Author Interview With Bryan Caron, Author of In the Light of the Eclipse

Author Interview With Bryan Caron, Author of In the Light of the Eclipse

I would like to introduce Bryan Caron, author of In the Light of the Eclipse. I found him through WordPress and found his book fascinating, so I knew I needed to interview him to give all of you a taste of him and his work. Eclipse_Book_Cover_RGB

1. Tell us everything you want to about yourself.

Let’s see; what can I say that isn’t in my bio? I’m an extremely private person, so I’m very careful about what I divulge about myself—privacy is very important to me; if it’s not pertinent or extremely important, then I’ll usually keep it close to the vest. It’s why I don’t have a personal Facebook account, a twitter, or any of those types of social media services that basically dissect your life (that’s not to say that I don’t see their importance for those who do like to use them, they just aren’t for me). My private life is private and will remain so as long as I can keep it that way. (But if you have specific questions, I’m always happy to answer them as best I can.)

2. Give us a little bit about your book. What sets it apart from other books in your genre, as in, what makes it unique?

In the Light of the Eclipse is a young adult novel that follows best friends Zoe and Kayla as they try to end the curse of the eclipse that darkens the land of Heather every seventeen years, taking with it the lives of everyone over the age of seventeen. With Kayla having just turned eighteen, the motivation to stop it is higher than ever. With the arrival of a stranger from the outside world with possible information on how to do just that, Zoe dedicates herself to find out all she can about the eclipse and save Kayla from imminent death.

I believe what sets the book apart from others in the genre is that it is more a character-driven story than a plot-driven story. Even though the plot is a key component, In the Light of the Eclipse relies more heavily on how the characters deal with the incidents that happen than it does with what actually happens. I also don’t rely heavily on a love story or love triangle, as a lot of popular YA books do (though there is one present). My main focus is the friendship between two people from different backgrounds who love each other despite their differences. There aren’t any vampires, werewolves, witches or zombies either, which definitely sets it apart from the majority of works that sell right now.

3. Where did you get the idea for it?

The idea indirectly came from a group of kids I see every Christmas Eve (including my niece and nephew).  We were discussing how much some of them read and I mentioned that I’m a writer. They didn’t believe me (or in the very least, teased me about it), so I challenged them to come up with an idea that I would then write for them. They came up with characters, events, and the like for the rest of the night (before they had to leave to get to bed… Santa doesn’t wait for no child). I immediately typed up the notes when I got home, adding in a bunch of stuff to help bridge the information and make a cohesive story. It evolved over the years, from when I first wrote the notes to when I finished the book, but that was the spark that ignited the idea.

4. Where did the inspiration for this book come about?

The inspiration came from those five kids: Amber, Sammi, Rebecca, Dustin and Heather, all of whom are listed in the acknowledgments of the book. It took several years to actually get the time to sit down and focus on writing the book, but every year from the first time we talked about it, to last Christmas, the moment I saw them, the creative urge to get the book written was unleashed all over. After I published my first two novels earlier this year, I knew I now had a platform to publish this story for them, so it was time to make it a reality.

5. What was the best part about writing this book?

I would say the best part of writing the book (and writing any book, for that matter) is really getting to know the characters and learning from them. Watching the evolution of a book from the first thought to the finished product is so enthralling. I love when characters and events change and mold themselves in different directions than I was expecting; it instantly makes their world and their lives more real. But to be more specific to this particular book, I would have to say, even though most of my films fall into the teen audience, trying my hand at a young adult novel was both educational and worthwhile.

6. If your book were a person, how would you describe it?

She is inspirational, loving, intelligent, cute, adorable and meaningful. She brings out the best in you, trusts you and keeps you entertained. She is genuine in her conviction, fun to be with and will never let you down.

7. What inspired you to start Divine Trinity Films?

Several years after graduating college (with a Bachelor degree in creative writing) I was getting nowhere with my screenplays, or writing in general, and was getting a bit frustrated with it all. So I decided that it was time to take matters into my own hands if I wanted to make something happen. I was working at a small film school and had met several budding filmmakers who were totally up to working with me on a script I had written. Divine Trinity Films—an amalgamation of the names from that first film and another screenplay I had written and was looking forward to filming (which hasn’t happened… yet)—came out of wanting to have a company name to back the production of the film, which I now use to represent films and novels that aren’t necessarily religious in nature, but strike a chord with one’s soul through the meaning behind life, love and sacrifice.

