Interview with Rod Briault

What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on completing 'Medieval Mayhem' the second volume in the Daniel Tremaine trilogy with the intention of publishing it in time for Christmas 2018. My next project will be 'Esborr' volume two of 'The Scrying Glass Worlds' series.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a tricky one as there are so many. Despite the time I spend writing I still find time to read 2 to 3 books each week across a variety of genres. For crime thrillers I turn to Peter James or James Patterson, other favourite authors include Alex Scarrow, Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer, Robin Hobb and Trudi Canavan but the list is not exhaustive.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's easy, I've been getting up around 05:45 for most of my life because life is finite and I hate to waste a single minute. I stick to the old adage 'early to bed, early to rise etc., although I've yet to achieve the wealthy part and I'm not sure I've managed the wise bit either.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Scouring model fairs, boot-sales (yard sales for my American followers), antique malls etc., with my partner in search of model cars to add to his already substantial collection. I also love to read which I do for an hour each night before I turn out the light and of course listening to music, for which my taste is very eclectic.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Naturally, many are from authors whose work I'm already familiar with however, I also keep a constant eye open for new authors whose writing falls within my current sphere of interest. I've discovered several authors this way and added them to my list to keep checking for their new works.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was entitled 'The Typhon Project' and was a cold-war spy story. It never left my PC although I did convert it from the 5.25" floppy disks it was stored on to my hard drive where it still resides.
What is your writing process?
To be honest I'm not sure how to answer that as I'm not certain there is one. I guess it starts with a basic idea, 'Falgorin' arose from my interest in crystal gazing, after that it becomes a case of sitting at the keyboard and hammering it out. It may sound trite but I have never experienced 'writer's block' probably because if I haven't got the words running through my head I don't turn on my computer. I keep a time-line document to ensure I don't get things out of order and a dramatis personae document listing character names and their relationships to one another.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In truth, no I don't recall as it was quite some time in the past although back in my secondary school years I was heavily into science fiction and still enjoy such works today. I have all of Jules Verne's and H G Wells' books on my e-reader.
How do you approach cover design?
This is the area where I am least well prepared having resorted to using online design tools to create my own designs. I am currently seeking someone who can offer me cover designs.
Describe your desk
I have a desk with a PC but it isn't used when I am writing as I prefer the comfort of my reclining armchair, my laptop on a tray on my knees. The desk is crammed with software disks, pens, pencils and various keepsakes. In my former working life I spent a considerable amount of time programming databases for clients, writing endless reports etc., so I accumulated dozens of computing related books. I also stupidly let it become known amongst family and friends that I could build and repair PC's inevitably ending up with me spending hours removing viruses, repairing and upgrading machines resulting in my having boxes of spare parts. Thankfully I've managed to give that all up and have disposed of the spares and many of the books.
Published 2018-09-24.
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Books by This Author

Medieval Mayhem
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 181,940. Language: British English. Published: March 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Daniel has already rescued his best friend Tomas once, now he's heading 700 years into the past to do it all over again.
Fugitives in Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 184,060. Language: British English. Published: July 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Daniel is on his first solo mission when he becomes trapped in an alternative reality where society is dominated by women.