Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I spent my days teaching others to follow their dreams until finally one day I decided to follow my own. I quit my job as a teacher and set out on my own path to become a writer. Setting daily writing goals that have increased from a 1000 words a day to 5000, yikes! When I am telling stories I feel most alive. I am also a former rugby player and coach. I have overcome many obstacles in my life to get here, but the best views are after a hard climb anyway. I have written 4 books so far. Skye and the One Republic is my flagship novel and the first in a series.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I am in the process of releasing an entire book series called The Alex Burke Mysteries. My inspiration came from the desire to have a tough gritty character who has to solve a mystery, but doesn't get to choose to do so of his own free will.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Everything about me is unusual, especially my writing habits. I like to stay up late and write on a few projects at once. My daily writing goal is 5000 words, which is insane. I love making outlines and even weird bubble charts. Anything that helps I am game for.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tolkien, that name says it all. Lord of the Rings is why I fell in love with reading. Of course Stephen King is as good as it could ever get when it comes to writing. Last one is easy, I mean who doesn't love Harry Potter?
What are you working on now?
The last installment of my Skye and the One Republic series. It has been a joy to write and I have loved hearing back from the thousands who have read it.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Best method is just by communicating with people directly. It might be by saying thank you or even reaching out to someone about reading one. On vacation I usually talk to about a half dozen that end up getting my books which I am very thankful for. Facebook is great as well!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never quit! If people say your stories are no good or writing sucks, well first off those people are wrong. Second use it as motivation. Don't let anyone tear you down. This is your dream, hang on tight and never give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up – Jimmy V
What are you reading now?
Now I am reading non fiction to get a feel for how that style writes.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just keep on writing! Goal for the next year is a dozen screenplays and a half dozen books. Anything is possible.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Author Websites and Profiles
Bryan Kelsey Amazon Profile