Author Interviews, author spotlight

Ryen Lesli

As writers, we all go through stages where we believe we are the worst; we convince ourselves that our work is dreadful and those words are sneaky. They manage to sink right into the best of us. This is why I really wanted to interview Ryen.

Ryen Lesli

She has confidence, sticks to her guns, and she’s an entertaining person. If you don’t know Ryen yet, you should. And you wont regret it.

Ryen has a new book called RIVER, coming out June 14th, 2019.IMG_5437

I asked her to tell us about River and where she got the idea.

RL: The idea for RIVER came to me in a dream one night. I woke to find myself in front of a book, which stood on its side. The book was as tall as a building and as I stood there, the pages started turning. Each page was a different world. It finally stopped on a power-filled world called the ebb. There was a girl standing there…she held out her hand…I took it and she dragged me into the ebb, where I have been lost ever since.

How fascinating does that sound? Have you pre-ordered your copy, yet?

MN: Ryen, who is your favorite author?

RL: My favorite author is Lawrence Sanders, he wrote my favorite book of all time, The Seduction of Peter S.

Love it.

I saw an interview with Ryen that fascinated me, in which she talked about her belief in the importance that teen characters be realistic, be flawed. So I had to ask.

MN: How many swear words do you think are in the book?

RL: River is 17 years old. She curses. A lot.

As I mentioned earlier, being a writer can be fun, can be freeing, can be all sorts of amazing and wonderful. It can also be the total opposite. Ryen’s advice for young writers is:

“The literary world is a brutal wasteland paved by imposter syndrome, blood and tears. You have to be strong, you have to take criticism and you have to be willing to learn. You need to ask yourself every day: How bad do I want it?”

Most of us have that moment or experience when we realized what we wanted to be. When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?

RL: When I realized that I wrote better than I could talk. I was painfully, tragically, poetically shy growing up. I never spoke but…I could write.

MN: So happy you found your calling.

I got to ask Ryen some of the serious questions I know you’ve all been dying to ask her.

MN: Your husband/beau cheats on you, what do you do?

RL: He knows that if he cheats, there are at least a dozen other willing spirits who want to worship at my feet.

MN: Love it! If you could be any celebrity for a day, who would you be?

RL: Jason Momoa. No explanation needed.

MN: Do you have a favorite season to write about in your books?

RL: I love writing all seasons honestly. Fall is my favorite, when everything is dying a slow death before it bleeds into the bleak, hopeless winter. Then spring comes, a violent burst of life that explodes into the molten heat of summer.

MN: Best answer ever! What is your favorite animal and why?

RL: I love otters!! They play a big part in my series when River goes to the Cove.

Otters are awesome. If you don’t agree, you can go now. Kidding, if you go you’ll miss the rest of the interview.

MN: Worst story you’ve ever written. Would you go back and rewrite it?

RL: Yes, I would. I was 19, and it was a threesome-love story about me and two beautiful boys. It has potential and if I ever find the time, I will go back and rewrite it.

Let’s all hope she does. Potential is good and writers are always growing and learning.

MN: Ever plan a vacation where you pretty much wrote the entire time?

RL: I wish. After I finish with FATE, my third book takes place at the Cove and I wish I could go stay in Bora Bora for three months so I can edit it.

Who wouldn’t want to go to Bora Bora? Maybe we can all be stowaways on that trip. 😉 I didn’t forget to ask Ryen who some of her favorite indie author choices would be.

RL: Beside myself? Lol, right now, I am loving Dawn Hosmer’s Bits & Pieces, and next, I’m diving into Carol Beth Anderson Sun Blessed Trilogy. 

As always, I encourage you to look up these authors. You might find a new favorite author. You never know.

If you enjoyed today’s interview and you’re not already following Ryen, head on over to her Twitter page and give her a follow and she’s got a Facebook page that you might also want to check out.

Thanks for joining us today. I hope that you’ve enjoyed your visit and we’ll see you against next time. And a special thank you to Ryen. It was a pleasure getting to know you and I look forward to reading RIVER when it comes out.

yours truly,

A Clumsy Writer

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