Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Is there anywhere I'd like to write about but haven't yet? Yeah - tons of places - some I don't even know about yet. (I mean lets be honest - I only have one book out - it'd be pretty sad if I said nope - I'm good.)

Only question I have is - what comes first the location or the story? Probably story for me and then once I'm figuring out where the story can go I kind see what I can work in. But sometimes it can be the other way around - in many ways thinking about location can be a great ice breaker for writers block.

Black Rain takes place mostly in the Amazon, with other action taking place in a snowed in Washington DC.

Funny thing is, when I was first writing it I kept checking the weather reports for D.C. and everything I found said "not a lot of snow there" I decided to bury them anyway - poetic license - and now look what happened.


So story first that time. But when I got around to beginning the second book I had to put the heroes in new places. And in trying to find them a few exotic locations to work from, a whole set of new ideas were sparked and a new villian was born.
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In the Black Sun - the coming sequel - our heroes face off against a competitor from the hyper-kinetic, cutting edge technology meets brutaly Darwinesque, survival of the fittest world that is today's Hong Kong. The villian's quest and his actions were kind of modeled on that no-holds-barred city. Thus instead of a state operative, my new villian became a stop at nothing billionaire, one who's dying and desperate to find a way to prevent that small problem. Having come up from the streets and having done whatever it took to get off those streets, he has no other perspective - and in his fight for survival he's going to be pretty unmerciful to anyone who stands in his way. No-holds-barred - survival of the fittest


So it kind of flows back and ofrth - setting to story: story to setting.
Stictly speaking - I like writing about places that are hard to get to - not that you couldn't write an awesome book about the Woodrow Wilson rest stop on exit 7a of the New Jersey turnpike - a fine rest stop if ever there was one, you can get some good trucker food there by the way - but the secret halls of the NORAD command center, the famous Grotto at Hugh Hefner's place, or the wastes of the Gobi or Sahara Desert are the places I want to visit - and if I can't go there for real then I can do research and put them on paper.

Now - I am looking for a research assitant on that Grotto thing. Anyone interested? Buler? Anyone?


No takers? Alright, looks like I'm going to have to take care of this one myself. Oh the burden of this work - let me tell you.

Graham Brown
Author of Black Rain
www.authorgrahambrown.com

16 comments:

Graham said...

I know it's a little odd to be the first to comment on my own blog entry but I worried that I might be accused of sullying the blog with some random scantilly clad women there at the bottom of the post. Not that I'm above such behavior mind you - but the woman in question is infact a Bond Girl - my favorite Bond Girl to be precise and I will offer an ARC of Black Sun (when they come in) to the first person who can tell me her character name and, to keep this somewhat on topic, where setting wise Bond encounters her.

Boyd Morrison said...

She looks like the beautiful Claudine Auger, who played Domino in Thunderball. He met her in Nassau, The Bahamas. Of course, Bond always has to visit someplace warm that requires bathing attire.

Boyd Morrison said...

BTW, if I ever got a research assistant, my wife would probably veto Domino and suggest someone more like Gerard Butler.

Graham said...

Congrats Boyd - you know your Bond girls. One ARC/ARE of Black Sun with your name on it, coming up.

I actually thought this would be harder to get - since this is not the publicity photo from the movie - and its an older Bond movie. Good show, as "M" might say.

And now that you mention it - it is kind of funny how Bond always finds time for a swim, even while saving the world from ticking time bomb of doom.

Paula Matter said...

Funny, I've never noticed any girls in the Bond movies. Next you'll be telling me there were women in Dirty Harry movies.

Graham said...

I understand that point of view Paula - my wife doesn't notice them either. But suspiciously, she likes to pause or rewind the part where Sean Connery takes off his shirt. I always think there are more important scenes to get to - but what do I know.

Terry said...

I pity you having to do that Grotto research all by your lonesome:(

I love the Bond movies too, but of course it's the 007's I'm interested in. I do check out the women for style ideas though. That one is very pretty. Love her hair. Nice taste, although I realize, her hair style may not be quite what caught your eye.

Shane Gericke said...

Ms. Auger is shockingly classy-looking for a Bond girl, who is more in the league of your average Hooters server ...

Shane Gericke said...

But on the higher plane of your blog, Graham, I find that setting often dictates my story. Setting something in the Wisconsin northwoods makes me write differently than setting it in Paris. Even though they both have trees and rivers and stuff ...

Graham said...

Terri - the research will be tough but a man's got to do what a man's got to do. (And actually I like her hair too.)

Shane - thanks for bringing us back to a higher literary plane. Good point too - sometimes its all the hidden connotations that come with setting. The Wisconsin woods - a different place in winter than summer I'm imagining.

Kelli Stanley said...

Oh, Graham--now you've gone and given me an insatiable desire to visit the Woodrow Wilson rest stop. I LOVE good rest stops -- something noirish about them, I guess. :)

WONDERFUL post, and I can't wait to see BLACK SUN come out--what a scary, thrilling and fabulous concept. :)

BTW, Thunderball is one of my favorite Bonds ... great theme song by Tom Jones ... and great Bond Bad Girl in Luciana Paluzzi. Small wonder they remade it when Connery came back in Never Say Never Again (with Kim Basinger as Domino).

My fave Bond woman (Connery being THE MAN, of course, though Daniel Craig is H-O-T) -- Honor Blackman in Goldfinger. If you haven't seen her as Mrs. Gale (pre Emma Peel) -- you're in for a treat! ;)

xoxo

Graham said...

By the way Terri - if you wanted to come along... I'm sure your blog-photo alone would get us through the door. Very nice :)

Graham Brown said...

Thanks Kelli.

I loved Honor Blackman by the way - I realize we can't type her name on air here, but she was fantastic - a sexy pilot: how could I not love her?

By the way Daniel Craig is doing a great job - not sure why Casiona Royale had such a good story and this last one, Quantum of Solice, didn't seem to me to have much story at all, but I think he is great in the role.

Shane Gericke said...

I would rather kept talking about Bond girls, Graham, but our CMs would have torn us to shreds and spit out our entrails n stuff. And that's just Kel. So I got skeered and went high-plane and all.

Craig IS great, and I thoroughly loved Casino Royale. I couldn't believe how &^%$# awful the second one was ... especially since I paid full price to see it, didn't wait for it to hit the cheap theaters, the bastids. Were the same writers involved, I wonder?

Graham Brown said...

Shane - I have no idea what happened - I'm so with you. I was pumped when that movie cam out and I left the theater going "what was that?" Stealing water from a poor, dry country??? Bond recruits that guy from the first movie to help him who literally just flies to bolivia to get killed??? I think it was the same writers but something definately went arwy.

Maybe it hapened in post production where all the logical parts got cut out.

Terry said...

I'm sure my blog photo would give us carte blanche:)