Interview with William J. Ryan

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Since I just started with Smashwords I don't know, but I am positive that it will help me greatly by expanding my visibility. It is hard to be seen among the millions of Indy writers out there, this is just another step in the process.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. If you don't have fans you're not selling books. Fans are your best resource.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting an idea out there and sharing it with others and when finally finished, you get a feeling of accomplishment.
Do you have more stories to come?
Yes, I have a few others coming, but I still have several finished ones to publish through Smashwords.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I own a used car lot, so that keeps me busy.
How do you approach cover design?
I get a picture in my head and draw a diagram of it out, then I show my designer, she makes suggestions then sets it all up. Once its complete we get a physical print of the book made and if I like it thats it... if not my designer tweeks it until its perfect.
What do you read for pleasure?
Yes. Who doesn't? If you don't read, you never expand your mind.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one. I would much rather have a physical copy. I am old fashioned that way.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Mass emailing. The most success that I have had has come from sending out mass emails about limited time offers of my ebooks for free.
Describe your desk
Very large, covers one whole wall and has 2 computers on it. One offline and one online. The offline one keeps my files safe.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Cost. Using big publishing companies only costs you money that you don't need to spend. You can do it all so much less expensively yourself. The hardest thing to do is market your book(s). If you think the large publishing companies are going to do it for you... think again.
Published 2018-02-10.
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Books by This Author

Just Deserves
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,850. Language: American English. Published: July 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
This is a dramatic and often times comedic account of life after death for a lonely man named Ray. Ever wonder what lies beyond death? Do you believe in Heaven and Hell? Come along as Ray encounters a few unsuspecting souls on “The Seventh Tier” and the stairway to life’s final reward.
Global Financial Super Heating 2014
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 60,210. Language: American English. Published: April 20, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Accounting / governmental
With religion's blessings, the unregulated human population explosion is devastating this small planet and continues to leave only death and destruction as our legacies for future inhabitants. Lies from governments and religions and how 'the BIG 3" controlled by the 85, are destroying the earth in pursuit of 'god/notes' while the rest of us remain seemingly powerless.
Scrupulosity - A Rude Awakening
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 16,360. Language: American English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Atheism/Agnosticism, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Self-realization
Scrupulosity - A Rude Awakening is about this author's journey to understanding the disorder related to religion called Scrupulosity. Now broken down into four stages which help to understand the disorder better. This book is about my journey and MY understanding; it reflects no opinions other than my own and is not a study done by a psychiatrist or psychologist or any other professional.
First Defense
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 30,770. Language: American English. Published: April 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism
A war is taking place against illegal drug trafficking. A group of people have been forced to stand their ground in defense of their land without the assistance of the Government. This one specific war has been going on for decades. What you are about to read describes a battlefield that will surprise and shock you, so put yourself in their shoes. What would you do?
Grey Power - Project Term Limits
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 25,560. Language: American English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Cooper is fed up! When the government doesn't do what they are paid to do, it is time to set things straight. The last straw was his neighbor poisoning his best friend (a dog) and the law did nothing. It was time to take action, so he joins a large group of people that are also fed up and they devise a plan to set things right. Follow Cooper on his quest to make them pay.
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 15,580. Language: American English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General
Goyim is about the beginnings of religion (All Relgions) and how it has morphed into what it is today. Per the Jewish religion, 98% of all people (Goyims) are not going to heaven. The 2% that are going, will go to heaven even if they don't believe in God. Regardless of your faith, and regardless of your chosen God or God's, the outcome is always to be the same... Armageddon.
The Extermination of Kings Part III - America
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 32,310. Language: American English. Published: April 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Inspirational
In Part III of The Extermination of Kings, Woo, Woohoo (our Monks) and Neeya have embarked on the final leg of their journey, America. They find themselves embroiled in and dependent on their wealthy and powerful sponsors, but at what cost to our noble and naive characters that we have grown to know and love? Come along and find out how they navigate their way in America.
