DD Barant is the author of the The Bloodhound Files, which wraps up with Undead to the World (out today!) and also writes sci-fi and thrillers under other names. He was kind enough to answer a few questions about Undead to the World and other projects.
Your final Bloodhound Files novel, Undead to the World, is out this month! Was it bittersweet wrapping up the series?
It was. I love those characters. Jace’s voice is one that comes naturally to me, and Charlie—everyone’s favorite—is one of mine, too.
Will we see more of Jace or the world of the Bloodhound Files?
I hope so. I’d like to return to that fictional world someday; I have a bunch of ideas that I never got around to exploring. Like golem drugs, for instance, or what happened when Jace finally tracked down the Midnight Sword and sent it back in time to herself.
When you were growing up, did you always see yourself as a writer? Will you tell us a bit about your journey?
Strangely enough, I did. I had this image in my head from a very early age that writing a book was like putting a spool of film on a projector in your head and playing a movie, and all you had to do was watch the screen and write down what you saw. It’s proven pretty accurate, actually.
Though I knew from very early on I was going to be a writer, it wasn’t until I was around twenty-four that I decided, “Okay, time to get serious.” That was when I established a writing routine, and really put some dedication into it. I got lucky in that an established novelist read one of my very first short stories and told me, “This isn’t a short story. This is a novel. And if you write it, I’ll help you sell it.” He did, and it did, and I never looked back. I’ve had some lean years over the course of my career, but I never gave up.
What are some of your favorite authors or novels?
When I was younger, I read a lot of science fiction and mysteries: Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, Agatha Christie, anything I could get my hands on, really. These days I like Spider Robinson, John Varley, Lee Child, John D. McDonald, Charlie Stross, Joe Hill, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, John Connolly, and a bunch of comic book writers: Alan Moore, Gail Simone, Warren Ellis, Kurt Busiek, Matt Fraction, Fred Van Lente, many others. I also follow certain writers in TV and film, like Aaron Sorkin or Stephan Moffat.
If you could read one book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Because the jokes would all be fresh and new, and the conceptual stuff just as brilliant.
When you manage to find some free time, how do you like to spend it?
I’m not averse to the occasional alcoholic beverage. Imbibed in the company of people who appreciate my sense of humor and are not repelled by my incessant babbling and abrupt changes of subject. Also, I like fighting crime. No, wait, that’s only in my head. There’s a lot of crime in my head.
What’s next for you (teasers for your next series are always welcome)?
Next is my paranormal animal detectives series (yes, you read that right) The Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot Mysteries. It’s about a reincarnated cat and a ghost dog that team up with the Gal Friday of an eccentric billionaire who lives next to an animal graveyard and has her own private zoo. It will be ridiculous, suspenseful, touching, and bizarre. You will discover that weasels have their own afterlife. You will find out that cats are exactly as sarcastic as you always suspected. You will HAVE FUN. Or I’ll send the weasels to haunt you.
The first book is called THE CASE OF THE DRUNKEN MONKEY. In it, a monkey gets drunk. Oh, and there’s some sort of murder mystery that needs to be solved, but really, the important fact is that it features an inebriated simian. I’m really hoping the cover art plays that fact up, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. That book’s done and I’m about to start the second, THE CASE OF THE THOUSAND POUND CAT. I’m pretty sure it features a really large cat. Other than that, I have no idea.
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About UNDEAD TO THE WORLD
Jace’s return to Kansas is an instant reminder that there really is no place like home. The tavern is still brimming with losers, practical jokers, and motorcycle chicks. Even the town’s only Goth is still wearing eyeliner. But just as Jace is about to click her heels and hightail out of there, she’s roped into a brand-new case. Somebody is possessed. And the bodies are piling up…
They call him the Gallowsman. According to legend, he was sentenced to hang—though his crimes still have not been specified. When he was strung up to die, his spirit stuck around waiting for people to hang themselves…so he could steal their bodies. Now, with the undead rising up and going on a rampage, Jace must put her own neck on the line. Can she get the Gallowsman to give up the ghost?