It’s here, Howlers. Morning Star is now out in the wild and available for you to pet, smell, own, and love. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with an interview with Howler 1 himself. Lucky for me, he agreed. (Even after he saw my rambly questions!) Ready to see what Pierce had to say? Here we go…
1. Let’s talk books first. Which was the biggest challenge: Red Rising, Golden Son, or Morning Star?
The first draft of RR I knocked out above my parents’ garage in the span of two months in 2011. I had nothing on my plate except this mad little urge to give this crazy goon named Sevro a sandbox to play in. There wasn’t any pressure except that which I put on myself. Golden Son was similarly done in a pretty quiet environment. The series hadn’t garnered many fans yet, so the amount of voices contributing to the story was relatively small. I also knew I wanted to just shatter the world I’d spent two weeks building. But as Darrow realizes, breaking things is easy. Building is much more difficult. Morning Star is a book about that transition from breaker to builder. And, as such, was extremely difficult to write.
2. After Morning Star is out in the world, how do you plan on celebrating?
By writing more books.
3. Now I want to grill you on… you. (I may or may not have had some help on these from a certain sibling of yours!) What do you feel has been your greatest challenge in life? And how have you overcome/handled it?
I’ve been blessed to have a loving family that supports my every endeavor. I jump, they attempt to hold me up–not always an easy thing. Because of that foundation, I’ve been uncommonly fortunate. My trials are self-centered. I’ve not sat by a parent’s bedside as they die. I’ve not lost a child. I’ve not immigrated from a country swallowed by abject poverty and had to fight my way up the ladder. So when you ask me about challenges, it seems massively self-centered to dramatize any of them. So I’ll just say, writing books is tough. Took me six before I got published. Dealing with those defeats along the way was harder than I thought it would be.
4. Favorite movie of all time? Favorite book of all time?
Star Wars, always. Probably Dune or Count of Monte Cristo or Ender’s Game or LOTR–though this one fluctuates
5. What is something that you want people to know about you, without any context or censoring?
I’ve cried to Taylor Swift’s “Back to December”
6. Let’s talk movie for just a minute. (You had to know this was coming!) What has been the biggest hurdle in taking Red Rising from book to screen?
Making Darrow not seem like a sociopath. Without his inner monologue, you’d be amazed how sinister his actions actually are.
7. Being active on social media seems to be an important part of book success right now. It is also something that you do extremely well. What do you love about social media and what do you love to hate about it? How important is it to you to stay true to yourself on social media? (Which is also something that we’ve all noticed you do quite well.)
It’s love/hate. I actually don’t like social media all that much. I see there to be a rather tragic pattern of people creating projections of themselves, marketing themselves in a manner that is inconsistent with their real personality. I do, however like talking with fans whom I otherwise wouldn’t be able to connect with. It creates a little digital family like the Howlers. Awhhhhhooooooooo.
8. If you could write a letter to your 13 year-old self, what 3 pieces of advice or wisdom would you pen?
Bend with the wind, but never bow to it.
A brute chops the trunk, a fool pulls the leaves, a sage digs the roots.
Meet a man, you know him. Meet a woman, she knows you.
9. Prepare yourself, I’m about to get really serious. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would you choose and why?
Griffin. It can catch us fish from lakes. Bear me upon its back. Warm me in cold mountain nooks. Pierce the clouds. Swoop through fjords. Slay my enemies and drive them from their homes with its foul cry…
Sorry. Shit escalated.
10. Would You Rather:
Never hear a new song or never read a new book? Never hear a new song. To me, songs help explain this world. Books make new ones.
Read minds or know the future? Read minds.
Be able to speak all foreign languages or be able to talk to animals? Animals. I wager they could tell me more about what I do know than other humans could. But then I’d have to be a vegetarian. Unless cows were all assholes. Then I’d still eat cows.
Talk like Jar Jar Binks or look like Jar Jar Binks? Slag off.
Have a wand or have a light saber? Wand. Accio lightsaber.
11.Anything else you want to add while you have a captive audience hanging on your every word?
Nah. I got books for that.
Thanks again, Pierce for taking the time to answer these questions!
***About Pierce Brown***
Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.
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Good luck, Howlers!