C.A. and Franklin. Which one does the writing, we may never know.

ABOUT  C.A. BRYERS

C.A. Bryers is the author of the Odyssium series, which began with THE 13th PARAGON duology comprised of SCRAPPER and FROM ASHES OF EMPIRES. When not writing, C.A. Bryers enjoys sculpting, spending time with his family, and experimenting to find the magical number of minutes chocolate chip cookie bits should sit in applesauce before they are appropriately mushy and ready for consumption. He currently resides in frostbitten Minnesota—the exact opposite of the tropical paradise that is his ideal (at least part-time) place to park his flip-flops. Until then, he is moderately content writing about such locales.

FAQ

This page is where you will find answers to questions that have been asked in the ASK THE AUTHOR blogs, social media, or in person enough times to warrant an entry. If you still haven't found the answer you're looking for at the end of this, feel free to drop me a line on the CONTACT page, or at any of my social media links at the bottom of the page.

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READING ORDER

Q: With the stories that jump around in the timeline in the Odyssium Collection, is there a particular order in which the books should be read?

A: At the moment, I still recommend reading the books in order of release. The only exception to that rule would perhaps be to sneak in the upcoming novella release, THE ORPHAN AND THE STORM, which acts as a prequel to SCRAPPER.

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CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Q: What order do the stories take place chronologically?

A: Chronologically speaking, the order is different from the order of release, thanks largely to the Odyssium Collection(s). Dates have been added for stories yet to be released, and are subject to change. Here's the list in case anyone feels an itch to go strictly according to the timeline:

THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE

THE HOLLOW-HEARTED

THE ORPHAN AND THE STORM (202?)

THE 13th PARAGON Part I: SCRAPPER

THE 13th PARAGON Part II: FROM ASHES OF EMPIRES

SQUIRM

HOUSE OF FALLING RAIN

A SONG OF SILENCE

THE SERRUS (202?)

ISLE OF THE SLEEPING GODS

EYES OF ODYSSIUM: BOOK THREE (2020)

MY NAME WAS SOLORINE

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STARTING WITH LATER ODYSSIUM BOOKS

Q: Do I have to read the older books to read, say, ISLE OF THE SLEEPING GODS?

A: Not necessarily, but it certainly doesn't hurt. I did write HOUSE OF FALLING RAIN as a new access point for people to jump into the series, and I think each Eyes of Odyssium book so far can act as a stand-alone. The important things to know are covered in each successive book, but my hope is you'll want to go back to the early books if you jump in later in the series. The good news is, the old books aren't going back into some Disney-like vault or anything, so you can check them out anytime.

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COVER ART

Q: Who does your cover art? What's the process like?

A: I was lucky early on to be pointed in the direction of a phenomenal artist, Dennis Willman of Iron Dead Studio. He's done every cover for the Odyssium series to date.

As for the process, I come up with a concept, and then figure out a way to get that across to Dennis. I started out with Photoshop mock-ups, but found it easier to just draw really quick, really garbage sketches and let his awesomeness do its thing. I used to be able to draw fairly decently, but as you'll be able to see when I post one of my cover sketches from time to time, it's not like riding a bike. The wheels have done fallen off.

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NAMES AND SUCH

Q: Where do you come up with names in your books?

A: I think every author gets this one. I've collected names since I started writing decades ago, so whenever I come across a new one, it goes into a master list I have. They usually come from three different sources: baby-naming books, people or places with interesting names that've grabbed my attention, or ones I've whipped up in my head.

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THE CLIFFHANGER QUESTION

Q: Do your books have cliffhangers?

A: Believe it or not, this is a common one and is definitely important to some people. The answer is for the most part, no. SCRAPPER has less of a cliffhanger than it has a segue into FROM ASHES OF EMPIRES. THE ORPHAN AND THE STORM, on the other hand, has a deliberate cliffhanger in the epilogue that ties directly into events from the book that chronologically follows: SCRAPPER. Oh, and I'll get into MY NAME WAS SOLORINE later in the FAQ. That one's a bit of a doozy.