8. What inspired the cover art? And who did it? Did you do it, or did someone else help?

Because I’m a graphic designer, I was fortunate enough to be able to design and create the cover myself (as I’ve done with my other novels as well). I wanted to convey something important from the book that also correlated with the title (which itself went through a couple of variations). I knew I wanted the eclipse to be the main focus, but that itself wouldn’t be enough to captivate a reader; I needed something else to make it sing. As I was looking to create the teaser poster for the book’s release, I found the image of the girl, which was exactly what I needed. It conveyed the mystery of the book while not giving anything away, gave it a bit of sex appeal and left just enough to the imagination. It all came together from there.

9. How long did it take you to write this book, from start to publication?

Aside from the years in between the original idea and actually typing up the first chapter (which was anywhere from four to six years, and a few attempts that wielded a paragraph here and there, but nothing substantive), it took between five and six months to write, edit, rewrite and edit some more from the first word to the last period.

10. Anything else you’d like to say?

I have two other books in print right now. The first is an adult science-fiction/dystopian drama called Year of the Songbird, the other is Jaxxa Rakala: The Search, the first of a four-part science-fiction space adventure for general audiences, of which I will be publishing the second book next summer.

Other than that, if you, your fans or followers have any further questions for me, I’ll be happy to answer anything about me, In the Light of the Eclipse, or any of my other works (within reason that is).


Bryan Caron is a multi-talented, award-winning artist with works in several mediums, including print, film and design. After acquiring a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and an associate’s degree in computer graphic unnameddesign, Bryan studied filmmaking and film editing while working at a performing arts studio in San Diego, California. He took this knowledge to write, direct and edit films under his banner, Divine Trinity Films. Soon after, he would team up with the Fallbrook Film Factory, a non-profit film consortium, to continue his growth in the areas of writing, directing and editing, all the while fleshing out his talents in fiction writing (publishing Year of the Songbird and Jaxxa Rakala: The Search in 2013), working as a graphic designer, and beginning his first blog: Chaos breeds Chaos.
His works as writer and director include the short films My Necklace, Myself (Best Screenplay, Short Film, 2009 Treasure Coast International Film Festival) and 12, the feature film Secrets of the Desert Nymph, and the commercial Charlie’s Ticket, which ran on dozens of television stations and in movie theaters in San Diego County to advertise the Fallbrook International Film Festival. Works as editor include the short film Puzzle Box and No Books, the first of several episodes he has edited for the online sketch-series, Treelore Theatre.
Bryan currently resides in Riverside County.


Trapped in the Bell Jar

Trapped in the Bell Jar

Unfortunately in people with mental illness, this is almost impossible to do.
Unfortunately in people with mental illness, this is almost impossible to do, not the words part, but the mood-changing part.

Stars, I am having one heck of a time trying to get myself together. You wouldn’t think I’m a wreck because I’m still doing what I’ve always done instead of letting myself get shot in the trenches of my mind (which is a metaphor I use in “I Am the Bell Jar”), but I’m a serious wreck on the inside. I’m angry all the time, I don’t want anything to do with people at all, and all I want to do is stay in bed and not go to school or work or have anything to do with anything that involves forced interaction. I skipped out on ballet yesterday because I just didn’t want to go. I mean, I know it’ll make me feel better, and rationally I know I love it, but forcing myself to go all the time is emotionally exhausting. Forcing myself to do anything when I’m like this is emotionally exhausting.

I haven’t been writing much in When Stars Rise either. I’ll write in it here and there, but not as consistently, probably because I know putting more work on myself is just going to make me angrier. And it’s not even that I’m doing a whole lot. I’m only taking 9 credit hours this semester and only working about 8-10 hours per week (although this week I’m doing 14, which honestly makes me angrier, but some extra money won’t hurt either, especially because I didn’t have class Monday). It’s like exerting any little bit of energy just makes me angrier and angrier. My anger nearly got the best of me at work Monday because some woman came by, looked at my co-worker and I really funny and wouldn’t stop staring at us, and I called her the b-word to my co-worker when she walked away. She then came back and asked us for the number to the office, and I was terrified that she overheard what I said and was going to call me in. But that wasn’t it at all. She just wanted to inquire about a product or whatever. I know I shouldn’t have said what I said, but any little thing is just setting me off. However, I can’t afford to just take a sojourn from work when I need the money for ballet.

