Welcome to K.T. Bryski, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest. K.T. is a Canadian author and podcaster. She made her podcasting and publishing debut with Hapax, an apocalyptic fantasy with Dragon Moon Press (2012). Select playwriting credits include scripts for Black Creek Pioneer Village (2011) and East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon: a Children’s Opera (Canadian Children’s Opera Company, 2014). She recently received her Hon. B.A. in History from the University of Toronto, and she is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her at www.ktbryski.com.
Facebook: The Group Page of K.T. Bryski’s Writing
Part 1 @ Terri
Part 3 @ E.M.
PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? Work/life balance isn’t really my forte; writing tends to bleed into other aspects of my life. Treating it as a job with defined hours seems to help: I can make sure I’ve allotted enough hours both to my writing and to my friends, family, and sanity.
When do you write? I seem to naturally gravitate towards writing at night: usually 9:00pm-1:00am. Midmorning to early afternoon also works, as long as I’m not working the dayjob. Ideally, though, I try to be able to write anytime.
What is the strongest criticism you’ve ever received as an author? The best compliment? Being told to rewrite an entire book from scratch was probably the strongest criticism I’ve received so far (my editor was absolutely right, though). The best compliment? When a reader told me that my book gave her nightmares.
Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support? I have two.
First: the broader community of authors. I’ve met some wonderful people who have given me advice, encouragement, and a listening ear. Plus, it’s really cool when you’re writing, and you know that a pal is writing at the exact same time.
Second: a wickedly talented young woman named Blythe. She’s my friend, beta reader, and voice actor. Not only does she give insightful critiques, she’s believed in me even when I couldn’t believe in myself. There’s one book in particular that she pretty much saved from abandonment through sheer faith.
How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews? First, I take time to cool off—whether it’s a minute or a week. Then I go back and take a second look. My main objective is finding something that I can learn from the experience. Then I remind myself of several things. They’re critiquing the work, not me. I’m not going to please everyone. And there’s always another project.
HAPAX: The Apocalypse has come, and in seven days the world will be no more.
Only the Hapax, the Word which began the universe, can recreate the world and avert the Apocalypse, but that Word has been lost. Brother Gaelin finds his faith crumbling as he is forced to shelter two fugitives from the Magistatiem, the college of magi which has been divorced from the Ecclesiat monks for centuries.
As time slips away, the monks and magi must do more than just heal the ancient rift that divides them—they must trust in the very Being who drove them apart.
Hapax is available in print, e-book, and podcast forms.
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