Interview with fantasy author Aedan Byrnes

Aedan
Byrnes is in the house today to talk a bit about his fantasy paranormal romance
novel, Through the Oracle’s Mist.
Aedan will
be awarding, to one randomly drawn commenter, a journal from his Cafe Press
storefront, a charm and leather bracelet made for the story, and a custom cover
shepherd hook style bookmark made by Stone Soup Designs for Through the Oracle’s Mist. The bracelet
leather colors and the journal cover may differ from the photo.
To be
entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below. To increase your chances of
winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too. 
Bio:
There is no simple
description for Aedan Byrnes. Obsessive, dreamer, reclusive, compulsive,
outdoorsman, and wordsmith would be among the list if one were started. The
displaced Gael lives in the upper Midwest with family between jaunts wherever
the road takes him. A frequent traveler, he is as likely to be found rock
climbing or spelunking as sitting fireside dreaming or aimlessly floating away.
A lifelong lover of words and writing, he claims a diverse
reading appetite and his writing reflects the myriad influences. A
self-proclaimed ‘reader’s writer’, he looks for the emotional and the sensory
in word combinations, not just the visceral comprehension of phrases in the
stories he crafts and his love of all things literary shines through.
Welcome Aedan. Please tell us about
your current release.
Through the Oracle’s Mist is a trip through history. It is a
story of love, loss, and choices when we realize they are ours to make. It is
the first book in The Vengelys Series that will include Warrior’s Watchtower this year and Kingdom’s Fall next year. Beyond those, the future is not written
in stone.

Cover synopsis:
In the blackest night, with the
moon and stars to guide him, she would always be there waiting…
Cyrenna thought she died the day
she watched Tynan and his brothers jump through the banishment portal in an act
of solidarity with Rigor. Little did she know, it would be the first of many
deaths she would experience in her quest to claim his heart. She would
surrender not only her immortal soul, but a mortal one repeatedly. Through a
deal with the great Oracle, she has multiple mortal lifetimes to change the
direction of her future and have a chance with Tynan.
Her journey spans the ages from
the GenPei War in Japan and the Silk Road west, to Cromwell, the Three Kingdoms
and modern times, bringing her one step closer to forever until she makes a
misstep. Then, the burden falls to Tynan. The only thing that is absolute is
her fervent hope that he will come, but there’s one big problem.
Through it all, he doesn’t so
much as know her name.
Excerpt:
How many times can a man be broken? How many times can a man
die and never have it be final? How many lost loves or lost chances at love
will it take to undo any chance of ever becoming whole? In the purest
sense…only one. Nothing I could imagine or ever endure would compete for the
absolute punishing agony of her folding me into her arms to comfort me and
hearing her whisper…
“I know.”
Two words. Who knew that two words would be all that it
would take to lose the storm? Hardly two words really, only five letters. Five
little letters with extreme power. Five little letters to rob Zeus of his most
lethal bolt, focus the strike, and rend me in pieces. The surge had pushed past
my pride and leaves me sobbing for the loss I had yet to experience. A loss I
knew would take my breath, but I cannot die. How cruelly ironic that death has
become my sole wish now?
My internal emotional upheaval is a flash storm out of place
beneath the cloudless sky. The cacophony of my noisy tears and transition
scatter the small creatures for miles. I have no control and shift without
grace. Rage and pain coalesce to an explosion, angst roaring as the internal
battle is waged, and the war lost before the call to arms is done sounding. My
thunderous eruption screaming against the fading light, with a rising silvery
moon and shimmering stars to bear witness to my destruction. The metamorphosis
from man to beast is abrupt. I shift, not with the flexing of bone and the
stretching of skin, but with the crack of a gun blast and a single pull to
form. It is razor wire across my senses and I am bloodied raw without a trace
to be found.
A testament to her, she stands still. Not frozen, but
placated to let me render the fury that must come out as I cannot hold it in.
The beast from within is enormous, but not big enough to hold so much. I warned
her. I told her. I had made her aware almost cruelly that first time I let my
inner wild out that this day might come…could come…would come and that it would
be ushered in on an unseen tide that would sweep our perfect world away. I had
wanted her to be afraid. She wasn’t. She had believed, but had also naively
assured me that the day would be long into the future and we would enjoy the
time until then.
She had been wrong. There was nothing to say now. ‘I’m
sorry’ would be a hollow sentiment and ‘I was wrong’ would do nothing as the
last thing I would want to hear and know about this was that I had been right.

What inspired you to write this book?
This story
started as an ‘inbetween’ for something else, but as it developed, it no longer
fit. As the tale grew, the need for it to become something on its own became
apparent and so the story goes. Small idea takes off and blooms. The emotion
and the pull to see what else what there compelled me to keep going.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’m working
on the next two books in the series. Warrior’s
Watchtower
had to be reworked when the ending of Oracle changed and thus the third book, Kingdom’s Fall, is changing as well. Watchtower will pick up where Oracle
left off as well as take us back to Amaranth and what transpired after the
portal in the court floor closed.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I don’t
think I ever did, even now. I’ve always written in some form, but the actual
title of writer never really has been one I’ve used to describe myself. Writing
was an outlet, it was for fun, it is a way to quiet my mind, but it has never
been a title to claim. I’m ecstatic that others are enjoying the stories I have
to tell, but to be honest; I started and continue because it is something I
like to do. It is like sitting back with a movie for some, it’s an escape.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I do not
write full time. I am a professional Sexton and take great pride and care with
my duties. Writing, as it is a release for me, is what I do when I sit down to
decompress. Be it that I scribble or scribe on a tablet in bed, in the tub, in
the family room whilst the family does what they do…or to sit at the computer
and rework words so they make sense to anyone but me…whatever and wherever is
when I write…it is not usually that I am fitting it around my life, it is
that it is part of my life everyday.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I think I
am in a distinct minority in that I write everything long hand. I don’t sit
down at a computer and type until I have the story down, and then it is to
transcribe the information from my scribbles and cross-outs into something that
can be read by another person and be followed. I generally have strike through
and arrows all over the page which make perfect sense to me, but I don’t expect
anyone else to decipher it.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I wanted to
work in a lab and uncover mysteries. I have degrees to that end, but found I
didn’t enjoy the work learning far too late I’m afraid for the education
expenses to be undone.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
…Just my
gratitude for stopping by, having a look, and for reading the tale. I appreciate
the audience and the growing group of fans who remind me that while I write to
relax, they read to do the same and together we help each other out.
Links:
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Fun: 
Thanks, Aedan. Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment if you’d like a chance at the prize package!


12 thoughts on “Interview with fantasy author Aedan Byrnes

  1. Lynn says:

    This book has been one of my top reads for 2013, and I have no doubt that the next one will follow suit. Aedan Byrnes' style of writing captures your heart and imagination.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This was by far one of the most gripping stories that I read in 2013 and I can't wait to continue the journey with Warriors Watchtower.

  3. Unknown says:

    The drawing for the prize package was done on Sunday 2/9 for the tour.
    Congratulations DeeDee Dhreamer!
    Thank you to all who followed the tour. I hope you enjoy the tale.
    -Aedan

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