Good morning! It’s my turn to blog today. I wanted to show off with a well-researched historical article, you know something profound. But I realized, as the newest filly in the stable, I haven’t actually introduced myself. So, no, I’m not going to post anything profound today. I am, however, going to give you an insight into Renee Ryan, the author. When I’m done, I want you to tell me something I don’t know about you and I’ll put you in a drawing for one of my latest releases (your choice).
So here goes, random tidbits about me, in no particular order.
I’m married to my very own hero. We live in Savannah, Georgia but I hate the heat and humidity. I do, however, love, love, love snow. All kinds of snow, the more the better, I even like shoveling the stuff. No really.
If I could choose between living in a small town or a large city I would choose something in between. Say a college town with about 250,000 people. I know that’s cheating. If pressed, I’d have to say a big city. I especially love New York City. Whenever I visit (at least once a year) I never get tired of the constant activity, the bright lights, the anonymity, always having something to do within walking distance of my hotel.
I write character driven stories. I usually start a book by plotting my characters first. Who are they? What are their hang-ups, habits, flaws? What lesson do they need to learn by the end of the book? How will they learn it? How will the romantic interest drive that change? Once I know basic answers to those questions the story starts to unfold in my mind.
I’ve published 11 books so far, with 6 more on the way in the next two years. The breakdown of my published novels is this: 1 short contemporary romance, 2 WWII romantic thrillers, 1 Americana historical romance, and 7 western historical romances. All of my books (but one) are Inspirational romances. Note for all you aspiring authors, I went seven years between my first book release and my second. There were many times I wanted to quit. I’m so glad I didn’t. The lesson here is to NEVER GIVE UP!!!
I always tell authors to ignore reviews. Although, I admit, I sometimes find myself reading reviews of my own books. I try not to look for them, but I seem to be one of those people who stumbles across them when I least expect it. If it’s a good review I smile, sigh happily, pat myself on the back and then let the glow last as long as possible. If it’s a bad review, I agonize. I obsess. I get mad. I sometimes cry. I am not a pretty crier, by the way. Hence my advice to other authors to avoid reading reviews. So I stick by what I tell my fellow authors. Ignore reviews! If I say this often enough maybe one of these days I’ll follow my own advice.
My only C in college was in my first (and only) creative writing course. I never thought I’d acquire the necessary skills to pull off a career in writing, at least not where I would be able to produce the kind of books I loved to read. But with a lot of persistence, workshops and rejections, I sold my first book to Dorchester through the inaugural New Historical Voice contest. Now I’m working on my thirteenth contracted book. A big dream has come true. BIG one.
My favorite kid joke of all time is: What does a pig put on a wound? Oinkment. Hahahahahaha.
My cats Reggie and Leroy were named after two famous Green Bay Packer football players, Reggie White and Leroy Butler. My husband and son brought them home from the shelter but didn’t think to ask their gender, nor did I. We didn’t think to check for ourselves. When we took the “boys” to the vet to be neutered they came home spayed! Yep, Reggie and Leroy are girls. We didn’t have the heart to change their names once we found out. It’s all very confusing at our home.
And now it’s your turn…tell me something about yourself and I’ll put you in a drawing. Ready…go!