Quick Five© with Reese Ryan
Name: Reese Ryan
Who is Reese? A former Cleveland girl, who moved to the South carrying a passion for romance.
Books: Making the First Move and Love Me Not (To be released)
Where to Buy? Amazon
Oh love, love, love such a beautiful and romantic notion that it is irresistible for some people. Take author Reese Ryan interviewed by Tania Lasenburg; she explains what makes her romance different from the rest and how she feels about adults writing for teens.
Enjoy the Quick Five© with Reese Ryan below.
You moved from Northern Ohio to Central North Carolina . . . What promoted that move and are your books influenced by your new home?
After a job loss, my husband and I took the opportunity to relocate–something we’d wanted to do for awhile. After a lot of online research and then a one-week visit in July of 2009, we moved to North Carolina the following month. We absolutely love living here, but Northeast Ohio will always be home.
My first two books (and two others that I’ve written) are all set in Cleveland, Ohio. I’m sure that several future books will be, too. However, North Carolina has begun making it’s mark. A new adult series I’m planning for next year will be set here.
Do you feel as an African American writer you had a harder time to get published or have a harder time getting noticed in the industry?
I don’t believe that it made it harder for me to get published, but I do feel it plays a role in getting noticed. Sadly, many readers don’t feel they can identify with a character who doesn’t look like them. That, of course, goes both ways.
What makes your romance different from all other romances? Is it strictly your style of writing that makes it different or is there something else?
While the romance is at the center of the story, it’s never the whole story. It’s very much about the growth of the heroine and/or hero, too. My heroines aren’t perfect, but they’re real women dealing with real problems with which many readers can identify. And there is always a diverse cast of friends, family, and frenemies to make things interesting.
How do you feel about adult fiction authors transitioning to write young adult books? Would you ever make that move in your career? If so do you think you could get your adult readers to enjoy your young adult books?
Many authors have a rich body of work in both adult and young adult fiction. While I don’t have any plans to write YA, I am a huge fan of new adult fiction and I do have plans to write a new adult series in 2014. My preferred genre is contemporary romance, but I read my first new adult book because the story intrigued me and I enjoyed the author’s voice. I’m hoping my contemporary romance fans will read my planned new adult books for the same reason.
Finally, what is influencing you to continue writing?
I learned to read at an early age and I’ve been a voracious reader ever since. I’m fascinated by storytelling–books, movies, songs, and the everyday events of our lives. A song, a TV episode or an overheard conversation will often spur a series of questions which leads to the beginnings of a new story.
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