The Bright Unknown Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

What would you say your most interesting writing quirk is?One writing quirk is probably that I need noise. Perfect silence is way too distracting for me. I need a TV going or music. And to take it further, the TV conversations don’t distract me but music with words do! It can only be dramatic instrumental music…mostly movie soundtracks. If there are words, I just start singing and then I can’t write.

How do you name your characters?I really enjoyed naming characters after people I love. In The Bright Unknown Joann is the name of my husband’s grandmother who played a big role in the seed of this story. Her first name is actually Helen, which is also used. The protagonist Brighton, however, came from a list of names I wrote in my journal as I was beginning to formulate this story. There were about seven names that I liked and when I chose Brighton a big plot point settled into my mind—but I can’t tell you what it is because it would be a big spoiler! Sometimes I like to use names that mean something that is somewhat thematic to the story. Other times I just keep hearing this name in my head and this person that it seems to be attached to and there’s no rhyme or reason to it!

Which character is most similar to you?That’s hard to say in The Bright Unknown but I’d have to say that I would love to be most like Angel. His optimism and purity is beautiful and writing him was such a good challenge. He felt completely real to me even though he is a fictional character. I do think I have some elements of Brighton and Nell. They both desire peace and connection to those around them. They like to dig deeper to understand themselves, even means it’ll cause that soul-ache that requires a lot of self-reflecting.

What did your writing process look like?My pre-writing phase is long and very much in my head and a thousand sticky notes and random scraps of papers. Then I write a bit of a synopsis to get an overview of the story. Sometimes this needs to be sent to my publisher but not every time. Synopses are hard to write, but I usually find that writing one really helps. Once I get to that point I usually start to see the first chapter formulate a bit and once I’m really sure I know where/when/how I want to start the story, then I let myself writing the first chapter. Then I try to write as consistently as possible to finish. I usually really struggle around the 1/3 point and again just past half-way. But eventually I do finish and then the fun begins…edits and revisions, which I love!

What do you want readers to learn from your book?I don’t really set out to write a book for anyone to get some type of lesson from but assume that if they have picked up one of my books then they usually have their own unique narrative that has drawn them to it. So they might learn a bit more about themselves because of the story or maybe something more concrete about the subject or content. But really I just want all of us to continue to grow in empathy so that we can create more fellowship. I just want to write a story as best as I can and then let the reader connect with it as it suits them in their circumstances and situations.


The Bright Unknown 

Title: The Bright Unknown

Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Literary Fiction

Release Date: October 22, 2019

This poignant and heartbreaking novel explores the power of resilience, the gift of friendship, and the divine beauty to be found in the big, bright world—if only we’re willing to look.
Pennsylvania, 1940s. The only life Brighton Friedrich has ever known is the one she has endured within the dreary walls of Riverside Home—the rural asylum where she was born. A nurse, Joann, has educated and raised Brighton, whose mother is a patient at the hospital. But Joann has also kept vital information from Brighton—secrets that if ever revealed would illuminate Brighton’s troubling past and the circumstances that confine her to Riverside. Brighton’s best friend is a boy she calls Angel, and as they grow up together and face the bleak future that awaits them, they determine to make a daring escape.
Nothing can prepare Brighton and Angel for life beyond Riverside’s walls. They have no legal identities, very little money, and only a few leads toward a safe place to land. As they struggle to survive in a world they’ve never seen before, they must rely on each other and the kindness of strangers—some of whom may prove more dangerous than the asylum they’ve fled.
Narrated in Elizabeth Byler Younts's gorgeous style, The Bright Unknown is a sparkling search for answers, family, and a place to call home.

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Elizabeth Byler Younts

Elizabeth Byler Younts gained a worldwide audience through her first book, Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Solace of Water and the Promise of Sunrise series. Elizabeth lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, her two daughters, and a small menagerie of well-loved pets.

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