Author Interview: Ryan Meier

Ryan Meier

  1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.I’m in the final stretch of writing Elements of Creation, the follow up to my debut novel Shadows of Creation. I just finished writing one of the marque scenes earlier today and couldn’t be more excited to wrap up, polish it, and share my next installment with the world.
  2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
    1. Shadows of Creation is an epic fantasy written for both the adult and young adult audiences. It’s a world full of elves, elemental magic, and (of course) an ancient, mythical creature hellbent on the destruction of Turina. The characters are loveable, damaged, and trying their best to save the world despite themselves. The best comparison I can give is Weis and Hickman’s Dragonlance ChroniclesShadows is the first in my Creation Chronicles trilogy.
    2. My second novel, The Kept King, is a standalone contemporary fantasy set in a completely different world. It follows the king of a small farming kingdom. Life is boring – with one exception. He battles a mysterious illness that severely impacts his memory and ability to travel. Thomas’ mundane routine continues until a new visitor arrives. All I’ll say beyond that is get ready for a mystery that I’m told will keep you guessing until you realize you guessed wrong.
    3. The manuscript for Elements of Creation, the follow up to Shadows, is nearly completed and has a targeted release window of June/July. I want to yell about the exciting stuff going on in book 2, but its far too soon. All I’ll say is if you have read Shadows, stay patient. If you haven’t? Get going and prepare for summer!
  3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)Editing. I have so much hatred for that process. It wears me down and burns me out. With that said, it’s a necessity. My hope is to continue to hone my skills and learn. I imagine it will be more enjoyable over time. Or it won’t and I’ll continue to hate it.
  4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?What I’m doing right now. Earlier today I wrote the marque scene for two of my protagonists and it poured out of me like a fountain. That feeling. Creating something new from nothing and allowing your heart and soul to leak out onto the pages.
  5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)Are you familiar with a Sanderlanche? It’s a common theme in most of Brandon Sanderson’s writings. He slow builds and then it call comes crashing down around you. If I could bring my readers to that precipice? Well, I guess I’ll spend the rest of my life trying!
  6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?I think we as human beings are too quick to want things immediately. I’m sure if I explained that I’m helping him in the long run he’d be fine… Or I’d have to fight him. Spoiler: I’d lose.
  7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?I’m reading CT Phipp’s The Rules of Supervillany right now, so Gary the protagonist would sit down and play some poker with Brenn, a gloomy mercenary from Shadows. I would go all-in for a chance to win that magical cloak! To entice the bet? Brenn would have to put his best friend, Nebulous the Mountain Dolly (the largest and most intelligent breed of horse in Turina). Thinking about it – the bet would never happen. Brenn would never risk his horse, and I doubt Gary would be interested in riding a massive horse around town (then again, he does drive a minivan..)
  8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)I think the biggest trap that writers fall into early on (at least I did) is allowing your artistic side to overshadow the business side. To be more specific, I was a binge writer. I would write like a madman for two weeks, then fall off and not write at all for the next two or four. Without balance and an effective routine, I was doomed to allow myself to fall out of rhythm, lose valuable time, and ultimately cost myself money. Since I’ve allowed the business side of me to manage the creative side – I’ve been more productive and more positive about my potential. In other words, be your own boss. That means kicking yourself in the ass and getting your artsy side on a schedule.
  9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.Thank you for having me. I’m far too busy with my writing my own worlds to take over the world. Besides, who would want that responsibility? Not I.