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?
I am Leann Ryans and I am 29 for the fourth time!
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born and raised in Texas though I spent eight years in Washington state when my husband was in the Army
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).\
Am I the only person who never knows what to say when someone asks me about myself? I’m a stay-at-home-mom with three kids. I have always loved to read and would devour anything involving dragons, so Anne McCaffery and Mercedes Lackey were my favourites for a long time. Nicky Charles’ The Mating was the first PNR I ever read, mainly because I didn’t realize it was a romance, and it made me realize the genre wasn’t all what I had expected it to be. I generally do not reread books unless its been long enough for me to forget the story, but her series is one that I could read back to back and still love.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Raider’s Bounty was my latest release and it has done far better than I expected for a book that was never supposed to be longer than about a thousand words. I’m glad my readers convinced me to finish the story and am considering continuing the series by giving one of the support characters his own book. Currently I am working on book two of The Hired series and it should be published mid September.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in November of 2017. The first few lines of my debut novel, The Omega Prize, popped in my head one night as I was trying to go to sleep, and continued to plague me for weeks. The idea was one I wanted to read, so I decided I would try writing it even though I had never finished a story before, always losing interest a few pages into it. I started out on Wattpad where I could post chapter at a time and get feedback from readers. My New Year’s Resolution this year was to finally finish a book, and I began to write every day. It wasn’t long before I finished the story and published it to Amazon.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably not until The Omega Prize went live on Amazon. It was still a bit surreal until I received the first payment from them at the end of April. I honestly never expected to sell even a hundred copies, and I’ve blown that out of the water!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The urge to want to read the book I had in my head, plus seeing other women in the group I was in posting their stories on Wattpad. They inspired me to take the chance of letting other people read what I wrote.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I wanted something that would make the genre I write obvious, and since she was being given as a prize, it just seemed obvious to name it The Omega Prize.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I honestly have no idea what my style is. I don’t use a ton of description, because I know as a reader, I imagine things my way no matter what the author said anyway, and my books are written simply for entertainment value. All of my stories are Omegaverse, which is a PNR subgenre, and not a lot of people know what it is. The majority of omegaverse novels are MM, and the MF books have a tendency to be very dark, but mine are much lighter and tend to be slow-burn. I think readers are used to getting to the juicy parts quickly, so I’ve had a few comments that my stories have less naughty scenes, and later in the books, so they were a little unhappy with it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, since I write omegaverse there are parts that are obviously unrealistic. That said, a lot of it is drawn from experience or personal likes/dislikes. I use my husband a lot for inspiration during the naughty bits, and I use my favourite colors or scents and such for some of my characters.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. I don’t really write about the real world, so there’s nowhere I could travel to that would help me any. I write sitting at my dinning room table during the day, or sitting on the couch with a little lap-desk after the kids go to bed.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The Legion Omegas series were custom covers done my Mary Beth of MBM Designs.
The cover for Hired for Heat was a premade I bought from Fiery Graphic that just seemed to fit the story.
The cover for Raider’s Bounty was a premade from Ravenwill Designs that I had her change a little to fit my story better.
I am definitely big on my cover matching my story and I will change a story to match the cover if I need to. I’m probably a little weird in that I usually choose my title and have the cover before I have the story for it.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not really. My books are a blend of erotic scenes with an actual storyline, but they are simply for enjoyment. I hope women can read what they enjoy, and not be ashamed about what they find exciting.
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?
There is no way I can pick a favorite. I read a lot of different genres within Romance, and I have a lot of favorites. As far as new authors, Eva Dresden, Merel Pierce, and Ana B Starr are all ones that I plan to follow. We all kind of started on Wattpad around the same time and have worked together a lot since we all write omegaverse. L.V. Lane is another who may not be as new but is definitely one I enjoy reading and talking to.
Outside the omegaverse genre, I haven’t really had a chance to try out anyone new
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I started doing this on my own. My husband and children are the only people who know me in ‘real-life’ that know I write. I’ve made friends since I put out my first book, and have support from other authors, but that first one…. that was all me. And maybe hubby helped a little.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. I don’t think anything would be able to get me to stop writing now. I cant say that I will keep up the pace I have so far, but I wont stop. I’m lucky enough that my husband can support the household, so I don’t have to worry about anything other than the kids, and as the youngest gets older I should actually be able to write even more.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Umm, maybe? My latest book started from a prompt in a friend’s group. I posted it to wattpad and expected to drop it, but so many said they wanted more, that I continued to work on it when I was stuck on my WIP. I had written ten chapters before the characters even had names! I actually let the readers in my group name them for me. When I was about three-quarters of the way through, I had about four different ideas for what I wanted to happen. I was feeling a bit of pressure to end it so I went with a different one than I would have if I hadn’t had a deadline. I like the story the way it is, but it would have been a lot longer and much darker if I had gone the other route.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That mead was made from honey! This was the first book I actually had to do a bit of research for to make it realistic for the time period it was set in, and I had always known about mead, but never realized it was made from honey. Made me what to give it a try!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I honestly don’t keep up with actors and their names, he just has to have an accent! All of the actors I can think of as playing Vikings or barbarians are all a bit too old now.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just do it! Commit, every day, to writing, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes. I cant tell you how hard it is to get back into your story and write if you go too long without working on it.
When you’re stuck, don’t waste time. Go back to the beginning and reread your story. Edit as you go through so you are still doing something constructive, and it will help you find the voice of the story and show you the direction it’s going. If you don’t like that direction, you can find where it starts to deviate and correct it.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
You are what inspires me to keep going. I have quite a few story ideas, and I try to work on what it seems like you want, but the only way I can guess what that is, is by sales, reviews, or comments in my reader group on Facebook. Raider’s Bounty is proof that my readers can bully me into writing a story I had no plans for! LOL
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
L.V. Lane’s Controller series. Love her books and they keep getting better!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Ha! Not a chance! There are a few books that I remember reading as a kid. Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffery was one of my favorites though I read her Dragonriders of Pern series first, I think. Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey, which I never realized was a YA PNR. Talking With Dragons was a great one that I hunted down to read again not long ago. Watership Down was one of my favorites too and it’s on most high school’s required reading lists now.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything? Sometimes I’m surprised at what makes me laugh or brings me to tears. Maybe hormones are the better answer!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Not that I can think of. I’ve never been one to idolize anyone, and while it would be cool to meet certain people, I wouldn’t really go out of my way for most of them.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides reading and writing? Not really. I don’t have enough time for anything else.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m not big into TV. I used to love House, Game of Thrones, Revolution when it was playing. I’ll watch pretty much anything as far as movies but I’m partial to Disney and horror movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pepperoni pizza with black olives and extra cheese
Whatever is on the radio. I sung choir all through school while my parents listened to Pink, Prince, Ozzie, and Willy Nelson, so I can do anything from choral music to country to hip-hop.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
The only way that would happen is if I had to go back to work and had another kid so I’d probably go back to medical admin again.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my kids.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I have no idea. Most of the sayings you see on them are so bland. I’d rather have it blank than say something that didn’t have any meaning.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Just my group on Facebook. Leann’s Omega Den
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Leann-Ryans/e/B07NVLBH1T/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1