Today I am interviewing Jennifer Brozek, author of the new Arkham Horror novella, To Fight the Black Wind.
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DJ: Hi Jennifer! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jennifer Brozek: Thank you for having me. I am an award winning tie-in author, editor, RPG designer, and small press publisher. I’ve worked in the publishing industry since 2004, starting as an RPG designer. I leveled up to a published author in 2005, as an editor in 2009, and as a small press publisher in 2012. These days, I mostly write original fiction and tie-in fiction as well as edit anthologies.
DJ: What is To Fight the Black Wind about?
Jennifer: This is the origin story for the Arkham Horror character psychologist Carolyn Fern. More than that, it is a deep dive into the mind of Josephine Ruggles and into the Dreamlands from Mythos universe. While trying to cure Josephine of her delusions, Dr. Fern discovers that some delusions more real than others and that the world isn’t as solid or as stable as she thought it was.
DJ: What were some of your influences for To Fight the Black Wind?
Jennifer: As To Fight the Black Wind is set within the Lovecraft universe, the Lovecraft stories with their lush prose and extensive descriptions influenced me. But modern day authors like Seanan McGuire, Ken Scholes, Ruthanna Emrys, and Silvia Morena- Garcia also inspire me with their excellent command of the language and intriguing stories. While drafting To Fight the Black Wind, I discovered the myth of the three fates–Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos–leant itself well to the story I was writing. The three main characters within the novella take on aspects of these three legendary women. Continue reading