Author Interview: Brie McGill

Today we’re chatting with cyberpunk author Brie McGill who gives us a little peek into what scares her. And remember to comment on this post or sign up here for your chance to win a bunch of ebooks this Friday!

Why biopunk?

I am terrified of needles. I am
terrified of vivisection. I am terrified of any experimental medical
technology that promises the end of suffering–there is always the
potential of unforeseen consequences or abuse. Vladimir Demikhov and
the head transplants he performed on dogs comes to mind, but one
needn’t cruise Wikipedia for articles about Russian head
transplanters to find a disregard for life in pursuit of advancing
technology. Also, every so often it crops up in the news that
scientists are engineering new deadly bacteria in laboratories. What
is the ultimate price of knowledge? This is something that shakes me
at the core.

Is your fiction more physical or
psychological in nature (ie, gore/slasher or mind freak)?

I strive to write viscerally. Blood and
guts can be intense, but for me, it doesn’t feel real without a
psychological element. Therefore, I like to explore the realms of
abject mental torture that culminate in a gut-wrenching bloody
outburst. When painting the walls with blood (and possibly vomit)
mirrors the agony in a character’s own mind… these are the
fist-clenching moments of satisfaction I live for.

Which dark fictional characters (not
your own) have resonated with you, and why?

The Byronic hero obsesses me, and there
are a delicious wealth of them to be found in the anime/J-RPG scene.
There’s something seductive about secrets and being haunted by the
past. Tortured souls. The Vampire Lestat is especially wonderful
because he has a devilish flair.

Which of your own characters
intrigues you the most, and why?

I had a great time writing Orion’s
character Alien Bride–he’s a Byronic hero to the extreme. He’s a
telepathic wine-o (he drinks to dull the agony of his telepathic
powers, okay?) who kidnaps girls and dresses them up like his dead
sister. He underwent some serious trauma when he was young, and the
intriguing part about writing him was finding millions of different
ways to recreate microcosms of that trauma constantly playing out in
his head. It’s sad and beautiful at the same time.

What’s a typical Halloween like at
your house?

My boyfriend is obsessed with carving
pumpkins. OBSESSED. He starts in September!

What scary situation do you hope to
never find yourself in? Do you have a plan in case it ever happens?

My health was severely damaged
following the complications of a wisdom tooth extraction (to
reinforce my wonderful fear of everything medical). Only two teeth
were pulled–I still have the other two…

Doctors aren’t sure, but it is suspected Brie developed an overactive
imagination during childhood to cope with the expansive corn maze known
as rural Pennsylvania. Unable to afford an operation to have the stories
surgically removed from her brain, she opted instead to write them

Brie currently lives in British Columbia with her
boyfriend and naughty black cat, somewhere not too far from the sea. She
enjoys trips to the local farm, chatting with her long-distance friends
on a rotary phone, and pwning video games from the nineties.

Connect with Brie
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One Response to Author Interview: Brie McGill

  1. Carol says:

    Nice to “meet” you Brie!

    I like the fact that you include the psychological factor in your horror. Blood and gore can only take you so far, it’s the mind that gives us the most intense scares.

    And ew! How have I never heard about these Russians and their dog head transplants? That really is horrific!