Author Interview with Rebecca Bryn

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I began writing about fourteen years ago. I didn’t aspire to write; rather, I fell into it helping a fellow author with her novel. One day, on a whim, I wrote Chapter One and I was off.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve just finished editing The Dandelion Clock, a tale of young lovers torn apart by the Great War. It was inspired by my grandfather’s exploits in Egypt and The Holy Land from 1916 to 1918, while Grandma, the girl he’d promised to marry if he survived, kept life together at home in England and waited for him to return. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. The horrors soldiers endured in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine were a real eye-opener. Bill’s struggle to survive and keep his promises to bring home his beloved warhorse and marry his sweetheart are inspirational and heartbreaking.

The Dandelion Clock is available now at the special pre-order price of 99p/99c at http://mybook.to/DandelionClock – Royalties until the Remembrance Day Centenary will go to http://ABF Soldiers’Charity.org https://www.soldierscharity.org/about-us/what-we-do/  and www.thebrooke.org a charity that rescues horses, mules, and donkeys from some of the poorest parts of the world and was founded to rescue the old warhorses abandoned by the army in Cairo in 1918.

My next project, ‘Th1rte3n’, forming silently in my mind, will be something completely different – contemporary and maybe bordering on horror.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?

Write with an honest heart, a personal truth, and don’t duck the difficult bits – readers respond to honestly told stories with which they can identify – and be prepared for a lot of hard work both during the writing process and after – promotion is harder than writing. Research your subject thoroughly. Write whenever you can, put your writing out there, and accept criticism as a method of improving. It doesn’t much matter what you write because every word is honing your craft, and it’s a very steep learning curve. If you love writing, you’ll climb the hill. Someone once said writing was a selfish profession. It’s true: you have to immerse yourself in a different world, and it takes a lot of time and concentration, and it can feel exclusive to those around you. Don’t forget reality exists, and there are people there who need you.

What of your own writing was your favorite piece?

That’s a hard question to answer. Each of my books has its own place in my heart and there are passages in each I especially love, usually descriptive or emotional pieces, but I think I’m most proud of ‘For Their Country’s Good’ series. It was inspired by my own family history, and I wrote it for myself, my children, and grandchildren. It turned into an epic tale I loved researching and writing. I learnt a lot about my roots.

A quote by you or your Life motto?

‘The only thing written in stone is your epitaph.’

 

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Silence of the Stones http://mybook.to/SilenceoftheStones

Touching the Wire http://mybook.to/TouchingtheWire

Where Hope Dares http://getbook.at/WhereHopeDares

For Their Country’s Good series

 

Book 1 On Different Shores http://mybook.to/OnDifferentShores

Book 2 Beneath Strange Stars http://mybook.to/BeneathStrangeStars

Book 3 On Common Ground http://mybook.to/OnCommonGround

The Dandelion Clock http://mybook.to/DandelionClock

Your Genres: Historical fiction, Contemporary fiction, Dystopian

Official website: https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/rebeccabryn

Bookbub page: – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-bryn-5527e97a-146a-49e7-95c7-a30b0f603c80

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authorshow/8434030.RebeccaBryn

Blog: – https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rebeccabryn1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.bryn.novels

Instagram: –

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/jandrcoulson

Google +: https://plus.google.com/+RebeccaBryn   

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjL99ImZV_TdNpDaOxiVOw

Any other page: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/rebecca-bryn

 

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How does a scientist write books for kids? Find out here.

Introducing Paul Ian Cross

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Hi Paul, tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

Hi Theresa, thanks for having me! I’m Paul Ian Cross and I’m a children’s author and scientist from London, UK. I work in clinical research (developing new medicines). I very much enjoy my science career but I also have a real passion for writing stories!

How long have you been writing?

I loved creative writing and art at school; but I was also good at the sciences. I ended up doing a biology degree and went into a science career. I always loved writing but I didn’t think I would be good enough. I now understand that most writers feel that way! I have been writing fiction on and off for around five years, but I’ve been doing it part-time for two years now.


Are you traditionally published, or self published?

My first books have been self-published but I’m hoping to move into traditional publishing as well.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

Breaking into children’s traditional publishing is so difficult that I decided to build a profile first. The best way to do that was to publish my own stories, gain feedback from readers and develop my writing. I hope to submit a manuscript to traditional publishers later this year, but I’ll also continue to self-publish some of my work as well. I feel that a ‘hybrid’ approach will become a much more popular method in future, as you get the best of both worlds.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I’d say it’s a combination of both. I think plotting and developing a story really energises me, but the writing process through to editing and polishing the manuscript can become exhausting. Yet, I still love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

How many hours a day do you write?

I aim to do at least one or two hours a day. I realised that I make a lot more progress by building writing into my day rather than trying to doing everything in large bursts.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read reviews as I feel that the readers’ perspective is so important to help you develop as an author. There are always some reviews that don’t add any value but more often than not, reviewers will help show you areas where you need to develop your writing. This can only be a good thing in my opinion.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I found it very hard to finish my first novel, The Lights of Time. As a time travel story I wanted the time travel elements to fit together and this was very challenging to do!

