Interview with Ryan Sherwood

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Alan Moore, Cyrese Sherwood, Robert Kirkman, Kazuo Koike, Garth Ennis, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ira Levin, Christopher Hitchens, John Irving, Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Bach, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss - to name a few.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I cherish each one. Right now that's because I've met them and can likely count them on two hands and toes, but I won't let that diminish. I'm a fan myself. I've been one far too long, it's in my blood.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing, I'm either reading comic books, fantasy, sci-fi, horror or something along those lines. By day, I'm a web designer. I designed my every book cover as well as http://www.ryansherwood.com
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a new story. Not something similar or too easily referenced, but something connected to the world in simple or fantastic ways, with characters you've never met though are able to identify with in some way.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I hope to do good with my life and work.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my covers so I just ponder key story points for design, find photo-realistic elements and design away.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I recall that really impacted me was a picture book titled "Grandpa's Ghost Stories." I'd get my mom to check it our from the library repeatedly. Then I remember reading "The Shining" in early 6th grade and a mountain of comic books (my favorite).
What is your writing process?
My writing process is to make sure I jot down a million disconnected notes for future reference. Then the muse grabs hold and I just go. Often I haven't a clue where we're going, it's just my job to keep things on point, characters (mis)behaving as they should and the overall theme intact. Then I go back and correct anything funky as well as research areas that I had to gloss over and mark for return. That's it!
When did you first start writing?
My first writings I recall were Young Author contests in my schools. I wrote a nearly 40 pager in 7th or 8th grade dedicated the book to the only student that read it, since everyone else barely produced a dozen pages.
I also drew and wrote my own comics in grade school.
What do you read for pleasure?
Comic books, fantasy, horror, science fiction, magic realism, literature and select non-fiction
Describe your desk
A mess. My dad made it for me when I was young out of leftover white counter-top material. It separates for easy-ish transport and I've created nearly everything at it, though with laptops I find writing anywhere a more than viable substitute.
Published 2014-12-30.
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