This week's guest is Sara Brooke
Sara Brooke is an international Amazon bestselling author who writes horror and suspense novels.
A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara's childhood dream was to write books that force readers to sleep with their lights on.
Her first novel, Still Lake, was released Spring 2012.
Sara's influences and favorite authors include Bentley Little and John Saul.
She is presently working on her next novel and upcoming documentary film.
2 Book Lovers Reviews
The Zyne Project
Be prepared to take a journey into the pits of hell, courtesy of the Zyne Corporation.
Six people agree to participate in a first-of-its-kind clinical trial. They’re ready to change the face of science, but they’re the ones who start changing. As each subject succumbs to the horror of the trial, they begin to turn against each other and discover the nightmare within.
What was supposed to be a medical breakthrough is turning regular people into something unimaginable. And there may be a deeper truth even more frightening than the beastly evolution occurring.
Greg - If only one of your books was to survive the apocalypse and still be read in a thousand years’ time, which one would you want it to be?
Sara - Wow. My book survives the apocalypse? Must be some good binding. Ok, I think Kransen House would be an interesting read for our next generations. It’s so twisted that I’m bound to be remembered as one wildly insane horror writer.
Greg - Who is your favorite Scooby Doo monster?
Sara - I don’t have a favorite monster but always thought that Shaggy was wicked hot. Must be the facial hair.
Greg - You have been tasked with eliminating one of these for the collective human consciousness: King, Lovecraft or Stoker. Which one would it be?
Sara - Probably Stoker because I’ve never won one of his writing awards (though I have tried once . . . sour grapes? No, not me)
Greg - What is your all-time favourite horror book or movie, you know the one that always makes you jump 5 feet in the air or fill your pants?
Sara - The Shining. Oh my dear lord. Scariest movie ever. I still force my friends and family to watch it with me and then they MUST sleep over because I’m all screwed up after watching it.
Greg - What was the last book that you read? (Your own book doesn't count!)
Sara - Right now I am reading “The Cuckoos Calling” by Robert Galbraith. It’s pretty good, but a slow read.
Greg - Which authors have been the greatest influence on your writing?
Sara - John Steinbeck, Bentley Little, and John Saul. All great in different ways.
Greg - Tell me a little bit about your protagonists. Is it a James Bond type, never in any real danger – always able to get out of trouble and into the leading ladies pants? Or more of the John Rambo type – skilled and deadly but with a heavy cross to bear? Or perhaps Ripley (Alien) – a strong female who can take charge and kick butt when she needs to?
Sara - My protagonists are typically normal people faced with a totally messy scenario that they never expected. They aren’t superhuman and deal with things the best way they can. And they don’t always survive. Sometimes they have to make a choice—save themselves? Or save the people they love?
Greg - Where did you get the idea for The Zyne Project?
Sara - Well, it’s a story about a clinical trial that changes a subject’s genes, which in turn changes their hair color. It’s something I would love to try. Of course, all is not what it seems in the novel, so perhaps I’d sit this one out.
Greg - Is your book the type of story that you would allow your own children to read?
Sara - Uh, no. Unless my child was 40-years-old. And even then, it’s questionable.
Greg - Do you have a plan for the apocalypse, or will you just wing it?
Sara - I’m still figuring it out. I’ll let you know after the presidential election.