The Penguin Teen Author Spotlight welcomes one half of the Virals writing super-team, Brendan Reichs! He and Kathy Reichs write the fast-paced series about Tory Brennan, world-famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, and the third book, Code, is out tomorrow! Can’t wait that long? Hang out here with Brendan for a second and then check out the Virals e-special, Shift, out now!
Name: Brendan Reichs
Available: March 12, 2013 (tomorrow!)
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Kathy Reichs. Because sometimes it’s important to say the right thing.
What’s your favorite thing about your book? The characters. Our quarto is growing up, and dealing with new troubles both inside and outside the pack. Tory and Ben have a very complicated relationship, one that only become more entangled in Code. Hi and Shelton are often just trying to keep pace with the craziness that is engulfing their lives. I really like how they’ve grown over the first three books of the series.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Robinson Crusoe. (That’s an easy one.)
Where do you write? I write in a hyperbaric chamber at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Or in my bonus room. Whichever I happen to be closer to on a given day.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Hannibal. That boy did not play. Ask the Romans.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? Yes, I tweet (@BrendanReichs). And I had to create a second feed so that normal people wouldn’t get stuck reading my endless tweets about the Charlotte Bobcats. Once I tweeted a review of the movie Battleship. (It was bad.)
What is your favorite season? Flu. Less handshaking.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Bali. I feel like leaving the planet would be silly, since I’d die instantly and horribly. But Bali looks pretty nice.
Do you have any writing rituals? Wake up later than I’d planned.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Chicken Pot Pie.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Pearl Jam. Don’t ask me to pick between the thirty individual shows, however.
What are you currently working on? Our Virals e-story, Shift, came out on 3/5/12, and we are madly trying to finish the fourth book in the Virals series, Exposure, set to release sometime after we finally hand it to our publisher. In other words, TBD.
Thanks, Brendan! We can’t wait for the fourth Virals book!