Introducing Author Brian Beam
From the very first paragraph of The Dragon Gem I was hooked. Mr. Beam has a style that keeps readers on their toes, craning their necks to get a peek at what’s coming up next. The fantasy world he creates is well-developed and the characters are delightful. You can read my review of The Dragon Gem here.
One of the things that interested me about Brian Beam was his comment about being a dad. He takes his role very seriously and is proud of his son. That is something that endears him to readers, I think. His compassion and fun-loving spirit shine through the pages of his writing.
I sincerely believe that Mr. Beam is an author who will make a name for himself. His first book was great and I’ve been privileged to read the manuscript of the second. (I promised not to relay any secrets – sorry!) Brian has a definite way with words and plot. His characters jump from the pages right into your heart and you find yourself falling in love with them. I was sad to see the first book end. Oh, and I forgot – for you adventure lovers – Brian writes lots of action and adventure in his series. You won’t be disappointed!
Here is my interview with Brian – his personality shines through!
Interview with Brian Beam
L.Leander: What makes you stand out as a writer?
Brian Beam: I write for the sheer pleasure of writing and telling a story, not to sell the most books I can. When I have a story in mind, I don’t really think much about how universally appealing it will be. I hope that readers will love it, and I hope that it will sell, but I don’t sacrifice vision solely for increased readership. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m going to shovel out poor work just because I think it’s good, but it does mean that there will be no vampires or erotica in my books any time soon. I think that dedication to my vision comes out in my work.
L.Leander: What is your favorite type of reading material?
Brian Beam: I’m a big fantasy nerd, so just about anything fantasy. I tend to read more epic fantasy, though.
L.Leander: If you could only pick one, who is your greatest influence?
Brian Beam: Even though I just started reading his work about three or four years ago, Brandon Sanderson. He is not the author who made me want to strive to write fantasy; he’s the one who made we want to strive to write good fantasy. His books have taught me so much about effective world-building and thinking outside of the box when crafting stories. I would say that if not for his work, I probably never would have completely finished my first novel.
L.Leander: Where do you get your ideas for writing?
Brian Beam: They just pop in my head. I know that sounds simple, but there’s not much more to it. I am a jogger, and sometimes I get some great(to me at least) ideas then, but there’s no particular process.
L.Leander: Are you a pantser or an outliner?
Brian Beam: Mostly a pantser. I say mostly because I do come up with the generalities of the story in my head. I know where the characters will start and finish. I know most of the big events that occur in between. I know my characters’ personalities. I never put all this to paper except for the occasional note or two. Once I start writing, I let the story lead me from the beginning to the end. Sometimes I find myself on the general path that was plotted in my mind. Other times, I go off-roading and have a great time doing so.
L.Leander: Finish this sentence: One thing very few people know about me is…
Brian Beam: That I love to write and record music. I haven’t done so in quite a while, but I love it!
Brian Beam: Four hours of dedicated writing time followed by 12 straight hours of playing with my wife and son. And chocolate. And cake.
L.Leander: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have Internet and a computer or a supply of paper and pens which would you choose?
Brian Beam: Depends…do I get electricity? If so, internet hands down. There’s plenty of programs where I could write. Besides, I type much faster than I write and I have horrible handwriting/drawing skills. Plus, it’d be much easier to send letters through email than in a bottle J.
L.Leander: Do you hear voices? What do they tell you? What do you tell them?
Brian Beam: They tell me to write their stories. I tell them to sit down, shut up, and wait their turn. I’m starting to wonder if this is an interview or a psychological screening questionnaire…
L.Leander: What is your very favorite part of being an author? Your least favorite?
Brian Beam: Having someone say they enjoyed my book is my favorite. When I first published The Dragon Gem, I told my wife that if just one person who was a complete stranger said they liked my book, it would all be worth it. Just reaching even one person truly validates what an author does. My least favorite is having so many ideas in my head and not having the time to dedicate to them.
L.Leander: Where did you grow up?
Brian Beam: I was born and raised in Bardstown, Kentucky (bourbon capital of the world as well as Rand McNally’s Most Beautiful Small Town in America 2012). It was one of those quaint towns that you hate growing up in as a kid and miss the minute you move away. My father still lives there, so I get to visit my hometown still. It’s just one of those friendly, historic towns.
L.Leander: Describe your ideal vacation (the sky’s the limit)
Brian Beam: All I want is a beach and no responsibilities. I’m not too hard to please J
L.Leander: If you could be either, which would you choose – a dog or a cat? Why?
Brian Beam: Definitely a cat. Cats are (usually) very independent. Plus, as a cat, I could look at everyone like they’re idiots or have an incredibly eclectic personality and people would be okay with it because I was a cat.
L.Leander: You are the co-host of CBS This Morning – who would you like to snag an interview with?
Brian Beam: Brandon Sanderson. He has some amazing thoughts on what it takes to be a good writer and write a good book. He teaches a creative writing class at BYU and one of his students taped a series of his lectures. I watched several of them and took so much away from them. I’d love the chance to pick his brain a bit. Maybe some of his creativity would rub off on me too.
L.Leander: Tell us a little about your most recent protagonist?
Brian Beam: Korin is sarcastic, good-natured, slightly flawed, and willing to put his life on the line for those he cares about. He’s not the perfect hero. He’s brave, but only to an extent. He’s smart, but not a genius. He’s a capable fighter, but still gets his butt handed to him. He is generous, yet not selfless. Basically, he’s real. Too often in books we get these cookie-cutter good guys and villains. I wanted to try to steer from that a bit.
Korin’s best friend is a magic talking wizard cat named Max, who is partially to blame for his sarcastic wit. Max is there to keep Korin grounded…and alive.
The Korin’s Journal trilogy will follow him on a journey that starts as a quest to find his parents that turns out to be much much more.
L.Leander: Thank you Brian for allowing me to interview you. Readers, you’ll definitely want to read Brian’s fantasy novel, The Dragon Gem. It’s available on Amazon. Click on the book cover below to purchase. You’ll be glad you did!
Be sure to grab a copy of The Dragon Gem – you’ll be glad you did! Click on the book cover to take you to the Amazon sale page. Be sure to give Brian some love in the comments section – he’d love to hear from you!