Welcome to my blog tour for Waiting for Patrick. I’m offering giveaways of one signed copy, one electronic copy, and a choice of one title from my backlist. Comment below and at any of my other blog stops (posted below) to be entered to win. One comment, one entry. Dreamspinner is offering my other paranormal titles (Haunted, Lifeline, and What No One Else Can Hear ) for $0.99 during “Weekend Reads” on September 2, 3, and 4, in honor of Waiting for Patrick being my ninth published book. Waiting for Patrick will be available at a discounted price throughout the tour (September 1 through 15). Winners of the raffle will be announced on September 16th.
When Characters Refuse to Stay in the Background
I have had characters in many of my books who refuse to stay in the background. I don’t tend to outline a story, but I do usually have a general idea of where it will go, and who will help it get there, before I even put pen to paper. (Yes, I sometimes write drafts longhand). But, several times, characters have had other ideas.
In my one and only young adult story, Ray of Sunlight, Pete was supposed to be just a background irritant for the main character, Russ. Pete is Russ’s step-brother, whom Russ feels gets preferential treatment. Pete decided to take more of an interest in Russ’s life than I had planned for him to, and ends up being the one to give Russ a metaphorical kick in the pants when he needs it.
Dan, in Haunted, was an unexpected main character. He’s Lenard’s partner at the police station and tries to be the voice of reason when Len starts to insist that all the ghost stories attached to the house have a basis in truth. He’s quirky and fun and a good addition to the main cast, so I’m glad he insisted.
Daniel, in Waiting for Patrick, is another such character. He was supposed to be a one night stand for Elliot when he first arrives in South Carolina. Initially, I tried to keep Daniel in the background, fighting his insistence that he needed to be in this scene or that. But those scenes didn’t work as well without him in them. So, I gave in. He turns out to be much more than I had originally intended. He’s a foil for Elliot’s various theories and explanations of what’s going on with Ben, and a supportive friend throughout the story. It really is a much better story with him than it would have been without. Sometimes it pays to listen to the characters, I guess.
Commenters: What about you. If you’re a writer, have you had characters that insist on a bigger part in your story than originally planned? If you’re a reader, have you ever read a story that has a supposedly background character who seems to steal the show? Comment for a chance to win.
Architect Elliot Graham has bought and restored dozens of historic homes to their original splendor. As in his personal life, he loves them and leaves them, selling them off without looking back. But there’s something about the old plantation house he finds in South Carolina—a connection he can’t explain. He feels as though he recognizes the house, as if within its crumbling walls he might find something he doesn’t even realize he’s lost.
Ben Myers had promised his lover and soul mate, Patrick, that he would wait for his return. Ben has kept his word ever since Patrick left him to wait at the plantation house—during the Civil War. For the first time in many long years, Ben is no longer alone, and he reaches out to Elliot in dreams. Elliot tries to convince Ben that Patrick isn’t coming back, but Ben’s devotion is about to change not only his lonely existence, but Elliot’s life as well.
About the Author
Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other.
Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who support her writing and sometimes act as proof readers. Both of her daughters are also aspiring writers and hopefully it’ll just be a matter of time before they have their own author’s biography.
Brynn was a teacher by profession for thirty years. She worked in special education with children with emotional disabilities. She has recently changed careers and is now working as a mental health counselor to this same population and their families. When she is not working or writing, she loves to draw and paint. She also gets outside as often as she can, reads anything that doesn’t move out of the way, and is always looking for her next story.
Other Blog Stops
|Date||Blog Name||Blog Owner||Blog Address|
|September 1st||Bike Book Reviews||Becky||http://bikebookreviews.blogspot.com/|
|September 2nd||Drops of Ink||Anne Barwell||http://anne-barwell.livejournal.com/|
|September 2nd||Snow’s Untangled Threads and Musings||Snow Tigra||http://snowtigra.blogspot.com/|
|September 3rd||Antonia Aquilante||Antonia Acquilante||www.antoniaaquilante.com/blog|
|September 3rd||The Story Struggle and Beyond||Ki Brightly||www.brightlybooks.wordpress.com|
|September 4th||Thianna Durston||Thianna Durston||Http://mm.thiannad.com|
|September 4th||Unconventional Love Stories||Charley Descoteaux||https://cdescoteauxwrites.com/|
|September 4th||Misadventures of the Heart||Heloise West||https://velvetpanic2.wordpress.com/|
|September 5th||Sandra Bard||Sandra Bard||http://sandrabard.tumblr.com|
|September 5th||Tempest O’Riley||Tempe O’Riley||http://tempesteoriley.com/|
|September 6th||Jackie Keswick||Jackie Keswick||http://www.jackiekeswick.co.uk|
|September 7th||Chaos in the Moonlight||K-lee Kline||http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca/?m=1&zx=8a3ea5613ebace1d|
|September 8th||Grace R. Duncan||Grace Duncan||http://www.grace-duncan.com/graces-blog|
|September 8th||Brita Addams||Brita Addams||http://www.britaaddams.net/|
|September 8th||Cryselle’s Bookshelf||Chryselle||www.crysellesbookshelf.com|
|September 9th||Emotion in Motion||Elizabeth Noble||http://www.elizabeth-noble.com/my-blog|
|September 9th||MM Good Books Review||https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/|
|September 10th||Jacob Z Flores||Jacob Flores||http://www.jacobzflores.com/|
|September 11th||Andrew’s Blog||Andrew Grey||http://andrewgreybooks.com/blog/|
|September 12th||Nicki J Marcus||Nicki Marcus||http://www.nickijmarkus.com|
|September 12th||Rainbow Gold Reviews||Marc Fleischhauer||rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com|
|September 13th||PD Singer||PD Singer||http://wp.me/puLP9-1bg|
|September 14th||Our Story LGBTQ Historical Fiction||Christopher Moss||https://ourstoryglbtqhistoricalfiction.com|
|September 15th||Renee Stevens||Renee Stevens||http://reneestevens.net/blog-2/|
|September 15th||Purple Rose Tea House||Charlie Cochet||http://purpleroseteahouse.com|
|September 15th||Open Skye Book Reviews||http://openskyebookreviews.com/|
|September 15th||The Novel Approach Reviews||Lisa (Novel Approach)||http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/|