Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Brian Paone and his story Yours Truly, 2095!
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Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. An award winning author, his love of writing began through the medium of short stories at the young age of twelve. After almost 20 years of consistently writing short stories for only his friends and family to read, Brian’s first full-length novel, a personal memoir about his friendship with a rock-star drug addict entitled, “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts,” was published in 2007. Brian’s second novel, “Welcome to Parkview,” was published in 2010 and is a macabre journey through a cerebral-horror landscape. Brian’s latest novel, “Yours Truly, 2095,” was published in 2015 and follows a man who wakes up one morning, trapped in the future, to discover he’s been the victim of a time-travel conspiracy. Brian is married and has 3 children. Brian’s wife is an Officer in the US Navy. He is also a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, and his favorite color is burnt-orange.
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I asked Brian Paone, “What is the best and most rewarding thing you find about being a writer? Want to share what you think is the worst and most frustrating thing you find about being a writer?” and here is the response.
The best and most rewarding thing about being a writer is the vindication that I touched somebody; either somebody suffering from drug abuse or depression or somebody who just needed an escape. The five star reviews on Amazon are all good and dandy, but it’s the people who read any of my three novels, and feel like it touched them the way certain books have touched me in my life. For example, one of the most influential books I have ever read was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I read it at a time where I needed to connect to a character like that. So whenever I get an email, or Facebook message, from someone who has read any of my books and tries to convey how much my writing meant to them personally, is way better than anything I could ever dream of with any success. I didn’t realize it until recently, but all 3 of my novels conclude with some kind of “redemption”. Maybe it’s because I am a die hard Star Wars fan, and at the core, Star Wars is really about Vader’s redemption and that shines through in my own writing, but nevertheless, there is some form of redemption. I think that’s why my books resonate with people so much. Sure, you can have a story that ends in retribution, or revenge, but redemption is a different monster. I think that’s that what we are really all after in the long run. The reader may not like the outcome of my stories, but they can’t argue that there isn’t a strong grasp of human decision and redeeming actions by the main characters to end the book. So when I get random emails and messages from readers who tell me that a part of my book really spoke to them on a personal level, THAT is above and beyond the most rewarding thing.
The worst and most frustrating thing about being a writing is the first 20,000 words of a new novel. That is really the most critical time where you are figuring out what you are trying to say, and the voice and the tone you are trying to say it in. When I was writing “Yours Truly, 2095” I wrote about 40,000 words and trashed the whole manuscript. It was unorganized and too busy. I was trying to cram a mini-series worth of plot into a single novel. Once I cut back, and started from the beginning again, focused and organized with a single vision, everything fell into place. Some writers will tell you that the editing process is the most frustrating about being an author. I, on the other hand, feel that once my book gets sent to the editing team, all the weight has been taken off my shoulders and now it’s just a series of corrections, approvals, omits, rewrites…. That sounds tough, but when you have a solid editing team that you trust, it’s more like building a puzzle with a few friends where someone is in charge of the corners, and someone is in charge of edges, and someone is in charge of the middle… eventually you all get to the same goal together. Being on a team while editing is easy… being by yourself during those first few drafts when you don’t even know if you’re coming or going… THAT is the hardest part.
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Jeff Blue-the victim of a time-travel conspiracy-wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0; a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted?
J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff’s journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming-something human.
During Jeff’s perilous journey through the future, he will have to discover the truth about J0’s origins, and solve the mystery behind how he wound up in 2095, in order to uncover the reality of his own destiny.
Armed with a one-way ticket to the moon, Jeff must race against the clock to seize what might be his last chance to return home to his time. A time without hover cars, Justice Computers, or TeleSkins-a time over one hundred years ago.
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The Xanadu moonliner taxied to the launch pad. I didn’t realize how terrified I was until that moment. This was really happening. I was gripping the arm-rests so tightly that my knuckles had gone ghost-white. I tried to loosen my grip, but my palms would not let go.
“How long is takeoff?” I asked in a whisper.
“About eight minutes.”
“All right. I think I can handle eight minutes.”
The Xanadu moonliner propelled us heavenward toward a frontier I could have never, in my wildest dreams, imagined I would be visiting. Takeoff was smooth and effortless. I had experienced worse turbulence when I would let Julie drive the Thunderbird back in 1981 than I did from blasting through the Earth’s atmosphere in the moonliner. During the time it took for us to get from the ground to outer space, passengers were going about their normal business just like any other commute. I slowly allowed my knuckles to regain some of their natural color.
As smooth as liftoff was, I could still tell when we broke through the exosphere. Outer space! Even though I was strapped in by my five-point harness, I immediately felt the weightlessness of my body hover slightly in my seat. Bruce made eye contact with me just long enough for him to smile. This was it. We were really going to the moon.
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Brian Paone will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. CLICK HERE to enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway! Readers, follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates and places can be found here: Tour Schedule
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Brian Paone, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