Interview with A.D. Ryan

What do your fans mean to you?
I'm relatively new to being an author, but over the last few years have dabbled in the craft and let others read it. I've developed a bit of a following, and those readers mean the world to me. Of course, I write because I want to, but I do it to entertain others, too. If I kept my work to myself, I'm just some crazy lady sitting in the dark writing stories. And while that's certainly an appealing idea, I'd like to think I can entertain others with my imagination.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the sequel to my debut novel, Blood Moon. It's called Wolf Moon, and it follows Brooke and Nick as he takes her to his Pack up in the Canadian Rockies following the tragedy that happened back in Arizona. She's in a pretty rough place emotionally, so Nick is really trying to put her first. It's certainly noble. He's not perfect, and he does mess things up periodically, but he's trying, and Brooke really sees that.

Of course, living with a werewolf pack isn't exactly rainbows and kittens. Gianna's coven is still out there, waiting for their opportunity to attack, and not all of the Pack members are welcoming, while others might be a little too welcoming. It's an entirely new world Brooke's being pulled into, and it'll definitely take some adjusting.

I'm really excited about it, and I can't wait to share it with my readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is certainly going to be a long list.

As a teen, R.L. Stine was a favourite. I read every single one of his books, often forgetting to come up for air. It was an addiction, but one I don't seem to have kicked.

As I got older, I was introduced to the work of VC Andrews. Her characters were often beautifully flawed, and while the themes were probably a little too mature for a thirteen-year-old girl, I couldn't get enough.

Then came Kelley Armstrong, Stephenie Meyer, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, JR Ward, Laura Kaye… the list goes on almost infinitely. Truthfully, I'm a sucker for a well-written saga or trilogy. Anything that can keep me reading about characters I've fallen in love with. Maybe that's why I chose to make my debut with a trilogy ;)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids, my husband, life in general. Take your pick.

I live to love, and I love to live. My family is my greatest accomplishment, and while it's not always sunshine and unicorns, we make the best of every situation and enjoy our time together.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I dabble in photography and photo editing. I also enjoy working out. I've recently become a bit of a health-nut and fitness buff in an effort to teach my kids how important it is to get out and be active and eat right. In today's day and age with a McDonald's on every street corner, the temptations are too great to go the easy route. Sure, we allow the occasional indulgence, but they prefer a home cooked meal on the barbecue every time if given the choice.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth through friends or other authors I follow on Facebook or Twitter. I also window shop at the book store and add a bunch to Goodreads a couple times a week. It's ridiculous. My "To Read" list is growing faster than I could ever dream of keeping up. One day… One day I'll read them all though.

Of course, I'll have a million others added because new books are always coming out and drawing me in.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
*clears throat*

Does fanfiction count? Yes, I dabbled in fanfiction for several years. Loved it, still do, and it's how I met a lot of my readers/fellow authors. I wouldn't change it for the world, and I continue to write it even now.
What is your writing process?
Everyone has a different way of doing things. Usually, an idea comes to me. It can come out of absolutely nowhere, sometimes I'll have a dream that I get rudely woken up from and then absolutely HAVE to finish it in some way (that's actually how my Blood Moon trilogy was born), or I'll see a certain scene on TV or a movie that sparks an idea--it's not the exact same scene, so I do have originality on my side there, but sometimes one little tidbit will spark a flame, and I'm off.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Velveteen Rabbit. I was just a kid when I read it, and the entire story was just beautiful and touching. It's still one of my favourites, and one day I will track down a first edition and own it. I WILL.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a fan of simplistic covers. I'm often turned off of covers that are too busy or too graphic. Some people love this, and it's unfortunate that I judge books this way, but I feel that, if I'm walking past a display, the cover is the first thing I see and it really has to appeal to me if I'm going to pick it up and read the back. When I designed the cover for Blood Moon (and also Wolf Moon), I wanted something that stayed permanent through the series, differing only slightly, and that would show the regression of Brooke from human to wolf. The moons changing colour but staying in place was my backdrop, and then I have Brooke moving from right to left across the book as her story progresses. I didn't want too much, and I actually went through about fifteen cover designs before I found one that looked elegant and was exactly what I was after from the beginning. I hope others feel the same way.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

