Sunday, April 11, 2021

Interview with Anthony Northrup: Author of Stephen King Dollar Baby, The Book



Film reviewer, author, and film festival host, Anthony Northrup, has been an online buddy of mine ever since I joined the “All Things King” group on Facebook. Over the years, we’ve gotten to know each other’s works. And he’s interviewed me a couple times and reviewed my books. When he put together a book about both Stephen King’s “Dollar Baby” films, (Short films that independent filmmakers are allowed to make as long as they are not for sale or distributed anywhere. King sells the rights to these for a dollar and calls them his “Dollar Babies”) and essays from authors and filmmakers about how Stephen King has influenced their work. I was honored to contribute an essay for Stephen King Dollar Baby: The Book.


Anyway, it’s about time I interviewed him, so here we go:


I noticed that you got your start writing film reviews for your local paper, the Tri-County Sun. What inspired you to start writing those reviews and submitting them to the Tri-County Sun?


Great question Brooklyn Ann.  It was pretty simple. I’ve had a passion my entire life for films, and as you know, pre Covid 19, I was like a fixture at the theater. Where I live there are a couple of local newspapers. I happened to know the owner of one of these papers and asked him if he had a movie review column. He said no.  We worked out a great deal and that got the ball rolling. This happened ten years ago now, and this coming May marks my tenth anniversary writing for the Tri County Sun, which now also shares my film reviews (and celebrity interviews) in another newspaper in our area as well.  So now I reach even a broader base of readers. 


When did you become aware of Stephen King’s “Dollar Baby” films? How did you get your first opportunity to see one?


The first time I ever heard of a Dollar Baby film was when I was reading the monstrosity-sized book, STEPHEN KING ENCYCLOPEDIA by Stephen Spignesi.  When I read this book, I asked myself  What’s a “dollar baby”? Not too long after that, in 2013, as I was on social media, I came across director Billy Hanson,  he was talking about his Dollar Baby film, SURVIVOR TYPE,based on Stephen King’s short story from the book, SKELETON CREW. I introduced myself to Billy, and asked if I could interview him and review his film. He said yes. Afterwards, he was so impressed with the article, he introduced me to other Dollar Baby filmmakers and the ball began rolling from there.  


I read that you had lots of opportunities to meet people, network, and attend film festivals back when you lived in the Hollywood area, and when you lived in South Carolina, where many King adaptations were being filmed. But then you ended up in North Dakota. As a fellow resident of a rural state (Idaho), I am curious how you adapted the situation to be able to keep in contact with your friends and connections, attend film festivals, and keep up with the convention circuit.


Well, this is a lengthy question. You have all the correct places I’ve lived, however, not in the correct order.  I do live currently in North Dakota, for the past 19 years. Previously I lived in Southern California, in the San Fernando Valley (for 10 years). Before that I lived between North and South Carolina, and California as a kid, and teenager. I was actually born in  Riverhead, New York, and resided there until I was five years old. Now that we’ve got the timeline straight of where I’ve lived, I can answer your initial question of how I was able to network. When I was an adult living in Southern California, I lived in Studio City, and Sherman Oaks, which is considered the Valley (San Fernando).  These two cities border one another and Ventura Boulevard runs along the perimeter of both. While I was in Southern California I met several celebrities, which include, directors, actors, and writers. They came into a well known and frequented retail store I worked in. This made it easy for me to interact with many of the people that I’ve built contacts with in the early 1990’s, and although I don’t reside in So-Cal now I have kept in contact with many of these people who have become personal friends.  This has been a basis for me to be able to have the opportunity to review, and interview quite a few of those people I met well over 20 years ago. As far as the film fests that I have held in the past 7 years, they have all been in Minneapolis MN, at Crypticon Horror Convention. One thing I can say regarding living in the Carolinas, as a child the film SILVER BULLET was filmed in Burgaw, NC, that is also where I lived. There were several other Stephen King films such as MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, CAT’S EYE, and FIRESTARTER, which I believe were a basis for my life long love of movies, most particularly Stephen King. 


I LOVED Silver Bullet! It had to have been exciting being around where it was filmed. Now for my next question: When you decided to compile your interviews with Dollar Baby filmmakers, and turn it into a book that also included interviews and essays from other writers and figures in the Stephen King fandom, what was your greatest challenge in undertaking this massive project?


