Interview with M.D. Massey, author of Blood Bound
14 Jan 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Blood Bound?
Blood Bound is the fifth volume in a short story series that is supplemental to my main series, the Colin McCool Junkyard Druid urban fantasy novels. Most of those stories feature the main character, druid apprentice Colin McCool, but several of the stories spotlight supporting characters, such as Belladonna, Crowley, Hemi, and more recently, Larry the Chupacabra in Blood Bound.
Blood Bound contains three short stories. One features Colin, another Crowley the dark wizard, and a third pairs Colin and Larry in a hilarious caper involving a zombie corgi with an axe to grind. All three stories are zany, silly, paranormal fun, written with the intent to reward long-time readers with tales that don’t necessarily fit in the narrative of the main novels.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
Currently, I’m reading the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry for the third time. Maberry just released another book in that series, so I decided to reread them to refresh my memory before I dig into the new novel. I’ve also been reading Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. I try to read at least one book on craft a month.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
“Start writing now.” For years I had the urge to write, but I failed to act on that urge because I felt inadequate for the task. And, it’s a shame because I would be much higher on the learning curve by now, had I started writing fiction when I was a teen.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
Today? Sleeping. Twenty years ago? I’d probably have spent that time practicing martial arts.
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
As I’ve grown more mature, I’ve discovered that I have a very deeply ingrained need to exercise my creative muscles. On any given day, that might involve expressing myself physically through martial arts practice or expressing my intellect and emotions via writing, graphic design, and web design. When I ignore that need to create, I get restless, and when I ignore it for too long, it brings me down emotionally. So, I try to express that need every single day, and I’m definitely much happier now that I am a full-time indie author.
What scene in Blood Bound was your favorite to write?
Without a doubt, the final fight scene in Breaking Up Is Hard To Do was the most fun to write, simply because I allowed myself to go utterly gonzo with the characters, dialogue, and events in that story. However, I also really enjoyed writing Crowley’s story. He’s both funny and tragic at the same time, and his acerbic wit and cynical outlook offer a lot of opportunity for dark humor and snappy one-liners. Pro tip for all the aspiring fiction authors out there—writing fictional characters is a lot more fun when you make them say things you wish you could say to people in real life.
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