Please say hello to Killian B. Brewer and his debut novel
The Rules Of Ever After
The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don't provide for the happily ever after they seek.
A fateful, sleepless night brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms. On their travels, they encounter meddlesome fairies, an ambitious stepmother, disgruntled princesses and vengeful kings as they learn about life, love, friendship and family. Most of all, the two young men must learn how to write their own rules of ever after.
“Phillip, don’t believe all those stories your scribe told you. Magic is not defeated by waiting for someone to come rescue you from it. You have to fight it.” Daniel paused and took a breath before reaching out to take Phillip’s hand again. “I sat around for two years waiting for someone to come along and fix my problems. No one came, and nothing changed. Then I realized that maybe the person I was waiting for was me. So I went out to find my own answers.”
“I’m not you. I don’t even know where to begin.” Phillip sat back on the edge of the bed.
“You begin the way everyone does,” Daniel explained, “one foot in front of the other.”
“I’ve barely been out of this castle. I don’t know what’s out there.”
“Well, you’re in luck. You know someone who does.”
“What? Who?” Phillip cocked his head and stared at Daniel in confusion.
“Me!” Daniel winked and pointed to his chest. “I know what’s out there. I’ve been wandering all over the kingdoms for months now. I’ve studied the maps and the histories. I know how to fight and how to survive.” Daniel stood up. “I’ll come with you,” he continued. “I’ll help you find her, and we’ll bring her down together. We will fix this.”
Daniel could almost see the wheels turn in Phillip’s head as he considered Daniel’s offer. He looked over at his father, then back down at his feet before glancing up to Daniel with a look of tentative hope. “Why would you do that?”
Daniel pondered the question for a moment, unsure of the answer himself. The pain in Phillip’s face touched Daniel’s heart and made him want to bring back the mischievous, laughing man he had met just two nights before. This was not his problem, and he had his own concerns to deal with, but looking at Phillip’s terrified face, he knew he wanted to help. He knew he had to.
“I’m not being completely selfless. I’m still going to be looking for my own answers. But I can help you look, too.” Daniel held his hand out to Phillip. “Come with me. Let’s go get you some food and make a plan.”
“You’re just saying this to get me to eat.”
“No. As I said, I feel responsible. If I hadn’t gotten in that bed—”
“But you did.” Phillip mumbled before turning to look at Daniel with his eyes wide. “And you passed the test. I thought for sure you were the answer—”
“The test? I still don’t understand about this test.”
“Yes. You were the first to spend the night in the bed and be kept awake by the pea under the mattresses. Okay, maybe some of the others could have passed if I hadn’t—”
“Phillip? You think a pea kept me awake?” Daniel stepped back and knitted his brows; he had clearly missed some element of that awful night’s events. Though he was glad to see some sign of activity from Phillip, Daniel was thoroughly confused. “Why was there a pea under—”“Yes. You passed the test. Maybe it is a sign!” Phillip stood and turned to Daniel; excitement spread across his face. “Maybe you are here to help me.”
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We had the opportunity to ask Killian a few questions...
Hi Killian, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
I’m Killian Brewer, though most people just call me “Brew.” I grew up in a small town in Georgia and used writing and imagination to explore the world outside that small town. I began writing seriously in college, where I majored in English Literature. The Rules of Ever After began development in a writing workshop I joined in college.
The Rules is a look at what happens in a fairy tale when Prince Charming falls for another Prince Charming and decides the break the rules of fairy tales and royal life. It follows the two men on their adventures as they attempt to find a way to have a happily ever after of their own. It also looks at what happens for the princesses they were expected to marry when the rules change for them and they begin exploring their options too.
1) What’s the best line you ever wrote?
I wrote a short story about a young man in Georgia during the depression. One of my favorite lines I wrote came from that. “His days were filled with colors so vibrant he could almost taste them—the crisp spearmint green of magnolia leaves, the tart lemon yellows of daylilies, the cold ice blues of hydrangeas and dragonfly wings.”
2) Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what kind?
No, I really cannot listen to music while I am working on my writing. During other tasks I very much enjoy music, but I find it distracts me when I am writing. I love words and especially enjoy the interplay of words in lyrics. When I pause to make a word choice or consider a character's movements, I will get pulled into the song lyrics and lose my train of thought. However, I really don't like writing in complete silence either. I like to have a television on in a different room where I can hear the noise but not really focus on what is being said.
3) If your book were made into a movie, what actors would you like to see star?
I know this answer is going to sound like a cop out, but I really don't like when author tells me the person they see as a character. It may disappoint me or color my own reading of the book. As a reader, I love deciding for myself from the author's descriptions what the character looks like or who I would envision in the role. Especially in a romance, I think the reader should be able to put their own ideals in the romantic leads. I also did not put sketches of the characters on the cover for this reason.
4) What genres do you write in?
My current novel is a YA fantasy/romance, but this is my first foray into YA and a novel length work. My previous writing has generally been more short fiction and poetry. Having been a lifelong Southerner, most has dealt with life as a gay man in the conservative South. However, one thing all my writing tends to have in common is an optimistic belief in a happy ending.
5) Where and when do you prefer to write?
I like to write in my office. By office, I mean an old desk shoved in a corner of a guest room but it makes me feel a little more grow-up to call it an office. I do like writing at home the most because if I find myself suffering from writer's block I will step away from the computer and do some mindless housework. While I zip around with a dust rag, my mind can wander and create. Coffee shops generally frown upon you pulling out a vacuum and whizzing around the shop until you figure out a word that is evading you. One unexpected side effect is that my partner likes writer's block because it keeps the house nice and tidy.
Thanks so much!
More about the author:
Killian B. Brewer grew up in a family where the best way to be heard was to tell a good story, therefore he developed an early love of storytelling, puns and wordplay. He began writing poetry and short fiction at 15 and continued in college where he earned a BA in English. He does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry.
He currently lives in Georgia with his partner of ten years and their dog. Growing up in the South gave him a funny accent and a love of grits. The Rules of Ever After is his first novel.
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