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Welcome Brynn Stein

A big welcome to Brynn Stein today as part of her blog tour for her new release Ray of Sunlight











Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Anne. I always love dropping by.

This is the tenth stop on my blog tour. I’m having such fun, as I always do on these tours, talking about various aspects of writing in general, and Ray of Sunlight in particular and getting to know all of you. Thanks so much for following the tour. If this is your first stop, feel free to go back and comment on the others, listed below, to be entered to win one of five prizes. More about that later.

Today I’d like to talk about minor characters. I always seem to have at least one who won’t stay ‘minor’ no matter what I originally intend. In Ray of Sunlight, that was Pete.

Pete is Russ’s step-brother. We meet him through Russ’s eyes, since the book is written in first person. At the beginning of the story, Russ doesn’t like Pete. In Russ’s mind, Pete is the ‘favorite son’, pampered and spoiled. As the story unfolds and Russ gets his head out of his a… um… grows up a little, we see that Pete really isn’t like that at all, and is in fact trying to connect with Russ, especially as he sees the same changes in Russ that we see.

Although Russ’s relationship with Pete was originally supposed to be just another background indication of his changing maturity, it proves to be more than that. Pete actively supports Russ’s endeavors to better himself. He helps him study, takes him to the hospital to visit CJ when he needs transportation, and even stands up to his own father in defense of Russ.
I’ve had minor characters in every book so far who have insisted on jumping forward and becoming a major part of the story.

Dan, in Haunted, was supposed to be a background character, Lenard’s partner on the police force who was helping him solve the mystery of who murdered Jason. He didn’t stay in the background. He became a major character who was intricately involved in solving the mystery and was the only other person, besides Lenard, who could see Jason.

In Living Again, Ethan stole the show. At least with him I always knew he was going to be an important character. He’s Jonah’s son, so…yeah, very important. So he’s a little different. He was never supposed to be completely minor. But he wasn’t originally intended to almost overshadow the two main characters. I’ve had people ask me to write sequels to Living Again, just to see how Ethan was doing, and even had people asking where they could donate to Ethan’s medical expenses if he was modeled on a real little boy. He definitely ended up being the favorite character of that book, it seemed.

In Through the Years, Rob was supposed to be a college friend of Edward and Gene and somewhat stay in the background. He didn’t. He and his wife and progeny ended up being as much ‘family’ to the two main characters as Edward’s own biological children and grandchildren did. In fact, Ricky and Quinn (Rob’s son and his boyfriend) are in the process of tell me their own story.

What about all of you? Writers, do you find that some of your characters refuse to stay in the background? Have you ever had one just leap out and demand almost equal billing with your main character? Readers, have you ever found yourself getting captivated with a character other than the two obvious main characters?

Comment below for a chance to win.

Here’s how the giveaway will work. Visit as many sites as you want, as often as you want. Each comment will enter you to win one of the following prizes: 1st) An autographed paperback copy of Ray of Sunlight, 2nd) An electronic copy of Ray of Sunlight, 3rd) Your choice of audio or electronic copy of Living Again, 4th) An electronic copy of Through the Years, and 5th) an electronic copy of Haunted. The takeovers for Harmony Ink’s blog and Facebook page will be part of the tour, so comments on there will count. I will draw the winners during the FB takeover and will announce them then, but will come back and announce it to all the sites too. So, you don’t have to leave your email address here if you don’t want to, just remember to check back. You’re also welcome to leave your email in the comments if you’d rather or email me at brynnstein2@gmail.com with the subject heading of “just in case”, so I can contact you if you win, if you don’t want to have to stop back by the blog sites. You don’t have to be present at the FB takeover to win.

