Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been writing professionally for most of my adult life, but I just released my debut m/m paranormal romance novella.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It’s called Blizzard in Bearskin, and it’s the first book set in my Darkmoon Vigil universe. While most of this series will take place on the dark streets of an alternate Chicago, I wanted to kick things off a horror/adventure/romance mash-up in an exotic locale. So with a recent reading of 30 Days of Night fresh in my mind, I sent werewolf to the Land of the Midnight Sun. He hooks up with a werebear bush pilot, and their situation quickly get dangerous… and more than a little steamy.
Oh, and overall, I’d say that all my PNR is pretty heavily influenced by the World of Darkness RPG universe. I’ve always devoured White Wolf’s worldbuilding.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I procrastinate more than I should, and I inevitably hate everything I create, so… no, I think my habits are pretty standard for a fiction writer. 😉
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Neil Gaiman has always been my literary god. But as far as m/m paranormal romance goes, my latest love has been fellow LoveLight Press author Amelia Faulkner.
What are you working on now?
Sleeping Dog, my second Darkmoon Vigil novella. Rather than being the story of two isolated shifters in the wilderness, my second book will feature a pack of urban werewolves thriving on Chicago’s Southwest Side. A bit of a werewolf awakening story, with boardroom backstabbing, danger in dark alleyways, and truth-seeking hackers.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m always trying to build and engage my email newsletter subscriber base. I think it’s incredible way to keep in touch with fans. Speaking of which: http://rexblackbridge.com/newsletter/ .
Do you have any advice for new authors?
99% of the time, the answer to new writers’ questions is: WRITE MORE. Butt in chair, peeps. Keep writing. Get your daily word count up. Work smarter AND harder, and forge writing into a habit that’s an inextricable part of your daily life.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Neil’s always a good go-to for common sense advice:
What are you reading now?
A bunch of new LoveLight Press releases; trying to keep up with my colleagues’ work. For summer pleasure reading, I’m currently breezing through some of Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey-Maturin novels. It’s my brain candy; my comfort food for the soul. On a related note, I’m ~totally~ going to write some awesome sailing ship-based m/m historical romance someday.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to keep working on my Darkmoon Vigil series for the foreseeable future. Next year, I suppose I’ll have to take a look at my readership and see if it’s going to be viable to keep the series going over the long term, or if I should wrap up some of its overarching plot-lines and move on to a new project (such as that historical project I mentioned). I’d really love to keep Darkmoon Vigil going, though. I’ve never loved writing anything as much as the stuff I’m currently working on.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Come on, I’ve already dropped Neil Gaiman’s name, like, twice already. American Gods, obviously!