R.K. Ryals has stopped by my blog today for her blog tour for The Acropolis. Here is an interview with her :) Make sure you follow the rest of the tour with the links below!
About the Book:
Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less:
"We have a new assignment for you, Mr. Reinhardt."
These words are not comforting to me. At eighteen, I am a gargoyle who has been demoted because I broke the rules. Now I have a new mission, a new mark to protect. But I don't expect Emma Chase. I don't expect to question my own race. I don't expect to care for my own mark. And I am not prepared for what I find at The Acropolis.
Warning: Due to language, this book is suggested for Young Adults 16+
Do you have a favorite character? Why is she your favorite?
Deidra Alexander. She's a lesser supporting character that really grew on me as I wrote this book. She's mischievous, loving, and fragile in a strong way, and I think people can relate to that.
What do you hope readers will get from your book?
When I write, I write flawed characters. They have issues. They are real. Despite the fact that they live in a world where the paranormal exists, they have to deal with real problems. I want readers to feel their pain, to feel their fears, emotions, and conflicts, but I want them to walk away knowing that, in the end, no matter the issues the characters have to face, they learn how to make their obstacles a part of their life rather than let the problems overcome them.
About the Author:
What/Who inspires you?
Life inspires me. My mother is the flame that keeps the inspiration going. She was an amazing woman who taught me that words not only create worlds, they create reasons to live in them.
Hardest aspect of writing? Best/Easiest?
World building is the hardest because of the complexity but it is also one of the most interesting aspects. The easiest thing to write is the dialogue. It is also the funnest. I connect with my characters through dialogue.
Who is your writing hero?
Writers of the classics: Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Conrad, Dickens...you name it because the classic writers gave us the floor. They opened up different genres, revolutionized them, and then gave us something to play off of.
About the Future:
What’s next for you?
Currently, I am working on a book called Retribution: Book Three in the Redemption Series. I am also beginning work on the second book in the Acropolis series as well as working on two short stories for two different anthologies.
One outrageous goal for the future?
To write at least four books this year, not including the ones already written.
Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other aspiring writers?
My mother gave me the best advice once during a time when I believed I wasn't as good as some of the other authors I've read in my life. She told me, "What you consider trash, I consider genius." Even after her death, I have not forgotten that. No matter what, there is a reader out there who enjoys what you write. Work hard, edit well, and keep your chin up.
Sweet or salty?
Beach, plains or mountains?
Online, letters or in person?
Ebook or print?
Both. lol. I read print books in the bath tub.
To find out more about R.K. Ryals check out her blog.
To find out more about The Acropolis Book Tour click here.
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