Writing (and Life) Lessons Learned from Brandon Chane by Seth Mullins, author of The Edge of the Known Trilogy

Writing (and Life) Lessons Learned from Brandon Chane

While I was writing The Edge of the Known trilogy I drew upon some of my own experiences as a songwriter and performer. Brandon Chane – poet, singer, guitarist and narrator of the story cycle – taught me that some of the things that our hearts urge us to seek are worth risking everything for.

Whether a reader sees my protagonist as reckless or courageous will depend a lot upon whether he or she shares the longings that Brandon would throw his fate to the wind to follow.

Musicians face the relentless message that their chances of “making it” are a million to one. But similar things are often said of the writer’s vocation as well. Both paths require uncounted hours of devotion to developing a craft that may never pay off.

And yet you often hear it said, from the ones who have persevered and succeeded, that they couldn’t really have done anything else. When you come into this world with something to say then you must say it or else never really know peace inside yourself.

For my imagined band, Edge of the Known, though, any breakthrough only really counts if they achieve it on their own terms. Attaining fame or monetary reward while betraying their Muse would be no better than holding their day jobs. They have to be true to their vision at all costs, and trust that it will see them through.

My own definition of success changed profoundly as I wrote Brandon’s story.

It’s sometimes worthwhile to turn away from a path that offers possible material rewards in order to pursue a course that fulfills one’s soul. But that also doesn’t mean that I, much like Brandon, don’t still long to grab ahold of the one so long as it doesn’t come at the expense of the other.

Title: What Casts the Shadow

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 240

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from the wilderness…

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing – one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss – begins.

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Title: Trust in the Unseen

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 234

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

“We’d all thrown our fates to the wind, trusting in the unknown – in the Unseen, as our EP so proudly proclaimed – and that leap had thus far landed us in a place where we couldn’t even grope our way forward in the dark anymore.”

Brandon Chane was beginning to realize that discovering his voice was only the first step of the journey. Now he must somehow learn to trust the depths from which it comes, and the unknown horizons that it may sweep him away to, even as every part of his personal world seems to be falling apart.

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Trust in the Unseen is available at Amazon.

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Humanity's Way ForwardTitle: Humanity’s Way Forward

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 246

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

“The echoes of those scars can clearly be heard in Edge of the Known’s music. But one can also discern, quite distinctly, that other inexplicable thing that is within us all, the undying flame that transcends our wounds and sufferings…” Brandon Chane had always seen life through the eyes of an outcast, a misfit, a young man at odds with the world and with himself. Now they’re calling him a wounded healer; a shamanic Pied Piper for the throngs of alienated youth; a thief of fire. He wonders if he and his band can escape the claims that the world has suddenly laid upon them. But what about the cherished dream that he’s struggled so desperately to fulfill, the dream that finally seems to be coming to fruition?”

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Humanity’s Way Forward is available at Amazon.

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Seth Mullins first conceived of his dream to write novels in his early teens, and this one desire has stayed with him throughout all the other myriad twists and turns of life. His inspirations include methods of inner exploration such as dream-work and shamanism and his experiences as a songwriter and performing musician. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon.

Seth has lived in Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and (currently) Vermont.

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