Interview: Bran

Today we’re joined by Bran.  Bran is a very talented writer who writes in a variety of genres.  Their dedication to the art is quite admirable and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them in the future.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

As a writer, words are my medium. I enjoy pushing genre to its limits and combining things in ways that are unexpected. I especially enjoy subverting and flipping common tropes and stereotypes. I write romance for those of us who are more interested in the emotional journey than the physical attraction and who like to see healthy loving relationships grounded in mutual respect and trust. My characters are complex, flawed and true-to-life portrayals of the struggles of being different from society’s norms.

What inspires you?

Everything; from a news article, an overheard conversation, a painting, a movie, a good book, a blog post, or even a memory. Anything can inspire a scene or story.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I actually started getting interested in high school. I took journalism and creative writing. I won a few awards with my poetry and a one-act play. I’d planned on being a journalist but very quickly learned just how biased reporting is and decided that wasn’t what I wanted. After several years and living life, I started to get back into writing seriously.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I love deep themes. I often have at least one or two in every story, even my fanfiction. That and my titles are very, very carefully chosen to have at least 2 if not 3 to 4 meanings for their story.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

You’ll hear this a lot, but keep working, keep practicing, keep making art. And try out various things, read a book you might not normally, try a different medium, music genre, basically test your limits, experiment, learn, grow. And never hold back. Be bold in your art. Art is about baring your soul, cracking open what it means to be human and letting all the emotion spill out. Don’t be afraid to let it mean something.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as demisexual with autochrissexual leanings.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

It’s pretty much unheard but most are just curious and want to know more. Though I have encountered some who are skeptical of romances without sex.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That an asexual just hasn’t had good sex yet. bleh

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Find other aces. It’s been the biggest help to me to find a community which is both accepting and understanding.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I have a Patreon and a blog where I talk a lot about writing. I’m also one of the admins for MOGAI Writers on Tumblr, which offers advice and reference for writing more diverse characters from the MOGAI spectrum (aka LGBT+).

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Thank you, Bran, for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.

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