HUNTERSVILLE – When Brodie Lowe’s family went to church, he would sit in the pews making a list of titles of books he wanted to write.
“I had about 100 titles written down by the end of the service,” Lowe said.
Now the Western Carolina graduate and SouthLake Christian Academy English teacher is publishing his first youth book through Oklahoma-based Tate Publishing.
Lowe wrote “Werewolf on My Street” in 2008 and 2009 while a college student. It centers around a 12-year-old boy Barry who has a crush on his neighbor, Gwen. One night, Barry sees a werewolf on his street and notices Gwen’s dad wearing the same clothes, having a strong hunger for meat and a bruise where Barry hit the beast with silverware one night.
“All these pieces of evidence are leading him to believe that Gwen’s dad is the werewolf, and then in the middle of the book, there’s a twist,” Lowe said. “He feels the need to protect Gwen and the rest of the street.”
The 38-chapter, about 130-page book is geared toward 9 to 11-year olds and filled with action and adventure.
“One thing happens right after the other,” Lowe said. “There’s never a dull moment, with cliffhangers at the end of every chapter.”
Listening to Lowe talk about the plot, it’s no surprise to hear he was an avid "Goosebumps" reader while growing up. He and his siblings would put on “little horror shows” for their parents after being inspired by classic monster horror films like “Wolfman,” “Invisible Man” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”
They would wander through the woods on their 12-acre property with a vampire kit and “scare the crap out of ourselves,” Lowe said with a laugh. But those books, movies and adventures molded Lowe’s mind to be full of creativity.
Now Lowe hopes that his book will inspire kids to create stories of their own. The influx of social media has people constantly consuming, but not many people create for themselves, he said.
Though Tate is scheduled to release “Werewolf on My Street” in stores this spring, Lowe first released it as a self-published ebook in Aug. 2012. And he recently released his second book, “How I became a Monster,” as an ebook.
“If I could do it for a living, I’d put one out every month, just like Goosebumps,” Lowe said. “I’d love to do that and just inspire other kids.”
Lowe has also teamed with his brother for a few screenwriting projects. The two just finished shooting an independent film that they will send to film festivals in January.
Lowe said his ultimate dream would be to write, produce and act with his brother. But whatever the avenue, Lowe will always continue to write.
He recalls telling his professor and known writer Ron Rash, “even if I don’t get published ever, I still feel the need to write. I have to write.”