Brian Reaves tends to write stories that take place just at the edge of reality and has been compared to Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman by Robin Parrish of InFuze Magazine. Eric Wilson, author of Dark To Mortal Eyes, said that Brian's first novel, Portal, was “…everything a good suspense story should be: exciting, unpredictable, with interesting characters, and a thought-provoking concept.”
Brian found a love and passion for reading when he picked up his first Spider-Man comic book at the tender age of 5. The words didn't mean a lot at first, but over the years he was eventually able to take over his dad's job of reading them out loud. After that, imagination took over. Worlds were created and destroyed, heroes lived and died, and villains grew meaner by the day. A love for books was born.
Brian is a computer programmer, musician, husband, and father of two. Poetry was Brian's first attempt at writing. Short stories and articles followed (many of which have been published in various anthologies and magazines), and then novels. It was at the still-tender young age of 33 that he finally completed his first novel and felt confident enough to let someone else read it. The rest is history.
"One night I had a dream about going back and changing a major decision I made in my life. In the process, several things happened that were unexpected--some good, some bad." Brian says of the book's inspiration: "When I woke up, I had the story and even Joseph Turner's name running through my head. It was just a matter of getting that dream on paper and fleshing it out a good bit."
"The whole concept of Portal is fixing mistakes," says Brian. "Everyone has at least one major regret in his or her life, and I think we all wish we could change things to our image. But then we have to think about how other parts of our life would be affected by that one decision. Sometimes we miss the good things that have happened to us just because we can never stop seeing the bad."
Brian's other creative passion is music. He is very active in his church with the worship team and is the worship leader for the youth ministry. He plays the guitar, piano, and drums.
Brian and his family make their home in Northeast Alabama with five very energetic dogs.