Interview with Constantine O' Ryan

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I was diagnosed at a very young age with clinical depression. At that time I was struggling in finding a healthy coping skill. I have always loved the writing prompts we used to do in English class. It gave me a chance to pour all of my emotions into writing them. Also, to my amazement, I was actually good and received high marks from them. Since then writing has developed into something more than just a mere coping skill. It has developed into one of my greatest passions.
What are you working on next?
As of right now I am working on going through my books and republishing them.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I can honestly say that a few things give me the will to battle my depression and keep on living. There is my fiancé, my soon to be step son, and my little fury baby Sindy (my dog).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Ever since I rescued my dog, I have been devoting my spare time to making the rest of her life a million times better than she has experienced growing up. I guess you can say I not only rescued my dog but she also rescued me as well. Before I found her, my depression was getting the best of me and it was hard to find anything worth while to keep on living. But, the moment I saved my dog was the same moment I found something amazing to keep on living for.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Let me see... The first story I ever wrote was when I was in fourth grade. It was a love story about a rat and a mouse. I even went as far as folding some paper and stapling it together to make a small booklet.
What is your writing process?
To be honest I don't really have a process. I guess you can say I used to get into a bad process of constantly writing. I wouldn't eat or sleep and hardly took breaks. Hopefully, now that I have began writing again, the process I will get into will be a healthier one.
What helps you when you experience writters block?
Whenever I get stuck with writing I usually look out of the window and watch all that I can see of nature. Sometimes I get up and run a hot bath and while I soak in the tub I think of different scenarios that would work well with where I left off. I ask myself what would the characters do, think, and say.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Even though ebooks are easier to obtain now a days then physical books are I still prefer them over ebooks. I love the feel of the pages underneath my fingertips and the strong smell of a much older book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story, that I can remember, was called 'I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as you're living, my baby you'll be'. This particular book had an extremely large impact on me while growing up. My mother was never around due to her being disloyal to my father. So my father raised my elder sister and I. I used to get a fair amount of nightmares while very young. Every time I would wake up screaming my father would rush in and comfort me. He used to read me that book to put me back to sleep. I loved that book so much that I spent most of my time learning to read. When I succeeded in doing so, I surprised my father with reading it to him. I will never forget the wide smile on his face while he was looking down on me while I read to him. It was the smile of an extremely proud father.
How do you approach cover design?
To be honest I used to get some help from my cousin with the cover designs with my books. Hopefully soon I will be able to use my artistic talents to create my own cover designs.
Published 2015-12-10.
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