Name Bret Bouriseau
Age As old as my tongue and slightly older than my teeth.
Where are you from St. Louis, Missouri USA
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc ( SEE BIO)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My new book, Travers McCraken The Prince of Knocknafay release date is JANUARY 2014 !!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started an underground paper in St. Louis Missouri in 1999 called The Spectre –I had a sales background so it seemed like an easy way to make money. Writing was almost an afterthought, “Gee I guess if I’m going to own a newspaper I better write something!”
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I did a lot of editorials, fun stuff, you know, hell our motto was “Everybody talks about my drinking, but nobody talks about my thirst.. but I never really thought of myself as a writer. I had hired a lady to do a cliffhanger serial I called Lamp Down Low Theatre. She was 8 chapters into a 10 chapter story. She would hand them in like clockwork every Thursday –when she didn’t show up for her deadline one week, I went looking for her. Her neighbor said they had her at the city sanitarium sipping on thorzine milkshakes. To be truthful, this came as no big surprise. Anyway, I got her permission to finish the story and SHAZAM – I is a writer!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Well…after that I needed a new serial and that’s when I met Travers…
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I consider myself a storyteller; I enjoy putting the reader in my worlds. I think my writing, like my art, is somewhat surrealistic. The descriptions are the fantasy part, the dialog, hopefully, makes it real.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Travers McCraken was a given, but I loved the sound of Knocknafay -I knew it had to be brought out to the front of the stage.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Many! (laughs) I invite the reader to glean them for themselves.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The loving and the learning part. I hope that the sense of family and friendship also shines through.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Oh Yes! Someone recently ask me “Which one of your characters are you? I replied “All of them!” (chuckle) Most are composites of people I have known. Travers’ self-serving cousin, Oberon, is solely based on my first sales manager; you could smell the snake oil on that guy!
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Dracula, The Chronicles of Narnia the works of Robert E Howard I love Michael Moorcock’s Elric saga.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Bram Stoker has been greatly over-shadowed by his famous creation, but his words are so descriptive. To this day going to visit the Carpathians is on my bucket list for that very reason.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading reprints of the old pulp heroes, The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider and so on. Some great writers came out of that era.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Paul Malmount. Talking about the pulps, this guy knows the pulps! He is a genius! In his book The Chinatown Yellow Death Cloud Peril he take the authors of The Shadow and Doc Savage, whom were quite remarkable themselves in real life, and pairs them up in an adventure worthy of the genre. Remarkable writing!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I believe I’ll be in Knocknafay for a long, long time!
Fiona: Name someone that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Luke Mansfield -errant nephew and all around great guy. He has been there from the beginning. Along with web-wizard Chris Moreland we formed BonaFide Outlaw Freepress or B.O.F. for short to publish The Prince of Knocknafay. Look for upcoming projects from the B.O.F.!! Also I must mention, my life-long friend Curt Smith. This guy gave me his computer when mine gave up the ghost so I could continue writing! Dean Lisle also has to be mentioned. He was my high school English teacher and one my biggest supporters. The man has more friends than a jail house cat -he is always helping me get the word to the masses. Susan Hutchinson, great friend and author of the social thriller, Never Too Late is a big supporter in the UK.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
That is all I see!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
One of my favorite sayings is “My life is just beyond the windshield, not in the rearview mirror.”
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Warren Publishing created a great bunch of black and white magazines in the late sixty’s Uncle Creepy, Cousin Eerie, Vampirella, Famous Monsters ect… I literally cut my adult teeth reading that stuff. Warped me for life!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Punctuation!! And when to use who and whom, I usually just rephrase the sentence!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
C. S. Lewis. His style is you don’t have to use a large number of words to move the reader, just the right ones.”
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I HOPE AND PRAY (laughs)
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I do all my own art – it is kind of part and parcel at the moment. I currently have about 15 pieces for the book that I have done myself. But I would love to see some great artists take on Knocknafay!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Taking the time.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, my wings are much stronger than the branch I had chosen to sit on.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do something as original as your influences will allow. The world has enough glittery vampires, playing survival games while being dominated by millionaires! (big laughter)
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
READ THE STORY, AND THEN TELL EVERYBODY ABOUT KNOCKNAFAY.COM!!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Dick and Jane
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Running a rather boring, but profitable business, but I’m lucky because it could be the other way around.
Fiona: What films do you enjoy watching? The Quiet Man, best movie ever! White O’Morn, the stronghold of the McCraken family was named after the cottage in the movie.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Anything savory or flavorful/blue/blues
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
No other options!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? http://knocknafay.com/ SHARING IS FUN!!
Bret Bouriseau grew up in a small Midwestern town along the Mississippi. As a boy, much of his free time was spent reading and drawing. Not caring for the structure of the public school system, he took his GED test in his junior year while still in high school. After receiving his diploma he promptly left, leaving his home for good shortly after turning 17. Throughout the early ‘80’s he traveled, supporting himself with various odd jobs -including airbrush artist and carnie. In 1985 he joined the U S Navy and reported aboard the USS Enterprise visiting 14 countries before ending his tour of duty in 1989. The next few years he worked a few factory jobs but found out quickly it interfered with his daydreaming and wanderlust. In 1993 he discovered the wonderful world of sales, a profession that combined travel and word skills. It was a natural fit. Around the turn of the 21st century Bret began publishing a bar-patron paper called The Spectre. He sold ads and organized party bus tours to subsidize his income. It was there he began to hone his skills as an artist and writer in earnest. His first short story, The Cool Tile Floor was published in its pages to local acclaim. Many of Bret’s most well-known full-color artworks were inspired by thumbnail sketches which served as black and white covers for the “O so Righteous Rag”. The beginning of the end for printed newspapers was on the horizon in 2006. At the urging of his wife to get out of the “bar business” the couple formed a corporation, Moondance Enterprises. To this day their company manufactures and distributes skin care products nationwide. The business became successful, allowing Bret to invest some money in his long-time dream of starting a publishing company. Along with life-long friend “Cool Hand” Luke Mansfield and web-wizard Chris Moreland they formed BonaFide Outlaw Freepress or B.O.F. for short. Bret’s Travers McCraken, the Prince of Knocknafay, with a release date of January 2015, will be their first title. Bret acknowledges painter and cover artist Frank Frazetta as his biggest single artistic influence. His personal style is more akin to Maxfield Parrish-using many of the artist’s technics in his own work, updated for the computer age. An avid reader of pulp fiction, his two favorite books are Bram Stoker’s Dracula –“the text so rich it seems almost painted rather than written” and at the other end of the spectrum, C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Last Battle –“proving you don’t have to use a large number of words to move the reader, just the right ones.” He has spent many hours trying to merge these two techniques. Bret Bouriseau currently lives in a never-completely renovated farmhouse with his wife, Marguerite and two sons, Walker and Morgon, in rural Missouri. In the spring and summer he enjoys travel. During the fall and winter he prefers a warm fire, a dark brew and reading stories that were originally printed on pulp. As with most writers, he loves cats and would be eager to exchange recipes.