Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Interview with J R Rice, Author of Bane County: Forgotten Moon

J R Rice is the author and creator of Bane County: a horror novel series.
An Active Member of the Horror Writers Association, he lives on a large island, near the edge of a dark forest, with his beautiful wife, unruly children, dogs that he loves and cats that he tolerates, and one very nasty monster who lives under his bed and never shuts up.

The large river-island of Bane County has a troubled past; but some histories are eagerly forgotten, especially those written in blood. Nestled into the foothills of the National Wildlife Refuge, the small rural town of Silver Canyon seems idyllic to most; but a long-slumbering evil is about to reawaken. Seventeen-year-old Bryce McNeel is your average teenage boy, living on a cattle ranch with his grandparents. Well, average genius, but he prefers to keep that fact to himself, no one likes a know-it-all. When Bryce learns of a series of grisly deaths and mutilations that occurred decades earlier, his curiosity gets the better of him. Together with his cousin, Jackson, Bryce sets out to learn more about the macabre event; but as they delve deeper into the history and legends of Bane County, the two boys are horrified by what they find. Unfortunately, history has a way of repeating itself. As friends and neighbors begin to go missing, or worse, they find themselves embroiled in a battle for their young lives.

Interview With J.R. Rice

What made you start writing?
For the majority of writers, I would imagine that’s a difficult question. Isolating a specific event or experience that set you on a particular path can be a tricky proposition. My writing, however, stems from a singular event: a classic case of turning a negative into a positive. After being severely injured in an accident, which precludes me from normal physical activities, I found myself in need of something to fill my spare time. I decided to write a series of novels. This was my first endeavor at writing, and no one was more surprised than I was at my debut novel’s success. Readers really seemed to enjoy the story.

Why horror and suspense versus the other genres?As a young boy growing up in the 1960s, I cut my teeth on old black-and-white B-movies, creature features, space aliens, Sci-Fi television programs, and the like. Some of my favorites were the Universal Monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera—and most especially: The Wolf Man.
Later, in the early- to mid-70s, I read my first true horror novel. I secretly procured a copy of John Russo’s novelization of George Romero’s 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead” from one of my older cousins. I couldn’t eat barbequed ribs for nearly a year.  I’ve been a horror fan ever since.

Who is your favorite character in your novel Bane County Forgotten Moon and why?

Wow. That’s a tough one. Bryce McNeel and Jackson Campbell are the two primary protagonists in the story, with Bryce assuming the leading role. We all enjoy rooting for the hero; however, I’m extremely fond of numerous supporting characters, as well. I guess if I were pressed to choose, it would be Jackson. He’s completely underestimated by everyone, filled with unrealized potential, and manages to retain his sense of humor, even under pressure. He’s selfless. A person you could depend on in the worst of circumstances.

What are your plans for the next writing project?
I am completing Book 2 of the Bane County series as we speak. It will be published on Amazon before the end of summer. Without offering spoilers, I can tell you it’s a continuation of Book 1’s coming-of-age story. Our teenage protagonists, Bryce and Jackson, are both adults now, and will face many new- and horrifying challenges. The story delves deeper into the history of Bane County, bringing to light many unanswered questions. There are numerous tie-ins and preexisting plot extensions, and I believe readers will be surprised by the direction the story takes.

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
The novel contained several maps. Why did you choose to include them?
I believe that “world building” is an important factor regarding a reader’s suspension-of-disbelief. I wanted people to wonder if Bane County actually existed. In addition to maps, I also created Facebook pages for the Town of Silver Canyon, and the Silver Canyon National Wildlife Refuge; both of which are primary locations within the story. I can’t tell you the number of readers who contacted me asking where Bane County was located.

Dogs or Cats?

I’m a dog person, and my wife is a cat person, so we have both in our home.

Presented for your consideration: Willow.

My 110-pound, flower-eating dog.

Willow is beautiful. Love this photo. Thank you for sharing and thank you for taking the time for this interview. I can't wait to discover what Bryce and Jackson uncover.

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