Blog Tour Stops
3/3/2015 Bike Books Review http://bikebookreviews.blogspot.com/
3/4/2015 Grace Duncan http://www.grace-duncan.com/guest-author-brynn-stein-3/
3/5/2015 Susan Laine https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/7982063-guest-post-brynn-stein
3/6/2015 Jo Ramsey http://www.joramsey.com/blog/
3/7/2015 Alicia Nordwell http://ciasstories.blogspot.com/2015/01/visiting-author-brynn-stein-with-ray-of.html
3/8/2015 Jana Denardo http://jana-denardo.livejournal.com/
3/9/2015 Lex Chase http://lexchase.com/blog/author/megs/
3/10/2015 Sean Michael http://seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca/
3/11/2015 Charley Descoteaux http://cdescoteauxwrites.com/
3/12/2015 Anne Barwell http://anne-barwell.livejournal.com/
3/13/2015 Karenna Colcroft http://www.karennacolcroft.com
3/14/2015 Anna Butler http://annabutlerfiction.com/2015/03/14/brynn-stein/
3/15/2015 Nic Starr http://www.becausetwomenarebetterthanone.com
3/16/2015 Shae Conner http://shaeconnorwrites.com
3/17/2015 Jessica Davies http://jessicaskyedavies.blogspot.com/
3/18/2015 Aidee Ladnier http://www.aideeladnier.com
3/19/2015 Emma Tett http://emmy-j.blogspot.co.uk/
3/20/2015 Harmony Ink Blog http://harmonyinkpress.com/
3/21/2015 Harmony Ink Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/harmonyinkpress



Russ Michaels has his whole life ahead of him but no plans beyond dropping out of school as soon as he turns eighteen. He’s been in and out of juvenile detention for the last four years and thoroughly expects to end up in an adult penitentiary at some point. He hates life and everyone in it, especially this latest community service that he earned in lieu of juvie yet again.

CJ Calhoun has big plans. He wants to bring joy and happiness to sick and injured children for as long as he can by performing as a clown. The problem is, he has stage-four cancer and a horrible prognosis.

When circumstances throw these two polar opposites together, they find they have more in common than they imagined. CJ discovers Russ’s talent for art and arranges for Russ to create a mural in the hospital foyer, which leads to a tentative scholarship to the Art Institute. As life changes in ways neither of them could have expected, Russ must work harder than ever to better himself as CJ struggles with his deteriorating health.


http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6176
http://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/ray-of-sunlight-by-brynn-stein-261-b
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25005560-ray-of-sunlight?from_search=true



Brynn Stein


Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.

Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who encourage her writing and provide a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:
http://brynnstein2.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/brynn.stein
brynnstein2@gmail.com

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Brynn Stein
Mar. 12th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for allowing me to visit Anne. Was fun as always.
vikli88
Mar. 16th, 2015 04:06 am (UTC)
I've found myself quite a few times getting stuck on a minor character and wishing the author would do a spin-off or something.

-H.B.

Edited at 2015-03-16 04:06 am (UTC)
Brynn Stein
Mar. 19th, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
I actually am doing a spin off of two characters in Through the Years. They just won't shut up until I do.
Su Holland
Mar. 20th, 2015 11:44 pm (UTC)
Ray of Sunlight
I love secondary characters in books and in film/series and its funny how often they can steal the show, especially if well written (or acted). I think they also give balance to the story and I so happy when they get a story of their own. I know an author who said that she was writing a MF story but she felt that one of the secondary characters wanted his own story written first, so the story she was writing was put aside for his and now she is writing a trilogy about him and his love life (MM).

Thank you :)

Please note I also post comments as Sula/Sula22 depending on the sites I comment on :)
reedee6
Mar. 22nd, 2015 12:23 am (UTC)
Ray of Sunlight Sounds like an Amazing Book!
Thank you for the insight into Pete! I'm loving all the posts!
Brynn Stein
Mar. 22nd, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
And the winners of my blog tour give away are:
An autographed copy of Ray of Sunlight = Sula Holland
An Electronic copy of Ray of Sunlight = Denise Dechene
You choice of audio or electronic copy of Living Again = HB
Electronic copy of Through the Years = Ree Dee
Electronic copy of Haunted = Jen CW
Congratulations to the winners. If you left your email address, or sent it to me, I’ll be contacting you. If you haven’t, please write me at brynnstein2@gmail.com.
Thanks so much to everyone who commented on and everyone who hosted my blog tour. It was a lot of fun.
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