Friday, August 12, 2016

Author Chat: Bryce Gibson (The Perennials Tour)

Find Bryce: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

"Bryce Gibson writes Southern fiction that takes readers to charming and oftentimes sinister areas of The South. He has a degree in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina, works full time as a farmer, and lives in South Carolina with his wife and their dog."

(taken from Bryce's website)

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
"I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. When I was a young teenager I wrote short horror stories that were supposed to be along the lines of the Point Horror novels by Scholastic. Mine were written on lined notebook paper and stapled together. I drew the covers. You can see a few of them on my Facebook page.

As I got older, my writing matured somewhat, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I tried my hand at writing a full length novel. It was, and is, a big mess. It is a collection of of various ideas and scenes that never seemed to come together. I never finished the book, but it is something that I may go back to one day.
Then I started learning more about the craft of writing, structure, character and story arcs, voice, etc. My first completed manuscript is a middle-grade book called Mortimer. It has never been published, but I’m looking at a few options with what to do with it. 

Soon, I discovered what i think is my niche--“Southern fiction that takes readers to charming and oftentimes sinister areas of The South”.
For the future, I see myself continuing to write in the Young Adult genre as I did with Perennials. My next project is tentatively titled The Reading Buddy. It is my take on obsession movies and books."

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind? 

"Short answer is no. I’ve tried, just because I know other writers do, but it is not something that works for me. However, when I’m alone and driving in my car, certain songs will inspire a character, setting, or scene. I almost always listen to country music, and I think you’ll see some of the common themes in my books."

Who is your favorite character that you've created? Why? 

"Truthfully, I think that Levi from Unclaimed Acre is my all around favorite character, but when it comes to the act of writing and creating, I love the supporting characters that I’ve come up with. They are the most fun to write."

If you could travel in time, would you visit the past or the future?

"Without a doubt, I would travel into the past."

How did you get your inspiration for Perennials

"The idea for Perennials came to me when I was working in my yard. Ideas often come to me this way, just out of the blue. The initial thought was this--a love story between two teenagers, Dusty Miller and Nandina Bush. Then almost immediately, as any horror fan would, I threw a killer into the story. What if there is a killer that is targeting people that share their names with plants? The rest of the novel grew from there. "

What book are you currently reading in your spare time? 

"I just finished Magnolia League by Katie Crouch and now I’m twenty or so pages into Black Rabbit Hall be Eve Chase."

Don't miss Perennialswhich hit the shelves last month! 

Summer in South Carolina—a time of ripe peaches, crackling bonfires, trips to the lake, and the rural legend of a creature known as the Lizard Man.

This year, a very real monster is lurking about.

The victims all have one thing in common—they share their names with plants.

Soon it becomes apparent that seventeen-year-olds Dusty Miller and Nandina Bush may be next on the killer’s list.
(taken from Bryce's website)