Friday, June 28, 2013

Q & A with Kelly Ryan!



1. Tell us about your latest release.

"Alone No More" is a story about two lonely soles finding each other under extreme conditions. Mel is dashing and French, every woman's dream, but he feels he needs to make amends for his very existence. Ella is tough and use to having to fend for herself, as she is the only one she can rely on. When Mel saves Ella from something she never knew existed, a whole new world opens up for both of them, the only problem is that someone is still trying to kill Ella.

2. What inspired you to start writing as a career?

I have always loved to read since I was a kid. I started writing as a preteen and have written ever since. I guess I just like the old adage that if you can make a living doing something that you love, then you never have to work a day in your life. I am not quite to the point that I can quit my part-time day job, but I am a step closer every day.

3. When you
re not writing, what do you do for fun and relaxation?

I don't know if it is fun, but I like to exercise to relax and think. I think it helps in my creative process. I also love art. I paint and sketch and even have put out my own mini-comic for fun with more to come. I also recharge by going out and just hang out with friends, I am a social person so I have to take a break from writing from time to time and have a night out on the town.

4. What is a typical writing day like?

I write best at night. So I get up kind of late, usually 10 am. I exercise, run errands, take care of house work, spend time with my grandma and then after dinner start working. I do nonfiction writing on the side, so I spend an hour or so doing that. Then I get down to the fiction and fun writing. If I am in the groove I write until the early morning, which is why I sleep so late!

5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?

Dare I say that I don't outline and sometimes the ending is a surprise to even me? I just write and see what comes out. Then edit like crazy! It works for me and keeps writing exciting.

6. What
s coming up next for you?

I am currently finishing up a zombie story for Breathless Press that I hope gets picked up. I also have another story coming out in September on Secret Cravings Publishing, "Under a Ring of Fire". There are also a lot of other projects in the works.

7. How can readers connect with you online?

I use a pen name so my grandma who reads the same genre I write does not wonder if some of my stories are drawn from real life. LOL



Excerpt

The hot water felt good on Ella's aching body. As she stood under the flow of water, all the events of the evening began to replay through her mind. She scrubbed herself harder and harder, trying to make herself feel clean and safe. All that had happened became too much, and she started to sob uncontrollably. Ella slid down the side of the shower, wrapped her arms around her legs, and just cried and cried.

There was a knock on the door. Mel called out, "Ella, are you ok? Can you answer me? Is there anything I can do to help?"

Ella tried to answer, but all that came out was some sort of wounded yelp, more of a cry of pain than a coherent answer. Apparently that response caused concern, for Mel opened the door, rushed in, and had the shower open so quickly that Ella could not even think about modesty.

Mel, still clad in jeans and tank top, crawled into the shower to examine what was wrong. When he could find no physical cause for her state, he simply sat down and pulled Ella to him, holding her and comforting her for a long time.

Gradually, Ella began to calm down, to let go of the horror she felt and she became more aware of her present situation. Despite all that she had been though tonight, she felt her body respond to the closeness of Mel. His clothes were soaked and clung to every contour of his body. He held her on his lap and still stroked her back in a calming motion. She looked up into his chocolate eyes, which, realizing the change that was occurring in her mood, began to darken even more in reaction.

Not able to take her gaze off his eyes, Ella rubbed her hands down his chest, down his wet clothes, and mumbled, "Your clothes are soaked through. That must not be very comfortable, perhaps we should get you out of them."

About the author:

 

Kelly Ryan lives in New Mexico and grew up with a fascination for all things that "go bump in the night", so it is no wonder that she turned to writing paranormal romance.

In her spare time, she fancies herself a cryptozoologist and loves to paranormal related outings, searching for things that might not really exist.

Being an avid reader since an early age, Kelly has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living. "Alone No More" is her first release with Breathless Press, though she hopes to have many more in the future.

Not being very computer savvy, you can keep up with all of Kelly's books and upcoming works on her friend's blog and website.



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