Branson Farrell lost his parents when he was thirteen, and for the last ten years his brother, Mac, eight years his senior, has taken care of him. But Mac’s love came at a price. Both brothers were raised to believe being gay was completely unacceptable, and Branson has almost convinced himself he can be what Mac expects. When he looks at a man in a bar and Mac notices, Mac drags him off in horror.
Mac’s distress and disgust leads to a car accident that leaves Branson injured and Mac in a coma. Branson heals and stays at Mac’s bedside, but when Mac doesn’t recover, he is moved to a long-term care facility. There, Branson meets openly gay, confident, and attractive Liam Sullivan. Liam stirs feelings Branson thought he’d rid himself of, and to honor his brother, Branson fights tooth and nail against his attraction. When the cost of denying who he is becomes too high, Branson must battle a lifetime of hatred that’s been beaten into his body and mind to try for something of his own.
Pages or Words: 246 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Sales Links: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6438
About the author:
I've always loved to write and wrote fan fiction before I even knew what it was called. When computers came along, with online communities and places to publish fan fiction, I wrote even more. Then a friend convinced me to try to have an altered version of an AU (alternate universe, meaning all but original) published. My manuscript was accepted and now I'm a 'published author'.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/brynnstein2
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7141752.Brynn_Stein
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Where do you find your inspiration?
In the oddest places. Through the Years was inspired by a thirty second interaction between two men in a hospital waiting room while I was waiting for my daughter to finish a test.
Many of the characters are inspired by people I’ve known throughout the years. Usually the characters are amalgams so they never really resemble any one individual. A lot of the younger characters remind me of my students, just a trait here and a trait there, for the most part, though Ethan, for Living Again, is a mixture of three former students, and CJ from Ray of Sunlight, has the same kind of cancer as a former student.
If you could be any character male or female from one of your books, who would it be and why?
Gene from Through the Years. He patiently waits for Edward through what amounted to a tantrum of Edward moving away for a long while. When he came back he was married, but Gene stayed beside him as a friend. He slid into a role as Uncle Gene to Edward’s daughters and helped him through the death of his wife. He’s not perfect, but his overall prevailing personality trait is patience. And I really admire that.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pantser for the most part. The plot is usually all in my head, but I just start writing and it goes where it wants to. Which surprises me, actually, because in every other part of my life I’m a list maker and note taker and organizer. I’m one that schedules my life a month or more in advance. I almost didn’t have a second date with the man that became my husband because every date he threw out I had something planned for. He thought I was trying to blow him off, but I truly planned that far out. So it surprises me that I don’t write that way too, but there you have it.
Do you read reviews? How do you deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly?
I’m still new enough to all this that yes I do read reviews and probably am far too affected by the negative ones. But I try to take everything with a grain of salt. I can’t please everyone, so as long as I was pleased with the book, I try to let the negative reviews roll off my back. Easier said than done, though. Fortunately, so far I haven’t had too many horrible reviews, but one reviewer on Goodreads blasted Living Again out of the water, and a few of her friends agreed. There were a lot of people who responded to her saying they did not agree and there were a lot of very positive reviews, but I was surprised by how much weight that negative one carried with me initially. I finally shook it off, but obviously I much prefer the positive ones. <G>
Do you have an image in your mind of your characters before you start? Do you use photos or character interviews? How do you bring them to life?
Yes, I usually have an image in my mind of my characters. I sometimes use photos for the cover spec sheet when the cover artist is trying to draw them or find pics to use, but it’s more me trying to find pics that look like what’s in my head than my characters looking like specific pictures initially.
Do you have a favourite book that you've written?
So far my favorite would probably be Ray of Sunlight. It’s my only young adult title, and I wouldn’t have thought I’d write a book with characters that young, but something about their story touched me. Russ is modeled after many of the troubled teens I work with and CJ is just CJ. It will probably change over time, but right now, yeah, probably Ray of Sunlight.
Which of the characters in your books did you have the most fun writing?
Ethan from Living Again. Hands down. He’s four and vivacious and precocious and just absolutely full of life despite having been born with no legs and a slew of medical conditions. He’s modeled after several past students, all of whom had that spunk, that ‘you can’t keep me down’ mentality that was so fun to write.
When you finish writing a book, how do you say goodbye to the characters?
I find that’s the hard part. I still dream about them for a while. I’ve written additional scenes for some of them that I’ve used in blog tours, etc. Eventually I stop thinking so much about them, but I find they come up in conversation almost as much as real people. Fortunately, my daughters and friends often bring them up too, so they live on in a way.
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