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Thanks for being here Bryce. Let’s start by talking about The Reading Buddy. What made you want to return to those old 90’s teen horror books? It isn’t done much anymore is it?
That particular style of writing and storytelling is something that I have loved for a long time. With The Reading Buddy, I set out with that in mind, but I wanted to do in an updated kind of way.
Do you plan to continue with this style, or was it just a fun experiment?
What I’m working on now is a loose follow up to The Island of Dr. Moreau. It is set in the present day and the protagonist is a teenager. Instead of animals, this Moreau experiments with plants. I guess it is also similar to the teen books from the 90s but not in such a heavy handed kind of way as The Reading Buddy.
I know that you make quite a few public appearances, and I would love to hear more about that. How do they go, and how do you go about finding the opportunities?
They usually go pretty good. Even if it is a slow one, something good comes from it. I go to literary festivals, library events, bookstores, and small town festivals. I tend to stick to events in SC, NC, and GA. Last year I signed up for as many small town festivals that I could fit into my schedule. I even went to one in a town that has a population of under 200 and ended up doing really well there. I find out about the festivals through the internet and word of mouth at other festivals.
Do you find that sales are good at events, or is it more about getting the word out there?
Sales vary. I tend to do much better at the small town festivals than I do at literary festivals or bookstore signings. E-book sales also tend to jump up after I go to one of these events.
I should look into that. Ok, so, what’s next for Bryce Gibson? What are you working on, and what can we look forward to next?
Well, like I said, I’m working on the next teen thriller. I plan on writing the book during NANO month in November and editing in the beginning of next year. It should be available in the summer of 2018. I’m also finishing up a Halloween short story that is a tie-in to my 2014 Southern mystery, Unclaimed Acre. It will be published as a freebie within the next few weeks.
Thank you so much for answering my questions, Bryce. I really look forward to talking to you again when the new book is out. Bryce will be back in October with a treat for Halloween. Pumpkin Beer!
For more on Bryce, check out his website, www.bricegibsonwriter.com. And click on any of the images below to purchase his books from Amazon.