Welcome Ryan Hunter, author of inDIVISIBLE, to the blog today to answer ten questions! Hello!
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Author Bio: Ryan Hunter is the mother of five children. She loves taking in extras, and has had three exchange students and hosted a college student from Samoa. She is very active, and enjoys running, hiking, swimming, kayaking and going for long walks (preferably on the beach).
1. What five words describe you?
Driven, Dedicated, Playful, Adventurous, Active
2. What was the first story you ever wrote? I mean the really bad one we all have that you’re trying to hide in the back of closet now that you’re published?
My very first story was actually a short story that won honorable mention in a Writer’s Digest competition. I turned the story into a full length novel a couple of years afterward. It’s called “Against My Will” and I wrote it as by Robyn Heirtzler. In between that short story and the novel are the ones that would make my skin crawl if anyone were ever able to read them. Thank goodness I lost them when my old computer went out. Seems they’ve even been wiped from my memory! What a relief.
3. What inspires you?
Most of my stories have come from dreams. I dream vivid, sometimes terrifying, stories that won’t leave my head, and so I relieve myself of them by writing them down. While in the midst of writing my stories, I often write just because of a feeling I have, something indescribable, almost like a memory that’s almost there but not quite. The story takes form as I type, my fingers communicating what I cannot form verbally.
4. What distracts you?
I’m a little ADD when I write. I often start out sitting on the floor with my lap top cradled on my thighs and end up sprawling across the floor, only to get uncomfortable and curl up on the couch. I write for minutes or hours, surf the Internet, write again, check FB, write a little more and pin a few pictures of cupcakes … When I finally get back to writing, I will sometimes just set the computer aside and go for a long run. So, I guess the best answer to this is … everything.
5. What’s your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like “I’m a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story.”
I love young adult novels. I think I like them because they’re filled with hope for the future, usually with vivid character development and characters whose minds that are open and flexible. Adult novels are so often stuck with opinionated characters and the dull repetition of work, bills, and bad relationships. I enjoy the journey of self-creation in young adult novels.
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About the Writing
1. Tell us about your currently available titles.
I have two novels written as by Ryan Hunter, my latest, inDIVISIBLE, and an older title that was just re-released, Premeditated. inDIVISIBLE is a dystopian, but not as in Hunger Games or the Maze Runner … as one fan recently said, it’s like a modern 1984 with hope for the future. Premeditated is based on a dream that made me wake with a scream stuck in my throat. I had just confessed to murder … I knew all the details … but something about it didn’t feel right. The story immediately followed, for no other reason than to get it out of my head, and people loved it.
2. What’s your favorite part about writing these stories?
Writing fulfills something deep within me. It’s like the need to breathe or eat or see the sun. Without it, I feel empty and despondent. Writing fills that need and then when people enjoy the stories I’ve set to paper, it’s invigorating and helps me to keep moving forward.
3. What would your characters say about you? Be honest!
“Concentrate already!” Yes, they’d be a little frustrated with my attention span, I’m sure. Oh yeah, and they may yell at me for the way inDIVISIBLE ended, not because it’s bad, but … well, you’ll have to read it to see. I’ve had a mixed response but so far, everyone has said it’s the only way it could have ended. And, yes, there is a part two coming out as soon as I can sit still long enough to craft it.
4. Who would play your favorite character if they made a movie of their story?
I wrote inDIVISIBLE about a very specific type of person. A heroine who’s strong, motivated, scared and beautiful (inside and out), but who also has her flaws. I wrote it, considered the cover and found a photo of the exact person I had in my head, surprised that it was my own daughter. If inDIVISIBLE were made into a movie, I’d love for my daughter to be Brynn.
5. Do you have any projects currently in the works you want to talk about?
I’m in the character development / plotting stage of the second book of the One United Series, book two to inDIVISIBLE. I’m excited about it but don’t dare say much at this point.
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Thanks for joining us today, Ryan, and good luck with your stories!