Kieran Brannan

Biography

Kieran Brannan lives the life of a hermit in an insignificant town in an insignificant part of Australia. He is a devout misanthrope whose only real contact with the world is through his writing and via the internet. He takes inspiration from years spent among fringe communities, such as various esoteric organisations and creative hobbyists, learning about strange arts and belief systems.

Kieran is a nerd at heart, spending idle time playing both online and table top games. His true passion is in Role-playing, a hobby he started in school, where he endured persecution from religions who at the time demonized the hobby. He has created many worlds and written for a number of blogs and gaming publications, usually under a pseudonym.

He always has a lot of works in progress, primary among those at the moment are a series of books set in one of his gaming worlds, as well as a free Creative Commons campaign world for classic Dungeons & Dragons.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
What I enjoy most of all are good characters. A character has to make me care about what's happening in their life, otherwise I cannot care about the story. Authors like David Gemmell excel in this art, as his characters seem like whole people, complete with their own personal strengths and weaknesses. I also like strange new worlds which are eloquently described without being mired in excessive prose. Top of my list in this department is Michael Moorcock, who can create a scene in a sentence and a world in a paragraph.

I also look for stories that offer something original and thought provoking. I want to be drawn into a world and wonder at each new element. Needless complexity bores me, but I want a story that gets me thinking. If in the first chapter the author has already foreshadowed the tired clichés which will be used then the ending is easy to guess at and I'm wasting my time reading it. For this reason I like to explore new authors who create original works of imagination.

Lastly I really appreciate humour and abstract thinking. Authors like Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman play with language, challenging the reader to expand not only their vocabulary, but the way they view life itself.

Given my preferences, this draws me most often to works in the fantasy genre, and at times sci-fi. I can take pleasure in most any book, but books which remind of the dark realities of the world tend to be left on the shelf in favour of escapism and whimsy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was moved around a lot as a kid, transitioning through seven schools before I graduated year twelve. I essentially lived a life on the run, dragged along by a single parent constantly fleeing her own bad life choices. One of the most influential times of my life was living out bush at about the age of 8-10. By 'living out bush' I mean living at a camp site out in the middle of nowhere. I would spend entire days by myself, while the adults tended cattle. I learnt a lot of things out there, such as how to wake up carefully and check if a snake had crawled into your swag over night, through to making sure you don't get water from the river at the same place each time, in case the crocodiles have been watching your habits. Most of all, I learnt my own version of mindfulness, and how to be comfortable alone.

In senior High School I discovered tabletop Role-playing. Classic Dungeons & Dragons to be exact. As a result, I also found my first real friends. Role-playing allows a person to write stories in a very creative atmosphere. You have a structure which are the challenges your characters face, but the players as a group get to decide for themselves how their characters will react in the story. I cannot recommend role-playing highly enough for any aspiring writer. My ability to compartmentalise story elements and build individual characters in a story comes from my experience role-playing. As there was a stigma attached to role-playing, we'd often plan weekends away camping so we could play in peace. Once again, finding solace in the wilderness.

My upbringing has left me somewhat misanthropic, which I feel has really helped me become comfortable with the darker side of human nature. Even the most noble hero has dark desires, and even the most vile villain has some perception of what makes them a good person. I see the world in shades of grey, and I think that has really inspired me to seek to colour that world in my writing.
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Where to find Kieran Brannan online


Series

Legacy of Bronze and Bone
Set in the stone-age fantasy world of Kisar. The story follows a group of travellers whom fate has placed in the path of a global event which promises to break the world. Above all else it is a story about people, and the journey of self discovery that life takes them on.

Ninil's Tale

Price: $2.99 USD.

Khari's Tale

Price: $2.99 USD.

Rania's Tale

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

The Demon Tarot
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,260. Language: Australian English. Published: April 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A collection of short stories inspired by the major arcana of the tarot. Each story features a demon, just trying to do his job in the service of mortal kind. Ultimately, this is a collection of stories which indulge the misanthrope in all of us. It looks at many aspects of life and does not shy away from the murkier side of human nature, taking a thought provoking look at the human condition.
Rania's Tale
Series: Legacy of Bronze and Bone. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,030. Language: Australian English. Published: February 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Legacy of Bronze and Bone Book 3. The party has been divided, each going their own way. Lacking a common language, Rania has been trapped on the outside, included as a member of the party, but never really being able to express herself. Now concludes the trilogy, this time through the eyes of Rania. She must first face her past, and decide for herself what really has value for her.
Khari's Tale
Series: Legacy of Bronze and Bone. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,340. Language: Australian English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Legacy of Bronze and Bone Book 2. With the help of his eclectic group of companions, Khari has followed the prophesies and discovered the doom spoken of is connected to refugees fleeing the social collapse of their world. However, is the doom spoken of the beings the people fled from, or the refugees themselves? He must walk a fine line between his new friendships and his duty to his own people.
Ninil's Tale
Series: Legacy of Bronze and Bone. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,010. Language: Australian English. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Legacy Book 1. Set in the stone-age fantasy world of Kisar. The story follows a group of travellers whom fate has placed in the path of a global event which promises to break the world. Above all else it is a story about people, and the journey of self discovery that life takes them on. The first book is from the perspective of Ninil, a wanderer whose life is forever changed by a chance encounter.
Shadow Astrology
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,910. Language: Australian English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology
(5.00 from 1 review)
Astrology is often abused as a way to offer people their daily fortune cookie, rather than being used as originally intended. Shadow Astrology looks at the traditional signs and offers lighthearted guidance on what they really reveal, and how to use that knowledge not only to benefit your own life, but as a doorway to manage your communication and interactions with others.

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Latest book: The Journey Home. Published May 11, 2015. (5.00 from 2 reviews)