Featured Interview With Montre Bible
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and presently live there. I always considered my own “small town” so when I was around 27 I moved to Los Angeles, CA for 3 years to do acting. It didn’t quite turn out like I wanted and ended up back in Texas but it was a learning experience.
I have a little chihuahua named “Mista” after this character from the movie/book/play The Color Purple. My sister named him because he thinks he runs everything in the house.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’m not sure if anyone remembers that show with Levar Burton called Reading Rainbow but I was pretty young when I got into books. I even enjoyed creating my own books out of ducktape, cardboard, and notebook paper. I still have those little booklets in a box. In 5th grade, my class had a project to write a story and created a huge book out of cardboard and illustrated it myself. It’s pretty intense. I was thinking about rewriting those stories and making a real children’s book.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Even though I wrote fiction I love non-fiction books about spirituality. I love stories about mythology, however. Some of my favorite authors when it comes to fantasy are like C. S. Lewis, Rick Riordan, and Anne Rice. I like writing a story from the 1st person POV. I feel like it adds more suspense because you learn things as the character does which is a style some of the authors I enjoy use.
I also want to bring more supernatural/ paranormal fiction to stories involving African Americans. I don’t think there’s enough of that. One African American author, Octavia Butler, paved the way for that.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
So my latest is book 5 of a series. You can read it on its own because it’s an ongoing adventure itself. My main character is named Andrew and he and his twin brother have supernatural abilities because their grandfather is a fallen angel. (that’s the backstory covered in other novels) In this story, there’s a ring of murders happening and a secret group of demon hunters calls on Andrew to join their ranks to assist. The demon hunters use magic to stop evil and Andrew’s dad is a die-hard Christian and doesn’t want him to take part. Andrew is also reluctant because he’s in college, trying to be somewhat normal and this world of demons and angels has just bombarded his dating life. What Andrew doesn’t know is that the demon hunters know far more than they are letting on and he’s way more powerful than he realizes. Andrew will discover the hidden world that exists parallel to ours while questioning his relationships, beliefs, and ideas about truth, love, and evil. I like to think of it as a philosophical adventure.
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