Friday, September 28, 2012

Interview With Author Ryan Hunter-CHECK OUT HIS NEW DYSTOPIAN NOVEL, inDIVISIBLE!



My good friend Ryan Hunter has just released novel, inDIVISIBLE, and has agreed to a spotlight interview. Yea!

Hi Ryan!

Could you tell us a bit about what inDIVISIBLE is about?

inDIVISIBLE follows Brynn Aberdie, a seventeen-year-old girl, as she realizes she’s lost everything worth living for. As she states early in the novel, “Of course I’d become withdrawn. Not only had I lost my father but I just realized I’d also lost my freedom. When had that happened?”

Instead of cowering, however, she decides to take her life back by evading the very government that’s filled her with lies, and allying with a group of Freemen who she’s never actually met.

Could you talk a little about your main characters and their conflicts?

I like Brynn. She’s a little headstrong and confused, really she just wants a regular life where she can dream her own dreams. Instead, she’s had to hide her true self. She lives in mediocrity when she’s highly intelligent, for fear of what the government might do; but she doesn’t realize how bad things are, until her father’s murdered, then everything comes crashing down.

She runs off with a friend of hers when he informs her that both their names are on kill lists, and while they’re running for their lives, she dreams of what it would be like of she and T were free to be regular teens, dating, falling in love, free to speak their own minds. And sometimes, when they’re alone, she’s able to pretend that nothing else matters …

She’s a dreamer, an artist, somebody passionate about life – and yet she knows that she will never be able to live for herself until the world around her changes – and she’s responsible to help make that change. So, she gives up everything once more to take on responsibilities she never imagined possible.

How did you come up with the story?

I don’t normally write dystopian, had never even considered it actually, until I had this dream that left the most unusual feeling deep in my heart. The story unfolded in my mind in the following days with so many details I knew I had to write it.
It was almost like the story was given to me and I was the conduit to see it to print. I don’t know how else to explain it. So, when I say I love the story, it’s because of that. I feel like I can look at it a little bit objectively because I don’t remember consciously creating it. It just came about.

Where can we find your book?

My book is available on Amazon in print and as an ebook. It’s also available in print on Barnes and Noble. There are a few independent book stores picking it up, but it’s still pretty new so I don’t have a very complete list yet.

Would you tell us about your AMAZING road to publication?

I published two novels via traditional publishing under my given name and then moved on to self-publishing with a fun experiment about a young girl who confesses to murder only to break out of jail to claim she didn’t do it. That novel is currently not for sale. I took a couple of years away from writing to pursue some other interests but I couldn’t stand missing so much of my soul – as writing seems to be a part of who I am. It took some time, but inDIVISIBLE flooded my mind and I knew it was next.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time doing marketing, promotions, proofing, etc. for other authors on their ebooks so I decided I could do it successfully with my own. Of course, I had to finish the novel first, so my husband took over the kids and the house and sent me away to write until I finished. I wrote every day all day until I pounded out the final words, then I ran ten miles to clear my head, fell asleep exhausted, satisfied, and even a little nervous … then I drove home the following morning to see my family again and begin proofing.

To say my brain was mush would not come close to how foggy I felt, but my heart felt light and yet full and just great all around. From there I had the book read, edited, critiqued and edited again. Satisfied, I played with the cover (I do some graphics design when I can) and threw it up online. I’ve gotten great reviews so far and I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I think we all need a little comedic relief, so when I found Dan Wells’ I am Not a Serial Killer series, it immediately became one of my all-time favorites. I believe it’s the only series I’ve ever read straight through, laughing out loud and then cringing the next page.

But I have to claim my favorite author as David Farland. Dave’s been a mentor to me. He’s encouraged me, helped me, critiqued my work and given so much advice that I could never repay him for all his kindness and help. He’s got to be the most selfless people I’ve ever met.

Could you tell us something about your current projects? Will we see another book from you soon?

I’m starting book two in the One United Series, which I expect to be a trilogy when all is said and done. So much happens in the end of inDIVISIBLE though, that I hesitate to even tell you much about it before you read book one.

I’ll just say that I’m super excited to introduce some new characters who are nearly haunting me in my sleep now, just waiting for their chance to be included. There’s so much more to come in this series that I can’t wait to get moving on it.

Have you got any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep writing. That’s what Dave told me when I wrote my first novel. He said once you write your first, get started on the second right away.

Too many writers give up before starting on their next, perhaps dismayed that sales weren’t what they expected or that they didn’t get the reviews they hoped for. What you need to remember is that there is a refining process and sometimes those first few books are best not read very much. It gives you time to become better and learn more about the publishing industry so you can build up to something of greater value. Then, if you’re like me, you’ll just hide away some of  those earlier attempts and hope nobody remembers them.

Now for the fun stuff.  What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m a borderline adrenaline junkie. It’s a lifestyle that’s hard to balance with sitting behind a computer for hours on end. So, when I get the chance, I play hard.

I love speed, so I drive too fast, but we’ll not tell the cops … the ones who don’t already know, that is. I enjoy hiking, but not just up a trail to see pretty things. I prefer those hikes where you’ve got to rapell down into narrow canyons or climb up steep walls to get to the next level – up and over waterfalls, through canyons filled with water where you’ve got to swim it …

I love the ocean, water, kayaking, seeing how fast my UTV will go and how tight I can make it turn. And I honestly love to run. Running gets my frustrations out, calms me and literally makes me a nicer person to live with. My husband will vouch for this – probably my kids too.