Ohhh, there were a lot of challenges. However, the biggest would have to be contacting and setting up interviews and reviews with the Dollar Baby directors themselves.  After reading Stephen Spignesi’s book, STEPHEN KING ENCYCLOPEDIA, I initially found out about the Dollar Baby program. That was new for me, and it piqued my interest. While I was on a social media network one day, director Billy Hanson made a comment on one of my friend’s posts about his newly released film, SURVIVOR TYPE.  Of course, I couldn’t let this pass, so I reached out to Billy and was really happy he responded to me. From there things began to happen, and he was my first Dollar Baby short film viewing and review, followed by an exclusive interview with him. He was pleased with what I did and from there things started to snowball. Through his networking others in the Dollar Baby program actually began reaching out to me asking where they could send their film for review, and an interview with them. Mind you, this is an exclusive program so none of these films are currently released to the public to view except through film festivals.  


I love that you’re a metalhead like me. Who are some of your favorite metal bands?


Although I am a lover of many genres of music, yes, I am a metalhead. However, my taste runs along the line of AC-DC (who is my true passion), and have seen them in concert in the 90’s. I’ve also seen Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Van Halen, and several others. Of course, I love Ozzy (who was truly, back in the day), considered one of the first metal gods while with Black Sabbath. 


Other than the King, who are some of your favorite authors?


My book collection is diverse, so my list of favorite authors is a bit long. However, my very top favorites are: Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son), Stephen Spignesi, Richard Chizmar, Lee Gambin, Carrie Fisher, Mick Garris, Anne Rice, Gabrielle Stone, Mark Dawidziak, Andrew J. Rausch, David Tocher, Poe and Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Bev Vincent, Robin Furth, Rutanya Alda, Kevin Quigley, and of course, Brooklyn Ann.  I am also a big fan of autobiographies as well.


You have a very busy life, managing the All Things King group on FB, interviewing authors and filmmakers, doing reviews and articles for the Tri-County Sun, as well as working on your burgeoning career as an author in your own right. How do you manage your time to keep up with it all?


*laugh* There isn’t enough time in the day!  It really is a full-time job with all I have to cover, but I squeeze in everything whenever I have free time or I have to simply make time. However, downtime is few and far between. I also work a 9 to 5. You know, a starving artist, haha!


What has been the best thing about being part of the Stephen King fandom?


I think it boils down to three things: (1) fellow Stephen King fans.  Running a Stephen King fan page on social media for 9 years, I have met some absolutely wonderful and amazing people all over the world.  We all come together to talk about Stephen King, something we all have in common. To visit with fans and talk and feel the same excitement and passion that I share is a wonderful experience.  (2) Studying Stephen King’s works is something die hard fans do. Not just reading his books or watching his films, but actually breaking his stories down, analyzing them is fun, yet an educational way of enjoying King's works. (3) Collecting.  Some fans are happy with just buying the books or dvd’s, but some fans have (or need) to own EVERYTHING King, from T-shirts to buttons, to rare collectibles, to action figures.  The bigger the collection, the prouder fans. 


Finally, a fun question about North Dakota food. I’m now hopelessly addicted to Dots Pretzels (anyone reading this interview should fill out a request form at their local grocery store to get this addictive snack!). Are there any other awesome foods from your region?

So Addictive!!!!



Glad you like the Dots Pretzels. To answer your question, the food in the north eastern part of North Dakota where I live is mainly Norwegian, and bland. We are pretty particular eaters being that some of the best Mexican food you can get is in Southern California, so that isn’t something we can find here that tastes authentic. To tell you the truth North Dakota is a huge agricultural state, so it’s pretty much a meat & potatoes kind of place. My wife is an excellent cook and is very diverse (Greek food, Italian food, gourmet foods, etc.), but we do sometimes like to get the deep fried pickles and the chocolate covered potato chips as a fun North Dakota snack. 

To wrap it up, it’s kind of fun on the receiving end of an interview. I really liked the questions you asked and I hope your readers will enjoy them and my answers as well.  Thank you, Brooklyn Ann.  

If any of your readers are interested, or diverse Stephen King fans, they can look for my book at Bear Manor Media.com  or Amazon.com under the title: 
STEPHEN KING DOLLAR BABY: The Book by Anthony Northrup.  

