Killian B. Brewer’s The Rules of Ever After
I’m very excited to have Killian join me today for a super fun interview. His book The Rules of Ever After is out now and it sounds like so much fun. What’s not to love about two princes going on adventure together? After you learn more about Killian, read all about the book and an excerpt that is just plain fun. At the very bottom enter for a chance to win an Interlude Press gift card or one of five copies of the book.
Amanda C. Stone: Good morning! I’m so glad you could join me today Killian.
Killian B. Brewer: I am thrilled to be here!
ACS: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
KBB: If we’re talking an unlimited budget here, then I’m going to cheat and say two places.
ACS: Oh! Now I’m intrigued which two places you’d pick.
KBB: I love New York City. I’m a huge Broadway theater buff—both straight plays and musicals. Having all of that live theater right at my fingertips would be absolute heaven. Plus there is such a variety of food, glorious food. But after a while I think the manic pace would wear me down, so I would love to have a small place in the Provence region of France to sneak away to. My partner has family there so we go there every few years. Every time we visit, the sheer beauty of the region takes my breath away. I’d love a small, quiet, simple house to hide form the world and write. Also, more food, glorious food!
ACS: The house in the Provence region sounds amazing. You are accepting visitors, right? What song do you love to dance to?
KBB: Do you mean guilty pleasure, no one is watching dancing?
ACS: Yup, your dance around like a fool song.
KBB: That’s easy. “Waterloo” by Abba. It’s cheesy, I know. But I just bop around like an idiot whenever it comes on. It’s such a bouncy, happy tune that I can’t sit still. I’ve been shaking it to that song for way too many years!
ACS: That’s such a good bop around song. Of course now I’ve got it stuck in my head… Anyone can buy the rights to name a star. What would you name a star bought for you?
KBB: My nickname for years has been Brew. It started in college and just stuck. So I think I’d go with something like Brew Major. Of course, the neatest part about stargazing to me is the myths and stories that go with the constellations. So as long as there is a great tale about me to go with it, you can call it whatever you want!
ACS: I always loved the myths and stories that went along with the constellations. There is magically 25 hours in a day. What would you do with the extra hour?
KBB: I’d go for thirty minutes of extra writing and thirty minutes of playing with my dog, Ollie. She’s a chocolate lab who loves to play fetch. That way we would both get a little more time every day of doing something we love. Plus, who couldn’t use a little more quality time with a dog?
ACS: Oh my gosh a chocolate lab! Completely adorable. If there were a movie about your life, who would you want to play you? It can be anyone alive or dead.
KBB: I’m always told I look like William Hurt–bless the generous souls who say that. He’s an excellent actor and the similar look would be good. But my absolute favorite actor of all time is Gene Kelly. He is just the pinnacle of grace and charm with a twinkle of rogue in his eye. Also, if he played me then maybe it would be a musical! I’d like it if life were a more like a musical. When things get too intense for just words, we could all break into a little song and dance.
ACS: I love Gene Kelly. Some of my favorite movies star him. And yes, a musical where you can break into song at exactly the right time would be perfect! Thank you for stopping by. It was wonderful having you!
KBB: Thanks so much for having me!
The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don’t provide for the happily ever after they seek.
A fateful, sleepless night brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms. On their travels, they encounter meddlesome fairies, an ambitious stepmother, disgruntled princesses and vengeful kings as they learn about life, love, friendship and family. Most of all, the two young men must learn how to write their own rules of ever after.
“Phillip, don’t believe all those stories your scribe told you. Magic is not defeated by waiting for someone to come rescue you from it. You have to fight it.” Daniel paused and took a breath before reaching out to take Phillip’s hand again. “I sat around for two years waiting for someone to come along and fix my problems. No one came, and nothing changed. Then I realized that maybe the person I was waiting for was me. So I went out to find my own answers.”
“I’m not you. I don’t even know where to begin.” Phillip sat back on the edge of the bed.
“You begin the way everyone does,” Daniel explained, “one foot in front of the other.”
“I’ve barely been out of this castle. I don’t know what’s out there.”
“Well, you’re in luck. You know someone who does.”
“What? Who?” Phillip cocked his head and stared at Daniel in confusion.
“Me!” Daniel winked and pointed to his chest. “I know what’s out there. I’ve been wandering all over the kingdoms for months now. I’ve studied the maps and the histories. I know how to fight and how to survive.” Daniel stood up. “I’ll come with you,” he continued. “I’ll help you find her, and we’ll bring her down together. We will fix this.”
Daniel could almost see the wheels turn in Phillip’s head as he considered Daniel’s offer. He looked over at his father, then back down at his feet before glancing up to Daniel with a look of tentative hope. “Why would you do that?”
Daniel pondered the question for a moment, unsure of the answer himself. The pain in Phillip’s face touched Daniel’s heart and made him want to bring back the mischievous, laughing man he had met just two nights before. This was not his problem, and he had his own concerns to deal with, but looking at Phillip’s terrified face, he knew he wanted to help. He knew he had to.
“I’m not being completely selfless. I’m still going to be looking for my own answers. But I can help you look, too.” Daniel held his hand out to Phillip. “Come with me. Let’s go get you some food and make a plan.”
“You’re just saying this to get me to eat.”
“No. As I said, I feel responsible. If I hadn’t gotten in that bed—”
“But you did.” Phillip mumbled before turning to look at Daniel with his eyes wide. “And you passed the test. I thought for sure you were the answer—”
“The test? I still don’t understand about this test.”
“Yes. You were the first to spend the night in the bed and be kept awake by the pea under the mattresses. Okay, maybe some of the others could have passed if I hadn’t—”
“Phillip? You think a pea kept me awake?” Daniel stepped back and knitted his brows; he had clearly missed some element of that awful night’s events. Though he was glad to see some sign of activity from Phillip, Daniel was thoroughly confused. “Why was there a pea under—”
“Yes. You passed the test. Maybe it is a sign!” Phillip stood and turned to Daniel; excitement spread across his face. “Maybe you are here to help me.”
Killian B. Brewer grew up in a family where the best way to be heard was to tell a good story, therefore he developed an early love of storytelling, puns and wordplay. He began writing poetry and short fiction at 15 and continued in college where he earned a BA in English. He does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry.
He currently lives in Georgia with his partner of ten years and their dog. Growing up in the South gave him a funny accent and a love of grits. The Rules of Ever After is his first novel.
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