Monday, March 16, 2015

Guest Spot: Brynn Stein

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to welcome back for a visit, frequent guest and friend of "The Blog," Brynn Stein!  Brynn is here today with her (quickly!) upcoming release, Ray of Sunlight, and discussing those times when our characters give us the silent treatment.  We can only hope they're too busy working on becoming fantastic and figuring out their plot-lines.  Yeah... that's what they're doing.  (And don't forget to check out the giveaway!)

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Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Jessica.

Today I thought I’d talk about when characters stop talking. Otherwise known as writer’s block.
I seem to be on one end of the spectrum or the other. I’ve had stories come almost full-blown, and I just need to find time to try to catch up with the characters’ voices in my head. Other times I get a couple of chapters into the story and it’s like the characters go on vacation. Sometimes this leads to having several works in progress at one time.

When I wrote Haunted, it came to mind almost fully written, and just flowed from my head to the paper. I love it when it does that. I started For Mac but Living Again so I wrote that and turned it in and returned to For Mac. But Through the Years came to mind almost fully written so I left For Mac again and worked on Through the Years instead. I finished that and turned it in and tried to go back to For Mac, but the characters wouldn’t talk to me anymore. Then Ray of Sunlight came to me while riding to a friend’s house, so I worked on it and For Mac at the same time. I actually turned them in almost at the same time but we scheduled them to come out at different times on purpose. For Mac should be out in May.

As soon as I turned those two in, I started working on What No One Else can Hear, which will be out in July.  But then everyone either started talking to me at the same time or didn’t talk to me at all. I have three stories in the works at once, and one I’m co-authoring. I wouldn’t recommend that. I don’t seem to be getting anyway on any of them.

What about you? Writers, do you write one story at a time or do you write whatever comes to your mind. Do you have stories come to you when you’re trying to get another one down? What do you do? Readers, what about you? Do you tend to multitask or do you tend to do one thing, finish that, and then go on to another?

Comment below for a chance to win.

Here’s how the giveaway will work. Visit as many sites as you want, as often as you want. Each comment will enter you to win one of the following prizes: 1st) An autographed paperback copy of Ray of Sunlight, 2nd) An electronic copy of Ray of Sunlight, 3rd) Your choice of audio or electronic copy of Living Again, 4th) An electronic copy of Through the Years, and 5th) an electronic copy of Haunted. The takeovers for Harmony Ink’s blog and Facebook page will be part of the tour, so comments on there will count. I will draw the winners during the FB takeover and will announce them then, but will come back and announce it to all the sites too. So, you don’t have to leave your email address here if you don’t want to, just remember to check back. You’re also welcome to leave your email in the comments if you’d rather or email me at with the subject heading of “just in case”, so I can contact you if you win, if you don’t want to have to stop back by the blog sites. You don’t have to be present at the FB takeover to win.

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Ray of Sunlight

Russ Michaels has his whole life ahead of him but no plans beyond dropping out of school as soon as he turns eighteen. He’s been in and out of juvenile detention for the last four years and thoroughly expects to end up in an adult penitentiary at some point. He hates life and everyone in it, especially this latest community service that he earned in lieu of juvie yet again.

CJ Calhoun has big plans. He wants to bring joy and happiness to sick and injured children for as long as he can by performing as a clown. The problem is, he has stage-four cancer and a horrible prognosis.

When circumstances throw these two polar opposites together, they find they have more in common than they imagined. CJ discovers Russ’s talent for art and arranges for Russ to create a mural in the hospital foyer, which leads to a tentative scholarship to the Art Institute. As life changes in ways neither of them could have expected, Russ must work harder than ever to better himself as CJ struggles with his deteriorating health.

Brynn Stein
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 near her two grown daughters who encourage her writing and provide 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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  1. I multitask. It just feels like something I've always done. I have great concentration and can totally ignore noise if I have to when it comes down to completing tasks.

  2. Multitasking does not lead to good things with me. But I usually try anyway. LOL

  3. I sometimes a few books at the same time, partly as they might be a series I am following and often as I cannot resist starting another book. However when I am reading I like it to be quiet so I can concentrate without distractions, especially when I get drawn into the story I am reading. Apart from that I can multi-task without many issues and I used to have a job that involved working on many projects at a time, so I had to switch from one to another.