Author Name: Killian B. Brewer
Book Name: The Rules of Ever After
Release Date: June 9, 2015
The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don’t provide for the happily ever after they seek.
A fateful, sleepless night brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms. On their travels, they encounter meddlesome fairies, an ambitious stepmother, disgruntled princesses and vengeful kings as they learn about life, love, friendship and family. Most of all, the two young men must learn how to write their own rules of ever after.
Pages or Words: 256 pages
Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Young Adult
“Phillip, don’t believe all those stories your scribe told you. Magic is not defeated by waiting for someone to come rescue you from it. You have to fight it.” Daniel paused and took a breath before reaching out to take Phillip’s hand again. “I sat around for two years waiting for someone to come along and fix my problems. No one came, and nothing changed. Then I realized that maybe the person I was waiting for was me. So I went out to find my own answers.”
“I’m not you. I don’t even know where to begin.” Phillip sat back on the edge of the bed.
“You begin the way everyone does,” Daniel explained, “one foot in front of the other.”
“I’ve barely been out of this castle. I don’t know what’s out there.”
“Well, you’re in luck. You know someone who does.”
“What? Who?” Phillip cocked his head and stared at Daniel in confusion.
“Me!” Daniel winked and pointed to his chest. “I know what’s out there. I’ve been wandering all over the kingdoms for months now. I’ve studied the maps and the histories. I know how to fight and how to survive.” Daniel stood up. “I’ll come with you,” he continued. “I’ll help you find her, and we’ll bring her down together. We will fix this.”
Daniel could almost see the wheels turn in Phillip’s head as he considered Daniel’s offer. He looked over at his father, then back down at his feet before glancing up to Daniel with a look of tentative hope. “Why would you do that?”
Daniel pondered the question for a moment, unsure of the answer himself. The pain in Phillip’s face touched Daniel’s heart and made him want to bring back the mischievous, laughing man he had met just two nights before. This was not his problem, and he had his own concerns to deal with, but looking at Phillip’s terrified face, he knew he wanted to help. He knew he had to.
“I’m not being completely selfless. I’m still going to be looking for my own answers. But I can help you look, too.” Daniel held his hand out to Phillip. “Come with me. Let’s go get you some food and make a plan.”
“You’re just saying this to get me to eat.”
“No. As I said, I feel responsible. If I hadn’t gotten in that bed—”
“But you did.” Phillip mumbled before turning to look at Daniel with his eyes wide. “And you passed the test. I thought for sure you were the answer—”
“The test? I still don’t understand about this test.”
“Yes. You were the first to spend the night in the bed and be kept awake by the pea under the mattresses. Okay, maybe some of the others could have passed if I hadn’t—”
“Phillip? You think a pea kept me awake?” Daniel stepped back and knitted his brows; he had clearly missed some element of that awful night’s events. Though he was glad to see some sign of activity from Phillip, Daniel was thoroughly confused. “Why was there a pea under—”
“Yes. You passed the test. Maybe it is a sign!” Phillip stood and turned to Daniel; excitement spread across his face. “Maybe you are here to help me.”
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About the author:
Killian B. Brewer grew up in a family where the best way to be heard was to tell a good story, therefore he developed an early love of storytelling, puns and wordplay. He began writing poetry and short fiction at 15 and continued in college where he earned a BA in English. He does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry.
He currently lives in Georgia with his partner of ten years and their dog. Growing up in the South gave him a funny accent and a love of grits. The Rules of Ever After is his first novel.
INTERVIEW WITH KILLIAN BREWER
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Killian B. Brewer author of The Rules of Ever After.
Hi Killian, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thanks for inviting me!
Hello, I’m Killian B. Brewer, though most people just call me “Brew.” I grew up in a tiny town in Georgia with parents who encouraged my storytelling from an early age. I learned early to use my writing and imagination as a way to visit more exotic places than my hometown. I began writing seriously in college and I first started the short story that is now The Rules of Ever After in a writing workshop I joined there.
The Rules is a twist on a fairy tale where a Prince Charming breaks the rules and falls for another Prince Charming. The book follows the two men on their adventures as they attempt to find a way to have a happily ever after of their own that may not follow the normal rules of fairy tales or royal life. The Rules also looks at what happens to the princesses they were expected to marry when the women begin exploring their options outside of the rules too.
- What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about your writing?
While working on the editing process for The Rules, one of my editors made a comment about a plot twist in the novel that made me very proud. He noted that the twist really surprised him and yet looking at the plot of the book it made total sense that the twist happened. This pleased me because I love when an author can do something in a book that completely surprises me but that has been set up well by the plot and characters.
- Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that impact your writing?
I am a part-time writer. Since I have a regular day job, my writing time tends to be limited to the weekends. My partner and I only have Sunday off together, so I try to leave that day open for us and limit my writing to Saturdays. During the week, I take a little time each night to revise and edit whatever I have written the weekend before. I do keep a note pad on my desk at the day job to scribble down ideas that might hit me. The only drawback to this is that I sometimes feel a little too much pressure on myself to make my Saturdays very productive, which can be frustrating when the ideas just don’t flow.
- What interested you about the theme of this book?
I wrote several papers in college on the tales of the Brothers Grimm, including my master’s thesis. I have always liked that the collected fairy tales were allegories and contained life lessons. Also, there are definite “rules” and tropes that exist in these stories. I love when a book or movie takes the existing “rules” and plays with them or inserts and unexpected element into a world. Since so many of the fairy tales are about romance, I thought it would be interesting to see what would happen when you inserted gay characters into the traditionally straight world of fairy tale romance. Also, I wanted to see if the fairy tale format could be used to look at life lessons for the LGBTQ community as well.
- What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
The part of writing that I have the most difficulty with is giving character physical descriptions without making it sound like I am telling the reader “here is what character x looks like.” I always have a clear vision in my head of what each character’s apperance, but I admit I sometimes over-describe one character and then over-generalize another.
- Name your four most important food groups.
First I need my starches-potatoes, pastas, rice and such. Secondly, I am not a huge sweets eater so I need my salty category—peanuts, popcorn, potato chips. My third group would include my one sweets addiction—peanut butter. Nutter Butter cookies in particular are an absolute obsession. And finally, I would have to have my diet soda. My mother chastises me constantly and sends me internet articles that say all the diet sodas will turn my insides to radioactive goo, but I cannot imagine giving them up completely.
Many thanks for dropping by today, Killian! 😀
Where to find the author:
Home Page: killianbbrewer.com
Goodreads Link: Goodreads.com/KillianBBrewer
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: BuckeyeGrrl Designs
Tour Dates & Stops: June 9 – 22, 2015
Rafflecopter Prize: $25 Interlude Press Gift Card. 5 e-copies of ‘The Rules of Ever After’ by Killian B. Brewer