MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ADELL RYAN
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Adell Ryan – Reverse Harem Romance in a variety of subgenres (contemporary, soft-scifi, paranormal, etc)
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
In August of 2017, I was very sick and bedridden for quite some time. Books became my escape and I had a budding love for Paranormal Romance. One of my many book searches during that timeframe led me to Trickery, the first book in the Curse of the Gods series by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. I read that book and just completely and utterly swooned over the guy characters, then was like “What is this sorcery, and WHERE DO I FIND MORE?!” I got all grabby handy and desperate. Gimmie, gimme, gimme. Soon, I found myself in a Facebook group called Reverse Harem Readers with thousands of other women (and men) who were also obsessed with the genre. A sci-fi story idea I had thought about in brief six years prior flourished in my mind yet again… this time with a Reverse Harem twist. From there, the story and the characters practically wrote itself.
Can you tell me about your Series?
After I got married and started growing my family, the naive little bubble I seemed to have grown up in, burst, and I quickly learned just how much it seems authority figures like to misuse their positions of seniority. While I like to live a very positive lifestyle, I also easily worry about the degradation of society as a whole on account of the many liberties these sort of people like to take. With that mindset and concern, it wasn’t at all difficult for me to weave a story in my mind about the government going as far as using our blood — the very blueprint of who we are — and capitalizing on that as well.
In Her Reverse Genus, we hop into the near future (2044) and see what things might be like should our free agency and rights continue to decline at a rapid rate.
Throughout the process, we also learn that our DNA just might determine who we are and are not compatible with and what authority figures think about this and intend to do with that type of valuable and world-changing information!
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
No way! I love each of them equally. The character and relationship progression, the forward movement of the story arc, and my growth as a writer with each book!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A lot. So. Much. Research. When you’re dealing with the topic of DNA and a contemporary, near-future setting, you need to be extra specific with the scientific verbiage and details as well as understanding what advancements in politics, economy, and science may be realistic. I’ve put more hours into research than I have into the actual time spent writing with this particular series!
Was it always meant to become a series?
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of three boys, so I base my writing schedule around those things! My most productive hours are in the middle of the day when the boys are finishing up their schoolwork and utilizing those hours for outdoor play or quiet time! However, my hubby (the Ryan in Adell Ryan) and I have also worked out a plan where I get what we call two “full-focus” days a week. He handles all the domestic stuff, and I focus on my writing career! Each writing day is spent logging as many words as I’m capable of. No min or max!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have two new series in progress and a potential co-write! However, the titles are presently all top secret information. Make sure you join my Facebook Group to keep updated!
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
As a mother of three boys, I often thought of what I might name a little girl in the event I ever had one. Ryan and I decided on the name Thessaly, but we never got the opportunity to use it. When I started writing Her Reverse Genus, I knew right away that this series would be the “baby girl” I always wanted, and so my lead female character took on the name.
Where do your ideas come from?
All up in my crazy head. Music and life experiences are definitely top influencers though!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Speed! I don’t clock very many words per hour, and I tend to be too meticulous with my first draft. I have a hard time just letting go and getting the words down without writing, reading, editing, re-writing over and over again. With practice, I’m getting better though!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Mothering my children (both in real life and my book babies!)
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The creative outlet. Building worlds. Making “real to me” characters. Readers who “get” it. Touching lives. Making people think (I don’t write the fluff stuff usually!) And so so so much more. Writing is a rewarding and enriching in a plethora of ways!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still writing! However, in ten years I hope a lot more published books have my name on them!
Have you always liked to write?
I have written creatively for as long as I can remember. When I was in first grade I won an award for a special character’s story I had shared. This character went on quite the adventure; he dragged himself through a desert, bounced through a giant forest, and rolled around in a plush field of grass. At the end, he found himself quite stuck at the bottom of a lake. Why? Well because he was a golfball, of course.
I continued to write on-and-off throughout my life but never took it seriously. Then, when I gave birth to my first son, I would write him little poems… I even wrote him a song. The song thing became a tradition, and my next two boys earned their very own as well. These personal songs taught them how to spell their names and always reminded them how much they are loved. I also wrote a short children’s story at one point, but never thought I was much good at it, so it got set aside.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Go for it! But always try to embrace the hard stuff too; the challenges you’ll face — because you will face them. Find the lesson in every step along the way, and always try to “level up” even if you might think you don’t need to.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I am also a professional photographer and designer; those are definitely my fall back!
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I’m just going to be brutally honest here: I don’t have a thick skin. Not yet. So… I cry… and clean my house like a maniac because I can’t sleep. Then I don’t write for a couple days because negative reviews can be so debilitating in that way!
Next, I get over it and take any constructive portions of the negative reviews and apply them in the following books. I never want to be stagnant with my writing; my intention is to always learn and grow. However, that doesn’t make reading the negative reviews any easier! Ha!
In the beginning, for a long while, I read every review. But, now I have someone else read the review, send me the positive ones, and sends my hubby the negative ones.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
This kind of piggy-backs my answer about reviews. The judgment, hands down!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! All the way! I can wake up and do it from morning until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer at night!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Originality all the way! With my Her Reverse Genus series, I can promise you haven’t read a story arc like it!
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️