Interview with John Ryan

"How do you develop your plot and characters?"
“Largely, I borrow from real life. People I know, and love, can have terribly interesting character traits and stories to tell. Oftimes, once the story begins to flow, it takes on a life of its own. Also, I never rush a story, and I’m not afraid to alter a plot in mid-story. As long as it flows in the end, it’s all good!”
What are you working on next?
Currently, I’m working on a sequel to my debut novel. If readers enjoyed “Two Lairds One Lady”, they’ll likely enjoy the banter, adventure and romance of the continuing saga and adventure of the original characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
My work is influenced by such authors as JOHANNA LINDSEY, AMANDA FORESTER, NORA ROBERTS AND KATHLEEN WOODIWISS. The richness, and emotional depth, of their respective works has inspired my writing. I can only hope to do their work justice.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My life is wonderfully full. I'm blessed to share a home with my Liz and a myriad of pets, many of them handicapped. They’re a cast of characters and can get me crazy at times, but they are loving and I couldn’t imagine life without them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My "day job" is a restaurant I've partnered with my brother, Tom, since 1987. In addition, I often help Liz at the Animal Hospital she manages. Truly, I can’t write as often as I would like to but do write every Thursday, on my day off, and whenever I can sneak in a few pages.
“Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?” I asked. “If so, what do you do about it?”
“Absolutely! Actually, I hope Kafka was mistaken when he said ‘A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.’ There are days I court the muse, and days I can’t find it! If words truly escape me, I’ll step away from my computer and listen to some inspirational music, or watch a show set during the era I’m writing about. If that fails, tomorrow’s another day! Actually, I was encouraged to hear a great writer say that words escaped even him at times. That was, until I learned ‘Words’ was the name of his cat.”
Describe your desk
Books, pet hair, dust bunnies and more books.
What is a talent you wish you had, but don’t?
I wish I had the ability to be a tad more realistic. Liz says I’m an Optimist, she a Realist. I see the glass 1/2 full, she thinks I’ll drop it, slip on the liquid, and cut myself on the glass.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out?
I suggest reading samples of the best, and worse, examples of the genre you are writing within. You’ll learn what works, and, often, what to avoid. Lastly, hiring a professional author/editor to work with you (for at least a few chapters). You’ll benefit from their experience and wisdom. It can truly be an eye-opening experience! There’s so much to learn from other writers. I think, if you only listen to yourself, you have a fool for an audience. Also always remember, David only required one small stone to slay the giant!”
What is the most satisfying aspect of being a writer?
It’s been a true labor of love and I love that people are enjoying the fruits of that labor.
Published 2014-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Two Lairds One Lady
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,010. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Two Lairds, One Lady, a single betrothal. Things are about to get interesting.