If you want to see some Dollar Baby Films, on April 23-25th, there is going to be a 3-day virtual film festival hosted by Barker Street Cinema with Q&As from Anthony Northrup and several of the film directors. Details are
HERE.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Great Saga of the Ancient Smartass Cat, Some badass books, and other news.

 

Hi, everyone. I'm sorry it's been so long since my last post. Between losing my grandfather, being overwhelmed at the funeral, getting a little sick the day after my first Covid vaccine (which is totally normal because our immune systems are assholes, and the big saga of caring for our oldest cat, Phantom, I've been crazy busy.

So now, let's talk about Phantom. Yes, that is him in a baby carrier.

His back legs had gotten weak and even though he was eating like crazy, he was losing weight. We suspected either seizures or a stroke. So we took him to the vet I used to take my previous cats to see. Especially since they were so nice with my grandkitty, Shadowpaw.

But when Kent brought Phantom in, it was a completely different story. They took one look at him, heard he was 20 years old, and immediately wanted to put him down. 

They would not listen to anything Kent said about how Phantom is eating and drinking and not showing signs of distress or pain. The one thing they got right was that due to his missing teeth, he wasn't eating as much as we thought he was because he was having trouble getting the dry food in his mouth. They gave him an antibiotic shot and grudgingly sold us some prescription wet food to get his weight back up. Out loud, they agreed with Kent that Phantom probably had a stroke or seizures. But they didn't write that on his chart.

So, the very next day, Phantom had a huge seizure in front of us, we called to get some seizure meds. ...They made us bring Phantom in for another visit because there wasn't anything about seizures on his chart. And even though we saw a different vet at that clinic, they'd also asked Kent to put him down and were very grudging about the meds.

But, the meds and the food have been working miracles. Phantom is gaining back a lot of muscle and hasn't had a visible seizure since being on the medicine. 

We found another vet and I cancelled Shadowpaw's dental surgery with the evil vets because I do not trust them to do everything they can to keep him alive if something goes wrong when they put him under. He and Phantom will be going to see the new vet on Friday.

And I got a baby carrier for when Phantom wants to be in snuggle mode because he can be hard on my knees. 

We're not so naive to think that he's going to make it to 21, but we want him to be as comfortable and well-treated as possible, whether he had days left or months.

Book news:

Between the cat drama, I finished my first round of edits on HER HALLOWEEN PARTY (B Mine, Book 4). I turned it into my agent, and then I turn it in to my publisher at the end of April. Then maybe they'll give me a cover.

Work on Brides of Prophecy 8, LEAVING THE SHADOWS, is plugging along. I will finish it in time for the May 28th release, but it will be close. 

News of other books.

My favorite fancy book publisher, Suntup Editions, is doing a limited edition of The Wolfen by Whitley Streiber, a classic werewolf book. There are less than a hundred copies left of the artist edition. It's illustrated by one of my favorite artists, Fran├žois Vaillancourt. 

Even better, Suntup is also selling art portfolios of Vaillancourt's illustrations. So if you weren't interested in the book, but wanted some badass wolf art, I highly recommend the portfolio. There were only 17 left, last time I checked.

 

I hope everyone is staying safe. With spring here, I'm looking forward to hiking for morels and spending time at my family's farm. But for now, I have another book to finish writing! 

Virtual Hugs to you all!

-Brooklyn A.

 

Series by Brooklyn Ann

B Mine

(Horror Romance)

HIS FINAL GIRL

HER HAUNTED HEART

HIS SCREAM QUEEN

HER HALLOWEEN PARTY (September 2021)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Brides of Prophecy

(Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy) 

Also don't need to be read in order until book 5...kinda

Prequel: Tesemini (Free)

Wrenching Fate (Free)

Ironic Sacrifice

Conjuring Destiny

Unleashing Desire

Pleading Rapture

Melding Souls

Reclaiming the Magic

Leaving the Shadows (May 2021)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hearts of Metal

(Contemporary Romance)

Standalones that intertwine

Kissing Vicious

With Vengeance

Rock God

Metal and Mistletoe

Forbidden Song 

Tempting Beat

Heart Throb

 

Scandals With Bite

(Regency paranormal romance)

Books do not need to be read in order

Bite Me, Your Grace

One Bite Per Night

Bite at First Sight

His Ruthless Bite

Wynter's Bite

The Highwayman's Bite

 

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For excerpts and special content, visit BrooklynAnnAuthor.com


Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stephen King book news, Sad Life News, and Cat update.