The Extermination of Kings Part II - Dark Continent
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 38,870. Language: American English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
In Part II of the Extermination of Kings, word has spread about the sole survivors of their monastery in Tibet. Help arrives for our Monks in the form of a big Irish Seaman named Captain Jack. Captain Jack safely gets our Monks across the Indian Ocean and to a longtime friend of his that goes by the name of Osiris, an African tribesman. Osiris guides them through the Dark Continent of Africa.
The Extermination of Kings Part 1 - Journey to the Bay of Bengal
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 24,270. Language: American English. Published: March 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
This is a story of two Buddhist Monks who witness the annihilation of their monastery and entire community in the mountains of Tibet. Part I, Journey to the Bay of Bengal, tells of their journey south seeking help and refuge. Forced to leave their loving and peaceful life, they witness man's inhumanity to man and the earth they love. Along the way, they overcome great odds.
Dr. Ghee
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 27,850. Language: American English. Published: March 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The Ghee family of medical doctors suffer from a curse. Dr. John Ghee comes up with a plan to save his mind from Alzheimer's and implements that plan using himself as a test subject. Watch as he undergoes a complete metamorphosis. While his father is completing his test, Robert Ghee (4th generation doctor) creates a machine that will save lives, using one of his father's ideas.
Car Slugs
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 32,570. Language: American English. Published: March 23, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Transportation » Automotive / Buyer’s Guides, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business etiquette
A good teaching aid for anyone thinking of getting into the car business with a dictionary of terms and slang used. The events within this book are based on true stories mixed with fictional characters. If you are easily offended do not buy this book, because every gender, race, color, and religion will be attacked. THERE IS NO PLACE TO HIDE IN THE CAR BUSINESS!
Love and the Joy of Murder
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 31,240. Language: American English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
This bazaar love story is narrated by the female victim. Carrie, a victim of a botched murder, wakes up to find her life changed forever. She meets John, the man hired to dispose of her body. From their closeness, love develops and each of their personalities rub off on the other. They both find revenge, joy, love and happiness in each other on the outer fringes of life.... and the law
The Copper Pit
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 48,630. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The President decides to banish street gangs to an abandoned copper mine in the mid-west and a strange new underground world evolves once his plan is set in motion. This underground world includes daring escapes, reformation, justice, changed lives and even love.
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 24,320. Language: American English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World leaders
An Elite club of 13 members runs the world. Follow John as he is asked to join this elite club and what it entails. See how the filthy rich stay that way and what lengths that they will go to in order the have what they want when they want it.
Dark Government
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 33,190. Language: American English. Published: February 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The planet is covertly invaded by several species of beings, recouping the seeds of its life planted here hundreds of thousands of years ago, deep within the split brain (two hemispheres) people. Covertly they move into the secretive side of the government, no one on the outside ever sees them or knows much about them.
An Amber Intervention
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 33,890. Language: American English. Published: February 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
One mans taught hatred of other religions and races of people is abruptly altered in a flash of light. He is forever changed by this event and becomes a different person. In his attempts to help change the Earth and warn all of its people of the Intervention that is to come, he meets many obstructions. Can he accomplish his mission? With the help of an old flame and his sister, he just might!
Aliens - What the hell is going on?
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 32,780. Language: American English. Published: February 9, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Genetics, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Metaphysics
A look into Alien visitations and possible DNA integration. I have done research and found several references to Alien visitations, some of the things that I found were paintings from the 12th century that showed strange objects in the sky. In this book we take an in depth look into these possibilities. Are aliens living among us? Do we have alien DNA inside of us. Read on to find out.
Adina of Elysium
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 29,620. Language: American English. Published: February 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Nonfiction » History » Medieval
A young girl and her brother are taken away from the home they knew and loved and placed in a place that they find alien and disturbing. Follow them on their agonizing journey to either find their way home or learn to adapt and fit in. This is a tale of surprising insight, love and tragedy.