BS: Welcome to my blog tour for Waiting for Patrick. I’m offering giveaways of one signed copy, one electronic copy, and a choice of one title from my backlist. Comment below and at any of my other blog stops (posted below) to be entered to win. One comment, one entry. Dreamspinner is offering my other paranormal titles (Haunted, Lifeline, and What No One Else Can Hear ) for $0.99 during “Weekend Reads” on September 2, 3, and 4, in honor of Waiting for Patrick being my ninth published book. Waiting for Patrick will be available at a discounted price throughout the tour (September 1 through 15). Winners of the raffle will be announced on September 16th.
Finding a Voice
First person? Third? Past? Present? The first decisions any author has to make is about tense, and POV.
I have equal numbers of books from each point of view. Four of my books, Haunted, Lifeline, Living Again, and For Mac are from third person point of view. Some from only one character’s POV throughout the story, and others alternate between two or more characters. The other four books are from first person POV. Through the Years, Not the Best Day, Ray of Sunlight, and What No One Else Can Hear, are from the point of view of one of the main characters.
So, Waiting for Patrick would break the tie.
Well, it would if it didn’t have both first and third person POV.
The main part of the book is from Elliot’s POV and third person. (There are short sections from either Daniel’s or Sheri’s POV, but still in third person). But, the dream sequences, which is how Ben and Elliot communicate, and memories are in first person. This book plays with tense too. The third person parts are in past tense, as most of my books are. (Though the one I’m writing now is not). But the dream sequences are in present tense.
It’s easier to follow than it sounds. I think the change in tense and POV add to the feel of the dream sequences as opposed to everyday life. We had quite a bit of trouble figuring out what fonts to use to suggest the changes from Elliot’s life to the dreams. It was decided that the dreams were too long to put them in italics as one normally would. We finally figured it out, which will work for printed books, but the different font won’t come through on electronic copies. So, I think, it’s doubly effective to use the difference in POV and tense to signify when we’ve moved to dreams or memories.
Commenters: What tense do you tend to prefer (for either reading or writing). Have you read other books that alternates between tenses and POV? What did you think of them? Comment to win.
Architect Elliot Graham has bought and restored dozens of historic homes to their original splendor. As in his personal life, he loves them and leaves them, selling them off without looking back. But there’s something about the old plantation house he finds in South Carolina—a connection he can’t explain. He feels as though he recognizes the house, as if within its crumbling walls he might find something he doesn’t even realize he’s lost.
Ben Myers had promised his lover and soul mate, Patrick, that he would wait for his return. Ben has kept his word ever since Patrick left him to wait at the plantation house—during the Civil War. For the first time in many long years, Ben is no longer alone, and he reaches out to Elliot in dreams. Elliot tries to convince Ben that Patrick isn’t coming back, but Ben’s devotion is about to change not only his lonely existence, but Elliot’s life as well.
Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other.
Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who support her writing and sometimes act as proof readers. Both of her daughters are also aspiring writers and hopefully it’ll just be a matter of time before they have their own author’s biography.
Brynn was a teacher by profession for thirty years. She worked in special education with children with emotional disabilities. She has recently changed careers and is now working as a mental health counselor to this same population and their families. When she is not working or writing, she loves to draw and paint. She also gets outside as often as she can, reads anything that doesn’t move out of the way, and is always looking for her next story.
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