An Interview with Author T. G. Bryant

T. G. Bryant found his love for writing when he was eight years old. He discovered the idea for “The Canvas Adventures” while looking at a gorgeous painting at a friend’s house. He felt a deep longing to help combat bullying, especially in children and teens. His book’s mission is to help others find their self-worth and purpose.

Bryant has written several other books and comedic scripts for the stage. He considers writing a cathartic hobby. His favorite authors are C. S. Lewis and Lois Lowry.

Outside of writing, Bryant enjoys performing in community theatre, particularly comedies. He and his wife live in the heart of Georgia.

Contact the author: tg.bryant at cox.net

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Houston County, Georgia.

Why do you write? 

I write because it’s truly my favorite thing to do! I’m passionate about storytelling and creating something that is my own. I find that writing is a good escape.

What do you write about? 

The Canvas Adventures tells the story of Gabriel, an introvert, on an unexpected journey, when he is literally pushed into a magical oil canvas painting and transported into an unfamiliar world.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I am in my mid-thirties, but I still believe in longhand writing. I write out a list of ideas. That list becomes sentences, and those sentences become paragraphs, and so on. I find that writing it out with a pen and paper is part of the style that makes my writing unique. I then take those notes (which are often, very messy) and type them up. It’s also a chance to fix things that may not make sense.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Any writer will tell you – writers block is the first thing that always gets in the way of finishing a good story. The trick is to not force yourself to finish. You sometimes need to take a break. That may be an hour, a week, a month, or longer. Don’t’ rush the process just to finish. You want to provide the best product. You readers deserve your best.

What is the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

I never sought out to write a book for children with autism. However, I have found that several of my readers are on the spectrum. It’s a blessing to hear “My child loved your book. He couldn’t put it down.” I’ve also heard, “My child felt different until he realized that being different isn’t a bad thing. Your book showed him that he’s loved and capable of loving.” I love those moments! 

How long have you been writing?

For as long as I can remember. I’ve always been fascinated by storytelling.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

My love for writing first came about when I was in second grade. More on that later…

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I firmly believe that writing should be done strictly based around the ideas and notes you have at that time. You shouldn’t write just to write. We all have writers block or get backed into a corner from time to time. Take a break. Come back later. Don’t rush the process. The end result will be well worth it.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I will often have an idea in my head and immediately write it down. Truly. Immediately. This means if I’m in bed, I grab a notebook and scribble it down before I forget. I’m sure my wife wishes I’d wait until the next morning to write something down.

How long does it take to write a book?

It took me a few years to finish my debut novel, The Canvas Adventures. I wanted to write something that was both timely and timeless. Meaning, I wanted to write about bullying, as I feel we’ve seen a recent rise through social media harassment. However, bullying isn’t new. I also wanted to write a book that helped someone overcome that type of abuse. Writing a book like that takes time-and in my case, about three years!

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Network with other writers and learn their process. Learn what works for them and explain what works for you, too. Talk to others. Grow. Share. Don’t be afraid to change your mind. I had an ending figured out for The Canvas Adventures, but guess what? I ended up going a completely different route!

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

Writing evil characters is somehow easier than writing your protagonist. You want your protagonist to have flaws. Gabriel, in my novel, has plenty. But he’s also someone you want to root for in the end. My antagonists, on the other hand, seem a bit easier. I like to write the character of Marge Canton. She’s evil but you learn through her backstory why she became that way. It’s challenging to make your protagonists likeable but also find a way to make your antagonists’ motives understood.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is one you can’t put down. A good story is one that is relatable. Once your story is too far outside the realm of reality, you’ve lost your audience. It’s important when writing fiction/fantasy stories that your reader can picture themselves in those situations.

What does your family think of your writing? 

My family, particularly my wife, Shannon, have been tremendously supportive. They are also honest to a fault. So, if I’ve written something that isn’t the best-they will tell me straight out. I love the fact that they have all read my book and given me the ‘seal of approval,’ figuratively speaking.

Do you see writing as a career?

I see writing as a hobby. I love it. I’d love to turn it into a career, but I love my day job.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

I like to encourage those who feel like they have a book inside them to go for it! It’s never too late to accomplish one of your dreams. It’s okay to be different. We were all made by our loving creator for a purpose. Find that purpose and go for it!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

My love for writing first came about when I was in second grade. My teacher had us write daily in ‘reading logs,’ and encouraged us to write freely. I loved this part of the school day. I remember one day, she touched my shoulder, looked at what I wrote and said, “You’ll be a writer one day.” That has always stuck with me!

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Visit the author’s website on www.tgbryant.com

Buy the book on Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-canvas-adventures-t-g-bryant/1130371545?ean=9781976716492

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