Brett McBean Der Autor
Brett McBean wurde 1978 in Melbourne, Australien, geboren. Dort lebt er mit seiner Frau und seiner kleinen Tochter Vanessa. Er studierte Musik (Leistungskurs Schlagzeug/Percussion) am Box Hill College, widmet sich aber seit dem Abschluss ganz dem Schreiben von harten Thrillern. Zurzeit arbeitet er an einer Romanreihe über Jack, the Ripper. (Quelle: Festa Verlag)
Introduce yourself to the readers
Guten Tag! I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. I have been writing for around fifteen years and I write mostly in the horror/thriller genres. Some of my most notable works include The Mother (Die Mutter), The Last Motel (Das Motel) and the ‘Jungle’ trilogy (Die Verdammten). I started life as a musician, having played the drums since I was ten, and aside from a music lover, I’m also a massive film buff. I’m a self-confessed chocoholic and have a strong interest in true crime, especially Jack the Ripper.
When do you have the best ideas?
Ideas come to me at any time, day or night. Sometimes an idea will pop into my head while taking a shower; other times while driving. There’s no rhyme or reason for the germination of ideas. Sometimes reading a newspaper article or remembering an incident from my life may trigger an idea; but usually ideas come from that strange well inside a writer’s brain where ideas are kept.
What inspires you while writing a book?
The need to write is what inspires me. When I have an idea that shouts at me to write, I have to sit down and tell the story. Outside of that, other art - film, music, literature - and life in general inspires me.
Do people or incidents of your own life appear in your books?
Oh yeah, all the time. I’m always drawing from my own personal experiences, people I’ve known. Usually my characters are a mix of different real life people (including myself), and stories are littered with moments from my life. I think it adds a realism to the work, a personal touch, and really, what other life does an author know better than his own?
What is your book "Concrete Jungle + Neighbourhood Jungle + Suburban Jungle" about?
They’re my take on the apocalyptic tale. Basically, almost overnight, the world is turned into one giant jungle. Mother Nature has come back to reclaim the earth, and suddenly humanity is forced back into primitive living. Over the course of three books, we see how people cope with this new world, without electricity, computers, all modern convenience. Their struggles with both the radically altered environment and with each other.
Are there any advantages or disadvantages in the life of an author?
It’s both a rewarding and frustrating life. I get to create worlds and populate them with characters; I get to paint with words, and there’s a kind of magic in that. So the writing itself is a major advantage, even if at times it can be trying. It can be a lonely life, you have to enjoy spending a great deal of your life alone, behind a computer; which, as a rather solitary-type of person, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And while a bad review or low sales can be disheartening, an email from a fan telling you how much they enjoyed your work is a wonderful thing and makes all the hard-work and loneliness worthwhile.
How much time passes between an idea and the completion of a book?
That can vary wildly; I’ve had ideas floating around for years that I just haven’t got round to working on. But generally, first drafts usually take about three or four months to write, and then editing another three to five.
Do you have a certain model? (Do you take somebody as an example?)
I read early on about how Richard Laymon wrote without an outline; how he’d just start with a basic story idea and then sit down and write and take the journey as he wrote. When I first started writing, I had this in mind, and it seemed to work for me. I‘ve been writing that way from the beginning. I love exploring the world, the characters, as I write, it’s what excites me as a writer; the unknown.
Which is your best book (or favourite) of all you have written?
A hard question. I do have a fondness for The Mother. I think that one turned out well. I also have a soft spot for The Awakening, which is a coming-of-age tale. That one draws quite heavily from my own teenage years, and also my fascination for Haitian vodou and zombies. But all my books mean something special to me.
Are there moments where you have no more ideas?
No, the opposite! I have a lot of ideas, it’s just finding the time to sit down and write them all that’s the problem.
Is there a certain object which always has to be present while you are writing?
A tall glass of bourbon! Just kidding; no, nothing specific. I do like having research items around me while working on stories - photos, books, objects, etc. They help me get in the mood for the story I’m working on.
How do you handle negative reviews or opinions?
They certainly sting. I tend to take things personally, so I can get quite down about a negative review. But, you learn to accept them, good and bad opinions are part of being a writer, and you have to simply put them behind you and move on.
Can you imagine to publish a book of a different genre?
I can’t imagine straying far from horror/thriller. It’s where my passion and interests lie. The Awakening is probably my least horror book, as it’s far more dramatic than my other work, but even that book still has good lashings of darkness. I’d like to write a true crime book someday, perhaps a black comedy or a very dark western. But I’ll always write horror and thriller stories.
Will there be a reading in germany?
Nothing is planned, but I would love to travel to Germany for a book tour. German readers are among the most passionate and well-read I’ve encountered, and I’d love to meet my readers and say thanks for the support.
Describe yourself in 5 words
Without art there’s no life.