Greetings folks! I’d like to welcome Ki Brightly to my blog with info Secret Seth, a new release!
Firstly, I would like to thank Michael for having me today!
It’s always a struggle thinking of what to write about for blog posts. Stories always flow, but for whatever reason these short posts always take a lot out of me. Maybe because they’re actually personal?
I thought I might talk about Secret Seth in terms of what it meant to me as a writer. I began crafting this book over a year ago during December (so, December 2016) right before the new year. Initially Secret Seth was entirely hopeful for me, a new idea to play with after I’d labored so hard over a different book. I envisioned Secret Seth as a book full of joy that I would write extremely quickly, because I had so much of it bubbling through my system. Then the reality that January was just like December hit. It was cold in my frozen part of the world. And then February felt like it was dragging by with infinite slowness.
And so my writing went down to a trickle. I was still enamored with Tyler and Seth—I think every writer falls in love with their characters as they write them—but, I just couldn’t make myself write very many words. So their story came out in fits and starts through those cold months.
And the story I initially thought would be joyful turned a wee tad dark, not completely dark, mind you, just a little. The holidays are always a rough time for me, so when I first began writing this book it started out so late in the holiday season it made me think about my family.
My family was never the greatest. I loved them, still do in many ways, but they hurt to think about. We’ve been estranged for may years. As Tyler would say, “I was uninvited from participation.” So, Secret Seth also, in many ways, became an exploration of families and how they function. My Sugar Plum, whom this book is dedicated to, has a mostly functional family, and they frequently make me feel like a space alien, not because of anything they actually do, but because they seem to genuinely want to be around one another.
It’s a very strange thing to experience if your own family doesn’t always work that way.
So, the family ruminations ended up in this book too, even though I swore that Trust Trade, with Jeb’s horrible father, would be the last sad family situation I wrote for the next thirty seven years. I’m not very good at sticking to things like that, but, at least, the book I’m working on now doesn’t have messed up family dynamics.
Or I don’t think, at any rate.
Then, I picked up a full time job in June. It was a fairly decent career working for the Commonwealth, but, as it turns out, I was horrible at it because, in my manager’s words “I’m too nice”. And maybe a few other things too. So, they let me go on December 22, 2017.
When I was taking stock of my life after this, especially since that job had allowed me to float myself, Sugar Plum, and our two kids without him working, it nearly seemed like a sign that this time of the year was when the day job ended.
I put my nose to the grindstone. Secret Seth needed to happen. I had to finish it to give myself some sort of peace of mind with all the turmoil boiling around me. So, that’s precisely what I did. I took a story that I knew was good, gave it to a couple of people who helped make it great, then passed it to an editor who made it phenomenal (Excuse me on this. Every writer is allowed their delusions about how wonderful the book they just turned out, that is, until they fall in love with the next one.), sent it to a formatter, was gifted a wonderful cover, and now…
An entire year’s worth of struggle, depression, and life came together in a wonderful story for everyone to read.
So that’s how Secret Seth happened.
Secret Seth is a slow burn, Out for You story. There is one man who loves makeup, one who loves building things, and two end up happily together, even if it takes them forever to say those three words they both need to hear.
Happy reading, all!
Secret Seth © Ki Brightly February 2018
Blurb: Tyler Faulkner lived for his work, constructing Hollywood sets. His designs were perfect, and he expected equal perfection from his crew and himself. But, talented as he was, he felt trapped. A creative clash with a producer left him out of more than just a job, and Tyler decided that maybe a new beginning was exactly what he needed.
Seth Goodwin was reliable. So rock-steady that his father made him a partner in the family construction business over his older brothers. Seth’s job was simple—he took a highly skilled crew out on the road to build ridiculously expensive projects for rich clients. Their success prompted Seth and his dad to hire a new designer.
Seth wasn’t so steady around Tyler. Tyler didn’t simply draw art; he forced it into reality, elbowing his way into Seth’s work crew and life, whether he wanted him there or not. But Seth had a secret he’s been keeping for a long while, and Tyler, flamboyant and verbose, wasn’t someone who fit in a closet, unless he was looking for the perfect shoes to go with his outfit. Would Seth and Tyler be able to make it work? Or would everyone’s secrets catch up with them?
Secret Seth is available for purchase in e-book and paperback, and is also in Kindle Unlimited.
Ki grew up in small town nowhere pretending that meteor showers were aliens invading, turning wildflowers into magic potions, and reading more than was probably healthy. Ki had one amazing best friend, one endlessly out of grasp “true love”, and a personal vendetta against normalcy.
Now, as an adult, living in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ki enjoys the sandy beaches, frigid winters, and a wonderful fancy water addiction. Seriously, fancy waters…who knew there were so many different kinds? It’s just water…and yet…
Ki shares this life with a Muse, a Sugar Plum, and two wonderful children.