What is your favorite childhood book?

One book that comes to mind is my first picture book, Zeeb and the Martians, by John Webster and Ian McCullough. This was the book that started off my love of science fiction, so I probably wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t for this book!

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I find there are always excuses not to write and you must actively make it part of your day. The creative process needs time and a lot of effort.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have so many favourite authors. I love Kelly Barnhill and Abi Elphinstone. I would love to follow them in their footsteps and have an award-winning novel!

What book changed your life?

A eureka moment came for me at the age of twelve, when I saw a photograph in the newspaper of a Tyrannosaurus rex chasing Jeff Goldblum. A movie with real dinosaurs! Well, they looked real enough to me. My interest sparked instantly. As an avid dinosaur fan, I looked forward to it with great delight. After some careful research, I discovered the upcoming movie was actually based on a book. I couldn’t wait for the summer release, so my Mum bought me a copy of the book instead: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Using a combination of scientific theory and well-crafted storytelling, the book fascinated me. I read it from cover to cover in a matter of days. Me, a reluctant reader, who couldn’t usually get passed the first chapter.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I’m really excited to launch my first upper middle grade novel, The Lights of Time in July. I’m currently looking for beta readers so if anyone is interested, please do get in touch on paul@pauliancross.com!

Thank you for having me! 😊

The Lights of Time

http://www.pauliancross.com/books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Author Melanie P. Smith

Please give Melanie a warm welcome, check out our interview, give a like or a share, and become a stalker.

 

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  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve actually been writing all my life.  It has taken many forms over the years.  In college, I put aside my fictional writing to focus on term-papers and other assignments.  In my job, I used my writing skills for web development, awards citations and annual reports.  In 2015, I returned to my passion and published my first novel.  And the rest, I guess you could say… is history.

I wrote a fun blog about this very topic.

https://melaniepsmith.com/how-it-all-began/

  • Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

I am an Indie (or self-published) author.

  • If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I decided to go the Indie route because I like the idea of having complete control over my work.  I decide the plot, the cuts, the covers and the marketing strategies.  I’m fairly picky about what I want; so, it seemed like the best fit for me.

  • Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing energizes me.  When I’m forced to take a break for too long, I miss it and cant’ wait to get back.  It’s everything else that is exhausting (web updates, marketing, networking, etc.)

  • How many hours a day do you write?

I don’t have a set writing schedule.  Some days I write for hours at a time, other days I can only dedicate an hour or two.

  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I rarely read book reviews these days.  When I published my first novel, I read them religiously but I found I was second guessing myself too much.  I actually prefer personal contact with my fans over written reviews.  My favorite fan is ten and she loves my Warrior Series.  I had the honor of meeting HayLee for ice cream one day and I think our time together was as special to me as it was to her.  I will occasionally skim through reader comments if I’m actively promoting a certain novel; but, I don’t dwell on them anymore.

  • What is your favorite childhood book?

As a small child, I loved the Boxcar Children.  Eventually, I progressed to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries.  In my teen years, I devoured anything by Agatha Christy.

  • Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have many favorite authors, there are so many truly incredible stories tellers to choose from.  But, if I had to pick just one, Nora Roberts would be at the top.  She is truly talented and I admire the way she can develop any character, in any story so the reader feels like they are hearing from an old friend; someone they’ve known for years.   Her vivid descriptions draw you into the story and make you feel like you are actually there, experiencing the events first hand.

I consciously work to develop my stories to achieve this same feeling of familiarity.  I also work hard to describe my scenes using all the senses to make the reader feel like they are smelling the flowers, tasting that hot dog, hearing the crowd roar or swiping that bead of sweat from their brow on a hot day.

 

  • Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I currently have multiple projects in the works.  In addition to my third criminal suspense novel, I am working on a new Immortal Trilogy.  The release date for book one – Divergence – is still unknown but I’m having a lot of fun writing about a group of Demi-Gods and their rivals; the Titans.  In the meantime, check out my other books.  My Warrior Series is a complete paranormal romance collection that consists of seven books and two novellas.  My brochure has detailed information, book links and eBook trailers.  Be sure to check it out.

http://geni.us/Warrior

I’m also participating in a multi-author anthology this fall.  The entire collection consists of psychological horror stories written by amazing authors.  It is sure to be dark, disturbing and will certainly go bump in the night.

Additional Brochures
http://geni.us/SuspenseBrochure
http://geni.us/FictionBrochure

Website
http://geni.us/mpsmithpublishing

Facebook
http://geni.us/MPSFacebook

Twitter
http://geni.us/MPSTwitter

Instagram
http://geni.us/MPSInstagram

Pinterest
http://geni.us/MPSPinterest

YouTube
http://geni.us/MPSmithYouTube

Amazon Author
http://geni.us/melaniepsmith

Goodreads
http://geni.us/MPSGoodreads

Barnes & Noble
http://geni.us/BNMelaniePSmith

iTunes
http://geni.us/iMelaniePSmith

 

Thank you Theresa Jacobs.

 

 

 

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