Friday, April 11, 2014

Indie United interview with author R.K. Ryals

Hey all, I'm involved in an amazing group of authors called Indie United! Today I get to interview the one and only R.K. Ryals!! And give you a peek at her new release!!

1.    Because I ask everyone, tell me what your favorite candy is.

Lol! I have to admit to having a real sweet spot for anything with caramel in it. Rolos and Caramello bars are probably my favorite candy.

2.    Do you have a writing playlist?

Always. I have a playlist for each book that I write. Music is an inspiration for me and really helps to bring my worlds and books alive.

3.    Who do you love to read when you have downtime?

My inventory of favorites is honestly too long to list, but if I had to name one off the top of my head, then I’d have to say that I’m a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. I think she is such a poetic writer.

4.    When did you know you wanted to write?

There has honestly never been a time when I didn’t want to write. I developed a love for storytelling at an early age from my grandmother, and it grew from there. I’ve never wanted to do anything outside of the writing industry. I even started interning for a local paper when I was in high school, and it has continued to be my career of choice since then.

5.    What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given since you started writing?

I think the best advice I’ve ever gotten was from my mother. She once said, “What you think is trash, others consider genius.” Writing can be a very discouraging field. Some months are better than others. There is always the chance of rejections, plummeting sales, and emotional ups and downs. It’s a field that you genuinely have to love to be in to stay in. And I think the most important thing to remember is that writing is about telling stories. Despite all of the drama and the highs and lows, being a writer is about passion. It’s about the love of the craft. And it’s about editing, editing, and more editing.

6.    What are you working on right now?

Currently, I am working on Deliverance, the third book in my Acropolis series. It is scheduled to release the end of this month. This weekend, I am also releasing a very special project called The Story of Awkward. I am really excited about this book. It touched me in a very personal way while writing it. 

Here is more about The Story of Awkward!

Have you ever felt outside the norm? Different? Unusual? Weird? Have you ever been bullied? Teased? Have you ever felt alone? Secluded? Peregrine Storke knows the feeling, that incredibly lonely feeling. It's like standing at a window, your palm against the glass, your gaze watching people be things you never thought you could be. But that's about to change .... Releasing this weekend is The Story of Awkward. This is a YA/NA romance for anyone who's ever wanted to believe in fairytales, who's ever wanted to be a part of a fairytale, but who always felt too awkward to fill the role.

The Story of Awkward by R.K. RyalsCover Design by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design Synopsis: If you are looking for a happy book about beautiful people, this is the wrong story. If you are looking for a narrative without emotion, without regrets, and without mistakes, this is definitely the wrong story. This is by no means an uncomplicated tale about uncomplicated people. It is by no means sweet or light. This story is ugly. This story is complicated.This story is emotional.This story is tragic.In short, this story is about being awkward. Peregrine Storke is an artist with an odd sketchbook full of pictures she’s drawn since she was a child. It is a book full of strange sketches and awkward characters, for there is no better way to hide from bullying and life than to create a world of your own. With a stroke of her pencil, she has given life to a spectacled princess, a freckle-nosed king, a candy loving troll, a two-horned unicorn, and a graceless fairy. At nineteen, Peregrine leaves her home, her sketchbook, and awkwardness behind. But what happens when something goes wrong in the world of Awkward? Trapped inside of her complex realm with the bully she thought to leave behind, Peregrine discovers there is nothing worse than falling for your own villain.
About the Author

R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home in the Southern U.S. with her husband, her three daughters, a rescue dog named Oscar the Grouch, A Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, an OCD cat, and a coffee pot she honestly couldn't live without. Should she ever become the owner of a fire-breathing dragon (tame of course), her life would be complete.
Contact her on twitter and Instagram at @RKRyals, on Facebook at or online at

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