you have a specific audience in mind?
Yes, I write for myself. If I don't enjoy the story I have created then I don't publish it.
What character do you most identify with in either The Cult of Me or Conversations in the Abyss?
They feature mostly the same characters. I had fun writing them all, but Friar Francis is my favourite character. He is bold, well educated and dedicated to his purpose.
What active genre authors are you currently following?

Ian M Banks and Clive Barker are my current favourite authors. In fact Excession by Ian M Banks is my favourite novel (
What was the first book you remember being genuinely scared of? Was your immediate reaction to run out and find more, or lock the offending text in your closet and never breathe a word of it to anyone?
It was James Herbert's 'The Rats' that first gave me  my horror book scare. It's a very visceral horror that I'd not encountered before. I immediately looked for more books in this vein.

‘Conversations in the Abyss’ is the sequel to the supernatural thriller ‘The Cult of Me’
Stealing Lazarus’s miracle gifted him immortality. Combined with his natural ability of invading and controlling people’s minds this made him one of the most dangerous people on Earth.
But the miracle came with a price. His punishment was to be imprisoned within the walls of an ancient monastery and tormented by an invisible fire that burned his body perpetually. To escape the pain he retreated deep into his own mind.
There he discovers the truth of the universe and that only he can stop the coming Apocalypse.
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About Michael Brookes

Michael Brookes is an Executive Producer with a leading UK games developer. Working in games and writing are two of his life passions and considers himself fortunate to be able to indulge them both. He lives in the east of England, enjoying starry skies in the flattest part of the country. When not working or writing he can sometimes be found sleeping. Which is good as that is where many good ideas come from.

Other Books by Michael Brookes

The Cult of Me
For too long he dwelt apart, watched those who passed him by. With his unique abilities he entered their minds and inflicted terrible suffering upon them. They didn't even know who he was. The game has lasted for years, but now the game has become stale. On an impulse he decides to make a final and very public last stand. After surrendering himself to the police he enacts his plan to seize the prison for his final bloody act. 

There he discovers that he's not as unique as he once thought.
An Odd Quartet
A quartet of dark short stories (10,000 words) to thrill and chill.

The Yellow Lady
Grave robbing is a dirty business, in more ways than one. When he disturbs the grave from a childhood scary story he discovers it's not always treasure to be found.

This Empty Place
At the heat death of the universe, Death contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry
Terrorists seize an average suburban house. A Special Forces hostage rescue team is sent in and encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon
A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.

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