Thursday, August 18, 2011

Can a loved one still remain a good critic? With Author David M. Brown

BIR is very proud to introduce debut fantasy author David M. Brown! He's here today to share a little about his writing and to celebrate his fantasy release, Fezariu's Epiphany! And it isn't a release party until there is a giveaway! Mr. Brown is generously offering up three copies of Fezariu's Epiphany to three winners! You'll find all the details on how to enter just below.

And now...David M. Brown...

Writing is a lonely business and when it comes to sharing your work for the first time it’s a nervous moment. The feedback you receive is crucial to shaping your style and making sure your future writing is as good as it can be. The first people I turned to when I began writing in 1999 were friends and family. Now, I love my family and I have some great friends as well but they clearly didn’t want to hurt my feelings because I was told each time that my stories and early novels were brilliant. They must have been nigh on perfect in fact because I was informed there were no errors. I’m no fool. I knew my early writing wasn’t perfect but I had to proceed alone in improving myself and my writing.

After writing four novels from 2000-6 I decided they simply weren’t up to scratch and threw myself into my world history for Elenchera. It would be another three years before I attempted my next novel, Fezariu’s Epiphany, and by that point I had met my future wife, Donna. We worked in the same team for the local council and it was my writing that first started us talking. Donna was the first person I met to really show enthusiasm for the world of Elenchera. While other people wanted to read it I was always worried they were just being polite. With Donna it was different. She demanded to read the history and was impressed with what she read.

When Donna and I started a relationship I soon began work on Fezariu’s Epiphany. The idea had been with me for a few years but thanks to a brainstorming session with Donna it took on a new and better complexion. It seemed logical to have Donna as my critic and I’m pleased to say the relationship has worked beautifully for both of us. Fezariu’s Epiphany took six drafts and around two years of writing to complete. I was having to write in the evenings after being at work and utilise the weekends especially to write as much as I could. Donna was content to allow me to work alone on the early drafts but there was no suggestion from either of us of me not getting some honest feedback.

I love my wife dearly for many reasons and what she has done for me and my writing is just one of those reasons. When it comes to feeding back on my stories, novels and plotlines Donna is not afraid to speak her mind. Many a time I had written a chapter of Fezariu’s Epiphany and believed it was as good as I could make it. Donna would then hand it back with red pen in the margins and suggestions of what sections did not work for her. As the author I was under no obligation to listen to her advice but the points she were raising were very good ones. As a result the novel jettisoned some areas that were slowing down the narrative and the overall structure was made much tighter. After the sixth and final draft we were able to nod to each other that the book was ready and so we began our path down the road to self-publication.

Turning to a loved one to be your critic is, of course, not easy. Picking holes in your work is something they may not adapt to naturally and being on the receiving end of that criticism isn’t necessarily easy for the author. I suppose it’s harder for the loved one to be firm and say this part isn’t working or I think that section could be written better. Writers need to have thick skins, something I have developed in recent years thanks to Donna. It wasn’t easy for me at first having my writing pulled apart but I haven’t forgotten the areas where I was going wrong and I genuinely believe that I have improved as a writer. Donna worries that she goes too far with the criticism but I’ve always told her never to hold back.

Donna being my critic has led to many positive consequences. Being closely involved in the writing of my novels she has become immersed in the world of Elenchera and in my writing style. This has led to Donna taking on other roles as my editor and publicist. She is Internet savvy and the work she has done promoting Fezariu’s Epiphany has been incredible. It’s worked out perfectly for me. Although I am the author of this novel I very much feel like this is a joint venture with Donna taking on the more assertive tasks of bringing the book to the public eye. I have no doubt that without Donna I would never have made it as far as this but I can assure you every success Fezariu’s Epiphany enjoys is one that we share and isn’t one I look as mine and mine alone. Our personal and working relationships are very strong and when it comes to my next novel, A World Apart, there is one person I’ll be turning to for a critical response above all others. 

David M. Brown is giving away three copies of Fezariu's Epiphany to three lucky winners!
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Fezariu's Epiphany
David M. Brown
Amazon UK
Suffering a betrayal as a young boy, Fezariu turns his back on his family. Convinced their way of life will help him leave his past behind, he joins the Merelax Mercenaries. In a quest to prove himself and survive his dangerous assignments in the Colonies, he's forced to forge new alliances but works hard to distance himself emotionally. Despite his determined focus to move on his thoughts are drawn back to Clarendon where the White Oak, an infamous brothel, holds the secret to his past and the childhood friend he abandoned still remains.

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Thank you Mr. Brown for being here today! I loved your article and found it so touching to read how you and your wife work so well together. Thank you so much for sharing!

Don't forget to enter Mr. Brown's giveaway! Winners will be chosen this Sunday! Good Luck!


  1. It's wonderful that you can work so closely with your wife with regard to your writing. It is never easy to hear anything less than positive about our own work.

    GFC: Mary Preston

  2. I love your cover! I just jumped into reading fantasy and I have added your book to my TBR pile. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your book!

    Ally M.
    allymickenzie at yahoo dotcom
    GFC: Book Monster Ally

  3. I've been looking for a good fantasy book and this sounds good. I've seen the cover around many book sites for the past couple of weeks and I'm going to go check it out. I noticed your ad at the top, how cool! I loved watching it pop down like that.

    Tony S.
    marvelboys2009 at yahoo dot com

  4. This is just so sweet...thank you Mr. Brown for sharing your story esp. how you an your wife met
    I'd love to read your novel the runaway hype, sense of adventure,finding oneself looks amazing!

    GFC: kimyunalesca

    Many thanks ^_^


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