‘Harlyn Bryan’

hbToday, I’d like to welcome Harlyn Bryan, author of “Wildfire” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Harlyn Bryan, 32, has been penning public works since the late 90s online and previously hosted the domain Tasting Eden which was at the time one of the premier sites of the fandom in which she wrote. From Tasting Eden Bryan gave home to several other authors and kick started interviews, book reviews, writing challenges and more in order to broaden the audience reach. Currently Bryan is at work on her third novel Adenium which is her first foray into suspense. Via RaeOvSun she hopes to continue efforts in assisting and promoting other authors in a similar fashion as Tasting Eden.



No.1: Would you break the law to save a loved one? I believe that is completely dependent on the circumstances and what they are being saved from. If there is some sort of injustice that they are facing with lives on the line, I would say yes but if it’s merely aiding and abetting…I shall just drink my tea and stay in my lane!

No.2: What is the difference between being alive and truly living? The difference is going through the motions, being a cog in the wheel, and just doing what is expected of you versus chasing your passions, trying new things, and seeking out actual experiences!

No.3: What motivates you to write? It is just something that has always been within me from a very young age. I’ve always loved to write, tell stories, and entertain. It can come out of nowhere in the middle of a work day. Inspiration strikes like lightning.

No.4: Why do humans want children? To carry on their legacy. We all crave to be invincible and live on forever, to leave a mark in this world. Our children, our lineage, is leaving that mark.

No.5: What was the biggest challenge in creating your book, “Wildfire”? I wrote this while in high school and finished it my freshman year of college so just making he time to do it, working through months-long stretches of writer’s block, and finding my own writing voice at the time was a big thing to conquer.

No.6: What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? That no one can stop you from achieving your dreams but you. You are the master of your own destiny and anything worth having is worth working for. You want to be a writer? Write. If you want to sell books LEARN how to sell books.

No.7: How did you come up with the title “Updrift”? It was so long ago that I can’t honestly remember but I believe it was just the thought of how one mistake can ignite such a flame and once the wind catches (gossip) it turns into a wildfire. In this novel one bad decision takes over and instead of being able to make a personal decision within the couple’s relationship they have all of this public intrigue, attention, and opinions flying at them. Celebrities tend to lose their right to privacy which is unfortunate but true especially in today’s society.

No.8: How do you handle personal criticism? I try to look at everything objectively and use it as a learning tool but also take into account that not everything is for everybody. We can’t please everyone. So if it is legitimate criticism it is acknowledge. If it is not then I let it go.

No.9: Why should people read your book? It’s an entertaining read and I think it brings a human element to these people that we put up on a pedestal as celebrities. Especially those that come into it young and have to grow up and make mistakes in the public eye. They’re still people.

No.10: Why is there something rather than nothing? Because we will forever seek what is next, what else can be obtained, and if there is nothing then there is no motivation to push forward.


Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:


Perfect. It was the only word that could describe the relationship of super couple Quinten Duran and Camille Henderson. Alone they were already two of music’s hottest superstars but once they came together they became a media feeding frenzy. The world watched with bated breath as they became America’s sweethearts and quickly cast their judgement when it began to fall apart. Can they survive the flames fanned by the insatiable thirst of their fans for more or will they ultimately be devoured by the wildfire?





Jesse Teller

Today, not just an interview, but an interrogation!

State your name: Jesse Teller.


Let’s Begin.


No.1 Why are you, you? Well, who else is gonna be? I’m holding this down all by myself here. Can’t get any help. Nobody else can raise my kids. Nobody else can love my wife. The world needs a radical, obsessed, foul-mouthed, exuberant, crowd-loving loner. The world always needs another storyteller. I’m like an overpowering spice, like a garlic. Every now and then, you walk into a room, or you’re at a party, where it’s just you and one other guy, or one other girl, you’re at dinner and you think to yourself, “You know what this needs?” Just like when you’re eating a dish, and you think to yourself, “You know what this needs? A little garlic.”

No.2 Where on the political spectrum are you & how did you get there? Tribal. My house is run like a tribe. Everybody’s got a job to do, but everything is given freely. There’s a chief, there’s a shaman. There are unwritten laws. Everybody is responsible for everybody else. Our house is a village. Everybody has their own space but, with the exception of the chief and chieftess’s room, you can enter that space. There’s even wildlife in my house, like in a good tribal village. My house is definitely tribal. My life is tribal.

