Just in time for Halloween, discover what supernatural projects author and producer Trevor Munson is brewing for his fans. In the fourth and final part of the interview with quadrust.com, the writer offers a taste of the highly anticipated sequel to “Angel of Vengeance,” his novel that inspired the hit vampire TV series he co-created in 2007, “Moonlight.” He also reveals various book ideas and elaborates on the possibility of resurrecting “Moonlight.”
KIMBERLY MORGAN: How is the next book coming along?
TREVOR MUNSON: It’s coming (laughs). It’s been difficult. The deadline is creeping right up on me. I feel pretty good about what I’ve done so far. There’s a similar feel yet completely different story that reconnects with Mick. But I have other projects now, and in the midst of all of that I try to get some writing done on the novel. I had all the time in the world to write the first one but not for this one. So, it’s going but it hasn’t been a fast process.
KM: What can we expect from the sequel?
TM: Initially I had ideas for two future novels, but I realized that I’m just going to plan them both into this one. I think this novel is going to be called “Guardian Angel,” but I’m not sure. In it Mick takes a job protecting a woman that people are trying to kill. As he does this he finds out that everything is not as it seems.
KM: Will Mick be spending more time in Los Angeles?
TM: It’s mainly set in L.A.; this is Mick’s stomping ground. He’s all over Los Angeles and around it. He’s up in Coldwater Canyon, and I think he’s going to be in Long Beach and discover something there. It’s a port city. I don’t want to give too much away, but the storyline that I’m working on has to do with shipping and potentially people being brought into this country illegally. So it all seemed to fit with this busy port.
KM: Will the child from “Angel of Vengeance” appear more often in the sequel?
TM: At this point I keep going back and forth about that. I think there may be something but not much. I’m also exploring maybe putting a little bit of older Beth into this one. I think it’s going to come down to what the book tells me it wants to be. It’s possible. If not, then if I write a third one, I hope to explore a greater depth of romance for Mick.
KM: Can you predict when the book will be finished?
TM: I’m taking it day by day right now. I hope to be done by the deadline. I really need to buckle down and carve out more time to do that, make my best effort. But at this point I can’t really predict accurately. I’ve got a lot more writing to do.
KM: Have you considered penning other novels?
TM: I wrote a feature script that didn’t get set up but I think would make a good novel or graphic novel. And I have several ideas for children’s novels, one that I’ve written and needs an extensive rewrite, called “Fletcher Freek and the Voodoo Guru.” It’s about a young boy who’s the only normal child in a family of circus freaks and his journey to find out what makes him original and special. I think my love of reading as a kid, finding stories to fall in love with and seeing other writers do that, made me want to tell stories of my own. My goal is to carve a little time out to do that.
KM: You describe your new TV pilot as “‘Moonlight’ meets ‘Castle’ but with werewolves.” What else can you tell me about it? What do you hope the show will have that will bring a strong fan base similar to “Moonlight”?
TM: An inspiration for [this project] was a show I loved a lot called “The Rockford Files.” I wanted to create a character who’s not a tortured guy like Mick [from “Moonlight”]; he’s much more laidback and easygoing. He is a bit lazy, much like Jim Rockford. He wants to go around and not through problems, yet he finds himself constantly getting involved in them. [The show is] about a guy who’s a werewolf, and he crosses paths with this feisty attractive lady who’s a bounty hunter. They begin looking for the same person together since she realizes that he’s going to keep stomping in and messing up with her takedown.
I don’t want to create a werewolf show; I want to create a “Rockford Files” show. I want the fact that he’s a werewolf to be a little like the Incredible Hulk, something he has to be aware of but he particularly doesn’t like. [Even though] he drives the woman crazy, they’re two flawed characters that have this impossible romance. The feel and tone of the show is much more fun, not quite as noir as “Moonlight” was, but with some similarities. I think people who liked “Moonlight” will like the dynamic of this show.
KM: Can you predict when the pilot will air?
TM: I’m still just pitching it at this point so I don’t know. This whole business is so iffy so I’m also pitching a couple of other things. I hope to get something set up this season. If all goes well, potentially we would shoot a pilot in March and would see that show in the following fall or as a midseason replacement.
KM: You Tweeted earlier this year asking for opinions on an idea for a spin-off show set in the “Moonlight Universe.” Are you thinking about creating another vampire show?
TM: I think the fan base would be interested and I think it’s really feasible. It’s a different set of vampire rules and a different way of looking at the mythos. I do think potentially it could be fertile ground for a new show with a different set of characters, or maybe you could bring one character in from the previous series and build the show around that character. It sounds like it would be a fun thing to explore at some point. I haven’t gone out to try to particularly interest anybody, but I think maybe there will come a time for it to happen.
Find Trevor’s work on Amazon: “Angel of Vengeance”; “Moonlight” on DVD
Follow Trevor on Twitter: @TREVOROMUNSON
Read the previous parts of the interview in the suggested links below.