Interview with Ryan Herrin

When did you first start writing?
I thought I was a poet in college. But, it turns out that I just liked writing dirty limericks and self-involved drivel... So things haven't changed that drastically. :) Fiction came later. I always thought of myself as creative, and my first novel, New Rock, bounced around in my head for a few years before I finally got the courage to actually write it. Most people have great stories in their head, but are too apprehensive to start.
Describe your desk
There is a picture of my son dressed as a superhero, an empty iphone box, pictures of elephants that my daughter did, a Jack White LP, and a bunch of bills that need paying.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It started like most great ideas I have, I talked it over with my wife. We have these two women in our family that are really hilarious, crazy, people and we thought they would make great characters for a novel. It was a challenge to write from the perspective of women that are old enough to be my mother, but if you can't challenge yourself, then why do it? I was a little apprehensive about some of the humor of the novel. I didn't want to pick on the women that these characters were based on, but after rereading it, I realized that really I'm making fun of myself more. All of the petty jealousies, gluttonous eating, and foibles are really just mine.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie author is a scary label isn't? The truth is, there almost is not any other option now. The major publishers can only afford sure bets at this point and minor publishers generally don't have the means to properly promote and take bigger cuts than indie publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When it all comes together... You pull and stress over the continuity, and then finally it all works out somehow.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, John Kennedy Toole, Mark Waid, Philip Roth, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To get my kids off to school, so I can go back to bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Video games and movies...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first one that I remember really having an impact on me was Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke." It was so dark and weird and changed how I saw Batman and eventually story telling as well.
How do you approach cover design?
I like basic, easy to read covers with a striking image. Some artists get too cute with the fonts on their cover design and you have to work to hard to read the titles.
What are you working on next?
I've started a horror novel. It's my third novel so far, and a completely different direction for me. I wanted to write a realistic police and, believe it or not, zombie novel. We will see how it turns out.
Published 2016-09-22.
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Books by This Author

The Old Lady Detective Agency
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,110. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Betty and Pam are two inept detectives that sometimes try to solve a case, when they are not too busy watching reality television and eating birthday cake.