No.3 In today’s world, why does your book matter? Song is a study in friendship, the power of friendship, the comfort in friendship. The healing nature of a good friend is very apparent in this book. Both of the main characters are steeped generously in friendship and loyalty. I’ve noticed in the world, in my life, people have a hard time with loyalty. There’s a lot of selfishness and apathy. People you consider friends, you find one day that you can’t count on. People you’ve been hanging out with for years, that you’ve known all your life, will abandon you when you need them, and return when you don’t. Song is a study on friendship—good friendship—and how powerful a man or woman can be when armed with one good friend.

No.4 What is the one fear that is always holding you back? In the household I grew up in, the deadliest of the seven sins was pride. It was beat down furiously the moment it reared its head, to the point where you could not say anything flattering about yourself at all. You could not admit that you knew anything, could not admit you were talented at something, because if you did, it was met with instant disdain and violence. So, my great fear is arrogance. I have a tendency to downplay what I’m good at, speak ill of my own accomplishments, and think horribly of myself if I’m proud of anything. I feel as though the only reaction I can show to anyone complimenting me is disbelief and argument. It’s a bit of a problem.

No.5 Finish this sentence “My novel will be remembered in 50 years time because…….” Because it’s got heart. It’s filled with emotion, villainy, and righteousness. It’s about doing the right thing, seeing a need that only you can provide, and not shying away from it. It’s terrifying, heartbreaking, and funny. And there’s more coming. In a year and a half, all the Manhunters books will be released, so the trilogy will be complete. But this is a small part of a larger story, so people will still be reading the rest of the work, and things will still be unfolding.

No.6 How did you feel when you first got married? When I got married, it was the start of something, a foundation to build a life on. There were gonna be kids, careers, relationships, grandkids. There was gonna be a house and a car, a life full of vacations, Christmases, Thanksgivings. Walking down the aisle with her after that ceremony was like walking into the rest of my life. It was taking the first steps into my life. I felt as though everything I’d done up to that point was training, all one long boot camp, all setting up and decorating for a great party that was going to be the rest of my life. That’s how it felt. If I had only known, it was going to be so much more than all that, so much richer. After the first week, it was like I woke up one day and could see color. I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember black and white TVs. There was a feeling you got when you first saw a television show in color. That’s what it was like walking into the rest of my life.

No.7 Rejection is everywhere in the writing world and yet you carry on. Please explain? There’s a movie that was made in the 90s. It was called Fear. It had Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, I think Alyssa Milano was in that movie. Mark Wahlberg plays this absolute psycho who’s obsessed with Reese Witherspoon. Takes stalking to a whole new level. Well there’s a part in that movie, when he shows up to the house and her dad goes out to meet him and tell him to leave. But Marky Mark won’t leave, and dad ends up rearing back and punching him. It was a good punch, but it was as if a bungee cord was attached to Mark Wahlberg’s face and her father’s fist, because as soon as he punched him, Mark flew right back in his face as soon as the fist was pulled back. That’s how you’re supposed to take rejection, right? As soon as you take the hit, you laugh in the face of it, and spit blood if you have to, and go back to the fight. It’s not always that easy. A lot of the hits are just impossible to come back from. You wear those hits. You wear those scars, those bruises, for years. I did the agent search thing. Took a lot of rejection. Lot of rejection. If I were to tell you how much, 1) you wouldn’t believe me, and 2) it would soil my reputation as a writer. I only mention it now because maybe somebody’s reading this, and just took a heavy blow from someone speaking ill about their work, maybe a loved one, or a literary professional. Just take the hit, allow yourself to feel it, mourn it, and get back up in the face of it. That’s the best any of us can do.

No.8 Would your book “Song” make a great movie? Why? My book would make a great movie. I try not to think about that when I’m writing the book. It used to be part of my process. I’d design a character, and then cast them, and be like, “OK, Yenna Redfist has to be played by Jeff Bridges.” That sort of thing. But I realized after a while, that it will be such a long time between conceiving character and movie making, that everybody I would cast would be too old to play the character. So I search the faces of the babies of Hollywood, to try to find that person, and after a while, you just have to give up. I think if you think about the movie while you’re writing the book, you have a tendency to think about the book in terms of movie. Inner dialogue suffers. Emotion suffers. You have to ignore the idea of a movie when you write a book. Just work on the product in the media you’re working on it in. But yeah, Manhunters series would make a great movie. There’s action and humor and heartbreak. Yeah. I think you’re right. I think they should make a movie out of this book. Good call.

