Interview with Ryan McInally

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Like most people I put stock in those around me. I find that most people do things, buy things, and form opinions based on the interaction of their peers. I'm no different. I'm an avid reader, so I tend to browse websites like Good Reads or Blogging sites to see what the "buzz" books are.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I wrote a good majority of this a couple years back I knew that there was a snowball's chance in hell that a publisher would be interested in my book. Firstly, it was way too short, and secondly it was my first book and I was not yet established. I put it on the back burner until I became aware of eBooks and sites helping to break down some of the barriers indie authors face. eBooks allow people opportunities that once didn't exist, for that I am extremely grateful. It blows my mind that talented people are getting recognized for their skills and abilities in the most unconventional formats. Music, Print, and Entertainment industries are now competing with Blogging sites and YouTube. It's a revolutionary change, where the people who view the content decide whether something has value or not. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of Ray William Johnson or anything - but you got to respect people like him who have tapped into a market, even if it is filled with 14 year old girls.

I digress. The old barrier use to be that you couldn't publish your content. The barrier today is that the market is over saturated. It's hard to get noticed and people interested in your work. Not all books sell, even some that are really good.

This is one of my favourite quotes, which related to the question at hand. "I have asked myself that many times, as I have struggled to be more human. Until I realized, it is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are, Lal. It does not matter that we will never reach our ultimate goal. The effort yields its own rewards." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Unfortunately no. I'm sure my mother has a box of my old school work lying around in our garage somewhere.
What is your writing process?
Write when I feel like I have something to say or want to express. Words don't always flow, and time is needed to suss them out. My grammar is deplorable, so I tend stick to the meat and bones of what I'm writing before I get in there with a fine-toothed comb. I like writing on paper more so than on a computer. I find it easier to think and write away from the distractions of my computer. The temptation is always there to do something else.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I didn't really like reading up until about grade six or seven. Maybe it wasn't that I didn't like reading, but that I hadn't found anything of interest. Harry Potter changed that. I remember reading and finishing The Philosopher's Stone and being proud that I started a book and finished it. I would often start books, lose interest, and go to another activity.
How do you approach cover design?
Being independent means I don't have the money to shell out on a cover that others do. Chances are everyone knows someone who is either a graphic designer or has some skill and ability with design. A good cover should be simplistic or extravagant. It's much easier to hit the mark when you're aiming for minimalism.

I don't write fantasy, but if I did I'm sure I would have a cool dragon and some dude swinging a sword on it. It's about understanding your book, your audience, and finding something that doesn't suck.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Harry Potter got me interested in actually reading. Catcher in the Rye appealed to me during my teenage angst years. 1984 and Brave New World made me look at the world in a very different light. The last two books I mentioned helped me spark an interest in politics. I began to read, learn, discuss, and ultimately better understand the world in which we live.
What do you read for pleasure?
Graphic Novels. I find that comic books just don't do it for me. I prefer Graphic Novels as they are a collection of comics, and usually include the story from beginning to end. They're also easier to store and maintain, as opposed to owning comics. Owning a comic to me is like owning a chapter of a book, it's kind of a pain to be honest.

Fiction, for the most part. I am interested in various stories that are focused on a different perspective than the norm. I like to learn from reading. Even from fiction, there is still a great deal that I can learn about a place, a person, or an idea. All good stories blend fact and fiction, just like all good authors steal from one another.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the Kobo. Though, to be honest there's nothing like reading a book in print.
Describe your desk
A clutter of objects. It's smaller than I need it to be. Unfortunately my computer consumes a good portion of it. There's always old coffee mugs sitting beside my speakers, and cords flowing in and out of devices. When I'm at home, it is where I am at the majority of the time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Carpenter's Son is something I have been toying with for a couple of years now. It's fiction; however, a lot of the stories in it are drawn stories and conversations with my family. Like I said before, all good stories blend fact and fiction. My dad's family immigrated to Canada from Scotland. My grandfather served in the Navy as an Electrician during WWII. My grandfather was injured during the war and blown off the back of a ship.Luckily, he survived.

Understanding the push and pull factors of immigration at the time was something I was interested in learning about. Writing the book was as much about expressing a story that was personal, as it was about learning about my own families history.
Published 2013-12-08.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

The Carpenter's Son
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,260. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
The book is a series of stories that mainly follow one character, Brian Morrison. Brian was born and raised in Nebraska. He is nearing adulthood and seeks to travel to Alaska. He is seeking opportunity, exposure, and adventure. The book is set in the 1950s, which was filled with optimism, prosperity, and social turmoil.