Interview with Karen Mueller Bryson

Karen, congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion! Please tell me about your story, The Mustard Seeds.

The story is about Elliot White, a 16-year old musical savant with Asperger’s Syndrome. After his mom’s sudden death, Elliot is forced to leave his performing arts high school in New York City and relocate to Winslow, Arizona to live with his eccentric aunt, Amaryllis Long. When Elliot discovers his new high school has no music program, he decides to form his own band of musical misfits, who it turns out, are unable to attract an audience. This is when Amaryllis inspires Elliot by giving him some mustard seeds, explaining that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. As their faith grows, Elliot and his band-mates begin to believe they will be able to give a public performance, but the school’s principal, Mr. Winters, who just cut all of the arts programs, stands in their way.
The Mustard Seeds
The premise of your story is heart felt and moving. What inspired you to write your book?
I’m a university professor and I was asked to teach a class about autism. I did a lot of reading and research on austim spectrum disorders and became fascinated with the idea of having a main character with Asperger’s, which is high functioning autism.
What is the lesson you hope your readers come away with when reading your story?
I hope people will come away from the story with a greater understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorders. I would also like people to appreciate the importance of having faith.
Was there any research involved?
I made a trip to Winslow, Arizona to get a better sense of the place where I wanted the story to take place. My favorite part of the trip was seeing the Meteor Crater, which plays a significant role in the story.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Write every day. After National Novel Writing Month this past November, I made a resolution to write a novel a month for the 12 months that followed (ending with National Novel Writing Month in 2014). I’m getting ready to complete my fourth novel since November. And I’ve accomplished that level of output by writing every day without fail.
Will you self-publish again?
Yes, of course. The Mustard Seeds is my seventh self published work. For 2013, I plan on self publishing all 12 novels I’m writing this year.
How did you discover BRAG?
I discovered BRAG through some marketing research I was doing online.
What are some of the ways you use to promote your books?
Blog tours and hops, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr blog, Goodreads), book trailers, contests, in-person book signings, booths at book festivals, and interviews like this one.
How many hours a week do you spend on writing?
About 10-12 hours on average.
On a average, how many books do you read per year?
I usually read about two books per week, which is 104 per year.
What are you currently reading?
Right now, I’ve got myself involved in the Beautiful Creatures series.
What do you plan on reading next?
I’m at the beginning of the Beautiful Creatures series, so I’ll be reading those for a few weeks! After that, I will probably move on to Divergent.
Karen Mueller BrysonAuthor Bio:
Karen Mueller Bryson is an award-winning/optioned screenwriter, produced playwright and Amazon best-selling novelist. She has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books! Karen is the creator of Short on Time Books, a series of fast-paced and fun novels for readers on the go. When she’s not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.
Short on Time Books:
A message from indieBRAG –
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Karen Mueller Bryson  who is the author of, The Mustard Seeds , one of our medallion honorees at . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. MedallionTM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, The Mustard Seeds  merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.
Thank you!
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