No.9 Name one thing you have done that you’re not proud of? So, there are a lot of things, right, that I should be saying. I yelled at my kid when he didn’t deserve it, got in a fight with somebody where I was wrong but refused to admit it. There are so many things that can go in this answer. But I think what we’ll talk about is writing. The nightmare scenario’s that you put out a bad product. That you write something subpar; push it out into the world. No reader deserves that. You’ve got people who are looking for entertainment, looking for an escape, an adrenaline rush, an experience. There are a million different places they can go to get it. But they choose to read you’re book to have that experience. They take time out of their day to immerse themselves in a world of your creation. You better come to play. You better put something out there for them that is the best it can possibly be. Well, when I first started writing, when I wrote my first novel, back in 2004, it was terrible. It was absolutely terrible. There was a part of me that knew it was brilliant, but I also knew I had so much more work to do on it, years worth of work to make it a good book, to make it a fantastic book, worth people’s time. But there was a part of me that was too lazy to do that. I wanted the instant gratification of somebody reading my book and telling me it was awesome. So, even though I knew it was still trash, good trash, salvageable trash, the kind of trash where you walk past the dumpster and say, “Hey, that chair would look good in my house.” That kind of trash. It was still trash, and I made everybody read it. Gave it to so many people, and then hounded them about it. It was terrible, and I’m ashamed of it. In a lot of ways, I feel like I burned those bridges, and those people won’t read my books now. I’m still paying for that.

No.10 Name 2 humans you love and why? There’s this guy I know named Matt Underwood. Just a solid all-around guy. If you’re gonna design a guy, you have to at least have studied this blueprint. He’s hilarious, smart. He’s cool. He’s self-assured. But none of that is the reason you want to know Matt Underwood. The reason you want to know Matt Underwood is because he’s loyal. He’s the guy you call when you’re in a jam. The one you know will always be there. The guy that’s gonna make time for you, even if he doesn’t have any, who’s gonna listen to you complain about things, even if he has a bigger problem. If you need a warrior at your back, you want Matt Underwood. He is a solid pillar in my life, absolutely everything you’re looking for in a friend. And there is literally nothing I wouldn’t do for him.
Her name was Volacha. I have no idea what her last name was. I had a really rough childhood that haunted me for a long time. And at one point, I was suicidal. It was coming. I had fought it back for weeks, and my friends and loved ones had helped me, but none of their love, none of their reassurances were saving my life. I had the knife, I had the time, and I had the solitude. I had the plan. I walked out my door into the sunlight. Then she walked by, a beautiful, proud, black woman in a brightly colored sundress with a bag of groceries. Among all the ruin I saw, she was the only beautiful thing. I walked up behind her and tapped her on the shoulder. She spun and snarled at me. I said, “What do you love?” She looked at me like I was trash, because I looked it. I looked like a strung out junkie. I looked dangerous. She asked me what I was on. I told her there was a snarling monster from my past, and when I was done talking to her, I was going to go kill myself. But I didn’t want to take all this darkness into death with me, so I wanted her to tell me about one thing she loved, so I could be thinking about that when I killed myself. She told me about her father’s car. She told me about a sexual encounter she had in the back of her father’s car with her prom date. She laughed and she danced, and I had never seen anything so beautiful. By the time she left, I was a little bit better. She’s the reason I’m here now. I don’t know her last name, and I will never see her again, but I will love her until the day I die.


‘Jack Steele’

jsToday, I’d like to welcome Jack Steele, author of “Long Shot” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

I live in Nottinghamshire but was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Housing Estate in Hommerton. I work full-time in the printing industry but with the help of a very understanding wife I manage to find time to indulge in my favourite passions of reading and writing. It can be a balancing act trying to fit it all in but as I enjoy writing so much it doesn’t seem like too much of a trial. I spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects as well as completing a creative writing course and attending workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio. It was a great achievement in 2016 when I published my first Crime Thriller novel ‘Loose Cannon’. It was the first in the Detective Joe Stone series and I was encouraged to write the sequel ‘Long Shot’. My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters.


No.1: Would you break the law to save a loved one? My instant reaction is YES if there is no other option. To relieve the misery of a loved one’s suffering has to be my number one priority but I would weigh up the repercussions of my actions too. If their life was truly in danger, life or death situation, yes, I would.

