Exclusive Interview With Weston Ochse – Bram Stoker Award Winner And Author Of Seal Team 666

Weston Ochse won the Bram Stoker Award for his first novel, Scarecrow Gods, in 2005. In 2008, his novella Redemption Roadshow was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction. His work has also appeared in comic books, professional writing guides, magazines and anthologies. He currently lives in Southern Arizona with his wife, and fellow author, Yvonne Navarro.

You can find out more about Weston Ochse on his awesome site here – But before you go do that, check out our exclusive interview with the man himself below!

 

Weston Ochse – The Interview

weston ochse interview

NLY:

Hey Weston, first of all thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule to answer some of our questions.

WO:

You’re very much welcome. Thanks for taking the time to talk about SEAL Team 666.

 

NLY:

We at Nerd Like You are big fans of your writing, so are quite excited to take this opportunity to pick your brains with some of our questions.

First of all could you tell our readers a little bit about who you are, what makes you tick and what inspired you to take up writing?

WO:

Here’s the elevator pitch of my life. Born just south of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. Moved around a bunch as a kid following my English Professor father, until eventually settling down to life in Eastern Tennessee. Flunked out of two colleges and joined the army. After a twenty year career with time spent in infantry, special operations and special mission units, I retired and went to work for the U.S. military in a civilian status. Eventually received a Bachelor’s Degree in American Literature and Chinese Asian Studies, then a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Have written ten novels, more than a hundred short stories and an equal number of non-fiction. Won awards. Have a beautiful wife. Three Great Danes to curl around my feet. And a fine home in southern Arizona.

 

NLY:

Your book Seal Team 666 starts with a fictional version of Operation: Geronimo. Was this event the genesis for the ‘What if…’ idea of a SEAL team that dealt with Supernatural problems or something that you felt should be added into the book?

WO:

So me, Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, and a dozen other folks are sitting around at the World Horror Austin Convention dead dog party drinking the hell out of Jack’s bottle of Glenlevit, when President Obama appears on the TV and announces the death of Geronimo. We all cheered and it was crazy. Then a week later I get an email from an editor at St. Martin’s Press and the book takes form. Yes. I can definitely say that without that capture there wouldn’t have been a book to write, so we decided to make that the opening chapter.

 

NLY:

We enjoyed the creatures that appeared in the book (especially the homunculi). How did you decide which mythical/Supernatural creatures to use and any hints as to what creatures we may see in the future?

WO:

I argued long and hard about the homunculi with my editor at Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press). When he read that section, he said we had to get rid of it. He said no one would understand who they were. I of course disagreed. Every person who’d ever spent any time playing dungeons and dragons and had poured over their monster manual knew what a homunculi was. I loved the idea of them being a combination of a Chucky Doll and a Stretch Armstrong. What a visual that made. Then I just had them attack and fight in packs and suddenly this small thing became deadly.

My decision-making about which to use was based on which group the monsters were to be affiliated with. The homunculi are Chinese, just as you’ll find that chupacabra are Mexican. I’m trying to establish a linkages, so that when you see a particular monster, you know that a particular group is at hand.

 

NLY:

You have a background in the military, did this help with making sure you had all the weaponry, tactics and interactions between the close-knit team as accurate as possible?

WO:

ABSOLUTELY!

 

NLY:

SEAL Team 666 is being made into a movie. Is it exciting to know that a movie based on your work could be hitting the big screen in the future?

WO:

Perhaps your choice of verbs is a little optimistic. Instead of being made let’s use has been optioned. MGM optioned the rights to make ST666 into a movie and that is very cool. They are a magnificent old Hollywood production company and have the deep pockets to do this movie right. Will it be made? God I hope so.

 

NLY:

Will you have any creative control on the process and are there any actors you have in mind for any of the characters? (We think Supernatural’s Jenson Ackles could make a pretty good Jack Walker).

WO:

The idea to have creative control would be nice, but since my name doesn’t even rhyme with Stephen King, I doubt they’d give this author much of a say. That said, I don’t usually keep quiet and would offer my opinions even if they didn’t want them. Ackles would be great. So would Ryan Phillipi. It might even be best to cast a new face in the role of Walker and maybe cast some known acters as Holmes and Laws. The bottom line is that Walker has to be an everyman.

 

NLY:

Any clues as to what evils SEAL Team 666 may be facing in the future?

WO:

I just turned in SEAL Team 666: Age of Blood to the publisher, which follows the team into Mexico. In the book, readers will learn more about the history of the teams, more about the selection process, and more about their backgrounds. Many readers have been screaming for more information about the team members. They’ve asked and I have answered.

Susie McBeth

Susie McBeth is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Nerd Like You.   Susie is a comic book reading, anime loving, superhero obsessed, writer, editor, artist, gamer, occasional supervillain and all round very nerdy girl.   When not working on content for NLY and sneakily fitting in the odd zombie kill, she can be found writing entertainment posts for national news entertainment site The Metro as well as writing guest posts for Bit Rebels and a plethora of other sites (Google will tell you all).   She also writes books - including the recent How to become a Supervillain in 10 easy steps.

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