Rod Briault – Author


Self assessment?

I have often said that modesty is NOT one of my failings of which I am certain there are many.

Reasons to be cheerful (Ian Dury & The Blockheads 1979)

I write not in the hope of achieving fame or fortune, I know the potential for either is infinitesimal, but for the simple pleasure it gives me, the satisfaction I get as each chapter is finished and the joy of reading the finished work. Selfish perhaps, yet by sharing the results of my efforts, there is always the possibility that others might find that I’m not entirely egotistical.

Literature & Learning

It's my belief that all literature is a source for learning, it falls to each of us to determine its worth. No matter how brief, I value the periods of pure escapism I get from reading a work of fiction as they help me to survive the realities of modern life.

On writing.

A.A.Milne 1882-1956. Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) ch.6 My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) ch.10 Eeyore was saying to himself. "This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it."

Fugitives in Time – FREE

The first book in the Daniel Tremaine trilogy will be available for  *** FREE *** download on Smashwords from 9th July 2018.

Fugitives in Time on Smashwords

From Monday July 9th the first book in the Daniel Tremaine trilogy 'Fugitives in Time' will be available for download from Smashwords.

Fugitives in Time on Kobo

From Monday July 9th the first book in the Daniel Tremaine trilogy 'Fugitives in Time' will be available for download from Kobo.

What next?

I have just finished reading 'Saint Odd' Dean Koontz's final novel in the Odd Thomas series. I know it's been around awhile now but I've always paced my reading of these books simply because I knew they would come to an end someday. Now that for me they have I'm filled with mixed emotions, a sense of loss at the prospect of there never being another Odd Thomas story to read tempered by the feeling that despite the way in which the tale came to a close, Mr Koontz managed to invoke a sense of boundless possibility not just for his characters but for all mankind. If you are not familiar with the novels I heartily recommend their mix of horror, humour and more than a dash of humanity.

Looking back in time.

I guess like most authors, our descriptive narrative is often drawn from life's experiences as I know mine is. With my current teen/YA novel 'Medieval Mayhem' focused not surprisingly on medieval times I've found my thoughts drifting back to visits I've made to sites from that period in time or even earlier. A recent re-visit to Malta's walled city of Mdina, its capital Valletta and harbour defences at Fort St Angelo have all provided a wealth of information to be drawn upon as I write. A trip around the Irish republic whilst working there several years ago took me to the castle at Bunratty to partake of a medieval banquet which I believe is still  offered, something I highly recommend. From there I journeyed on to Blarney Castle by way of the Dingle peninsular and some of Ireland's most beautiful scenery. Lying upside down in the pouring rain on a grey St Patrick's day to kiss the 'Blarney Stone' is not for the fainthearted. My Irish colleagues on my return to Dublin were nevertheless pleased by my efforts claiming that the 'Stone' had long needed re-charging. I'm not entirely sure what they were implying.