We are delighted to have Aidan Wayne with us today to celebrate the release of Counterbalance. He talks to us today about how his writing is like gardening. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Being a Gardener
George R. R. Martin is quoted to have said, “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.”
I too, am much more a gardener than an architect. While I usually have some idea of how a story is going to go, in terms of major plot points that are going to happen, that is not always the case. Sometimes I just start writing based on a very loose idea. Counterbalance was like that, for me. I wanted a story where a conventionally unattractive character was relentlessly pursued, and I did not have any other starting idea past that.
Actually, I want to share something. Very early in the story, John is upset about the fact that the upcoming show is supposed to have waterwork elements in it. I thought nothing of including that tidbit; I had just recently watched a show that did include waterworks, and I thought it would be a funny if I made them something John and the other riggers did not care for. It was only much later that I realized I kept going back to these elements, and they ended up a much bigger part of the story.
This sort of thing happens a lot, with me. An idea I like just for the novelty or spectacle ends up coming back later, stronger than ever, and demanding a fuller part in the story. It’s always exciting when something like this happens, because it helps the story, like any garden, grow into something better.Of course, it helps to be aware of the elements in your story. Is there a little detail you placed early on? Could that detail be foreshadowing? Or a character trait or quirk? Part of something bigger?
I often don’t write things planning on a bigger meaning. Instead I find it funny, or I think that it sounds nice, or I like the idea and I just want to include it. But that’s the beauty of gardening; what you plant grows if you nurture it. The more you pay attention to your garden of words, the bigger and brighter your story-plant grows.
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 12th September 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
John loves his job as head rigger for Cirque Brilliance. The heavy scarring over half his face makes it a little hard to meet new people, but John's got a good crew and a nice found family, and he’s content with his lot in life.
When Cirque hires talent for a new show, John meets Bao, a bright, ever-cheerful acrobat. Bao seems drawn to John and becomes a constant presence at his side—talking to him during downtime, spending time with him at lunch, and generally seeking out his company.
John doesn't know what to make of this. Sure, he likes Bao—maybe a little too much, honestly—but he’s had enough experience to know that Bao couldn’t possibly like him back. Or so he thinks, anyway. Fortunately, Bao seems determined to prove him wrong.
Meet Aidan Wayne
Aidan Wayne is a big believer in character-driven stories with happy endings. This is not to say that stories can’t contain a little (or a lot) of grief, just that at the end of it all expect there to be bandages and hugs. They particularly like to write about minority characters because damn it, they deserve happy endings too.
When not writing, Aidan enjoys practicing aerial, martial arts, and ASL, and watching reality cooking shows. They are probably in the middle of twelve projects as you read this.
To celebrate the release of Counterbalance, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 17, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!