I get asked that question a lot. I do book reviews but I also read religiously for entertainment, research, and educational purposes. Recently, an author contacted me with a copy of her book and asked me if I would read it and do a review. I need a few weeks to get that done, but in the meantime I thought it would be a good idea to learn more about her and what she is doing in her career.
Who is Ryan … What’s her Name?
In 1973 a woman was told her baby would die at birth, if she could carry the child to term. She was advised to abort the child as her life was also at stake.
She refused. She wanted her own baby, and she was willing to take the risk.
With a death sentence upon my head, I was born healthy and screaming. I don’t think I’ve shut up yet. I’m grateful to my mother for her bravery and determination
to bring me into this world and for the confidence she continues to place in me.
I’m Ryan Hunter, at least in a fictional sense. I was actually born Robyn Walker and married into a last name no one else could spell, hence the pen name
… I’m the mother of five awesome children; an airman, a genius, a BMX addict, a zombie and an angel. I’m also married to a patient man who finds me the
time to write and even sends me on the occasional writing retreat when he realizes it’s needed, for his sanity or mine … I haven’t quite figured that one
I’m an avid runner (it keeps me sane), I love to bake (it keeps me smiling), and of course I write (it fulfills something deep inside of me in a way I can’t
explain). I also dream, a lot. When I’m sleeping I dream of fantastic places or terrifying scenarios. When I’m awake I dream of traveling with my family,
the beach and anything else that makes me particularly happy.
I’m the author of two novels, Premeditated, the idea for which woke me in a panicked sweat; and inDIVISIBLE, another novel born of dreams and impressions
that haunted me relentlessly day and night until I made a pact with myself that if I wrote the story, I would allow myself to get some rest. It worked.
And I’ve been told it’s quite a success. That also makes me happy.
I wrote in high school, but had plans to be an architect. But when my kids were little, things changed suddenly.
One morning I woke up with a story idea stuck in my head, (which could have been better) that I had to get out. I could find no other way to relieve the
pressure than to start typing it out on the dinosaur of a computer I owned at the time.
I wrote in private. I hid my finished work, scared of what people would think if they knew I not only talked to myself but recorded the communications on
my hard-drive. I had self-doubt and fear and a stark lack of knowledge concerning anything to do with plotting.
I finally gained enough courage to “come out of the closet” and admit I was a writer. I sought help from a bestselling brother-in-law and instead of asking
me if I was crazy, he actually encouraged me to pursue it. He’s helped me nonstop throughout my adventures in writing.
I went on to publish two novels under my actual name and two published as Ryan Hunter. The first two were through traditional publishing because that’s
the way things were done. Ebooks weren’t around yet, seriously, I’d just barely gotten my first email account. But things changed: the publishing industry,
electronics and my name. I decided to take the challenge and the responsibility of self-publishing my next two books (in a completely different genre than
my first two, another reason for a pen name).
It’s more work with publicity and the whole reinvention process so people realize I’m still me, but I don’t think I’d change it. I’ve had a good response
to my work and look forward to creating the next two books in the One United trilogy, the follow-ups to inDIVISIBLE.