Friday, February 07, 2014

The Writer's View: Aedan Byrnes


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Aedan will be awarding to one randomly drawn commenter a journal from his CafePress storefront, a charm and leather bracelet made for the story and a custom cover shepherd hook style bookmark made by Stone Soup Designs for Through the Oracle's Mist. The bracelet leather colors and the journal cover may differ from the photo. It's a great prize, so leave a comment or ask Aedan a question for a chance to win it. You can click on the tour banner to see the other stops on his tour and get more chances to win.


The Writer's View


Thank you for hosting me. Let me start by saying my writing “office” is in the basement, so I’m afraid the inside/outside views are a bit jaded. I have included the wall I work with for character and cover development as the rest of my space is basement walls, puter, printer, and a chair. I’m a minimalist. I write wherever and whenever it strikes me, so informally my office is everywhere. Formally, my office is a large cavernous space in the cellar affectionately called ‘the dungeon’ and the mate has forbidden the display of my ‘junk parade’. (Oh, and I’m supposed to say “You’re welcome.”)

I did sneak in a picture of my post-it pile before they got put away. I use them for EVERYTHING. Research, plotting, marking books, how-to notes on the wall…there is a stick note for every purpose as far as I can tell. If not, I’ll make one.

The outside image is my beloved deck, where I do a lot of writing, but as it is piled deep with snow, not just now. I’ve tucked in the now and writing season images for you. Wherever I write, I do so usually in solitude, often with earplugs, though if I’m outside and the neighbors are not out, I’ll listen to the yard critters for background noise. I don’t use a playlist, or the radio to set the tone, I want to sit and completely submerge into the world where I’m writing at that moment. As a fantasy writer, who knows where I am from one day to the next. The thrill is in getting there and figuring it out.




I think if I could write with my eyes closed I would. I can record it that way and sometimes do. For me, the view is more important to be focused on where I am writing from not where I am sitting at as I do. I write everything long hand first though, so staying on the page is important…so eyes open. I tried to surround my work space with books, but found that I was distracted by them so the best books to have around my space are a dictionary and thesaurus. I have multiples of these because the large tome volumes I have do not go back and forth to the deck quickly or easily.

Want to come write with me? Pull up a chair, bring your favorite pen and sit a spell. That’s all the preparation I take, or need to start creating. Maybe a moment or two with my eyes closed to set the scene and we’re off. The place I sit has less to do with the work for me than seeing the place I am in in the story.

I hope that helps you to see the view for my writing world. I appreciate you letting me drop by and post. Connect again soon. I’m on Goodreads, or to connect with me you can find me at Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Author Page.

In the blackest night, with the moon and stars to guide him, she would always be there waiting…

Cyrenna thought she died the day she watched Tynan and his brothers jump through the banishment portal in an act of solidarity with Rigor. Little did she know, it would be the first of many deaths she would experience in her quest to claim his heart. She would surrender not only her immortal soul, but a mortal one repeatedly. Through a deal with the great Oracle, she has multiple mortal lifetimes to change the direction of her future and have a chance with Tynan.

Her journey spans the ages from the GenPei War in Japan and the Silk Road west, to Cromwell, the Three Kingdoms and modern times, bringing her one step closer to forever until she makes a misstep. Then, the burden falls to Tynan. The only thing that is absolute is her fervent hope that he will come, but there’s one big problem.

Through it all, he doesn’t so much as know her name.

You can purchase book I, Through the Oracle’s Mist through these sources: Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble.

6 comments:

Aedan Byrnes said...

Thanks again for hosting me here.

Joyce said...

That's a heck of a lot of post-its. I think there might be a support group for your post-it addiction. lol. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of where a lot of the magic occurs.

Lynn Antley said...

Looks like you're well prepared for the post-it apocalypse. LOL I used to have a gazebo like yours until a tropical storm delivered it to a neighbor... it was one of my favorite "Zen" spots.

Thanks again for sharing.

877fe2f4-7ebd-11e3-84d5-000bcdca4d7a said...

I absolutely loved this story and can't wait for the next in the series. The photo you shared of your Post it collection gave me the giggles. I will now be on the hunt for unusual post its to send to you. Keep writing. I am a fan.

Catherine Lee said...

I see that you're a Post-it Note addict. I, too, have a penchant for Post-its. I definitely DISLIKE imitation post-its that don't peel well and certainly don't stick well. Post-it POSERS, they are!

joni stevens said...

This has been a very enjoyable journey through the Aedan Byrnes writing process. I absolutely loved Oracle and am looking forward to Warriors Watchtower.