Ryanne Anthony is the author of the contemporary romance, Falling (Negative Ion Series Book 1). I’m very honored to have her here today for an author interview. So let’s get to it, and welcome Ryanne Anthony, onto After Dark Reading Nook.
Bio: Born and raised in the Midwest, Ryanne Anthony is a wife, mother of two, daydream believer and writer whose third passion is giving life to the characters that occupy her mind, in hopes that she thoroughly entertains her reader and earn a fan or two.
– So tell us a little about yourself and about your background.
I am a farmer in the Midwest and I love hiking, fishing, camping and snorkeling. NOT! Seriously, I’m a wife, mother and I love reading. It’s soothing until I read something that makes me want to throw the book/computer/tablet. I am from the Midwest, the hard streets of Chicago, and I’ve lived here all my life. Music is my passion but reading is my world, right after God and my family.
– Are you working on any other books at the moment? If so tell us about it.
I have *sigh* seven I’m working on, not to mention tightening the second book of The M Series, Negative Ion’s finale, Fell, which is Jaxen’s POV. Don’t sigh, I promise 75% is fresh material and it even contains more of Kimber’s, aka Itsy, POV.
– What else have you written?
Honey Babe*, The M Series, eight books: Broken*, Mariah, Marcus, Madison, Matthew, Monica, Major and Mended. Negative Ion Series, three (maybe) books: Falling*, Despair, and Fell. There will be a companion book called Effection. It has characters from The M and Negative Ion Series. *available on Amazon and Createspace.
– Where do ideas for your books come from?
Somewhere deep, dark in this brain. That’s the best I can tell you because really I have no clue, except when I see a face and a character pops up and tell me what he or she has been up to. Sometimes, a song can do it. I can literally see a character singing or listening to a song and I will get an entire story from it.
– As a writer I’m sure you love to read. Who is your favorite author and why?
Judy Blume, always. I enjoyed every book I’ve ever read of hers but she authored the first book that I ‘got’, connected and/or related to. Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret is a book that I have never forgotten, could never forget and I am looking forward to the day when I can give it to my daughter. Then as an adult, reading Wifey and Smart Women, is like… the ultimate.
– What books are you currently reading?
I am in between books right now. My last read was about a week ago and that was Almost Broken by Portia Moore.
– Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, I fought this. I have always had ‘people’ in my head, telling me stuff but I ignored it. I was a cashier, a donut maker, a tax preparer, a beautician and a babysitter and was never satisfied. Finally, I sat down in 2009 and let Mariah, of the M Series, talk and I typed out what she had to say. I put her away, saw a face and tweaked her book in 2012 then immediately went on to write Broken, just on that one man’s face.
– Where do you gain inspiration from?
My passion to tell a story, hoping to make everyone that reads it, happy and completely satisfied.
– If you find yourself with writer’s block, what method do you use to get around it?
I fire up Seether and listen to them very, very loudly while imagining Shaun Morgan rubbing my shoulders as Brock O’Hurn is rubbing my temples, telling me to relax. Sometimes, Opie from SOA is doing the temple rubbing. Maybe, Tyson Beckford is there, too. I know for a fact Daniel DiTomasso is there, cooking me something sinful, wearing only a half-apron and encouraging me to enjoy myself.
– I have to ask. What made you decide to write romance?
It’s what I know. I am lucky to have a man, my great husband, who romances me. It’s just as strong now as it was when we got together during my teen years. It has never wavered and his traits pop up several times in my books.
– I love your book cover. Tell us a little about it. Who designed it for you?
I wanted to show passion because I believe that’s what Kimber and Jaxen are. Love and passion and so into one another. I wanted that reflected and Scott Deyett knocked it out the park. Perfect, I think.
– Writing can be stressful. How do you relax?
Music Old B&W movies Music Reading Music Annoying my daughter Music.
– What is your favorite positive saying?
“If you can’t say anything nice, come sit by me.” Kidding! “Why not?”
– Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’d like to be answering emails/tweets/posts of die-hard fans when a light breeze blows across my face, making me look out of a window in front of me, and smile at my daughter as she sits in our yard with her first boyfriend, remembering what she’s read in the Margaret book.
– I’m so curious, so I have to ask you. How did you come up with your latest book?
Falling is another book that was started by looking at a face. I saw him and Jaxen Malloy, bad boy, popped in my head. It took off from there.
– What about the title “Falling”. How did you come up with it?
Kimber was falling for Jaxen after pining for her brother’s best friend, so that’s how Falling came about.
– Have you learned anything from writing your latest book?
I learned that even though you may have thought of one ending for your book, something else pops up and completely changes your mind, so don’t be a slave for it, adjust, as long as you’re faithful to you; faithful to what YOU want your characters to do.
– I’m excited to hear about what future projects your working on.
Finishing the M Series, Negative Ion Series, another series that has not been titled yet, this series is centered around personal assistants and there will be… well, surprising storylines in that one. And, a few characters from other books. I tend to believe in the ‘it’s a small world’ saying. You’ll see.
– Tell us readers your latest news.
Currently, I am trying not to become emotional at the fact my baby isn’t a baby anymore. My Diva is even more of one, now. It’s distracting and very sobering. Oh, and I hope to get Despair: Book Two of the Negative Ion Series out by Halloween.
– Is there anything you would like to say to aspiring writers?
Keep going, stay true to your vision and characters and never change them or your story to someone else’s viewpoint; to change them to please others.
– What would you like to say to your readers?
My goals in writing are to make my reader laugh, gasp, scream, yell, get angry, cry and nod. At the end of every story, I want them to THINK on what I’ve written, possibly identify on a storyline or two. Every book, I try to do that. I want to entertain you, to not regret spending time ‘inside my head’.
– Tell us readers how we can follow you.
Thank you Ryanne Anthony for taking time away from writing to give us, your readers, a peak at the author behind Falling.