Oh yeah, and I bake. A lot.

Wow. It sounds like you’re never bored!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I just want to thank you for having me as a guest on your blog, and I’d like to give a shout out. If you’re looking for a captivating read, check out David Farland’s book Nightingale. It’s a pretty awesome read from a pretty awesome writer. J

Where can readers find you on the Web?

Webpage: propertyofoneunited.com
Blog: authorryanhunter.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/authorryanhunter
Twitter: @ryanhunter45

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview on my blog, and GOOD LUCK with inDIVISIBLE!  

Monday, September 24, 2012

DINYB Blogfest Announcement

Authors Ciara Knight and Alex J. Cavanaugh are hosting a blogfest celebrate great authors who may have not made it to the Bestseller's lists. Join in the fun on October 17th! -- Below are the rules from Ciara Knight's Blog:

 

The Ninjas and Knights are joining forces!
Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest, October 17, 2012
Post about a book you’ve noticed.
You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON’T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book.
Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex or Ciara Knight’s blog when the author finds their book.
Only two rules:
1)You can’t post about your own book.
2)The book shouldn’t be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list.
This is your chance to shout out about a book that might not have been noticed by others.
Let’s blow up the blogosphere with great new reads!
HOP ON OVER TO CIARA KNIGHT'S BLOG TO SIGN UP!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

All Writers Need This Book

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of ViewI just received my copy of Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point Of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. The price of the paperback on Amazon was $5.99 for a 61 page, 8 chapter book that reads much like an online writing class. Nelson does a fantastic job of clearly defining the elements of Deep POV, giving many examples of "shallow" and "deep" writing. At the end of every chapter are worksheets to give you a chance to try your hand.



In reading this I did notice that her examples are for contemporary works. I write both historical and contemporary, and I initially thought it might be difficult to emulate Deep POV in historicals, but I think it can be done. Historical authors can work to remove things like, he thought, she felt, and it seemed.

I particularly liked Chapter Five: Ditch the Prepositional Tells where Nelson states that Deep POV is ruined when we narrate phrases with prepositions such as of, with, in, etc. I looked at a piece of my writing and came up with the following example:

Shallow:
Anne glanced at her still bare ring finger and shuddered with dread.

Deep:
Anne glanced at her still bare ring finger and shuddered. He's how old?

Here I took out the "with dread" and added her thought. "Dread" is not necessary, and pulls the reader out of Anne's head. Nelson also argues that italics are not necessary for thoughts in Deep POV. I think that's a personal choice thing...I like to add them.

Anyway, if you want to take your writing to the next level, I suggest you buy this book. It's available on kindle as well. Nelson is teaching an online course Mastering Goals, Motivation and Conflict that starts September 24th: http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/showevent.php?eventid=1454&tx=97968060AE201292F&st=Completed&amt=25.00&cc=USD&cm=&item_number=EVENTID-1454

Write on Friends!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Harper Voyager Accepting Unagented Submissions for Two Weeks Only


The Harper Collins fantasy/science fiction imprint is launching an international talent search to launch a new e-book venture:
The press release states:
The portal to submit will open at www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com on October 1st, and remain open until October 14th. Adult and young adult titles will both be accepted, in any genre, although epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural works will be particularly well received.
Manuscripts should be at least 70,000 words, up to around 120,000.
On its website, the publisher says that it are looking for enough projects to launch a new e-book each month. Each contract will cover world English language distribution, with Harper Voyager reserving the right to also publish the books in physical form.

If you write fantasy/science fiction, more details can be found on:

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/harper-voyager-opens-doors-unagented-submissions.html

Thursday, September 6, 2012

How Would You Feel?

I have a question that I'd like your feelings on:

You are a daughter of an Earl in 1559, you just boarded a ship to take you to your new husband, whom you have never met. You watched your mother's carriage disappear through the busy courtyard and then the ship's captain showed you to your quarters--a tiny bed surrounded by your trunks. He closes the door leaving you alone, staring at it.

How do you feel? What is the first thing you would do?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Me Mountain Biking
Labor Day in my mind has always been the last hurrah of summer. I remember boating on the lake with friends and family when I was growing up in Washington. Today some friends from Wisconsin are visiting and we're going to grill brats to make them feel at home :-). I'm even going to bake an apple pie--and hey, I hate to cook.

But before the pie, Bob and I will go biking. He got me into a daily ride, and we're now biking up and down the hills near Snow Canyon--about ten miles every morning. When I first started at the beginning of the summer, I could make it about halfway, and I would get really winded going up the steep hills. But now I'm keeping up and using higher gears to go up those same hills with a few deep breaths.

It really surprised me that it didn't take all that long to build my strength, after all, I'm old. I do have more energy, and the body looks a bit more toned. The really nice part? We live in St. George, Utah and can do this all year round. Today is not the last hurrah of summer here. It is the end of the 107+ degree days. Hello 90 degrees, and cooler mornings :-)

Happy Labor Day friends! Write on.