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Interview With Wesley Bryant – Author of Why We Were Gone

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  1. Can You Tell Us A Bit About Yourself And Your Books?

Hello! My name is Wesley Bryant. I am a four-time published author with over a quarter of a million reads online. I started writing in the second grade, but my first book came out a decade later when I was a senior in high school. I’ve been writing and creating for a long time, and I love every second of it.

2. Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

Sadly, I am a part-time writer. I think I would have more content and grow as a writer if I had more time, but as a college student and show producer, I can’t do it all at the same time! Haha.

3. How do you find or make time to write?

I have to set apart a time that I can write. I turn my phone off and sit down, let whatever’s in my head flow out, and stay on schedule. It’s really all in time management. Not an easy thing to do, but definitely possible.

4. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? Mystery?

I have always loved mystery thriller! I think it all started with Jurassic Park and Scream. I wanted to be a director when I grew up, so I found writing as an outlet to say what I wanted and to tell the stories I wanted. The rest is history.

5. How Do You Come Up With The Ideas For Your Stories?

First, I listen to the people around me and draw from real-world experiences or dreams. I have a journal where I keep all my ideas and let them grow as time passes. Then, I know I look crazy, but I find some place where I can be alone and I act out the drama. I put myself in the shoes of every character and let the characters drive the stories. When I learned to do that, my stories really came alive.

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6. What Is Your Inspiration?

I take from real-world experiences then use music to put me in the moods I need to be in when writing scenes. Sometimes the music takes the story to a whole new level.

7. For those interested in exploring the mystery genre, where should they start?

Wattpad is a great place to start. You can always start with my novels! Haha.

8. What did you find most useful in learning to write the mystery/thriller genre?  What was least useful or most destructive?

You have to create emotion and make it realistic. Your tension and plot twists to keep the reader hooked. Most of my readers say they get obsessed and keep turning the pages. Think outside the box and plan as you go! The most destructive thing is to just start writing blindly and not going back and deleting anything. I think that’s a great way to start, but you need to plan, or stories and plotlines can get very convoluted and hard to follow; plot holes will also work their way into the story. Plan! Plan! Plan! (It’s 100% fine to straw away from your plan, but have your GPS on!)

9. Who Are Your Favourite Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Authors?

James Patterson!

10. Any advice for new authors in the genre?

Keep writing. You will grow with every book. You never know when a book will blow up. It doesn’t happen overnight. I remember freaking out over 5,000 reads. Now, RED is at 220,000 by itself. I never thought it would happen and it took 2 years. Do NOT give up. 

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[Highest Ranks]*

2018 Watty’s Shortlist


**#1 in Novels#5 in Murder Mysteries#6 in Mystery / Thriller

Kathrine Woods was headed to Fayetteville, a small town in Tennessee where everybody knows everybody. This small town was full of surprises, and Kathrine Woods would be one of them…. they thought the murder was the worst thing that could happen.

They were dead wrong. Do you know your neighbour?RED is a murder mystery with the perfect mix of drama and romance.

A wattpad paid story

*From the featured, #1 mystery/thriller author of “RED: Welcome To Fayetteville”…

The friend group had one final summer together. It was just after graduation when Athena, Charlie, and Hunter decided to take a road trip to a ghost town in Tennessee. Little did they know, the three would never be seen again. The friends they left behind are pissed that the authorities of the town haven’t done enough. It has been months since they vanished. Four friends must band together to discover what happened if they ever want to see their friends again. But they had no idea that if they got too close, they may share the same fate… They had no idea what they were getting themselves into.

They vanished. We followed.

This is why we were gone.

Read book here

Follow him on instagram/ twitter: @wesleydbryant

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