Consumed by rock music,
animation and superhero comic books since age four, writerD
H Brooks studied Creative Writing and Comparative Literature
at California State University Long Beach, working toward a
degree in Electronic Media. Having developed a great
interest in Atlantis-related subjects, Ms. Brooks first
wrote of the aquatic denizens of Nereidia in comic book form
in 1993. She later supplied research notes for TechTV's
'pop-up' version of the Gerry And Sylvia Anderson series
"Thunderbirds" ™, as well as material she licensed to A&E
Home Video for the DVD "The Best Of Thunderbirds." A
lifelong Southern California resident who well remembers the
Helms Bakery, milk delivery, the many local dairies and the
dwindling vernacular architecture of the area, the author
lives in Los Angeles, never far from her beloved Pacific
Ocean. Ms. Brooks is a member of the Society Of Children's
Book Writers And Illustrators, The Greater L.A. Writers
Society and Children's Book Insider and has been a
sustaining member of Comic-Con International for over
eighteen years. "A Legacy Of The Pacific" is her debut
Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of
your life? Who were your earliest influences and why?
D.H. Brooks : I grew up just outside of
Gardena, CA, not far from San Pedro and other southland
beaches. Watching the waves crash, the scent of the sea air
and picnics at Point Fermin were part of many a Sunday
growing up. Reading was another key factor of my childhood.
My mom, a teacher, taught me to read by age three; I skipped
kindergarten and started school the next year. My favorites
were "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie and "A Child's Garden Of
Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson, but my great love was
superhero comics, particularly "Aquaman" and the "Teen
Titans," since they had Aqualad in common. I was soon hooked
on rock music, which became my passion, hence the many
veiled musical references in my novel.
Discuss your newbook "A
LEGACY OF THE PACIFIC".
D.H. Brooks : "A Legacy Of
The Pacific" was bolstered by my interests in both ocean
preservation and mythology, particularly that of Atlantis.
The tale concerns the mythical kingdom of Nereidia Pacifica
and its royal family. Three royal siblings who were raised
separately, two of them in deprivation, form the main cast.
As with most siblings, the three struggle to get along, but
in the case of Princesses Lile and Ciona and little brother
Prince Solas (nicknamed 'Pincin'), there is a dire need for
them to unify. When their nation comes under siege and the
entire western coast of the United States is set for
destruction, the trio find that their amazing innate
abilities are most effective when they keep their emotions
in check and work together for the good of all.
LEGACY OF THE PACIFIC" began as a comic in 1993 -- Explain
your interest then in writing a comic book and now turning
it into a novel?
D.H. Brooks : In 1993, a
friend and I challenged each other to develop a comic book.
That's when "A Legacy Of The Pacific" was born. I performed
all of the functions to create a single issue, in the
process gaining true respect for those who write, draw, ink
and color such epic little tales. Unfortunately, 'real life'
halted my writing interests and the story sat dormant for
fifteen years. I considered recreating the tale as a graphic
novel but had to accept that my hands, due to occupational
injury, were no longer up to the task. Instead, I wrote the
story in novel format.
Books-and-Authors.net: What makes "A
LEGACY OF THE PACIFIC" different from other books in its
D.H. Brooks : "A Legacy"
seeks to transport the reader to a world never before
imagined, one which, in reality, is the most vital on our
planet, yet also the most threatened and vulnerable. While
the tale deals with teens coming of age, a theme with which
both kids and adult can relate, it also introduces the
serious issue of the insoluble waste materials and chemicals
polluting the Earth's largest ocean. Nereidia Pacifica is
introduced to my readers through the eyes of Princess Lile,
the single-minded teen who divides her time between a life
on land and within her own watery realm. Self-centered but
fiercely loyal to her subjects, Lile gains valuable lessons
about life through her brave siblings, her valiant cousins
and some mysterious visitors from far-flung parts of the
all of us, she thinks she is sure of what she wants in life,
but her experiences lead her to question all which came
you do all of your illustrations?
D.H. Brooks : Yes, I'm afraid so; I like the challenge of it.
I've always enjoyed drawing and painting, though I've never
had the opportunity to take lessons.
Hollywood called and asked you to cast "A
LEGACY OF THE PACIFIC" - Who would you cast and why?
D.H. Brooks : Since I am sure this would be an animated
affair, I would probably cast Emma Watson as 'Lile,' Cree
Summer as 'Ciona' and Asa Butterfield as 'Pincin.' For the
romantic 'Asterus,' I would pick Rupert Friend, Phil LaMarr
as the dashing 'Curadh,' Steve Zahn as his wisecracking
friend 'Liam,' with Kevin Conroy as the sinister 'Lord
Lachlan.' For the 'Queen Of The Merlands,' I envision an
amalgam of three mature voices to represent her status as
the mother of the Earth's waters, so I would meld the voices
of Helen Mirren, Whoopi Goldberg and Fionnula Flanagan. Eric
Idle would play the befuddled 'Uncle Eionn,' Billy Connolly
would play 'Roj The Fiend' and Jean Dujardin would voice the
cavalier 'Sir Denis-Remigius.' The skirling-style guitar
soundtrack would be written by Midge Ure and Chris Cross of
Ultravox. It all sounds perfect in my mind, so I would love
to see that transferred to the screen.
What should readers learn from reading "A
LEGACY OF THE PACIFIC" ?
D.H. Brooks : The focus on
world mythology illustrates that throughout history, all of
mankind feared and respected the might and majesty of our
waterways, yet, in our own time, we have forgotten how vital
the oceans are to our continued survival. My hope is that
these very human characters and their sea animal friends
will cause readers to care for their environment and the
welfare of all of Earth's seas, oceans, lakes and rivers.
What are readers saying about"A
LEGACY OF THE PACIFIC"?
D.H. Brooks : Happily, they
are saying that they very much like the characters,
particularly the winsome and dizzy Princess Ciona, as well
as Liam, who uses sarcastic wit to mask his displeasure with
his lot in life. Most readers have mentioned that they
enjoyed my description of the lush oceanscape in which the
characters reside. Many have said that they liked the quick
pace of the plot and the political intrigue, as well as the
witty banter between the cast. I am quite glad of that
because I find writing comedy a joy.
What do you hope to achieve with"A
LEGACY OF THE PACIFIC"?
D.H. Brooks : "An absence
of mood swings and some stability in my life." I stole that
line from Lisa Simpson. Ideally, I would be quite happy to
be able to use these characters to raise awareness and
funding for organizations which seek to save our oceans and
protect precious sea life, particularly our endangered
California sea otters.
What was the last book you read?
D.H. Brooks : "A Princess
Of Mars," from the "John Carter Of Mars" series by Edgar
D.H. Brooks : "A Legacy,
Book Two: The Vineyards Of Atlantis," hopefully by the end
of 2012, if I can ever find the time to write.