When I think of Ryan, my guest today, the words “dark and mysterious” jump to mind with such vigour that they actually end up sticking to the ceiling. Then, having patiently waited their turn, the words “funny as hell” tap me on the shoulder and go BOO as I turn around. Yeah, that’s Ryan, alright.
If you love Jim Butcher, but you feel his writing could use even more humour, then Ryan’s Legacy Series is definitely for you. Come to think of it, the Legacy Series is good for you whether you know what a Jim Butcher is or not. Do you think you can wait until December 13th to get your hands on Firstborn, the first book in the series?
In the meanwhile, let’s see what Ryan has to say for himself:
Sorin: You live in Malta. Please explain.
Ryan: I was born and raised here. As for why I’m still here, it’s clearly because something is very wrong with me. No sane person lives here of their own free will and volition whilst aware of the land of milk and honey that is everywhere but this freakin’ rock. But I have a place to stay here, and I wanna make sure I have some stability before moving. Which I will do.
Sorin: If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Ryan: To turn my life energy into magic. I’m into the whole Asian, martial arts, internal energy stuff and I also watch a lot of urban fantasy on TV. I like the magic because of the versatility – picking the right tool for the job.
Sorin: Here it comes, the question you can never escape – what made you become a writer? Alright, let me rephrase this. What was the tipping point – the moment you decided that literature will no longer be a read only thing for you?
Ryan: I read Changes by Jim Butcher and Mortal Coil by Derek Landy and though ‘I don’t wanna wait for these authors to get off their asses and write the next book. I’m gonna provide me own entertainment. I mean, how hard can it be to write a book?’
I spent the following 2 years figuring out how dumb I was for asking that and after some hardships, here I am.
Sorin: Writing is a lot of fun. Selling your work is…
Ryan: Less fun.
I have the same business prowess as a squirrel in a jam jar. The writing and creative side of it is amazing and it’s why I signed on for this business in the first place. The marketing and publishing is like that annoying fish that sticks to the shark. Except its worse because in our economic present the idea of selling something often requires you to become some twisted version of that you intended to start out as.
I suppose the writing business has it easy in this regard because we tend to operate behind the scenes and certainly have more freedom of movement. Very rarely do you find tabloid articles about writers caught in a hotel room with hookers and cocaine.
Sorin: If you were forced not to use humour, would you still write?
Ryan: Yes. Illegally. (Why so serious?)
Sorin: For the next two hundred words you are allowed to mash two favorite books/cartoons/games together and be the main character. Go crazy!
Ryan: Oh you bastard.
As a stand-alone, I’d love to be a part of Bleach. Specifically, and now we go into my fantasy here, a Kido Corps captain, because the magic system is utterly shrouded and the author did classify the four shinigami systems as separate but he also gave enough hints that they can be used together.
For the mash up – Star Wars with Hunter x Hunter. Think about it: a Force user AND Nen powers. It’s like Sidious, the Witches of Dathomir and Maul all rolled up in one in terms of badassery. I’m obsessed with the Nen system in Hunter x Hunter but to this day, no matter how many online quizzes I take, I still can’t figure out my Hatsu category.
If anything I’ll just settle for being one of those magic-user hybrids on Dungeons and Dragons – the ones who mess the game up with sheer bullshit and vivid complications and imagination to their spell casting? One of those would be cool.
P.S. Yes, I do actually work on something productive and no, I don’t have a social life.
Sorin: Cats or Dragons? Board games or computer games? Sword or hammer? Please use the answers in one sentence.
Ryan: Cat. (Cos I’m a big fan of pussy – I had to go there). No seriously, it’s no contest. A dragon can breathe fire and look all majestic and stuff but a cat can look at a dragon in the eye and go ‘yeah, I don’t care. Fuck off’; in a French accent to boot! Cats know they rule the world – they just haven’t figured out how to open the food packets.
Computer games. Because I really have no one else to play with but myself. (Well not really play with myself – that came later. Double pun there.)
Sword – technique over strength. I look like a twelve year old girl, it’s not like I have that much strength to leverage in the first place.
I don’t have a sentence but I have a limerick/ poem (Whatever). Check this shit out –
There once was a guy named Dragon
A lover of games was he,
Board or computer, it didn’t matter
So long as it was fantasy
He also had a stammer
So his cat used a hammer
To cure him of his unease
He accepted the bash
With a whelp and a crash
And his cat said “Pussy be here to please”
He took up his sword
To face up the horde
But he played on windows
And predictably it crashed
So now Dragon’s lonely;
Just him and his stash
Find out more about Ryan on his website, and make sure to stay in touch with him.
He is one crazy fellow, if I ever met one – that elusive mix of eccentric and introvert that makes such awesome characters.