Guest Author Interview: Adriana Ryan!
Now and again, I’m going to share an interview with one of my writing friends. Every writer has their own process and fascinating insights into the world of writing. It’s fun to see and learn how different authors think and write!
Today, we get to hear from Adriana Ryan. Adriana Ryan writes spunky, supernatural fiction in beautiful Charleston, SC. She is currently at work on book two of her urban fantasy series. A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, she enjoys alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards.
1. First of all, what is your favorite genre to write in and what is the age range you generally write for?
I’m a new writer (professionally, that is), so I’ve only had one full-length novel accepted by a publishing house so far. It hasn’t been released yet, but it’s an adult urban fantasy.
2. How did you get into writing for this genre and age? What makes it fun and interesting to you?
I’ve always loved reading fantastical things—horror, urban fantasy, and speculative fiction are big favorites. When the idea for a possessed, talking cat popped into my head, I went, “Hmm. That could be interesting.” And the story just sort of evolved from there. I love the possibilities of the paranormal/urban fantasy genre—there is so much you can do. The sky really is the limit.
3. What is your process of developing the plot for a story?
I’m constantly reading craft books and taking classes to ensure I’m doing the most efficient job I can of plotting. I’m not one to fly by the seat of my pants, so I always have a loose point-by-point outline I can follow. I don’t like to get too bogged down by the details, though, because that takes all the fun out of actually writing the story.
4. How do you go about coming up with your characters?
This is sort of weird, but I have to “step into” my story in order to develop the best characters for my plot. My main character usually comes to me along with the first hint of the story idea, but secondary characters have to be imagined into existence in a very conscious way. So I close my eyes, picture a scene in the story, and then wait to see who shows up.
5. What do you find is the hardest part of writing a novel?
The middle! The beginnings and endings are so much fun to write, but like so many other novelists out there, I find the middles extremely challenging.
6. What do you find is the most enjoyable part of writing a novel?
I love emotionally intense scenes—whether a character’s feeling vulnerable, scared, or their bloodstream is rushing with adrenaline while they sweep their environment for an unearthly enemy, I always feel like I’m right on that roller coaster with them.
7. What writing tip would you like to share with us?
Know where you want to go with your story before you start! Have a beginning, middle, and an end planned out, even if you’re not a plotter. It’ll keep you going in those dark stages when you’re wondering whether you’ll ever finish the $%^& novel.
8. Please give us a summary of one of your latest books or upcoming new releases.
Enlightened is Book 1 of the Awakened series, to be released sometime in 2012. Here’s a blurb:
Small-town vet tech Nisha Moore is committed to a humdrum existence. She tries hard to ignore that she can feel departed animals’ souls. And gorgeous Cal Benton, the veterinarian for whom she works? She’s content to ignore that he’s madly in love with her as well.
Then Nisha’s pet cat begins to talk, claiming to be her Guardian. A member of the elite Awakened bloodline, Nisha’s unfurling supernatural talents make her a target of the Fraternity. Demons in the Fraternity want only one thing: to harvest the Awakened and make their talents their own.
In an effort to coerce Nisha to surrender, the demon embarks on a bloody killing spree in Stanton, South Carolina. As people she cares about are picked off one by one, Nisha Awakens. Her talent? Telepathic communication with animals.
With a loyal pack of dogs by her side, Nisha is sure the demon can be annihilated. But he has a grim surprise for her. Two people she loves have been taken hostage, and she has a choice to make. Is her life worth both of theirs?
9. Thanks so much for sharing with us! Where can we find out more about your books online?
You can always check out my website for the latest: http://adrianaryan.com
Thank you so much for having me over!
Thanks for stopping by Adriana! Wish you all the best!