Today, 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.
OK – HERE WE GO !!
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?