BRYAN TANN Author of Invincible Heart, Unbreakable Mind and The Bryce Creed stories
The Burning Willow Press authors wish to help you celebrate the best month of the year, October. How you may ask? By giving you a different author from the ranks each day with in depth answers to questions that our staff have decided to ask them. Many will be generic, others not so much. Let’s get to know the authors of BWP! Oh, and did we forget to mention… the staff there are all authors too so they have decided to chime in with some answers of their own.
So first, when did you realize that the voices in your head were telling you to write stories or go mad with all that stuck in your head?
I think I finally clued in to the voices in my head for writing in my mid/late 20s. The realization makes me feel better that I’m not a real-world serial killer, just a book one.
I know many writers who jump in all different genres, so what is your favorite to write?
I don’t have a favorite. I love all different kinds of movies, so I like to write all different kinds of stories. I can’t keep myself into one genre because that’s just not how my brain works.
Currently, there are over a million books that I want to read… and some I have in the past I wish I had written myself, do you have any that you read that you thought about and said, I wish I had written that book?
I would have to say ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Harper Lee wrote that and just moved into a life of obscurity and the royalties took care of her. My God if only!
What is your favorite book not written by you? See that question is not the same as the other one above… to follow up, what was your favorite book that you wrote?
My favorite book of all time is ‘Swan Song’ by Robert McCammon. Its long without being too long and hits every single emotion at least 20 times. My favorite book…? Hmmm….? My first book ‘The Enforcer’ will always be my baby.
What is the one thing that you must do to get into a writing mood. For me, it is listening to 80’s hair metal.
I MUST have the TV on. I cannot write in silence. Silence sucks ass.
Is editing your story just part of the job or does it literally kill a part of you to “kill your children” as it has been said? What about making revisions?
I love to edit and revise. I look at it as my baby is growing up. My baby remains who it is, just a better version. However, I have NEVER had to eliminate an entire storyline or plot point. I actually end up adding them.
When you read a book by another author do you ever look at it and criticize it or edit it in your head as the way you would have done it yourself?
I just read it to enjoy it and put myself into the author’s world.
What would you like to be chiseled into your headstone?
Here lies Bryan Tann. He loved writing. He probably hated you. He’s flipping you off right now.
What was your favorite candy to get at Halloween as a kid?
Fun sized Snickers bars are, and will always be, my favorite. I can go through an entire bag of them for forever. Hence why I have a gut.
What is your favorite Halloween ritual? And if you do not do that… what is your favorite Halloween movie?
I didn’t really have a ritual. I do love to watch Return of the Living Dead and Friday the 13th films for Halloween.
Beach, Mountains, Country, City? And follow up… favorite season… just a hint here… you should say Autumn.
Fall by far is my favorite time of year. I would much rather live in the country. So long as I can have internet and my usual comforts, I want to be as far away from people as possible.
I know my “To Be Read” list is never ending and grows daily… how is yours? And do you prefer paperbacks or e-books? Notice I did not ask about audio?
My list is extensive as well. I tend to want e-books just because they save on space. I prefer the smell of a good book but…
If you could not be an author then what would you be? What was your childhood ideal job to be as an adult?
Dead. Football player. Running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cats, dogs, both, other?
Both. People tend to suck lol
Most newbie authors are told to write emotional state in what they already know… so how did you break away from that newbie status of writing what you know in the beginning?
I still write from an emotional state. I think that the way my life has been, I’ve felt damn near everything that I know of. So I just run with it all. I’ve also gotten well-versed at wearing one face and feeling something different. I take that into my writing and I just figure out what the hell I’m doing from there.
Advice in one sentence to a new author who is not published yet?
Make sure the friends you make in this business are good people that will look after you.
Do you ever use writing as an excuse to get out of doing things with the family… especially the in-laws?
I use my writing to get out of house work, work, social interaction, and just about anything else you can think of. Well…except sex.
Beta Readers, Proofers, Editors… all are important to produce a better work of literature. So, who would you say is the most important in your team? Or do you not have those in place and are working on that?
My editor for my upcoming release has been instrumental to the process. Good old Edd Sowder really went above and beyond in the process.
In your day of writing… do you push through it all day or do you take mental breaks?
I take mental breaks. If my brain doesn’t want to provide anymore, its not going to do so. No matter how hard I try to push it. My brain is as stubborn as I am.
Do you ever get to travel as an author? Do conventions? What have you learned in those endeavors? Book signings? Necessary evil even for the introvert?
Travel. That’s funny. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ~writer dies laughing and then resuscitates himself with a grape, and a Bic pen. Don’t ask~
You have to be willing to personalize your work for your readers. For some people, this is the biggest deal to them. Put your signature on it, personalize your work.
What do you have coming out in the next year and who is producing it?
I have Unbreakable Mind, the sequel to my novel Invincible Heart, coming out December 2018 under the Burning Willow Press banner. My next book after that will be The Concussion, again a Burning Willow Press novel.
What is your go to alcoholic beverage of choice?
Beer, Beer, and more Beer.
In the book, Misery by Stephen King, his main character celebrates the end of the Misery books series by smoking a cigar and drinking a scotch so, how do you celebrate a finished story?
I cry. Because it’s a shock that I’m able to complete a book. I had tried for years and never could until my mid-20s.
Ideas come from all over. I get mine everywhere… so my question is what was the inspiration for the last (or upcoming) book you released?
I want to go with The Concussion for this one. This book is a dark side novel. I dig into my own personal demons, and painful events in my life to finally exorcise a personal demon.
Who would you compare your work to and would love to have them read and give you a review of or even better, a tweet and post about it?
I would never want to be so arrogant as to think that my work can be compared to someone else’s. That’s just my personal opinion on that matter, I mean…who am I to compare my writing to anyone? I’m just some blue-collar geek from Pittsburgh. I’m a nobody. However, I would love for Robert McCammon, or the Wachowski’s to read my stuff.
Are there any horror or thriller novelist that you admired when you were younger?
I loved Dean Koontz as a kid. House of Thunder was my first real big kid book. I couldn’t finish Swan Song until I was 13. House of Thunder I finished a year earlier.
While writing, has any of your own stories given you nightmares?
Not really…although I kept having nightmares that I was dreaming the plot of the upcoming Captain Marvel film. I pray to God those dreams are not the plot. If they are then it will be the MCU version of Garbage Pail Kids.
When writing a novel, do you have an intended audience (i.e. adult or young adult)?
Not really. I write and just hope that people enjoy it. I hope that I can have a little something for everyone. Well except for the sex and the naughty language.
As a reader, what are some ways that I can discover new independent authors and novels?
I would say start going into book groups on Facebook. There are always writers doing what they can to be read. I’m not the only one.
Do you ever feel that your characters have a mind of their own and change the course of the planned storyline?
Absolutely. My Path of Redemption series was supposed to be at least 5 books long. Instead that brat Bryce Kreed cut them down to two.
Where can we stalk you at? Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, website?
You can stalk me on Instagram at bryantannauthor, Facebook @AuthorBryanTann, Twitter @BryanTannAuthor my website is www.bryantann.com and I actually forgot my Goodreads and Amazon pages lol I suck at this.