Interview with Brian Bowyer

Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Brian Bowyer amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about his new book GRAVEYARD BLUES !
Please read on …

Chloe lives for music. After her favorite musician is murdered by a suicidal fan, she descends into a drug-addicted madness. She soon commits a murder of her own. Her lover, Chad, wants two things: to stop his life of crime and for Chloe to turn her life around. Unbeknownst to them, two diabolical members of their inner circle have plans to kill not only Chad and Chloe, but all of their friends. Self-destruction, they find out, is the least of their concerns. Now they just hope to get out of town alive.

So Brian, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1. Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

Greetings. My name is Brian Bowyer. I write novels, short stories, and screenplays.

2. What brought you to writing?

Reading brought me to writing. For me, writing was simply a natural extension of reading.

3. How many books have you written?

I’ve written several books, but thus far I’ve only published three.

4. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for most of my life. I began writing poetry in grade school.

5. Which was your first literary project?Tell us something about it.

My first major literary project was a screenplay called The Dagger and the Irony. It’s about murder, fame, terminal disease and celebrity obsession. After I finished it, I moved to another city to go to film school. Unfortunately, two other members of the rock band I was in at the time decided to go with me, and the three of us couldn’t stay out of trouble. Our apartment became a hub of alcoholic, drug-fueled debauchery. The nights were insane. I barely slept. By day, I locked myself in my bedroom and wrote fiction.

6. Is this your new/latest project?What inspired you to write your (latest) book?

No. My latest release is GRAVEYARD BLUES. It was inspired by the murder of Dimebag Darrell.

7. Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

I have no preference, really. I have a massive physical library, as well as a lot of e-books on my Kindle and my Nook. As for my own books, I prefer them to be published in both formats. All of my published works are available as e-books and paperbacks.

8. Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

Sure. I’ll include a sample at this interview’s conclusion. Better yet,

( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

9. Do you have any funny / interesting incidents on how you came up with plots or characters?

Numerous. Way too many to list. I will say that a lot of what I write is somewhat autobiographical.

10. What are your hobbies?Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

Music has always been an obsession. I’ve been playing guitar for most of my life. I also enjoy reading and working out.

11. Who is your favourite author?

Impossible to pick just one. Some of my favorites are Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Gary Braunbeck, Poppy Z. Brite, Carson McCullers, Cormac McCarthy, Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, Robert McCammon, Jemiah Jefferson, the list goes on and on.

12. Is your writing style at all influenced by those of your favorite authors?

Definitely. All writers are thieves, and those who don’t admit it are liars as well as thieves. Even if we’re unaware of it, writers are subconsciously influenced by everything.

13. What is your favourite genre to read and also to write?

Horror fiction. I love the immediacy of it, and the throwing over of conventional standards. Horror fiction, at its best, is also a fiction of transformation and transcendence.

14. Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

No. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but I don’t have a particular role model that inspires me.

15. Where do get your ideas from?Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

I get ideas from everywhere, and some of those ideas do come from real-life scenarios. When I’m writing, situation comes first, usually in the form of a what-if question. Characters come next. After that, I begin the narrative, and often have no idea where I’m going until I get there. That, for me, keeps it exciting. A writer is, after all, not only the creator but the first reader of whatever novel they’re writing.

16. Do you have a pseudonym?

Yes, but I rarely use it. I prefer publishing fiction under my real name.

17.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry?Postive or negative?Please share your experience with our readers.

My experience in the publishing industry has been positive. I published my first book just last year, and I already have three novels available. The e-book revolution has changed everything. Writers have more freedom now than ever.

18. Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

I have no idea. If I’m still alive, I’m sure I’ll still be writing. I hope I’ll still be healthy and somewhat sane.

19. What motivates you to write?

The act of writing itself. The process of it. Writing is highly exciting and extremely gratifying. Plus, I like surprising myself.

20. How important is good cover art for your books?

Very important. I would no more release a novel with a cover I didn’t approve of than I would send a child to school dressed in goofy-looking clothes.

