Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hello Fiona! Thanks for having me on. My name is Ryan Lanz, and I’m 34.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from the midwest, USA, although I was born and raised in Hawaii.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Well, I moved from Hawaii to California when I was a teenager. I’ve lived in the midwest since my younger 20’s. There’s no beach, but the thunderstorms are great. Most of my immediate family still lives in Hawaii.
I enjoy billiards, traveling, scuba diving, and writing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve recently relaunched A Writer’s Path Writers Club, which is a club where authors receive free and discounted writing related services, such as editing, book cover design, book coaching, formatting, narration services, etc. www.patreon.com/AWritersPath
We’re excited to have the group we do, and it’s bustling pretty well.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I first started writing as a teenager, although it was awful. I didn’t start to polish my writing until well into my 20’s, in my opinion. But it was an important stage of my life to try.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’d say when I started writing my first novel, which will likely never see the light of day. I’m still glad I wrote it, though.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It sounds corny but the ability to create something new out of nothing. It’s literally anything you want out of a complete void. I think that concept is neat.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write in quite a few genres, mostly under a pen name, so that sometimes is a challenge, marketing wise. It’d certainly be easier to market in the same genre.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Honestly, not much. One thing I enjoy about writing is the ability to craft situations that I’ve never been in or can even imagine myself being in. To me, that’s half the fun.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Almost all of my covers have been designed by Rocking Book Covers. If you ever need an affordable book cover designer, he’s the one to contact.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
My favorite author of all time is the late Robert Jordan regarding the Wheel of Time series. I would trade quite a bit to read anything more by him. In some ways I’m tempted to read the last book of the Wheel of Time series the same way Desmond wants to read Our Mutual Friend in the TV show Lost.
Fiona: Name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My mother and my girlfriend stand out in my mind as two who have been exceptional cheerleaders for my writing career. I appreciate their kind words, and it means a lot to me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I love self-publishing. I’d rather have a smaller passive income than a large one-time or temporary income. It starts out small, but it can be built over time, brick by brick.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I find that I learn something new when writing each story, no matter the length. Sometimes, it’s a writing mechanic and sometimes it’s learning about a new type of character.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
It’s been said before, but just remember that a writing career is a long term thing. It’s playing the long game. So if you’re in it, be prepared for the long haul. Sometimes it’s long term before much reward, but I believe the rewards are long term.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
New things are coming out weekly and sometimes daily. It’s certainly an exciting time.
Thank you for having me on for this interview! I appreciate the opportunity.