Author of The Redemption series, The Acropolis series, The Thorne Trilogy,
The Scribes of Medeisia series & The Singing River
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The Redemption Series
Revelation (coming 2014)
The Acropolis Series
Deliverance (Coming 2014)
The Thorne Trilogy
Dancing with the Devil (Coming 2014)
The Scribes of Medeisia Series
Fist of the Furor (Dec 2013/Jan2014)
The Singing River
Retaliation Bridge (Coming 2014)
1) Love, LOVE your new covers, but what made you change them?
The new covers are a real step forward for me. I wanted something extremely personal for each of my series, something that really represented the books in a resounding way. When I first entered the world of Indie publishing, it was a little overwhelming and the out-of-pocket expenses weren’t something I could meet. Recently, I’ve been blessed, not only by the people I’ve met, but in the things that I am now able to do for the books and for the fans. The cover changes were one of the first steps in that direction.
2) You write mainly paranormal and fantasy, will you ever write contemporary?I do think I will delve more into contemporary fiction. The Singing River was my first foray into a mainly contemporary storyline, and it really took me to a truly emotional depth. I have a soft spot for fantasy and paranormal, but I’ve also got quite a few contemporary stories that have been weighing on me for a while. The Singing River was the first.
3) What was the most memorable thing a reader has said to you?First, I want to say that I am continually floored by the messages I get from the readers, the level of support, the level of encouragement, and the emotional ties I’ve developed with them. That wasn’t something I saw coming when I started writing. When you pen your first book, you are telling yourself a story. You are filling each page with emotions and adventure and fantasy, so it’s been an amazing surprise that it has affected the readers. I’ve gotten several messages that have just blown me away. One talked about the depth of emotion in my books and one compared me to a fantasy author that I just adore. Those really touched me and tickled me pink. This is mainly because I am an emotional writer. I throw everything I have emotionally into a piece of work, so much so that I normally have to take a week after each project just to recover. But I love that. I love giving myself completely to a book. But the most memorable messages I get from fans are the personal ones, the ones where they share their lives with me, their pain and their joy. I wish I could share a recent one here, but due to the content, I’m going to hold it close to my heart and just say, I am impressed by all my readers, by their courage, their strength, and their love. From my heart to
4) Why do you write?I write because not to write is to not live. Writing chose me. It really did. I don’t think I ever woke up one morning and said, “I want to be a writer.” I’ve just always told stories. Growing up, I spent many hours spinning stories to my family, even before I learned to write. My grandmother loved to tell tales, mainly true ones about her life growing up in England during World War II. It was listening to her stories that nurtured a love for oral storytelling in me. I think that writing begins there. It begins with being able to lay next to your children at night and spin a story about a girl who can’t sleep, so she has to go on a journey with a dragon to find the Sand man. My grandmother used to crochet. She would spend countless hours squinting at stitches, and I think writing is a lot like sewing. It’s weaving together characters and emotions and ideas. It’s throwing obstacles at characters and seeing how they deal with it. Once I learned to read, I devoured books and adventures and then I started to write. My mother used to buy me notebooks when I was a child, and I would fill them and then throw them away. Writing is so many things to me. It’s escape, it’s confession, it’s beauty, and life. It’s power. I’ve honestly never done anything else. I studied English in college, and even though I had odd jobs throughout my life, I’ve never truly aspired to be anything outside of a storyteller. It’s not something I woke up saying I wanted to be it. I’ve sort of just always known it’s something I wanted to do.
5) If you could take the place of one of your characters, which character and why?Drastona (Stone) from the Scribes of Medeisa series. That series is probably one of the most emotional series I have worked on and am still working on. But there is so much there. It’s incredibly complex. The first two books are literally about survival. While the third book enters a world of court intrigue and burgeoning war. It’s a terrifying world, but it’s also an amazing one. It’s really hard to say which character I would take the place of because I feel like I’m right there with them already when I write them. I just feel like I don’t do them justice if I’m not right there in the story with them. But I think if I was standing in any of the worlds, I would want to be in Medeisia. I’d want to hear the trees, to touch them, to feel Oran’s fur beneath my fingers, to lean my head against Lochlen’s golden scales. Drastona finds strength in so many different places.
6) What was the one important thing you’ve learned since you first started?I’ve learned that confidence in your work is important. When you publish anything, whether traditionally or independently, you are throwing yourself naked into the middle of a busy intersection and see how many people stop to stare or how many people just hit you. And it should be that way. People should be able to talk about your work, discuss it, even dissect it. So I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to stay confident, to never apologize for your writing. Each story means different things to different people, good or bad. And honestly, I love that. I’ve also learned a lot about marketing and time management. I am horribly disorganized, and even though that hasn’t really changed, I’ve become more chaotically organized. Lol! It helps that I have a seriously amazing personal assistant.
7) What’s your biggest pet peeve?Oh my gosh, smacking gum. I have no idea why, but I can’t stand it. It’s like fingernails on a chalk board. I cringe when I hear anything smacking. Most of the time, I don’t let people know it bothers me because it’s really not a big thing. But eeeek. LOL! But worse than that, I don’t like bullies. Seeing anyone bullying someone else really bothers me on a lot of levels.
8) What would make you quit writing?I don’t think anything could make me quit writing. There was a time after I lost my mother that I didn’t write for a few months, but writing is healing for me. It has carried me through so much. It carried me through my childhood and now, it carries me everyday.
9) What words of inspiration would you give another author?To always write for you, to have confidence in yourself and in your words. To give yourself to a blank page, because writing can break you down but it also rebuilds you. To never throw something away because you don’t think it’s good enough. My mother once said, “What you consider trash, others consider genius.” How true those words are. Never give up. If writing is something you truly aspire to do, then never give up. There will be times when it seems easier to quit because it’s a harsh world but it is also a rewarding one. Remember, you are entering a world where thousands and thousands of books are being published digitally a day, while others are being put on the shelves in stores. It’s daunting, but if you have faith in yourself, it is the most rewarding job ever. And ALWAYS use an editor. No matter how amazing your English background, editing is extremely important. Even if your book is edited by someone you know, this is important. Because as writers, we tend to overlook small flaws that someone unbiased and not linked to the story may not miss.
10) Where can we find and follow you?I’m on twitter, Facebook, and online. My twitter handle is @RKRyals, I’m on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RKRyals, and my website is http://rkryals.com. There is a link to my newletter on my website as well.
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