Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Nic.
Nic suggested that I write about bringing such an emotional story to life, so that’s what I thought I’d do.
I love angst. All my stories have angst of one sort or another. Through the Years even dealt with a character’s death; but that character, Edward, was an elderly gentleman by the time he died. Somehow dealing with a young person’s death was, indeed, more emotional.
CJ was such a strong character, it was impossible not to connect with him as I was writing this story. I felt like I got to know him, as Russ did. So by the end of the story, I was just as attached, albeit in a different way. I knew all along that he would ultimately lose his battle with cancer, and I don’t that’s any secret to the reader at this point, but it was still difficult to write about his decline.
I think what kept the angst from becoming oppressive was CJ and Russ’s lighthearted relationship. They bantered and teased, and basically just had fun with each other, for as long as life would allow. And really, isn’t that what a good relationship is all about?
So as emotional as the story was to write, it was also rewarding. CJ’s cheerfulness, and optimistic attitude ultimately bled through.
How about you? Writers, have you ever written a story that was extremely emotional to write, but ultimately rewarding? Readers, do you like to read stories with negative outcomes, as long as there’s life and love and happiness during the journey?
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Ray of Sunlight
Russ Michaels has his whole life ahead of him but no plans beyond dropping out of school as soon as he turns eighteen. He’s been in and out of juvenile detention for the last four years and thoroughly expects to end up in an adult penitentiary at some point. He hates life and everyone in it, especially this latest community service that he earned in lieu of juvie yet again.
CJ Calhoun has big plans. He wants to bring joy and happiness to sick and injured children for as long as he can by performing as a clown. The problem is, he has stage-four cancer and a horrible prognosis.
When circumstances throw these two polar opposites together, they find they have more in common than they imagined. CJ discovers Russ’s talent for art and arranges for Russ to create a mural in the hospital foyer, which leads to a tentative scholarship to the Art Institute. As life changes in ways neither of them could have expected, Russ must work harder than ever to better himself as CJ struggles with his deteriorating health.
About Brynn Stein
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 near her two grown daughters who encourage her writing and provide 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.