Tonia Brown’s short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies. She has cranked out several books, including The Cold Beneath, Badass Zombie Road Trip, Skin Trade, and the erotic steampunk series Clockworks and Corsets. Tonia lives in North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever fluctuating number of cats. When not writing she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names “Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut.”
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Fifteen years ago, siblings Coil and Cassiopeia suffered an incident in the woods behind their family home. An incident that neither of them can remember in full, that nearly killed Cass and left Coil accused as her abuser, and robbed young Coil of his artistic potential yet boosted his little sister into an almost overnight sensation in the art world. Now, fifteen years later, the self-exiled Coil has been called home to deal with his world famous sister as she suffers from Sundowning; severe and violent personality shifts after the sun sets. In order to cure her, the pair of siblings must come to terms with their old demons, both figuratively and literally. An ancient and terrible horror has risen once more from the backwoods of the family home, and this time it threatens to not only tear their family apart, but also the entire world.
Sundowners is a real, somewhat mysterious medical disorder that effects many people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. What inspired you to use this as a basis – or launching point – for your story?
One evening I was discussing unusual medical stuff with some friends, and one told me all about sundowning, and how the old folks at her nursing home got easily confused and some even became violent just after the sun set. I had never heard of sundowning, but was enthralled with the idea of it. I began to wonder, what would it be like if a whole town started sundowning? That’s where the inklings of the story first began. The rest unfolded along the two years it took to write it.
Your characters personalities and the dynamics of their relationships are very well developed. What is your creation process like? Do you have specific intentions and create characters accordingly? Or do your characters emerge seemingly out of the blue with their own personalities?
Thanks so much! I would like to take the credit for this but I find most of my characters arrive in the story with a personality attached. If I have trouble with a character that refuses to take on dimension, I sit back and think of someone they remind me of, and then use that memory to shape their attitude and dialogue.
Painting is a big part of your main characters’ lives. As they created their paintings, I could almost see the canvas in front of me. Do you paint and/or have an interest in art?
I have always loved art and am very jealous of folks talented enough to transcribe their ideas onto the canvas. I have tried many a time to do so, with no success. I do paint miniatures and some other stuff, but paintings on a canvas? Nope. I like to think I paint with words instead. Did that sound as lame as it did in my head? *face palm*
That didn’t sound lame at all. Actually, I agree that good writing is like painting with words.
You touch upon the issue of a creative muse. Many authors think of writer’s block as a time when their muse is lost to them. What or who is your creative muse?
My muse is a satisfied reader. Nothing drives me to create more than positive feedback. Even negative feedback has its place in the creative cycle.
What do you find hardest to write, beginning, middle or end? Why?
The end. Because I’ve lived in this novel’s world for weeks and weeks and I know that as soon as I write the end, I will be relegated to the ranks of an outsider. I may look in from time to time. I may tweak or adjust or edit, but never again will I be such an intimate part of that world. Unless of course I write a sequel.
What scares you the most and why?
Spontaneous human combustion. Why? Seriously? Who isn’t afraid of just catching fire and burning to death for no apparent reason? *shudders*
What are some of your favorite pastimes, aside from writing and reading?
I love to sew and crochet. If I didn’t spend so much time writing then I would probably sew as a freelance job.
Describe yourself in one word or phrase.
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Thanks for reading.
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