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At age 14, after receiving the 9th-grade Outstanding Achievement in English Award for his essays, Ryan R. Ennis began dreaming of one day seeing his writing in print. He spent much of his high school and undergraduate years typing away on his typewriter, then a word processor, and eventually on a laptop, perfecting his craft. It was during his graduate studies he received success by winning the Tompkins Fiction Writing Contest at Wayne State University two years in a row for his short stories and seeing his work appear in the Ferndale Friends newspaper as a regular contributor. Since then, his fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Storyteller Magazine, the Pegasus Review, Words of Wisdom, and The Catholic Leader. As an educator and librarian, wanting to show other professionals how to keep students interested in books and reading, he wrote the article "Eluding the National Trend: Strategies to Entice and Maintain Book Readers." The piece was published in the Fall 2009 Edition of the Media Spectrum Journal.
In writing his first book in 2011, he drew on his then fifteen-plus-years as an educator--to author a children's story called The Thursday Surprise: A Story about Kids and Autism. Providing an entertaining plot, the book teaches children about autism and how to befriend someone with this disability. Educators, parents, and children demanded a sequel, and Ryan Ennis followed through with a sequel that next year entitled The September Surprise: A Story about Kids and Autism. Like the first book, the sequel contains an engaging story for children with resources in the Afterword section for parents and educators. This past fall, focusing on the themes of sexual attraction, dating, and the unpredictability in relationships permeating his adult fiction, he published his collection of stories entitled The Unexpected: Tales of Lust, Love & Longing under the name of R. R. Ennis. Presently, he is at work on his first novel set in the '80s, one of his favorite decades.