Chewing the Fat w/ Tonia Brown

CHEW ON THIS! has been nominated for a Splatterpunk Award and I have the exclusive skinny with the authors.

Author de Jour: Tonia Brown

Nikki Noir: You’re featured in a food anthology, so let’s get this out of the way first: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve put in your mouth—I mean weirdest thing eaten ;)

Brown: Thanks to insomnia, I take Ambien to sleep. I am not sure exactly what Ambien Tonia has eaten, but I have found empty containers of sour cream, ranch dressing, mustard, and sardines all at the same time. And had terrible indigestion the next day. I think most of those containers were nearly full when I took the meds, so, there’s that.

Noir: Tell us about your story in Chew on This! and what inspired it.

Brown: A woman that believes her husband has brought home a dead baby for dinner. At the heart it is about postpartum depression. I have no idea where it came from, it was just one of those stories that appeared.

Noir: If you were a spice/seasoning, what would it be, elaborate if you want.

Brown: Salt. I am necessary for your survival, but if you get to much of me I will raise your blood pressure and make your ankles swell.

Noir: What’s the scariest real-life, food-related situation you’ve been in?

Brown: Ambien Tonia nearly cut my finger off once. I don’t let her near knives now. Or the stove, but that’s another story.

Noir: What does literary success look like to you?

Brown: Huge piles of money. Like Scrooge McDuck swimmable vault levels of money. Well, that and reaching the one reader that connects with your story on an emotional level. Maybe even enough that it changes their life, and yours. But also the money. Who doesn’t want to live off of their art?

Noir: If there’s one thing you want readers to know about you or the mission of your work, what would it be?

Brown: I used to seek attention through my work. Then I wrote just to get paid. These days I write what I want, when I can. I guess my mission is to entertain. Are you not entertained?

Noir: What’s your next project and where can we stalk you?

Brown: Nothing in the pipeline right now, but you can find me online at most book sellers and at Aside from writing, I create art with my twin sister. You can find our stuff at

Find more of her work, including other Blood Bound Books anthologies here

You can learn more about CHEW ON THIS! here

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