Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mojave Green by The Brothers Washburn



An epic story for all ages, Mojave Green is a haunting, true-to-life 
mystery that will have readers everywhere squirming in their seats. 
With the classic feel of the Hardy Boys and creep-factor of Ransom 
Rigg’s Hollow City series, The Brothers Washburn have returned to 
the YA scene with another page-turning thriller. 
In Trona, California, an isolated mining town deep in the Mojave Desert, 
an unearthly creature preyed upon the town’s folk for decades. Armed 
with secrets from a peculiar puzzle box, only Camm and Cal stood 
against the creature. Finally safe and far from the horror, the teenagers 
believe they have destroyed the monster—until they hear news that 
Trona’s children are still disappearing. 
Caught in the nightmare since her childhood, Camm feels personally 
responsible for the town’s children. As her life-long best friend, Cal feels 
responsible for Camm. With unsuspecting friends in tow, they return to 
warn the innocent people of Trona of the true nature of the creature.
Only Camm and a few misfits can stop the coming desolation—but it 
may already be too late.

Mojave Green can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
 
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As a child, Andy loved Dr. Seuss.  Later, A Collection of Short
Stories, by O. Henry was a favorite, and as a teenager, he was fascinated
with The Illustrated Man, by Bradbury.  Growing up, Berk was on the lookout
for anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and as he got into junior high and
older, he was always searching for new and interesting sci-fi writers.  In
addition, as youth, we read many kinds of mystery and horror, including
different volumes of stories published by Alfred Hitchcock, with titles like
"Stories My Mother Never Told Me".  We loved those kinds of scary stories,
and in fact, our mother did tell some of the best scary stories.

Pitch Green and Mojave Green are the first two books in The
Dimensions in Death young adult horror series.  The first book is based on a
scary story we used to tell as kids to our siblings and friends.  The
general outline for the novel-length Pitch Green came together one evening
in November of 2010.  We were attending a writer's seminar together in
Manhattan.  As we rode the subway from one end-of-the-line across town to
the opposite end-of-the-line, we mapped out the basic elements we would need
to expand the childhood story into a full-length novel.  Andy wrote the
first rough draft, and then Berk took it over to edit and expand the tale.
In the writing of the first book, the ground work was laid for many sequels
and prequels in that young adult horror series.

The second book, Mojave Green, is a continuation of the first story
and that part of the story was written from scratch over the last couple
years.  Both books combine horror, suspense and mystery, moving forward at a
breathtaking pace, as our protagonists fight for their lives as they battle
a monstrous evil presence hiding in and around the old, deserted Searles
Mansion in a small mining town, Trona, California, which is the perfect
setting for a horror series.

While there actually was once a Searles Mansion, built in 1888, not
far from Boston, MA, that mansion is now long gone and had nothing to do
with the mansion in our books.  The original childhood story had a mansion
in it and that is the source of the mansion in our books.  Trona,
California, is a real mining town, located in a desolate part of the Mojave
Desert, not far from Death Valley, but there is no mansion in Trona.  In
high school, we spent many days exploring the hundreds of square miles of
isolated desert and high-mountain country around Trona.  Many of those
experiences provide a location and background for the events that take place
in The Dimensions in Death series.

We have always been story tellers, first to our siblings, then to
our own children, and now to our grandkids.  Scary stories are a family
specialty.  A few years ago, Berk started writing a young adult science
fiction series, so when Andy also tried his hand at writing fiction, it
didn't take long for us to come together as The Brothers Washburn on a young
adult horror series.  We have also written the first two books in an
unrelated young adult science fiction series.

We both find that once we start telling a horror or sci-fi story,
the bounds of the story are limited only by our combined creativity and
imagination, and that no matter how mature we get in the real world, we are
both still just kids in our worlds of horror and fantasy.



BERK AND ANDY WASHBURN, aka “The Brothers Washburn,” are 
both lawyers by profession and writers at heart. They grew up together 
roaming the wastelands of the Mojave Desert, where most of the series 
is set. Both brothers returned from lengthy and successful careers in the 
wastelands of the law to write YA horror stories based on the 
wastelands of their youth. Berk lives in St. George, Utah, and Andy lives 
in Henderson, Colorado.
Be on your guard, people, there are new Grimms in town.


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