Through blogging, we are given an amazing opportunity to connect with others with similar interests and aspirations. We are given the chance to help and learn from each other through the amazing gift that the internet is. Too many people use this device to spread hate, while there is a world of opportunity literally at our fingertips. An amazing writer, Bryan Fagan, reached out to me as friendly people do online. Together we would like to present to you a presentation of each other. So without further ado:
Byan Fagan – A Crack in the Pavement
We interviewed each other through a series of emails, it ended up being a lot of fun to learn about others and talk about yourself. Read on to enter the life of a fellow writer.
What’s your current occupation, marital status, and other hobbies?
Stay at home dad. That was the best decision I ever made. Being able to watch my girls grow is the best experience I’ve ever had. My hobbies: When football season arrives stay away. That’s my time. Aside from that, I love gardening, exercise and of course writing.
If you weren’t a writer what would you do, dream job or an awesome side job?
I enjoy listening and observing people’s lives. If I had to do it over again I might have become a psychologist or a college counselor.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always loved to create. One of my earliest memories was a World War 2 army set I got for Christmas. Instead of creating battles I created back stories for both sides. It was like a giant soap opera. I think that was the beginning of it all.
What are your inspirations?
I like books that are character driven. It’s a hard thing to do and not a lot of writers can pull it off but when they do I’m hooked. A handful of books come to mind in this category: Stephen King’s It, Rex Pickett’s Sideways and an oldie but a good – Armistead Maupins Tales of the City.
As a writer, my goal is to learn from these amazing writers and hopefully come close. I doubt I’ll ever be able to pull off the way they created and developed those amazing characters that I grew to know and love but if I work hard enough who knows.
What are your goals?
Outside of writing, my goals are to be a good dad, husband, and friend. I know it might sound boring but those three things are a huge priority. I cannot let certain people down. In the writing world, I would say to improve with each novel I write. Never take a step back.
What does being a writer mean to you?
Freedom. I can release a part of me where otherwise it would have no place to go. Kind of a scary thing when I stop and think about it.
Can you name your published work and explain what it’s about?
I would love to. Unfortunately, I’m too new in the game for that to happen. As of now, I’m sending out my novel Dempsey’s Grill to agents. Fingers crossed it will get picked up. My novel is a comedy romance centering on a soon to be 30-year-old moving back with his parents. It was fun to write. I learned a lot through the entire process.
Do you have any upcoming works?
I do. I’m finalizing a scene by scene outline of my next novel and I’m preparing some short stories for upcoming contests.
What are your favorite things to write about?
I’m drawn to broken characters who are convinced they are not broken. The reader knows but they don’t. Slowly I peel away the layer revealing their true identity. It’s always emotional for me when they realize who they really are.
What is your writing routine? When do you write your best?
The kitchen table facing the deck. Even if it’s dark out I still have to face the deck. 6 am with a pot of coffee and two bananas. I can write for about three hours. After that, I top out.
Favorite movie, book, and TV series?
So many. Let’s see if I can create a short list: Movies – Fargo and Silence of the lambs. Books – Again, so many but the one I keep going back to is Stephen King’s It. I’ll bet I’ve read that thing a dozen times. TV series – Two come to mind: Breaking Bad and Homeland.
All of them have one thing in common: Incredible storytelling. All of them could be used as textbooks on how to write a scene or an entire novel.
How did you know that you wanted to be a writer, or when did you first discover your love of writing or the first time you thought of yourself as a good writer?
For the longest time, I had a million excuses. Not enough hours in the day. I’ll wait till summer when I have time. That sort of thing. It took a cancer scare six years ago to make me realize how fast it can all end. Thankfully it was a false alarm but afterwards I said to myself no regrets. From here on out no more excuses. Once I began to apply the work I saw what I was missing out. Not only did it feel great to create but I began to see myself, for the first time, as a writer.
Does writing give you a sense of purpose? Or, why did you become a writer?
This is a tough one. Sure, throw a fast ball at me. 🙂
I was always an anxious, nervous person. I would worry about things that were out of my control. Once I dedicated myself to writing it all went away. The perfect drug, I like to say. Sounds pretty crazy but maybe that’s the answer to us nervous types: Become a novelist.
What’s the best/worst thing about being an author?
Best: Being invited into the character’s world. I don’t choose them, they choose me and when they do it’s a special feeling.
Worst: Pushing back the fear that I’ll never be good enough.
How do you deal with negative feedback?
At the beginning it was tough. I think listening to someone pick apart your work is hard on every writer but I learned to shut that switch off and listen. At the beginning, it was something I had to train myself to do and now I realize how important it is. You have to listen to your critics. Not all of them get it right but those that do are valuable to your work. Some of them can take it to the next level.
If you were to become famous what would you want to say to the world?
I think I’d keep it simple and say thanks. If I were to reach that level it would be amazing. So I guess the best way to express it is to say thank you.
There you have it, a big thanks for the humble Bryan Fagan. I hope we can keep in touch, and I plan on reading your novels one day. I’m glad we had the chance to talk, so thank you, Bryan.