I can’t even care about school. I’m doing my work, yes. I’ve done and read all the research for a paper I’m going to start. I’ve done my geography study guide. I’m doing the reading I’m supposed to do, but I’m very detached from it all, like I don’t care what the outcome of all of it is.

I’m just tired of it all.

And then there is the matter of my meds. My Abilify was boosted, but I don’t notice any changes. My pdoc then wants to wean me off all the meds I’m currently on and have me just on Lamictal because it’s supposed to be this great med for bipolar. But I’m terrified that it won’t work. I know I shouldn’t be thinking of ‘what-ifs’ but it’s so easy for people to say that when they’re not the ones affected by it. I mean, upping my Abilify doesn’t seem to have worked. It took less than a week for Abilify to originally work, and now it’s been a week and I don’t notice any changes. I’m still angry and still depressed. And maybe I am angry for a reason. I just don’t know what that reason is.

But it’s not all bad. I did a guest post and an interview. When Stars Die has 5 stars on Goodreads so far, even though I don’t have that many ratings. And “I Am the Bell Jar” is ready for publication in AEC Stellar’s upcoming anthology. But to be honest, all this social media stuff is exhausting too because it is so difficult for me to find people who will interview me or let me do guest posts. I’ve contacted well-known blogs about doing an interview, but it’s been over a week, and NONE of them have gotten back, and I must have contacted over 20 bloggers. I just want to give up because I can’t do this on my own. I really can’t. But then maybe I’m not in my right mind to be saying that. I don’t know.

Quick Update: Spot Light

Quick Update: Spot Light

So Ky Grabowski is doing a spot light of me and gave me permission to have three of my charming followers in on this. Basically, the first three to comment get a spot in the spot light, but here’s the deal: you have to do the spot light before the end of June since spots are filled for July, and she’ll be able to squeeze you in for June.

Quickly comment, and I will inform her of the first three commenters! The spot light thing is basically showcasing you and what you’re all about. So you get attention…and lots of it.

Interview With When Stars Die’s Oliver Cromwell

Interview With When Stars Die’s Oliver Cromwell

I actually created new cover art that I think is much better than this.
I actually created new cover art that I think is much better than this.

Link to Amelia Gareth’s interview here.

I am happy to announce that I was able to bring in Oliver Cromwell to do an interview with me. He is generally so busy with his duties as a priest at Cathedral Reims that trying to get him to sit down for five minutes is almost impossible. But he is Amelia Gareth’s confidant and best friend.

Me: Tell me about your relationship with Amelia.

Oliver: We’re best friends and nothing more. We can’t be any more because I have taken my vows and Amelia will take hers when she is professed. To break these vows would mean more trouble for me than Amelia because she is a woman.

Me: Why does being a woman matter?

Oliver: It just does. It’s 1880, so ideals are very old-fashioned. Amelia would be exiled if she broke her vows. I would simply be suspended.

Me: I understand now. Tell me why you became a priest?

Oliver: My little sister Ella is a witch, and so being a priest means serving Deus, and I hope to cleanse Ella’s soul, similar to what Amelia wants to do for he brother. We both have very similar goals at Cathedral Reims.

Me: Be honest: what do you think about Cathedral Reims?

Oliver: I honestly hate it. I hate that Amelia must endure suffering to become a nun. I hate that everyone at the cathedral must suffer to take vows. We are all the children of Deus, and not once in the Vulgate does it mention we must suffer to be accepted by Deus. We just can’t be witches. So all the torture we go through is so unnecessary.

Me: What do you think you should go through then to become professed?

Oliver: A good understanding of the Vulgate is one thing, as well as Liturgy of the Hours and the inner workings of Cathedral Reims: illuminating manuscripts, caring for the plants in the green house, things of that sort. And your loyalty too through essays or prayers, but not torture.

