Hi Everyone, today I will be showcasing debut author Brysen Mann and his newly published novel ‘The Xeno Manifesto’.
Brysen has been kind enough to provide not only an excerpt from his book but an interview as well. ‘The Xeno Manifesto’ is also looking for reviewers at the moment so if you would like a chance to review it make sure you get in contact with Brysen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Deputy Frank Smirnov wants a peaceful life but fate has chosen a different path. He could never have imagined a course that not only gives him insight to his past but to the true origins of the human race. NSA Agent Zachariah Allmass’ job is to eliminate those who know too much, and those “Beings” with powers untold that have elected to remain hidden for all these millenniums, now possess evidence he needs for his true employer, the Committee. But Allmass has an agenda of his own.
Meanwhile, Roman Petrov is a violent man who puts his retirement on temporary hiatus after being left with collateral damage that leaves him no choice but to eliminate the “thorn in his side”.
When these men’s worlds collide, secrets that were never meant to be exposed will shake the very foundation of mankind’s existence
They weave their way through the trees for a half hour when they notice the woods have gone silent. They stop…there’s not a sound…it’s getting creepy. Then…the snap of branches echo in the eerie silence of the night and suddenly…the sounds of stones falling near them. Something is tossing rocks in their direction. More branches breaking and Bo is barking and going crazy. They turn on their flashlights illuminating the trees and bushes…the sounds of snapping wood continue and they can now see small rocks being thrown in their direction.
“Hey…who’s out there?” Frank yells wishing he had his weapon.
“Maybe we should head back to camp?” Adam asks nervously.
The noise of another branch breaks, a rock falls close to their feet, and Bo yelps at something out in the dark.
“Let’s get out of here.” Frank pushes Adam in the direction of their tent.
They run, almost stumbling along the way; they both lose their flashlights, knocked out of their grasps as they try to dodge trees and small branches whip their faces as they try to find the light of their camp fire. They are closer than they thought and must have been wandering in a circle.
They’re both panting for air when they get there. They look at one another and start laughing.
“Holy cow, that scared the crap out of me,” Adam says between breaths.
Frank hates to admit it, but he’s feeling the same way.
Bo starts barking again and the loud snap of a branch breaking can be heard…the sound is close. A larger stone hits the ground and rolls toward the fire pit. Bo is going nuts, sounds of twigs crunching under footsteps…nearer now.
Then…a figure emerges from the black of the night into the light of their fire.
If you would like to read more make sure to visit the website http://www.brysenmann.com/
What inspired you to write your book?
I had a story tell, one that I felt was important to get out there. I have never written before or felt the need, until now. It was time to share my narrative.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The toughest part was making sure everything tied in. The Xeno Manifesto has a lot of twists and turns and my tale does not end with this first book.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I am shooting for full-time. This story is already in my head, like a memory you could say. 🙂 It’s just a matter of putting it on paper in a manner that the reader will find interesting and be drawn into the story and hopefully give them reason to pause, reflect and discuss.
How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
I believe if there is a demand for either versions of a book (ebook or print), then fill that demand but I do believe the printed word is coming back strong. There is something to be said about physically handling a book, the smell of the paper and ink and the feel as you turn a page. For me, I would have looked at a publishing house as an option but with a story such as mine, it is impossible to get a feel of the book in the first 4 or 5 chapters which is all any agent or publishing house requests. Therfore, for me, self-publishing was the only route to go.
What did you enjoy most about writing your book?
There is a lot of me in the main characters of The Xeno Manifesto and that being said, there was a lot of soul searching in the process. I most enjoyed developing these characters and re-creating the dialogue.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Anything is possible…
Any advice for others who have started on their own book writing journey?
I believe you have to write a good story, accept criticism and push to have the book reviewed by as many individuals as possible and let it be judged for what it’s worth, good or bad…hopefully mine will be received with great enthusiasm.