I’m enjoying my blog tour so far, and have gotten a fair number of responses for my give away. If you haven’t seen any of my other stops on this tour, here’s how the giveaway will work. Comment below, and go to as many sites listed in the blog schedule as you’d like and comment there as well. Each blog you comment on will earn you one entry for my giveaway. Three prizes will be given. One signed paperback copy, and two electronic copies of Living Again.
Now to talk about other things.
One of the interview questions that often pop up is “Who is your favorite author?” So, I thought I’d answer that here, just in case anyone wanted to know.
I don’t have just one. Really. I know favorite means one, but I have two that tie for first place and about a million and three who tie for second. The first place winners are Isaac Asimov and Anne McCaffrey. I love anything these two writers ever wrote. I was reading I Robot when my friends were reading. Winnie the Pooh. So many wonderful things came out of his writing. He coined the term ‘robotics’ and came up with the ‘three laws’ which numerous other people writing about robots have borrowed.
I didn’t just read his robot stories though. Foundation Trilogy is among my favorites of his stories. So much so that I had one of my characters reading that to his catatonic brother in an upcoming story, For Mac, which is due out in March.
Asimov also wrote about writing, a little anyway. He often put tips, etc or stories about people asking him for advice in the forwards of his books. I cut my teeth on those tidbits. He probably is a big reason why I always wanted to write. I never in a million years thought I was good enough to actually be a writer, but I wanted to write just like Asimov. Of course, even now that I am writing, I don’t write like Asimov. But he was certainly an influence.
If Asimov was the serious writer, the one who taught me about technique and the importance of research, Anne McCaffrey was the one who showed me that writing must be fun, because her books were fun. Asimov’s was fun to read too, of course, or I wouldn’t have read them. But, McCaffrey seemed to be a little more light-hearted to me. Her worlds were fun to lose myself in. I dreamed about finding fire lizards or impressing a dragon. I wished and hoped I’d develop psionic talents like her wonderful characters in a non-Pern series she wrote. I have even written a story about a child with empathic abilities. It’s nothing like her series and obviously nowhere near as expertly written, but it exists.
As you can probably see, I usually read science fiction when I was younger. Now I read anything that stands still long enough, but science fiction was my first love. That makes an appearance in most of my stories. If it’s not actually about science fictiony things, there are characters who like science fiction movies or read science fiction books. In For Mac, one of the things my main characters have in common is that they’re both Trekkies. (And don’t get me started on the influence Star Trek had in my life. That would be another whole article length discussion).
What about you? If you’re a writer, who influenced you the most? If you’re a reader, who is the one (or two) authors you would choose if you were going to be stranded with only their books for the rest of your life?
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Blurb of Living Again:
Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.
Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel's suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.
Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he's hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.
Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.
Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.
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