Otherwise, I've concentrated on stand-alones. The Eyes of Odyssium series in particular can all be read separately for the cliffhanger-haters out there, though there is a running storyline in the background that keeps moving with each progressing book. I can't promise my general "minimal cliffhangers" policy will always remain in effect, though. The sub-series that follows Eyes of Odyssium will likely be several books strung more closely together rather than the more separate adventures that Salla's undertaking at the moment. So when that hits, be on the lookout for falling cliffhangers.

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WHY REVISE?

Q: Why did you revise SCRAPPER? Are you revising any other of your books?

A: The answer to this is in the Behind the Scenes section of SCRAPPER, but since I've been asked a good few times I figured I'd post it here. The core reasoning behind the revision is that while I liked the original version of SCRAPPER, I simply felt it could be better. I've learned a lot since its release, and when the time came to adapt these into audiobooks, it forced a decision out of me. Because of the high cost of producing an audiobook, I wanted to make sure I was 100% happy with what was being made into an audiobook.

To look at it from another angle, another reason to do it, I didn't want ANYONE to put down the series because they felt SCRAPPER might be weak due to being my first published book. SCRAPPER is the prime entry point for the Odyssium series. It's the beginning of Salla's story and to date, Salla's the guy we're following for the most part. The quality of the first version of SCRAPPER might be open for debate (and don't get me wrong, I do like it!), but for me, I had too many reasons to revise it, and not enough to leave it be.

As for whether I'll be revising any other books, I won't be touching anything outside the two 13th PARAGON books, and the changes to FROM ASHES OF EMPIRES I predict will be minimal at best.

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WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH MY NAME WAS SOLORINE?

Q: There are four big questions that MY NAME WAS SOLORINE left hanging: First, what is "the Big One"--meaning news story--that Solorine refers to? Second, why would I state the title in the past-tense when the story's told from Solorine's perspective in her current predicament? Third, who's the old man, and what's his story? And lastly, to quote Brad Pitt in Seven, "WHAT'S IN THE BOOOOOOOOX???"

I know 3/4 of those answers. One of them I'm leaving open to...let's call it "creative whimsy." In other words, I'll let future storylines find a fit for that answer, which I'm confident it will. As for when we'll wrap up those loose ends, that's an answer I don't have. It could be a LOOOOOONG ways out, so temper your expectations for that.

Q: Follow-up question: WHY would you make us wait that long to wrap her story up?

A: Ehhh...no good answer for that, really. I suppose because, as far as what I have in mind for that particular arc and what I'm aware of outside my little bubble, it adds up to something I've never seen anybody do before. Besides, you'll be able to figure out one of those answers before we get back to Solorine herself. Can't say when that answer will come, but we'll get to it eventually, so long as I don't croak in the meantime.

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COMING SOON

Q: When is the next book coming?

A: This is kind of the perpetual question, so I'll try to keep the FAQ updated and current. In a nutshell, I (typically) do annual releases, so if you haven't seen a new book from me in a year, chances are there's another coming down the pike soon. The best ways to know as soon as possible is to subscribe to my newsletter and/or follow my various social media pages. I'm a bit chaotic with my release schedule and have NO marketing savvy to speak of, so actual release dates are pretty ephemeral.

Most recently, Book Two of the Eyes of Odyssium series, ISLE OF THE SLEEPING GODS, released in April. I've talked about THE ORPHAN AND THE STORM getting a standalone release in perhaps 2019 or 2020, but as can happen around here, that might change. I'd like to still make it happen for 2020, but it could equally get bumped to the back burner and appear in a future Odyssium Collection. Speaking of Odyssium Collections, Volume 2 is my current planned project following the editing and release of Book Three of the Eyes of Odyssium series in early 2020 (I hope).

Beyond that, my overall release schedule for Odyssium runs well into the 2030s. No rest for the wicked, kids.

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