Author Bryan Caron

Write and Author is interviewing Bryan Caron, author of The Spirit of...

Bryan Caron is an award-winning writer, director, film editor and graphic designer, who has written and directed many pieces in all forms and genres. His favorite genres include science-fiction and fantasy, however he never limits himself, writing in whatever genre that strikes him at any given time. His interest in film directing and editing gives him an extra creative outlet, as does his graphic design work (which you can see on all covers and marketing materials of his work, all courtesy of Phoenix Moirai), but his first love will always be writing and that is where he excels.

  Bryan Caron



Can you tell us a little more about what your company does?
Phoenix Moirai (pronounced Fee-Nicks Moy-Ray) is the creative genius for all of your graphic design, writing and videography needs. This also includes illustration, web design, editing (both print and video) and motion graphics. A short list of what we have done in the past include: logos, business cards, flyers (and other marketing materials), ads, book covers, movie posters, book layouts and conversions, website creation, writing blog posts, press releases and articles, filming and editing live performances, promotional videos, commercials, and films. You can visit www.phoenixmoirai.com for a more extensive list, but basically, if you need anything designed, written, filmed, illustrated, printed or edited, Phoenix Moirai is your one-stop creative outlet.
 
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What made you decide to start Phoenix Moirai?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, an Associate’s degree in Computer Graphic Design and over eight years of experience in film. I had been working for a company for almost nine years designing guidebooks for military installations, and in 2013, they opened a position for Creative Director. Having worked my way up from a digital pre-press analyst to Senior Graphic Designer, and being the only employee who could design and build every aspect of the guidebooks (including maps and ad pages), I was at the top of the short list for the promotion. They eventually hired someone from outside of the company, so that, coupled with the fact that my artistic growth had grown stale, I decided it was time to leave and start something new. Combining all of my talents together under one umbrella, that something was Phoenix Moirai, or “My New Destiny.”
 
What is the most important thing you have learned while running your company?
How hard it is to run a successful company. Having very little funds and very little experience in networking, I basically jumped into the deep end without any floaties. But over the last three years, I’ve gained a lot of experience in networking, customer relations and bookkeeping that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
 
What does your writing journey look like?
Slow and meek. But that may be a good thing, as I can learn at my own pace and fail in relative secret. I’ve learned a lot from when I first started seeking publishers and agents, making sure to slow down and do my due diligence before accepting whatever offers or going down whatever road I chose to explore. My novel, Jaxxa Rakala: The Search was started as my college thesis, and once finished, I was so excited to have a publisher pick it up, only to find out after signing the contract that the whole thing was basically a scam. I bit the bullet and allowed the contract to expire, and once it did, independent publishing was on the rise. Being able to control my work gave me much more freedom. In between all of that, I spent a lot of time writing, directing and producing films, one of which won best screenplay in 2009. But ever since 2012, when my last feature film was released, I’ve turned my focus back to novels and have since published five books in the last four years. That’s my journey in a nutshell.
 
Why do you write?
I write because it allows me to create and escape. I’ve always loved reading, watching television and going to movies, so to be able to create stories and put my ideas out into the world to inspire others is inspiring in itself. Writing also allows me to escape the real world and live my dreams. I’ve always been an introvert and have never had a whole lot of friends, so writing, drawing, creating has always been my companion when I felt alone, was being bullied or needed to release my anger or fears or happiness.
 
Have you ever stopped writing or creating and how did you motivate yourself to get back into it?
There was a period when I was on the verge of serious depression. I’d rather not get into the specifics, but during that time, I hardly felt anything, and everything, including writing and creating, just felt pointless. One day, I realized I hadn’t written in a very long time, and forced myself to write. Just the act of tapping the keys and pouring my soul onto the page opened my eyes to what was happening to me, which was the catalyst in making some very necessary changes in my life. Long story short, my spirit was quickly reborn and I saw everything in a new light.
 
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Starting. Editing. Finishing. Seeing that blank page can be very daunting, especially if you’re someone like me who doesn’t do a lot of outlining before I start. I might jot some notes and thoughts down before I begin, but generally, I like to let the characters and the story carry me where they will. Then, once the story has reached its conclusion, it’s time to edit, which can be just as daunting. Filling plot holes, adding and excising scenes, changing characters, making sure everything makes sense, doing research… it’s not easy to delete things you fell in love with or try and figure out how to make something work correctly. It can be rather frustrating at times. Finally, the book is finished and I have to say goodbye to the characters I’ve spent so long bringing to life and nurturing. This isn’t quite as hard for me as it may be for others, but like any parent will tell you, it’s hard to let your kids go out into the world and hope they succeed.
 
How often do you write and what is your process?
I’ve never shackled myself to a strict writing regiment when it comes to locking down a certain number of words per day or what have you. Creativity is very fluid, and sometimes I’m feeling it and others I’m not. With that said, I do try to write at least six to ten hours a week (unless a project at work has taken over my life, or I’m feeling really good about a story and don’t want to stop). My writing process is a little more rigid. I of course start with the first draft, where I spit all my thoughts onto the page. Other than to jot down a note or two, I never go back to fix anything in earlier chapters if the characters take me in a completely different direction or I somehow back myself into a corner. I always move forward until the words ‘The End’ hit the page. From there, I go through three editing phases: The Full Rewrite, in which the entire manuscript basically gets scrapped and altered and changed; The Second Edit, which is when I go through to make whatever final changes I might need to make; and The Printed Version, where I print the document out and go through the whole thing one more time, as reading something on paper is much different than reading it on a screen. A spell check edit is then done before laying the book out for print, at which point another spell check is done. Once it’s ready, I’ll upload it to CreateSpace, do another full read through for any last-minute changes, then reformat for the e-book versions and viola. A new novel is ready to publish. Occasionally, beta readers will also be included, and in the future I would like to add an editor stage (where the manuscript is sent to an editor for a review by a fresh pair of eyes), but for the time being, this works quite well for me.
 
What writing advice can you give us?
The best advice I could give is to slow down, always move forward and don’t force anything. Everyone nowadays is always in a hurry, but it’s when you rush things that bad things happen. Slow down, take your time and make sure it’s right before you answer the call. Never look back. Mistakes happen, and there’s nothing you can do to change that. All you can do is learn from your experiences and push on. And finally, never force anything. Be yourself and don’t let anyone dictate who you should be. People can sense when someone is being fake, so when you try and force a thought or a personality or an idea for the sole purpose of getting noticed or becoming famous, you’re doing both yourself and your art a disservice.
 
Can you create a short writing prompt?
Look outside your window. What’s happening in the house across the street at this very moment?




Spirit Of - Front Cover


The Spirit of…
by Bryan Caron

In history, truth is often lost to the ravishes of time. The biases of each new generation distort facts to best suit their personal agendas. No more evident is this than in the most well-known book of all time: the Bible. But in an attempt to locate the lost city of Atlantis, Matthew Stevens and his team of archaeologists uncover the truth behind the Genesis of the Word. Are you ready to find out what the world doesn't want you to know?

Amen Dello Keli.

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