I read it shortly after I started writing Blood Moon, and I loved that there was another author who had already tackled a strong female werewolf protagonist. It was exactly what I needed to read to know that people DO like reading about this sort of thing. And the fact that Kelley is Canadian? Right on! I love finding amazing Canadian authors--there's more out there than you realize!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

While it's a YA book, and there are certainly some who don't like it, this was the series that got me back into reading after an incredibly long hiatus. I love love, and this was about love. Sure, there were character flaws, but isn't that the point? Don't we, as humans, have flaws?

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Another YA book series that I adored. I'd never read Dystopian fiction outside of required school reading, and because the required stuff was mandatory, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as I do now. I wasn't a fan of the end--actually wanted to break my kobo and throw it across the room--but I don't think that's a bad thing. I think this is a true testament to Suzanne Collin's ability to get her readers to truly emote with the characters. I aspire to be that good.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

See the above comment. I just love. And the ending… again, see above ;)

Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward

Sexy warrior vampires? 'Nuff said. This series is just full of WIN.
What do you read for pleasure?
A little bit of everything. I've got pretty eclectic reading tastes. I do tend to read a bit more paranormal/supernatural stuff, but I think because their covers tend to be more visually appealing to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo and my iPad
Describe your desk
cluttered :P
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the idea of having total control from the start concept of my work to the end result. The fact that I'd get a higher percentage of the royalties helped a bit too. Would I one day like to be published by one go the "big six?" Absolutely! But I have yet to find that magical story that could be "THE ONE." I'm working on one after the Blood Moon trilogy that I hope is it, but for now, I'm keeping it under wraps.
Published 2014-04-30.
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Books by This Author

Just a Number
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,030. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When 21-year-old Amelia Michaels returns home for Thanksgiving after a long night of partying with her friends, she finds an unexpected surprise in her bed: Her father’s 43-year-old best friend, Owen Cavanaugh. Mortified by what they've done, Amy and Owen plot to keep what’s happened between them from her father, Alan. Unfortunately, keeping away from one another seems almost impossible now.
Blood Moon Trilogy (Blood Moon / Wolf Moon / Blue Moon)
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 337,760. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The complete Blood Moon Trilogy is an action-packed saga with twists and turns that will keep you guessing from the beginning. Join Brooke on her journey from her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona to the Canadian Rockies where she will learn about what she’s become and where she belongs in the world, and if Nick truly is her one true love.
Blue Moon
Series: The Blood Moon Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,420. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Brooke is subjected to various tests, and it isn’t until she comes face to face with the new Coven leader that she finds out why Gianna had gone after her back in Scottsdale in the first place. The Coven's plans force the Pack to search for answers, but they only uncover a complex web of deception. When tragedy strikes, will Brooke be able to keep the Pack from falling apart?
Remember When
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,320. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Fairy tales don't always have happy endings. The hero doesn't always get his girl. True love's kiss doesn't always wake the sleeping princess. Finding the rabbit hole you fell through seems impossible when you've given up all hope of returning to the reality you once knew.
Wolf Moon
Series: The Blood Moon Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 116,480. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Detective Brooke Leighton has decided to leave her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. The change in scenery isn’t an instant fix, however. As if trying to control her urges isn’t enough, when they arrive at the manor, Brooke is met with more challenges than she originally thought. A jealous female, an aggressive full-blood, and lies make adjusting to this life almost impossible.
Blood Moon
Series: The Blood Moon Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 111,020. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
While investigating a murder that resembles her brother's seven-year-old homicide, Detective Brooke Leighton is attacked by a large wolf. Unfortunately, this encounter leaves her unknowingly and irreparably altered. When the next full moon rises, an entirely new world opens up to her, unlocking the secrets behind the investigation and her brother's unsolved murder.