Ryan is a biologist who spends time out on the Bering Sea working with all sorts of fascinating creatures. Seriously. He collects, maintains, and distributes data for scientific, management, and regulation compliance purposes in the Gulf of Alaska and the Eastern Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands. When he’s not tangling with squid and wrestling with sharks, he enjoys watching and playing sports of all kinds, playing guitar, and of course, writing, which he hopes to make more than a hobby instead of “that thing he tried one time.”
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always been the creative type, whether that be through writing, drawing, or music. I love to read and have a very active imagination, and decided one day, why not try the other side of things and write a book. So here I am, with one book under my belt, and several others in the works, writing about what I enjoy or a story I think others would love.
Tell us about your writing process.
Everyone is different. When I have an idea for a book, I start with something simple: writing it down. I outline to a degree, but probably not like most go about it. I write out the basic plot and build upon that, over time adding more specifics and building scenes. I make tons of notes on my phone of random ideas that come to me throughout the day, building on scenes I already have, or creating completely new ones, adding character traits, dialogue, or whatever else might come to me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I'm not sure I really talk to them. But I do try to put myself in their shoes, insert myself into the story to get a better idea of how certain characters will act, or what they'd say in any given situation.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorites are Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, Alexandre Dumas, Johm Grisham, and many others.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out trying to go the traditional route, but after discovering how hard it can be for a new, unknown author to get an agent to even look at their manuscript, I decided to go the self-publishing route and get the book out there.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the rise and ease in self-publishing is great. It gives everyone a chance to get their book out there without having to try and land an agent. Remember, J. K. Rowling was rejected a dozen times before landing a publisher, and we all now how successful and loved those books are. I imagine there are tons of gems out there that through self-publishing can now be introduced to the world, instead of never seeing the light of day because agents and publishers have too many submissions to give every one a fair chance.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy/sci-fi, YA, Dystopian/post-apocalyptic, mystery
What formats are your books in?
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