 


Book News

I got to contribute to Dollar Baby: The Book by Anthony Northrup. This book not only goes behind the scenes about details previously unknown about independent films that King sold the rights to budding filmmakers for $1, but also about how King's dollar babies changed the landscape of filmmaking. There's also a big section where authors and other creators wrote essays on how King's work influenced them. I GOT TO CONTRIBUTE AN ESSAY! My essay is called "KING AND KISSING BOOKS: How Stephen King's work influenced a romance writer." I bet neither King nor most of his fandom expected something like that to happen, lol.

You can get a copy of Dollar Baby on Amazon.

Life News: My grandpa on my dad's side passed away two days ago. He was a really cool, but quiet guy. His dad founded Idaho's first tree farm, which turned 100 years old last summer. Grandpa inherited the farm and married my grandma fairly young. They built their own house on the land with their bare hands.

In addition to felling trees (in an ecologically responsible way), Grandpa and Grandma raised cattle and grew hay. They had his and hers tractors even. Some of my best memories are riding on the tractor with him, either pretending to drive it, or riding on the trailer full of hay bales that he'd drive across the property in winter, knocking off bales to feed the cows.

Today I cheered Grandma up by reminding her that before the Altzheimers got him, he used to make us amazing milkshakes.

Here's a nice pic of them before the Alzheimers.

And this is a pic of him cutting hay on his RED tractor. For the longest time, my grandma had a thing against tractors that weren't red, but she's softened her heart when she saw my day carry a big tree with his new John Deere.

I'm going to miss him a lot, but my heart hurts more for my dad and Grandma.

CAT NEWS:

Phantom loves his sweater so much that he gets mad when we take it off to wash it. He discovered that I have a space heater under my desk, so he now prefers my lap.

But when my son had a fire going in the basement fireplace, he hung out on his desk.

My aunt gave us some stairs to put at the foot of Kent's super tall bed to make it easier for Phantom to get up there, but Shadowpaw commandeered them.

Shadopaw is having troubles of his own, with his respiratory issues giving him a cold every Spring. It got him early this year. He also has gingivitus, so my son's going to pay for him to see the pet dentist on the 2nd.

Chaos and Mayhem are healthy and well, though they're lazy.

My newsletter subscribers got an exclusive excerpt, but next week I'll post the first chapter here and on my website.

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt!

Leaving the Shadows is live for Preorder on all e-tailers now. Right now only for e-book, but I may be able to get the paperback up for preorder if I finish early enough. 

You can preorder Leaving the Shadows on 

Amazon Kindle

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

and Google Books 

Also, if you're interested, I have a playlist for the book on Youtube. 

Virtual Hugs to you all!

-Brooklyn A.

 

Series by Brooklyn Ann

B Mine

(Horror Romance)

HIS FINAL GIRL

HER HAUNTED HEART

HIS SCREAM QUEEN

HER HALLOWEEN PARTY (September 2021)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Brides of Prophecy

(Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy) 

Also don't need to be read in order until book 5...kinda

Prequel: Tesemini (Free)

Wrenching Fate (Free)

Ironic Sacrifice

Conjuring Destiny

Unleashing Desire

Pleading Rapture

Melding Souls

Reclaiming the Magic

Leaving the Shadows (May 2021)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hearts of Metal

(Contemporary Romance)

Standalones that intertwine

Kissing Vicious

With Vengeance

Rock God

Metal and Mistletoe

Forbidden Song 

Tempting Beat

Heart Throb

 

Scandals With Bite

(Regency paranormal romance)

Books do not need to be read in order

Bite Me, Your Grace

One Bite Per Night

Bite at First Sight

His Ruthless Bite

Wynter's Bite

The Highwayman's Bite

 

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For excerpts and special content, visit BrooklynAnnAuthor.com

Friday, October 30, 2020

Trick or Treat! Here's a Free Book!

 

Happy Halloween, everyone!

For a limited time, my fantasy romance about a rock star who discovers she's the prophesied savior of another world is FREE everywhere Ebooks are sold.

