Through the Years with Brynn Stein

brynnBlog Tour for Through the Years

Thanks PD, for hosting me today.

One of the things that I’ve noticed is asked a lot in interviews is for the author to describe their writing environment and schedule. So, I thought I’d address that on this stop.

I know people who have an in-home office, who sit at their desk and have everything neat and organized. They have specific times to write and they stick to that schedule and they are very productive.

That’s not me.

Well, I can be productive, but I’m not that organized. I don’t have an office or specific times to write, even though it’s always a priority. Real life, or attacks of procrastination often get in the way of best laid plans. But, I write when I can.

But, even when I do write, I’m not limited to one environment. I grab up my laptop and basically write wherever I am. I’ve been known to write while waiting for a doctor’s appointment. I ‘write’ in the car while traveling (in this case ‘writing’ means speaking into a tape recorder. I tried to see if there was any voice to print app for my phone but I have an iPhone, so there’s not).

I write by hand if I don’t have my laptop. I still take a notebook with me wherever I go. I know…very ‘old school’ but it works for me. I’ve written in my notebook waiting for people to arrive at a meeting or waiting for my friends or daughters to arrive at …where we were meeting that day. I’ve written by hand at doctor’s offices too, and at hospitals (waiting for tests, etc). I even wrote most of the story that’s coming out in March while waiting for my students to finish SOL tests.

But, my favorite place to write, and where I’m writing now, is curled up in my recliner with my computer on my lap, and a glass of iced tea and a bag of Cheese Puffs by my side. (I have a keyboard cover so I don’t turn my keys orange). But that, and a quiet house, makes up my ideal writing environment.

What about you, writers? What is your ideal writing environment like? Readers, do you have a favorite place to read? What is another favorite hobby and what is your ideal environment for that?

Comment below to be entered into the raffle.

Here’s how the raffle works:

I’ve listed the tour stops below and have given either the link to the blog in general or to my post specifically. Feel free to stop by as many as you want. For each stop that you comment on, you will receive one entry to the giveaway. I’ll check all the stops numerous times throughout the tour and will draw five winners on Thanksgiving Day, so even if you come in late to the tour, you can go back through the list and comment on past stops.

I’m giving away five prizes. Prize 1) a signed paperback copy of Through the Years; Prizes 2 and 3) electronic copies of Through the Years, Prize 4) your choice of either a signed paperback copy or an audiobook of Living Again (the audiobook won’t be available until December), and Prize 5) an electronic copy of Haunted.


Blog Tour Stops for Through the Years

Blog Stop Date Blog Owner Blog Address
1 October 6 Anne Barwell
2 October 7 Grace Duncan
3 October 8 Jessica Skye Davies
4 October 9 Shira Anthony
5 October 10 Emma Tett
6 October 11 Kim Fielding
7 October 12 Bike Books Reviews
8 October 13 Tempest O’Riley
9 October 14 Sean Michael
10 October 15 Allison Cassatta
11 October 16 Jana Denardo
12 October 17 Louise Lyons
13 October 18 PD Singer
14 October 20 Shae Connor
15 October 21 Suki Fleet
16 October 27 Charlie Cochet
17 October 28 Elizabeth Noble
18 October 29 Tara Lain
19 October 31 Sophie Bonaste
20 November 4 Kit Moss
21 November 10 Lane Hayes
22 November 13 Mike Rupured

Blurb for Through the Years

ThroughTheYearsLGEdward and Gene were instantly drawn to each other when they met at college in Maryland. Fast friends, they developed a “closer than brothers” relationship. But then Edward began to feel more for Gene. In 1967, those kind of feelings would not be tolerated. Not even by Edward himself.

Gene always thought he was asexual. He had never been attracted to anyone… until he met Edward. He dreamed of Edward as more than a friend throughout college, but he knew Edward would not welcome that kind of attention. So Gene wasn’t surprised when Edward reacted badly to a drunken kiss just before Edward’s graduation. He was surprised when Edward moved to Florida and had little to do with him for years afterward.

When fate finally brings them back together, Edward is married and has a little girl. Gene gladly accepts the role of “Uncle Gene,” happy to have Edward in his life in any capacity. Together, they face all the trials and tribulations life throws at them, including the death of Edward’s wife, and as each grows and matures, their life views change. The relationship they’ve secretly wanted all along is closer than ever, and if Edward can break free from his homophobic upbringing and admit his feelings for Gene, there might still be a chance for them to share their lives in the way they both desire.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.


Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres – everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural – she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered ‘slash’, male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.

Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:

8 responses to “Through the Years with Brynn Stein

  1. At the moment I’m stuck in a very small corner of my sister’s basement until I find a house which has proven to be not so easy. Before moving here, though, I wrote wherever I felt comfortable. I had a computer desk in my bedroom (very large room and comfortable) and it was where I did most of my writing. For reading, it was either on the recliner in the living room, in the sun room or in bed.
    As long as one is comfortable anything, anywhere is possible 😉

  2. My favorite place to read would be beneath a beach umbrella sitting on a beach listening to the waves…but since that occurs only on vacation my 2nd favorite is lying on our comfy couch. Thanks for the giveaway. ardent(dot)ereader(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I like to read on the couch with coffee and a treat, or in bed. Buses and trains are a great place, too!


  4. I tend to like reading in my room either sitting against a wall on my bed or laying in my bed under the covers. I find it hard to read anywhere else.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  5. I tend to read anywhere I think I feel comfortable enough, specially if I’m alone. I also read when I’m in bed or when I’m having breakfast.

  6. Drawing is tomorrow. I’ll post the winners here.

  7. Thanks to everyone who commented. Late comers, I got your names too. I just didn’t reply to your posts directly as I wished I had had time to do. I think I’ve learned my lesson. No more raffles being concluded on Thanksgiving Day.
    And the winners are:
    Julie Small – Signed copy of Through the Years
    HB – electronic copy of Through the Years
    Zeoanne – electronic copy of Through the Years
    Lee Todd – Signed paperback or audiobook of Living Again
    Xena – electronic copy of Haunted
    Please send your email address to brynnstein2@gmail and I will get your prize right to you. Winners of electronic copies, it’s easier if you have an account with Dreamspinner so I can just move them to your bookshelf. For signed paperback copies, I need your physical address (you can email it to me so it’s not visible to anyone else, and please let me know if you want me to write anything in particular. Lee Todd, let me know if you’d rather have the signed paperback copy or the audiobook.

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