Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.
Give a big wolf welcome to Grady P. Brown
Grady is a science fiction author who is diagnosed with high functioning autism. He is a connoisseur of the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero genres. In addition, he is an autism ambassador, hoping to demonstrate the potential benefits one can gain from being autistic. As a writer, Grady P. Brown utilizes his autism to visualize the story taking place inside of his head like a movie. Also, he has a very strong memory, allowing him to store information about his characters and stories in his brain as though it were a computer hard-drive. He is also a passionate pit bull lover and owns a pair of sweet and loving pit bulls named Wally and Fitch.
Wolf: I think I know the answer to this, but I’ll ask anyway. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?
Grady: My family has four dogs: three pit bulls and one miniature poodle. So I would say dog person.
Wolf: Clearly. If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?
Grady: I would be a dragon because dragons are the incarnations of creation and destruction and the link between gods and men. As they say in Game of Thrones: “dragons are fire made flesh and fire is power!” Also, I am a devout dragon fanatic and have been for as long as I could remember.
Wolf: Dragons are very cool, but some can be dangerous. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?
Grady: I would pick the sword in my fantasy book, Numen the Slayer. The sword’s name is Gramfyre after the legendary sword of the Norse hero Sigurd. Gramfyre’s double-edged blade is pitch black with ancient runes engraved along its fuller. Its cruciform crossguard and fishtail-shaped pommel would be made of gold and decorated with rubies. Finally, the grip (which is big enough to be held in either one hand or two hands) would be made out of polished dragon ivory. The sword has the power to turn its wielder into a powerful warrior with the speed, strength, and fury of ten men and make them immune to physical pain. However, this power must be fueled by its wielder’s spiritual energy, which can be costly. I would choose this weapon because it is the Sword of Power of the Magnus Dynasty and whoever possesses it has the power to become emperor of the Gradaia Empire (which is as big as the combined land of the British Empire at its zenith).
Wolf: Sometimes authors are mean to their characters, what about you?
Grady: In Numen the Slayer, I would say the meanest thing I did to my characters was have them be cannibalized by other characters.
Wolf: Eek! Describe a meal you would be served while visiting another world. (Hopefully not someone you know.)
Grady: If I was visiting the Imperial Palace in Chrysos from Numen the Slayer, I would be having quite a big festive meal fit for an emperor. Roasted chicken with herbs, a saddle of spit-roasted lamb, fresh salads served with oranges or edible flowers, roasted turkey, a sweet meat pie served with figs, carrots, and artichokes. That will only be the first course of the meal. The second course would consist of gelatin made from deer antler, a custard tart topped with pomegranate seeds, and sugar wafers. For drinks, there would be wine marinated with sugar, spices, and gold.
Wolf: Sounds like an exquisite feast. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Grady: I would say iced milk with honey because it was a drink I never had before. I did not know what to expect, but in the end, it was a healthy balance between sweet and creamy while having a spicy aftertaste.
Wolf: You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.
Grady: I would be a tree that is thousands of years old. My bark is silvery while my leaves are golden. Hanging from my branches would be pearly fruit that opens the mind of whoever eats it.
Wolf: While walking in the woods you come across…
Grady: I come across a slimy creature that lurks in the dark trees. Its appearance would be concealed, but its putrid smell and sickening snarls can be detected.
Wolf: What would you do if you were immortal?
Grady: If I were immortal, I would keep writing and publishing stories until the end of time. Also, since Disney will be cranking out more Star Wars stories, I will keep watching and reading Star Wars films, books, and comics forever!
Wolf: Which of your characters is your favorite?
Grady: I would say Numen Magnus from Numen the Slayer because he is the most complex character I ever created, and he is a combination between my favorite historical and mythical characters.
Wolf: What story are you working on now?
Grady: I am working on the sequel of Numen the Slayer, which will revolve around Numen’s children and their feud with House Sylva and quest for the Imperial Throne.