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1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. Thank you. Getting published was quite exciting for me. I’d say that the trait that probably helped me the most in getting published is my tenacity. I didn’t give up, even when I wanted to bury myself in my mountain of rejection letters. I just kept writing, even when the naysayers were the loudest.
2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? If you had asked me, prior to me sitting down to write the first book of the Ryo Myths, Appointment at the Edge of Forever, if I would ever write science fiction or fantasy, I would have given you an emphatic no. I’d never considered writing sci-fi or fantasy. I’d read plenty of fantasy and a little sci-fi, but I’d never felt drawn to write it. Once I had the idea for the Ryo Myths though, it was like blowing up a dam. Now I can’t imagine writing anything else. Sci-fi is such a wonderful vehicle for stories about people. You get to go to amazing places, and you get to talk about real issues in a new way.
3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m not sure what a panster is, but I do prefer shorts.
4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? I have. When I was in high school I competed internationally in whitewater kayaking. Every now and then, I’d get into a situation on a river where I’d get the very real feeling that I was going to die. Almost all of the characters in the Ryo Myths have to, at some point, reason with their mortality. They are all put in situations that are dangerous, both in terms of the physical world, but also in terms of their mental outlook. What I learned from kayaking was that there was a lot that was out of my control, but the only thing I truely had in my control was my focus, which directly translated into my ability to move my boat. Throughout the Ryo Myths, my characters are forced to evaluate the way they perceive danger. I make them break down their self doubt and overcome it. I hope that I can be as rational when I myself land in a precarious position.
5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? I would say that time management is an endless game. For the past several years I’ve worked mostly in the summer and been able to focus on writing in the winter. I just got a new job though, and I am re-learning how to manage my time. What I know though is that my writing always finds a way. I end up doing it no matter how much I try not to, so I’ve stopped stressing about making time for it. Now I just try to make the time I do write count.
6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? In the second book of the Ryo Myths, Tomorrow is Too Late, Drakier Lu is introduced. He and Captain Eri used to date, and they don’t any more, for very good reasons. Drakier did some pretty terrible things to Captain Eri, and were I in his position, I couldn’t have gone through with it. I would have done anything to avoid doing what he did, but that’s the beauty of writing. Not all your characters are you. (Some of them are though, it’s unavoidable.)
7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I like to write in dark coffee shops. Is coffee a food? What about green tea?
8. Writing inspirations? Ernest Hemingway. I know all his stories have similar themes about being a man and what it really means to be that man, but his simplicity and attention to detail is impressive. I agree with Hemingway’s assessment of adjectives and adverbs. I personally love weather, and I’m all for simple yet real meals.
9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I’ve got a lot of authors I admire, but currently I find myself reading a lot of Tana French. She writes these amazing novels that are a blend between mystery and literary fiction. French’s novels take place in Ireland, she has this way with writing curses in dialect and only the curses in dialect. What results from that is the reader thinks in an Irish accent without having to wade through long sections written entirely in dialect. If I were to ask her one question, it would be, where did she learn to do that?
10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. I call people out when they misuse words, constantly. I don’t think they like it, but seriously, endearing and enduring are different words. I’m just trying to help.
The Ryo Myths
by Perrin Pring
Filion felt safe in his role as a Dream Searcher. He was paid to venture into other’s dreams and exert influence over individuals whom he would never meet in the flesh.
But that was until he received The Summoning. Filion has been called to track down and protect Ryo, the last of the Chozen. She is the only hope of preventing a tide of evil driven by the Afortiori and the prospect of universal slavery if they aren’t stopped.
Time is ticking and Filion has no idea of how to find Ryo let alone how to protect her, yet destinies of planets rest in her hands. Enlisting the help of a rag-tag band of mercenaries, Filion will set out to search the wastes for Ryo. Together they will confront an evil whose power they just might have fatally underestimated.
She barreled blindly through the forest, not knowing where she was going, only that she had to go. She had to get away, away from whom she didn’t know, but she had to move. They were watching her.
Memories flooded through her. She was on a ship, she was in a car, she was healing the sick, she was giving orders, she was lost. These memories weren’t hers, yet they felt so natural. They felt so real. It was her, Ryo, in those memories, but she couldn’t recall any of them any more than one could truly recall a dream.
She stopped running. Her side ached from the exertion, and her right leg still bled painfully. She peeled back the dark, sticky dress. The cut was deep. It wasn’t going to heal on its own. Then the bubbling came back.
Her hands moved over her leg, and she gasped. The bubbling grew, the hotness, the confidence, the power; all of it came back. She closed her eyes and the pain peaked, then it was gone. She waited several breaths, and then finally opened her eyes. Other than the dried blood and torn dress, one would never have known her leg had been injured. The skin was flawless without even a hint of a scar. She looked at her hands. She had known exactly where to put them. It was as if she had done this every day of her life…
She stood up and quickly sat back down. Her legs shook, and her breathing was ragged. What was happening to her?
Who was she?
Perrin is the author of The Ryo Myths, a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy that has been heralded to engage both nerds and non-nerds alike. Check out her books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. When not writing, Perrin enjoys drinking coffee and swimming, although usually not at the same time.