BRIAN P. WHITE
BRIAN P. WHITE
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who you are, where you’re from, what got you into writing in the first place, and what inspires you.
I’m Brian, a husband and father, as well as a Soldier who is due to retire soon. I’m originally from East Los Angeles, but I’ve moved around a good bit. I joined the Army soon out of high school and deployed twice (Iraq and Afghanistan), though most of my time in was spent in offices. I’ve written seven novels so far, with an eighth in progress, and self-published one of them (come May it’ll be two). I’ve always been inspired by the stories I’ve read or watched, and I also tend to find myself wanting to share ideas in ways that don’t put people to sleep (I hope).
Tell us a bit about your books and what you’re working on right now.
My books vary in genre, so I’ll focus on my post-apoc series, The Death Doll. This story takes place two years after a zombie pandemic wipes out most of the world, after which survivors have banded together in whatever ways they could to survive. Well, in this case, the camp in this story is filled with those who seem least likely to last in a world of zombies and gangs, and all because they were rescued by the last person they expected: a former porn starlet who somehow gained the strength to kill the zombies for them. She’s charming, witty, and caring, but she’s also an uncompromising leader who keeps her charges safe at great cost. All the while, she’s hiding a secret that would make them fear her more than all the zombies outside her camp combined. When they find out, the shit hits the fan. As this is a series (its second to be released on May 1st). I’m working on (among other things) the third book in the series that could run up to eight. There will be a definite end to the saga, so stay tuned!
What is it about the apocalyptic genre that you love? Why write books about it?
I love speculative fiction like post-apoc for one reason: possibility. I often find fiction as the best way to learn something through a kind of practical example without the consequences devastating my life. So, I love playing with the idea of how the world would end up after certain events alter it forever, seeing how the characters would get themselves through it, and what all we could learn from those experiences. We always wonder “what if”; I just take the most logical course of action I can to discover where that thinking would take me (and readers).
Name your favourite author or book.
My favourite author remains Stephen King, his storytelling rich with perspective. I truly feel what his characters experience and learn a great deal more about the kinds of things my neighbours could be thinking in various kinds of crises. My favourite book, however, remains the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy. I’m a big Trekkie, so I enjoy following the adventures of these starship crews well beyond their series finales. The Destiny trilogy is, in my opinion, the most riveting, informative, and satisfying tale of the beginning and end of Star Trek’s most dreaded villains: the Borg.
If you could be a character from a movie, who would it be and why?
I don’t want to be any of them. After spending my youth scrounging for people’s approval, I learned never to try to be someone else. When my mind goes on tangents in the middle of stories, I often do so by injecting myself or characters plucked from my own mind and seeing where I/they would go from there. That being said, I would love to be a Jedi, a Starfleet officer, or one of Buffy’s Scooby gang. As I think it would be awesome to have superpowers (or super skills) like one of the Avengers, X-Men, or Justice League, I couldn’t tell you which one I would want the most. Either way, I would want to be someone who could make a good difference in a beleaguered world.
What is your top tip for surviving the apocalypse?
Faith. I believe that God’s got us one way or the other if we’re with Him.
But if you want something more tangible, I suggest learning how to survive on your own without modern conveniences well before such an event can ever happen. Your mind will always be your greatest tool, so start sharpening!
Where can we find out more about you and your books?
My website: https://brianpwhiteauthor.wixsite.com/home
My Facebook (feel free to message me if you have any questions): https://www.facebook.com/brianpwhite.author/
The Death Doll (available in print, eBook, and audiobook):
Amazon (to buy): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LX2KFLT
Goodreads (to review): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32328330-the-death-doll
Thank you for your time. Enjoy your literary adventure, wherever it may take you.