Saturday 4 May 2013

Michelle Brown spotlight.

The Loved, The Lost, The Dreaming MediumThe Loved, The Lost, The Dreaming

Author: Michelle Browne

Release Date: January 28, 2013

Genre: Horror; Sci-Fi; Fantasy; Paranormal; Romance


Nightmares bleed into the waking world. Featuring a full-length novel, "The Underlighters", and eleven stand-alone short stories, this collection blends fairy tales, horror, and science fiction. A city of shadows lurks underground. Restless ghosts, eerie dolls, and spiteful stepmothers wait among other dreams. These are haunting stories of love, madness and small disasters."The Underlighters" is a dystopian horror coming-of-age adventure that follows the life of Janelle Cohen from insignificance to bitter-sweet triumph. "Footsteps in the Snow" is a Lovecraftian nightmare set in a Canadian winter. "A Shot of Vodka", a darkly realistic exploration of life after trauma, rounds out the collection. More and stranger stories fill in the gaps. This genre-breaking anthology is a new and ferocious look at the frailty of the human condition. Gender and sexual mores are rewritten; dreams and reality merge. Primal fears take physical form. This beautifully-written thrill ride will captivate you long after the last page.

The Stolen: Two Short StoriesThe Stolen: Two Short Stories by Michelle Browne

Book Synopsis:

In "The Fields", Clarice is a governess on a small, remote backwater colony. Her previous misdemeanours in a nightmarishly controlling world have caught up to her, and she is taken in with other felons for re-education. Little does she know what this re-education will include...or its price.

In "WordThieves", Sarah White is trapped in a nightmarishly bureaucratic peacenik paradise on Io. Spending her days daydreaming about untranslatable words and craving candy, her world is mostly idyllic. Until, that is, she runs into an old familiar face, and breaks the fragile tension holding her life together.

What crimes are committed in the name of peace, control, and harmony? In a world where public violence is a distant memory and peer pressure is a mandated punishment, Clarice and Sarah are about to find out.

...And the Stars Will Sing...And the Stars Will Sing by Michelle Browne

Book synopsis:

In the far future, travel is made possible by controlled wormholes made in the fabric of space-time. Crystal, a young woman freshly graduated from university, finds herself on her first job aboard the base-ship 'Crossing Paths'. Workplace politics and a romance make it complicated. The last thing she needs are the frightening errors beginning to crop up on her maps...

Author bio:

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I'm a published science fiction author with a love for talking about the end of the world, silver jewellery, nightmares, and chocolate.
I came from a smallish town in Southern Alberta and now live in Calgary with my partner. When we're not saving the world from hipsters or riding our bear cavalry to work, we can be found on the internet or with our friends.

Hello and welcome to Booky Ramblings, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. First off tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm a female carbon-based life form with a strong interest in shiny things, science fiction and literature, reviews, and music. I like to swear creatively and mess with people's minds in the most compassionate way possible. Also, my blog supplies the daily health requirement of witty humour recommended by Canada Health and the American Medical Association!

What inspired you to write your first book? My first book...oh lord. The first one I published just sort of hit me in a daydream in tenth grade. The first story I ever wrote was inspired by a dream about mermaids; it wasn’t especially good (rather syrupy anyway) but it got me hooked on writing.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? That people think I’m awesome. I had no idea fans could mean so much to me.

How long does it take you to write a book? That depends on the book. The work in progress has been on the table for eleven years. The book I published earlier this year contained a novel that took a few months to plot. It sat for months and I then burned through 60,000 words in two and half manic months of darkness.  Generally, I’m going to say ‘a couple of years or more’.

Can you share a little of your current work in progress with us?


The suit, lined with sweat, was no longer a second skin. The strange rush of fear and adrenaline, foreign-feeling, and the metallic-undertone of the scent particles filled her nose. Taurine, she’d been told, was the key--harmless and exciting in small doses. Well, this was more than exciting. Exciting had been days ago. Choking with fear, Phoebe pulled on the trigger of her laser M-16 over and over. The empty click signalled the worst—no ammo.

Her limbs were hot and cold and seemed to be moving too slowly. Across from her, also facedown on the forest floor, was Mona, looking frightened enough to vomit. She was slowly inching up, raising herself to get a look at Geo, hoping he was all right. His face had a bad, bloodless look, but the gun hand poised beneath his body was steady.

Phoebe heard Lex groan and panic seized her. Griffins, this early in the day, were bad enough, but it looked as though their motionlessness might be enough to make them pass by. She didn’t want a repeat of the chon-chon incident. More flying heads trying to take a bite out of her thighs, and she’d call it quits then and there.

It didn’t sound as though they were going to be lucky. The beating of enormous wings was becoming louder. The griffins were coming back.

Describe your main character, in 5 words. Sweet, insecure, determined, stubborn, coming-of-age.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I tend to edit and write in bursts.  This can be bad and good. In hardcore mode I am sometimes up until 2 or 3 AM.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Enjoy! And leave me an honest review! I don’t expect you to butter my ego, but I do want to know what you think.

Which authors would you say inspired you to write? Margaret Atwood was an early influence but Neil Gaiman is the biggest current influencer of my style. William Gibson has left his mark too.

Now we have some random questions for you if you have the extra time.

If someone wrote your biography, what do you think the title should be? “The Magpie: How Michelle Browne Brought Back Weird Fiction.”

What book are you currently reading? “The Biomass Wars” By Nick Smith and ‘As You Like It’ by Shakespeare.

What is in your fridge right now? A truckload of vegetables. Also some craft beer and lots of butter and cheese and milk. There’s meat in the freezer. I like to cook rather than relying on pre-made food.

Favourite Ice Cream flavour? I like to mix things into my frozen yogurt and gelato—anything that tastes clean and sweet, like plain or vanilla, with tonnes of strawberries and chocolate chips added!

Cats or dogs? Both.

Pet Peeves? Poor grammar. Poor self-esteem. Vaguebooking. People who won’t commit to an opinion OR commit to a lack of an opinion. Scratching my nails on unglazed china.

And finally, since I’m a little obsessed with the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse, your house is under attack and you only have time to grab 3 things, what do you grab? Flashlight, emergency medical kit, jug of water.

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