Reflections on the Fang: Michaelbrent Collings

collingsWriting The Black Fang Betrayal was a totally unique – and totally enjoyable – experience. I usually avoid doing anthologies unless a) I love the people who are involved, or b) the idea is just…that…good. With TBFB, I got both.

I was contacted by J. Thorn, with whom I’d worked in the past. He asked me about doing a “collaborative novel.” At first it sounded like a nightmare – what, we all take a single chapter? We sew them together like some kind of written Frankenstein’s monster? I remember how that story ended. No thank you.

But the more I found out, the more interested I became. Unlike most collaborative novel ideas, this one was well-thought-out, with a story that leant itself to episodes that would be self-contained in one sense while at the same time leading irrevocably through a greater narrative arc. And the arc itself – warlocks, betrayal, darkest magic – sounded like a hoot.

Count me in.

The story was easy to write. Not because I didn’t think about it, not because I didn’t care, but because when you’re excited about a project, excited to be a part of something, sometimes it just flows. This was one of those times.

The Black Fang Betrayal has been a hoot. I hope it makes a billion-trillion-bajillion dollars. But even if I see $6.75 in royalties, the chance to work with such a fun story – and such fun storymakers – has been well worth it.

Michaelbrent Collings

Michaelbrent Collings is a #1 bestseller and internationally bestselling author, as well as one of Amazon’s top selling horror writers and one of the top indie horror writers in the United States. A member of the WGA, he is also a produced screenwriter whose movies have been released across the globe. Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids who are all much better looking than him (not hard to do!), and put up with the crazy life of a writer (a person who mumbles a lot and periodically has better conversations with the voices in his head than with real people). For this they will go to Heaven no matter what. Michaelbrent also makes good chocolate chip cookies. This has nothing to do with his writing, but it’s nice to know.

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