Interview with Shari J. Ryan

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm currently debuting my first novel, Schasm.
What is your writing process?
I write as ideas and thoughts pop into my head. I like to get everything down on paper and then reorganize and rewrite later.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read many books growing up, but it wasn't until the Twilight Series came out that I became an avid reader. The impact was huge for me since it opened my eyes to a new escape from a busy life.
How do you approach cover design?
My husband and I are both graphic designers. We collaborated and came up with a great image that perfectly describes the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Twilight, Slammed, Hopeless, Losing Hope, and Beautiful Disaster are my top five favorites. I love how each book is so detailed that it allows me to feel as though I'm living through the main characters minds.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly young adult
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I couldn't live without my iPad, but if i'm desperate and stuck somewhere without it, I'll open iBookstore on my iPhone too.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Goodreads and book bloggers
Describe your desk
Neat and organized so I can think clearly
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Framingham, MA. It's not the most exciting place in the world and because of that I had plenty of reasons and opportunities to daydream and become the creative person I am today.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was seven-years-old. I promised myself that I would someday become an author. I wrote in diaries every day until I started writing my first book a few years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When reality utterly fails you, there is always the comfort of the land of dreams. Chloe Valcourt, a tormented nineteen-year-old young woman, has for twelve years hovered between a daily life dominated by an abusive mother and an imagined alternate world that exists only in her mind’s eye. Can she keep track of which is real—and whether or not she is real, too? Schasm is the mind-bending young adult romance by Shari J. Ryan that mines the heart of darkness, where one young woman seeks light in her own shimmering daydreams.

A psychological condition has captured the body, mind, and soul of Chloe, and thrust her into the hands of probing doctors at the continued mercy of her tyrannical mother. As she struggles to break free of the grim life into which she was born, she continues to suffer the daily assaults from her mother and the dispiriting weakness of her dejected father. When Chloe unexpectedly finds herself drawn into a new, warm life abundant in love and romance with a kindhearted man named Alex, the escape at last gives her a happiness that she's never been allowed to feel. However, when hidden truths reveal a life that she cannot remember, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what isn't.

Blending extreme daydreaming, alternating realities, and multiple personalities, Schasm is a gripping tale that treads the thin line between a harrowing reality and the captivating terrain of an imagined world. As Chloe plays too close to the edge of insanity, her multiple realities clash, leaving her to question everything, including her own existence. Anyone who relishes a flight of fancy with richly drawn characters and surprising twists of plot will be immersed in the strange new world of Schasm, where nothing is at it seems.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to learn the in's-and-out's of the publishing world through a do-it-yourself learning method.
Published 2013-09-12.
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