Conjuring Destiny may be book 3 in the Brides of Prophecy series, but it can be read as a standalone.

You can get it on:

Kindle

Nook

Kobo

Google Play

Apple Books

or Scribd 

I'm also still offering Her Haunted Heart for free. Click the pic to go to the download page.

BOOK NEWS:

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that B Mine, Book 4, HER HALLOWEEN PARTY is going to be delayed until September of 2021. I had some personal matters that caused me to be unable to make the deadline. 

That said, this gives me the chance to make this book even better than it was turning out. 

Therefore, my next release will be Brides of Prophecy Book 8. That one will go on preorder soon.

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I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. My plans are to binge on candy and pizza and movies. What are your plans?

In the meantime,

Virtual Hugs to you all!

-Brooklyn A.

 

Series by Brooklyn Ann

B Mine

(Horror Romance)

HIS FINAL GIRL

HER HAUNTED HEART

HIS SCREAM QUEEN

HER HALLOWEEN PARTY (Fall, 2021)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Brides of Prophecy

(Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy) 

Also don't need to be read in order until book 5...kinda

Prequel: Tesemini (Free)

Wrenching Fate (Free)

Ironic Sacrifice

Conjuring Destiny

Unleashing Desire

Pleading Rapture

Melding Souls

Reclaiming the Magic

Book 8 (Spring 2021)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hearts of Metal

(Contemporary Romance)

Standalones that intertwine

Kissing Vicious

With Vengeance

Rock God

Metal and Mistletoe

Forbidden Song 

Tempting Beat

Heart Throb

 

Scandals With Bite

(Regency paranormal romance)

Books do not need to be read in order

Bite Me, Your Grace

One Bite Per Night

Bite at First Sight

His Ruthless Bite

Wynter's Bite

The Highwayman's Bite

 

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For excerpts and special content, visit BrooklynAnnAuthor.com

Friday, August 28, 2020

Happy Release Day to Reclaiming the Magic!

YAY! It's finally here! RECLAIMING THE MAGIC is now available in paperback and in digital!

Here's the blurb:

Vampire society knows him as the Thirteenth Elder, first vampire in creation, the mages know him as an immortal high sorcerer and the Keeper of the Prophecy.

Delgarias Dullahan only cares about the woman who knew him simply as "Del." Two thousand years ago, he gambled his soul for the power to marry Nikkita Leonine...and lost. Now he is finally on her trail.

But Del is not the only one searching for the missing luminite princess, and whoever finds her first will have the upper hand in the battle against the greatest evil ever known.

You can snag the book on

Amazon

Apple Books

Nook

Kobo

Google Play

Life news:

I'm still plugging away on HER HALLOWEEN PARTY. I finally got unstuck and have hopes of getting it done in time for the slated late October release. I'm planning on emailing my publisher soon to see about the cover design.

Next week, I might have a sale or a freebie. And I also signed up for a blog tour where there will be gift card giveaways!

Speaking of, if you're interested in showcasing my book on your blog, you can sign up here: https://sites.google.com/a/rabtbooktoursandpr.com/fall-2020-blitzes/brooklyn-ann

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend. And remember, I always love hearing from you.

In the meantime,

Virtual Hugs to you all!

-Brooklyn Ann

Series by Brooklyn Ann

B Mine

(Horror Romance)

HIS FINAL GIRL

HER HAUNTED HEART

HIS SCREAM QUEEN

HER HALLOWEEN PARTY (Fall, 2020)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Brides of Prophecy

(Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy) 

Also don't need to be read in order until book 5...kinda

Prequel: Tesemini (Free)

Wrenching Fate (Free)

Ironic Sacrifice

Conjuring Destiny

Unleashing Desire

Pleading Rapture

Melding Souls

Reclaiming the Magic

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hearts of Metal

(Contemporary Romance)

Standalones that intertwine

Kissing Vicious

With Vengeance

Rock God

Metal and Mistletoe

Forbidden Song 

Tempting Beat

Heart Throb 

Scandals With Bite

(Regency paranormal romance)

Books do not need to be read in order

Bite Me, Your Grace

One Bite Per Night

Bite at First Sight

His Ruthless Bite

Wynter's Bite

The Highwayman's Bite 

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For excerpts and special content, visit BrooklynAnnAuthor.com