No.2: What is the difference between being alive and truly living? There was a time when I would go to work for 12 hours a day, six days a week and the only day left to enjoy being with the family was a struggle due to fatigue. The bills had to be paid and what precious little money we could save, went towards a few weeks of holiday in the UK, where it usually rained the whole time! This for me wasn’t truly living but just being alive. Of course I was lucky that I had a family and a home but I realised something needed to drastically change if I wanted to spend more time with our children. I took a new job which meant the family had to relocate but once things settled down we all agreed that it suited our needs. I had the time to enjoy life with my family and feel that I was truly living.

No.3: What motivates you to write? Years ago I had a lot of ideas written on paper which were unfinished and stuffed in a wicker basket. I would read Crime Thrillers in my spare time and when a few disappointed me I felt that my stories were just as good if not better. The big turning point came when a good friend subscribed me to a monthly writing magazine. That really did give me the motivation to open the basket and get to work. An inner drive to get a book finished led to years of research and courses to ensure it was as good as I could make it. I realised halfway through writing it that I was enjoying the characters and the scenarios so much that I potentially had a series here.
Once I had completed the first novel I sent it to friends and family who gave their opinions which led to a few changes and then it went to editors who flagged up even more changes. So when it was finished. I sent it to book clubs, readers, bloggers and more friends. When the first official reviews came back with excellent comments it made me so happy and they demanded the next in the series. This gave me the ultimate motivation to continue writing and I can’t thank all those that reviewed and left their thoughts on Goodreads and Amazon. So now I have written the second in the series and already the reviews have blown me away which motivates me to keep writing.

No.4 : Why do humans want children? I have already mentioned in a previous question how important my children are to me. Personally, the urge to nurture and love something so precious is so fulfilling. Now that they are grown up they have in turn shown love and kindness and an appreciation of the love bestowed on them. I know quite a few couples who have not had children preferring to concentrate on their work and financial needs instead. They tell me that they don’t miss having their own children because they have brothers and sisters who have kids and so they regularly see them. Like Grandparents, they enjoy time with the children and then hand them back. This way they have the best of both worlds. Historically, Kings and Queens have needed children to keep alive the family name and have successors to their realm. If everyone stopped having children then quite simply the world would end for the human race.

No.5: What was the biggest challenge in creating your book, ”Long Shot”? The biggest challenge in creating my new book was that it is a sequel. In a series there has to be an overall story arc and significant threads which are gradually resolved with each novel to keep the reader wanting more. The growth of the characters is also important and I took great care in developing not merely the central character but also the supporting cast. Another challenge was the backstory. New readers who have picked up the second book in the series may need some form of introduction to the characters and setting but this has to be balanced with those readers who have read the first book. Providing too much detail for the new reader could risk boring the dedicated series reader who has already grown to love the characters.

No.6: What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? I’ve learned a lot so far in life. Because, even as you get older, you still keep learning. Achieving your goals requires hard work, strong determination and the support of family and friends. When you reach that stage enjoy it and appreciate everyone that enabled you to get there.

No.7: How did you come up with the title “Long Shot”? It is a play on words because one of the threads running through the series is the sniper who will appear in each book. We don’t know anything about him yet but ultimately there is a connection between him and the central character. The other reason for the title is that when all around him seems lost the detective has to do something extraordinary in which to find out who is responsible for the murders and destruction. He has to take a long shot.

No.8: How do you handle personal criticism? I would like to think that I handle it a lot better than I used to. If it’s coming from someone with experience who knows what they are talking about then I’m fine. When I was just out of my Apprenticeship I had to grow up fast with plenty of knock backs and jibes. I took it on the chin and treated it as a steep learning curve. If it was to do with time taken to do a job then the person criticising should know the realistic time frame in which to do it. When I saw the same person with feet up on his desk falling asleep it made me wonder whether this man should be dictating time management to me! If a job had been estimated incorrectly or something had inevitably cropped up that delayed the job in some way. If the person arguing belittles you when they have no conceivable understanding of the point you are trying to get across then I would get angry and frustrated with them. Now I am a lot older and wiser and have been in the job a long time so it is known that I will produce a job efficiently whilst maintaining quality to the best of my ability. If someone criticises my DIY around the home then I would probably have to agree with them as I am useless at it. I would have looked up on the internet videos of how to repair whatever only to find that it doesn’t want to unscrew or come apart as it is supposed to!. Occasionally I will surprise myself and do a good job when that blue moon is in the sky.

No.9: Why should people read your book? Well, I love to write about love. I write crime thrillers. My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters. Reviews for Long Shot have beaten all my expectations and I have been thrilled by the readers and bloggers comments.

