Ryan P Freeman


Ryan was born in Portland, Oregon on February 24th, 1988. He's the (upper) middle child out of four (three sisters – how he survived them is a secret). Currently he have family scattered all over the western states.

Ryan was always a big reader growing up. Ever since his second grade teacher, Mrs. Yorth spent extra time after school helping him learn how to read, he's been devouring books (so to speak). Growing up in Oregon meant plenty of time for reading, since there’s about 7.3 fully sunny days per year there.

To this day, he loves the smell of rain, the rumble of storms, and the scent of pine forests. His favorite stories growing up were old tales with Robin Hood and King Arthur - along with a ginormous rambling list of other myths, legends, and fantasy works.

Ryan graduated from high school in 2006 and first attended Central Christian College of the Bible in Missouri, where he met my wife and began writing what would later become Rienspel. Then, by happy coincidence, since they were both already planning on it anyways, they transferred to Hannibal LaGrange College (now University). In 2010, Ryan graduated with my B.S. in Communication Arts.

Stephanie Lynn Worcester (aka ‘Steph’ aka ‘Stephalughagi’) and Ryan were married just after graduation. Still writing, he started working in talk radio out of Albuquerque. Later, Ryan and his wife moved back to Hannibal, MO in 2011 where he eventually worked in marketing for an area non-profit, was offered a job as a pastor, and joined the St Louis Writers Guild.

He began publishing his fantasy works in 2016. Ryan lives with his wife in a little house about 300 yards from the Mississippi river along with two cats, Lira and Nox, two dogs, Maci and Lazarus, and a gold fish named Shir Khan.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up first just south of Portland, OR and then in Albuquerque, NM. In Oregon, my world was made out of rain and forest - summer drives through the Cascades to the coast. Idylic, nostalgic, cozy. Besides surviving childhood cancer and learning how to overcome a severe studdering impediment, I had a great childhood. This was the time in my life where I first fell in love with fantasy - with myth and legends. Once I read, wide-eyed, about heroes like Arthur and Robin Hood, their call could never be undone.

In 2000, my family moved from the rain and trees to the desert and the vast blue skies of New Mexico. While I love both states, it's the SouthWest which keeps singing siren like for me to come back. There's always a party around the corner - there's true diversity and passion for life - Culture practically oozes out of the adobe in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I think it was there that I got down to thinking. Figuring out what I wanted to figure out is a life-long quest which began there.
When did you first start writing?
While I've always been nominally writing, I first offically began writing while I was a Sophomore in college in Missouri. I love camping. So when my roommate and a couple other guys all wanted to go camping one time, I surprised myself by turning down the opportunity. Left for a whole weekend with the dorm to myself, I started drawing on some loose paper. After about three hours, I looked down and there was a continent full of rivers and mountains, lakes and plains... and I thought to myself, well, this place needs stories. So I picked a place at more or less random, and started. - This ultimately culminated as my book Rienspel. I also have to give a shoutout to my old roommate, Robert Dean III, who at the time, was writing his own historical fiction on the First Crusade - which eventually turned into Blood For Glory. I think it was Robert who first helped me actually sit down and write.
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,920. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Take one nameless scullery girl, add elemental dragons along with a few piratic merchants – and pit them against a shadowy secret order’s ongoing apocalyptic invasion.
Rienspel Issue IV: Firehall
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,140. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Now that Rien’s tale has come full circle, he faces the consequences Firehall harbors for him. With a Princess’s love and a newfound legacy, Rien readies to face his darkest fear. While storm clouds loom overhead, personal identity and calling have never mattered more, despite Rien’s mounting death omens.
Rienspel Issue III: The Rangers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,240. Language: American English. Published: May 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Pursued by assassins, Rien flees north, searching for sanctuary in Firehall. Travel with Rien as he joins the Rangers. With fresh dangers lurking around every trunk, their untimely deaths seem near at hand… or worse. Rien’s tale continues with the next installment of the Rienspel series: Rienspel, Issue IV: Firehall – OR – Read the entire series with The Phoenix of Redd, Volume I: Rienspel
Rienspel Issue II: The Village
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,300. Language: American English. Published: December 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
What Rien witnesses one night will haunt his dreams… Fresh from the horrors of a covert militia night raid, Rien stumbles into more adventure. Enter Nyrgen: home to wizened sages, tale-spinning travelers, and dangerous secrets. As the story-telling festival of Leunami approaches, more strangers are noticing the fiery Phoenix perched on Rien’s shoulder… and not all mean him well.
Rienspel, Issue 1: The Forest
Price: Free! Words: 23,750. Language: American English. Published: December 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Rien Sucat wiles his days away, bored stiff in his small backwoods village. But after he encounters a flaming phoenix, his safe familiar world begins unraveling. Suddenly, all-consuming choices like which profession he’ll learn, or the fate of his missing father, are dwarfed in light of the mysterious firebird, along with the terrible secrets his older brother and the town watch harbor.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 137,480. Language: American English. Published: November 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Rien Sucat wiles his days away, bored-stiff in his small backwoods village. But soon gets more than he bargained for after he befriends a magical Phoenix, accidentally witnesses a secret necromantic ritual, and comes face to face with a league of racist, knife-wielding assassins out for his blood.
The Trombonist of Munst
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: American English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
When our hapless hero is kicked out of the royal orchestra, he stumbles into Maeve’s Bar – a place filled with shady characters, devilishly strong drinks, and biting snakes dangling from the rafters! With nothing better to do, and all the rest of the countryside’s musicians practicing next door, the Trombonist adjusts his slides, sets his lips to his instrument, and embarks on adventure.
The Grey Isle Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,610. Language: American English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(5.00 from 1 review)
Prince Janos of House Ulian is having a rough day. No, scratch that - a rough life. So when the watch tower he is inspecting begins exploding all around him, Janos soldiers on like usual. Race through the countryside of the island empire of Rumenjia, as one unlucky Prince, along with a stubborn local watch captain join forces with staunch Generals and legendary Wizards to confront the greatest (an

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