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About the Story:
In Gavin Moxley's world, there is no thin line between right and wrong. In a personal crusade to help sever a line of disease carried by a clan of vampires; Gavin has no choice to be ruthless. The Vampires are purposely infecting the human population…waiting for humans to actively pass it on to each other. Gavin takes no chances and executes them one by one. Not strong or powerful, finding humans before they turn into full vampires is ideal and Gavin’s best bet.
Yes, this is Gavin’s life…
…And nothing ever changes it until a young half breed vampire with special abilities, Solstice, attaches and makes herself a fixture in his life when she asks for his help and protection and when a reluctant Gavin agrees he joins a dangerous game of cat and mouse. There is no safe place and the pair are constantly watching their backs. Torn between his hate and his love for Solstice Gavin is thrown into a moral dilemma that only he can figure out but two things are clear…
His faith and Humanity are being tested and the past is not always forgotten.
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
My day mostly consists of working a regular job, then either spending time with my kid, watching a movie with my wife in the evening. After everyone goes to bed is when the writing mode kicks into gear. I have always been more of a night owl.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
Originally it was to be an actor. Over time I figured out I wasn’t as good looking as I thought and that I was better at telling stories than acting them out. I think I made the decision when I read Clive Barker’s, “The Thief of Always”.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
Where do I begin? I think it started when I was a teenager and I had to live with my mother and had to work to get the things I needed or wanted out of life. At the time it was unfair for a 16 year old to have to do that, but it was what it was and I worked through it. Had a bad altercation with an abusive boyfriend my mom was with that turned out violent between us. There is also dealing with a friend’s death in high school. I think having to fend for yourself at 18 years old; living on your own, paying bills, not being able to attend college and such makes a person look at life in another perspective that most people wouldn’t see.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ernest Cline, Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, Robert Kirkman, just to name a few.
What are you passionate about?
Literature, film, videogames, directors and actors; any form of media I am fascinated with. The overall work that is done with film is amazing to me. Stanley Kubrick is a film god in my opinion, despite that he may or may not have been nuts.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
The usual; change, remote controls, candy wrappers, food crumbs, some sort of ooze depending what my kid has played with that day, indentions of my rear end…the usual.
What’s your biggest fear?
People. After the events of the last year with four big shootings it is not people overseas with nuclear weapons that scare me, it is my neighbors and not being able to go see a movie without having to look over my shoulder.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
Probably watching a movie. I would love to say that I am eating somewhere fancy but even if I were, I probably would be watching a movie one way or the other. I am too old to go clubbing and even if I did I would look ridiculous being there anyways.
What sets you apart from other writers?
I think taking a different approach to things. It’s hard being 100% original. While “Solstice” has to do with vampires, I chose to go another way with it instead of the current abundance of “vampires that love going to high school”. Don’t get me wrong, if that is your thing, I say great. However, I don’t like doing things that others are doing. I am like that with everything, even my car.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?
Hmmm… either a long Island Ice Tea or a White Russian (like The Dude from “The Big Lebowski).
What are you currently reading?
Stephen King’s “It”…again. I read it when I was thirteen, not fully invested. Now I am giving it another shot.
How do you deal with rejection?
Just move forward. If a “no” is the worst thing that could happen in a situation, count yourself lucky. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems, if it were then it probably wouldn’t be worth doing.
Where did the idea for your novel come from?
Ha! I made a joke about a certain vampire series that is out that my wife likes a lot, and after she told me the premise and I read a little of it for myself; I jokingly told her I could pull a better story from my rear. So, I attempted to with “Solstice”, but that with everything else will be a matter of opinion.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Start when you are young as possible. Get into short story compilations, newspaper articles, blogs, self-publish if you can, but don’t spend an arm and a leg to do so.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
“Solstice” was originally self-published and the editing needed work. That was the only criticism I had. Now that it is being rereleased again by a publisher that should help with that as far as reviewers go.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?
Depends on which character you are referring to. Even though the novel is named after the young female lead, I always thought that Gavin was the main character due to this books point of view is from him. If that is the case, I don’t think I would want to know him in his current state. I think we could have hung out before the events of his current life occurred. I think Solstice would hang out with me, I am pretty cool with kids.
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie?
Off the top of my head…
Gavin…Joseph Gordon Levitt
Solstice… Chloe Moretz (older version)
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
For those that have read it before, thank you! To the ones that are about to, I hope you enjoy this take on vampires; hopefully you find it refreshing. Also know that I am in the middle of the second book.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
Google +: Bryan Dull
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
Write something. Sometimes I get burned out one thing. Do a short story every now and again. Start a treatment for another one. Keep your minds going at least for a little bit of time.
I am excited yet a little scared for this release. I would like to thank everyone at Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly publishing that has helped out over the course of last few months. I hope you love it and I hope you want to read more of it as the “Solstice” story gets unveiled.
“A modern twist to vampire lore this book will not disappoint.” Paranormal Reads Blog
“An action-packed race to the finish line.” Lisa Rayns (author of A Destined Death)
“This is a fantastic story that does not sugar coat vampires and shows them as the monsters they are.” Book Mews & Tattle Tails Blog
“Gripping… Leaves you wanting more!” Mary Ting (best selling author of the Crossroads Saga)
“There is action that will leave you panting as to who will be the victor.” Read Me Reviews Blog
“Bryan Dull has produced a very successful debut novel on that I would most definitely recommend to paranormal and horror lovers!” Bex & Books Blog
“Solstice provides a great deal of action /horror/ friendship and aspects of love. Pretty much ticking all of the boxes” Addicted to Books Book Review Blog
“My interest is peakedI enjoyed what I read and I WANT MORE!” 1000+ Books to Read Blog
“I have to say this was one of the most creative and dark vampire books I have read in a while and I loved that about it.” Delphina Reads Too Much Blog
“A fantastical story which faces one and even more of our evils in today's society.” Lovetiggi Book Reviews Blog
“This story had me laughing, crying and gripping my seat every inch of the way.” Beth Wright (author of Vultar's HeartBody and Soul Mate Series)
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Thank you for being on my blog today, Bryan! I wish you much success with Solstice! :)