No.10: Why is there something rather than nothing? This question took some time to figure out an answer. In order to get a jump start I typed the question into Google just to see what came up. Nearly every answer related to the universe and how the big bang or God brought existence from nothing. I wasn’t expecting this to be a scientific question debated by eminent physicians because the question is not ‘something from nothing’ but more the fact that something is better than nothing. If I tried to achieve something but the result was nothing then I can console myself with the fact that at least I tried. The amount of effort doesn’t always equate with more of a reward it has to be a conscious reward to one-self.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

“Long Shot”

Detective Joe Stone and his team investigate a major terrorist attack on one of London’s most iconic buildings. They soon draw up a list of suspects who are highly respected members of the community and government. When most of his team is attacked, it soon develops into a war of nerves and a race against time before a deadly weapon is unleashed with horrific consequences.



‘Errin Stevens’

up- eirrinToday, I’d like to welcome For Errin Stevens, author of “Updrift” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Errin Stevens writes paranormal fiction and reads practically everything she can get her hands on. Errin Stevens writes from her home in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading everything from mythology to contemporary romance to New Adult suspense – you’ll find her swooning over seed catalogs (winter), or digging in the garden (the other three days of the year).



No.1: Would you break the law to save a loved one? Yes. If I had to steal to feed or protect my family, I wouldn’t hesitate. If they were in danger and there was no other way, yes, I would. I love my family and especially if my family were in danger, watch out!

No.2: What is the difference between being alive and truly living? I believe we are put on this earth to be both express ourselves as individuals and serve as supportive members of our broader human community. When we lose focus on one purpose at the expense of another, I think everyone suffers. The feeling of suffering, moreover, should motivate us to look at what we need to do to stay vital and grow.

No.3: What motivates you to write? I read so much and so hard as a kid I remember a huge swath of memories in the wrong order… and subsequently hardwired a narrative filter into my brain which every experience I have goes through. I’m constantly deciding how I would characterize in words what happens around me.

No.4: Why do humans want children? Well. Isn’t that a question for the ages? I have dear friends who don’t… but most people, myself included, do. We have one child and will stop there for quality of life reasons as well as other more practical issues. This question harkens to question #2 above, I think, i.e., depending on your own unique nature, you will procreate or not according to how you fit into the world, which your own suffering will guide you to experience. I very much needed to be a mother, went through quite the process to become one, and am very glad I am. I’m also very glad I have only one!

No.5: What was the biggest challenge in creating your book, ”Updrift”? Everything was a big challenge for me, starting with giving myself permission to write it! I would think, ‘How dare I?’ Then after I dared, there were a few years of wandering in the cesspool of sharing and critiques, which was a crapshoot to be honest but ultimately REALLY helped me hone my prose. The last big challenge for me was rewriting the work from omniscient voice to third person to adhere to the editorial standards of my publisher at the time.

No.6: What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Hmmm…that’s a hard question. Because, even as you get older, you still keep learning. Two things, the second more important than the first… and I’ll warn you right now I’m going to sound trite! Be grateful, and love one another.

No.7: How did you come up with the title “Updrift”? Funny you ask this, since I thought hard on my initial titles, which were Blue, Sapphire, and Cobalt. After attending a writer’s conference in New York a few years ago, though, I realized I needed to go for a different connotation, one that wasn’t so flatly visual. I researched oceanic terms and played with them until I settled on Updrift, Breakwater, and Outrush. I prefer them because they’re fresher and have more dimension.

No.8: How do you handle personal criticism? Nobody likes to hear criticism. At least I don’t think so. Depends on who’s handing out the criticism! Criticism really did get my work where it needed to be, but not everyone is a capable critic, which can be hard to figure out when you first start writing. I wrote a humorous piece on this a while back if you’re interested.

No.9: Why should people read your book? People should go to my stories for the imaginary escape, and also to feel “fed” in the reading of them. This is my hope in going through all of this, that you will walk away feeling loved and bolstered by the more generous intimacies that go with being human.

No.10: Why is there something rather than nothing? Again, a question for the ages, and I very much wonder what compelled you to ask these questions! This is too light an answer, but what we see and feel as individuals defines much of what we think of as reality, and it is our own unique personhood that launches the explorations of art, literature, science – everything we can think up in this world. The “something” comes forth when we bring our efforts out of ourselves and share it with others.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:


Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.