21. Do you have a price strategy for your books?

Yes. I price my e-books at $2.99 for novels and $0.99 for novellas. I price my paperbacks as cheaply as I can.

22. How does it make you feel when you read a bestselling book that you don’t feel is as good as yours?

It doesn’t make me feel anything. If I don’t like whatever book I’m reading, I stop reading it and start reading another one.

23.Why do you think readers should buy your book?What can you offer them through your book?

I don’t think all readers should buy my books. My fiction isn’t for everyone. If, however, a reader likes dark, violent, fast-paced novels full of confrontation and transformation, I hope they’ll give my books a try. I don’t think they’ll be disappointed.

24.Where is your book available?Any Buy Link for our readers?

My books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Here’s the link to my author page at Amazon:

25.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

Yes. Here’s the link to my website:

26. What advice would you give to other writers?

Read a lot and write a lot. Read everything you can inside your genre, and also read occasionally outside your genre. Write at least three drafts of whatever you’re working on. When you finally think it’s perfect, hire an editor.

27.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

Yes. If you wish to contact me, drop me a line at

  • Thank you Brian Bowyer for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    GRAVEYARD BLUES By Brian Bowyer

    The driver started the engine. “Where to?”
    Chad handed the man another hundred-dollar bill, then turned to Chloe. “Where do you want to go?”
    “A restaurant. I’m hungry.”
    “Which one?”
    “I don’t care. You pick.”
    Chad instructed the driver to take them to The Palari, the only five-star restaurant in Anderville. The Palari was in the center of downtown, a one-story building on the middle of Main Street. They stepped out of the cab near the front door, and the driver drove away.
    Chad and Chloe entered the restaurant. Illumination was soft. Colors were muted. The ceiling lines were curved. The floor was sandstone. Landscape paintings graced the walls, and floral arrangements added to the ambience. Light jazz played at low volume in the background. Mirrors provided the illusion that the restaurant was larger than it was. The place, abuzz with conversation, was packed with men dressed in suits and ladies wearing dresses.
    Chad and Chloe, despite their lack of a reservation, didn’t have to wait for a table. Chad was one of The Palari’s favorite customers, and they were swiftly ushered into a private dining room.
    Alone at a candlelit table for two, they dined on salmon, Alaskan Halibut, grilled swordfish, lobster salad, Black Angus Filet, steamed chicken, and baked potatoes. They drank a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with their meal. Dessert consisted of lemon pudding and chocolate cake.
    At their feast’s conclusion, after their dishes had been whisked away, Chloe lifted her hand and examined her engagement ring in the candlelight. It sparkled with all the brilliance that only diamonds can. “If dogs are a man’s best friend, and diamonds are a woman’s, who is the wiser sex?”
    “Speaking of friends—Jack told me to tell you that he’s not mad at you for … you know.”
    “He isn’t?”
    “Not at all. And he invited us to the show on Saturday night.”
    “Good. I’m still a fan of his music. Swamp Peacock’s one of my favorite bands behind Pantera. There’s no reason the three of us shouldn’t still be friends.”
    Chad paid their tab, tipped the waitress a hundred bucks, then he and Chloe fetched their duffel bags and exited the restaurant.
    The night was young. It wasn’t yet ten o’clock. There was still a lot of booze to consume.
    They walked to the nearest liquor store, bought a bottle of Knob Creek and a couple of packs of Marlboros, then spent the next few hours in the cemetery where Chad’s father was buried. They wandered among the tombstones. They drank and discussed their future. They made love beneath the stars and the moon.
    Eventually, they made their way to Chad’s father’s grave.
    Chloe touched the marble tombstone depicting the tree of life. “Do you believe in Heaven and Hell?”
    “I don’t know what I believe anymore.”
    Chloe looked away. “I wish Nathan Gale was still alive. I wish I had him strapped to a table in a secret room with several knives at my disposal.”

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