Me: Sounds like you should be head of the Professed Order. What does a priest at Cathedral Reims do?

Oliver: Well, we can lead sermons, teach more classes, work out in the community more, hold more leadership roles, and be involved in more decision making processes than the nuns, such as creating more disciplinary actions for novitiates and things of that nature.

Me: I hear you’re actually rather persistent with Amelia. Tell us about that.

Oliver: Well, we exchange the occasional daring affection from time to time, but we will not go beyond that. No kissing either. We will never have a relationship because that is forbidden. It is Amelia’s dream to be professed, and I share in that dream with her. I want what Amelia wants.

Me: But that sounds dreadful. Isn’t it teasing?

Oliver: We’ve kept it in control for a while, and we can keep doing it. Once Amelia becomes professed, our contact will become limited, so we know our lots in life.

Me: Anything else you’d like to say?

Oliver: Nothing that won’t reveal spoilers. But I will say this: there are more witches out there than anyone can imagine. Even your best friend could be a witch.

Me: Thank you for those final words. Well, that wraps up this interview. Stay tuned next time when I speak with Nathaniel Gareth, Amelia’s younger brother!

Interview With My Book’s Character

Interview With My Book’s Character

A sort of likeness of Amelia made in  a Soulless dress-up game.
A sort of likeness of Amelia made in a Soulless dress-up game.

Me: Hello all! This is Amber Forbes signing in to interview When Star Die’s Amelia Gareth! We are honored to have her here, especially since she is so busy with the next book in the trilogy. So, Amelia, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Amelia: Well…um…there isn’t a whole lot to say. I’m a sister at Cathedral Reims and I desperately want to be professed.

Me: Why do you want to be professed? I hear the road to profession is unbearable.

Amelia: Is anyone important going to read this.

Me: What do you mean by important?

Amelia: Anyone who would use my words against me.

Me: Not at all!

Amelia: Good. I want to be professed because my little brother is a witch. I hope that by serving Deus, we will be forgiven for the sins my parents have placed upon him.

Me: I heard you ran away from home. Tell me a little bit about that.

Amelia: You see, when parents commit a Seven Deadly Sin for a prolonged period of time, the child born from those sins is a witch. I suppose after my birth, my parents grew careless. As far as I know, they were never careless before I was born, so I’m the lucky one. But my brother…well, I will cleanse him. He is working to become a priest, and I am working to become a nun. There is no greater gift than to serve Deus.

Me: That’s a lot for you two. Tell me what it’s like being in Cathedral Reims. I know in the book we don’t get a full view of the workings because of circumstantial matters.

Amelia: Well, when we all come in, we are simply known as sisters. We all refer to each other in that way unless we’re very close to one another, such as my best friend Colette and I. All convents do things differently, but we’re all novices until were professed, as in novitiates. When we first enter, it functions much like a finishing school: full, three course meals, classes, socialization time, more classes. But then we’re slowly weaned of things until we’re eating bland meals, being beaten into silence during classes, allowed no more socialization except to pray, and must attend all Liturgy of the Hours, which are moments of prayer with the professed. Then we must endure harsh trials to become professed. Once we’ve passed those, we are nuns and can choose vocations, such as teaching, or we can choose to pray all day for suffering to end. I want to do teaching.

Me: The inner workings of Cathedral Reims sound complex. How do you feel about all that?

Amelia: It isn’t the most ideal life for me, but I dream of becoming professed nonetheless. Witches are so hated in our world. Everyone is taught to hate them from birth for little reason other than our Vulgate tells us to. We’re fed the religious readings of the Vulgate from the time we are able to understand and onward.

Me: What about you? Do you hate witches?

Amelia: I wasn’t rabidly fed the Vulgate, so I was able to think on my own. But I can’t hate them when my brother is one.

Me: That mind of yours will get you places. Anything more you want our audience to know?

Amelia: I want them to know that while this is a paranormal romance, things are…unconventional. It won’t seem that way at first, but hopefully readers will be able to deduce early on just what is really happening. If not, there are fun surprises in store.

Me: Thank you. This is Amelia Gareth! Stay turned for more on When Stars Die! Amber signing off!