Interview with Ryan D. Duval

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are what give me my motivation. I enjoy writing stories that can draw entire worlds inside peoples' minds. It is how I can talk to them. I find that when a writer shares his book, he connects with his fans and shares ideas as well as magical experiences. I enjoy doing so, and I enjoy adding light to anyone's day.
What are you working on next?
I currently have multiple short stories in production. Some are with my artistic partner, Marc C. Carroll, and some are my own brainchildren. I will publish soon enough and you will see!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time going for drives. Being your typical male from my generation, I also indulge in video games, admittedly. They are stories as well; but, they are player-driven. I enjoy the immersion they provide.
I also study numerous subjects to fuel the imagination within my mind. My awareness is my prize. No matter how ugly the truth, I wish to know it simply because it is the truth.
What is your writing process?
To be honest, I don't have much of a plan at first. I rely on daydreaming for my stories. I play the story in my mind like a movie, and I tug and pull it in different directions to see where it takes me.
I start with the type of story, the setting, and the type of characters I wish to place. I then focus solely on the main character and their intended development, and then I extend the story around that.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
That series sparked my mind with tons of creativity. The world appeared so vividly to me. Obviously I cannot remember my very first book, but the first series I read and was transformed by was Harry Potter. Ever since then, fantasy worlds filled with magic and extraordinary phenomena took form in my mind. That has affected my genre of writing greatly.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers, as well as Marc C. Carroll's. I don't have all of the experience necessary to make professional covers, but I enjoy designing them.
When it comes to the approach, I do it differently for each story and what the author wants. Each story provides a different feel; therefore, each design should be approached differently.
What do you read for pleasure?
Nowadays, I read books that feature less story and more reality. I read books on various aspect of physics, as well as a few action novels. However, I do tend to focus more on academic publishing. They provide insight on the world, expanding my awareness of all around me.
Describe your desk
My desk consists of a desktop monitor, a keyboard, a cup-coaster, and a notepad. I have a window beside me. My desk is rather clean with shelves numbered with books of all subjects as well as little doohickeys.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dowling, Ontario, a small town on Hwy 144 north of Sudbury. Since it is a small, quiet town without much to do, I resorted to using my energy to create stories. There are tons of trails and views of wilderness out there, so my vision of environment is rather grand. Most of my stories take place during medieval periods, so there are tons of nature scenes.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at the young age of 10. I had a humongous imagination, and I still do. I had to funnel that energy somehow. I used to enjoy drawing very much, but I did not have the time to refine my skill. Then I decided that, instead of telling stories visually, I could try writing. I quickly learned that I had a talent with writing and stuck with it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is making peoples' hearts race and giving them worlds to fill their minds with. It creates a kind of intimate connection between writer and reader, and it truly is a magical one.
Published 2015-06-04.
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Books by This Author

Sammy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
What if you were bullied in school, and you had a way to fix it? But it wasn't a way anyone would think. What if you've been given a gift, but used it for darkness? Would you use it?