Interview with Paul W. Ryan

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Plotting, scheming and concocting new scenes and stories mostly! I play guitar and bass quite a bit (not as much since writing took over my life!) but I still write and record music on a semi-monthly basis. Primarily post rock, but I've been known to dabble in other styles from time to time.
I also enjoy kayaking and surfing when the time (and weather) are on my side and just wandering aimlessly on long walks through the mountains or countryside when I get the chance.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through friend's recommendations or the old faithful 'author's similar to' search option.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, as I mentioned before it was a story about a gelatinous blob that lived inside a haunted house and ate people. I was about eight at the time and had drawn some illustrations to accompany it.
What is your writing process?
I try to be an architect in my writing style before tackling any project. That is, I meticulously plan the entire story arc, each scene, each character's wants/desires/motivations. Rather that a rigid structure, I start to farm around what I want from each scene and end up exploring new angles and minor arcs that I hadn't previously planned.
As for the process itself, I am a night owl. My best ideas always come after midnight (which of course leads to a terrible sleeping pattern as an unfortunate side effect)
What do you read for pleasure?
As a writer, I am a reader first and foremost. I love reading a different style each time I pick up a book. I usually read fiction along the lines of Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, and Hunter S. Thompson as I love their satirical take on issues and the sometimes downright bizarre avenues their stories go on!
I also love fantasy and sci-fi such as George RR Martin and the Dune series. I used to read a lot of Warhammer 40k novels i.e Graham McNeill and Dan Abnett.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Up until last year I was a stern 'paperback is the only true way' fanatic until I was given my first Kindle. Now it follows me everywhere and is my default choice when it comes to e-reading.
Describe your desk
Surprisingly fairly organised and clean - with a constant cup of coffee always within arms reach.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Looking at a finished story and saying 'Yes, I did it!' It feels like climbing your own Everest of doubts, worries and fear, but once you have a finished copy in your hands, the feeling is simply indescribable and totally addictive.
A close second would be to have a friend or fan read your hard work and say 'great work, I really enjoyed it.'
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything when it comes to writing. They are the lifeblood that makes it all worthwhile. To me, fans are the readers of the stories and the reason I publish anything. Without fans, I would still have all my novels and short stories just locked away in a drawer somewhere!
What are you working on next?
I am working on two projects at the moment. One is part of a trilogy I have entitled 'This Is My Rifle! The Roman Invasion'. It follows the story of a US soldier who is sent back in time to ancient England when the Romans were starting to invade. After witnessing his rifle fire, they claim he is a warlock, a warrior sent from the gods and start to both revere and scorn him. He must fight alongside them while trying to uncover the truth about why he is there.
The second novel is under the working title 'New-U'. It is a sci-fi piece set in our time about a scientist who after losing his family, discovers a method to resurrect the recently deceased. In doing so, he proves that there is no afterlife - only New-U. Of course, he is not the only one interested in this incredible cure. In the shadows, forces gather - intent on stealing the cure for their own needs.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Jeff Lindsey, George RR Martin, Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill, John Swartwelder,
Published 2014-11-10.
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