Please help me welcome Lori Ryan to the blog for an interview!
Tell me about yourself, and your writing.
I’m a mom, a writer, wife, and lover of chocolate and coffee.
How long have you been writing? How many published books do you have, and what genres?
I only began writing in December of 2013, so I’m coming up on my one year “anniversary.” I’ve got four books out now and have a new one I’m putting out at the end of January. All are contemporary romances with a twist of suspense and danger to them.
Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?
Right now, I’m having a lot of fun with the romantic suspense stuff, but I may try some straight contemporary romance at some point. I don’t think I’d rule anything out at this point. That’s one of the cool things about writing: you get to be creative and try new things whenever you want!
Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?
Heavy plotter, but then it all changes as I go along.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
My son goes to school in the morning so I write from about 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. If I’m in that crunch time in the last few weeks of getting a book turned around from draft to finished product, I’ll write at night also.
Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books?
I really have so many, it’s hard to name even a few. I love small town romances so Susan Mallery and Robyn Carr are favorites there. When I want humor, I turn to Penny Reid and Jill Shalvis. If I want heat and sexy military men, I go to Kaylea Cross or Suzanne Brockmann.
What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
I somehow managed to get four books out this year and I hope to do that again! There’s always pressure to get new books out there for readers, while at the same time making sure the quality stays high. I’m honestly not sure how I did this year. It’s a little daunting when I try to plan out a schedule. I’ll try, though!
If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?
Who wouldn’t answer “unicorn” to that?
Tell us a little about your latest release.
Negotiation Tactics is my favorite book so far in the Sutton Capital Series. It was a blast to write and, so far readers seem to be loving it. I love the characters – Chad and Jennie. They definitely deserve their HEA!
What is something that you absolutely can't live without? (Other than family members)
Coffee, but really, who can?
Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?
I don’t know. I think it would be tough to meld creative style and make it come together as a cohesive product, but since plenty of writers manage it, I guess I could if I put my mind to it. There are a lot of people I’d want to do it with if the opportunity came up, but I’m not sure I’d feel worthy of it with most of them!
If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?
Wonder Woman. I’d want to fly on her invisible jet and borrow the awesome wristbands.
What are some of your other hobbies outside of writing?
If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?
Real. I bet they make that one into a movie someday!
What is a talent you wish you had, but don't?
Cooking. The whole house still reeks of burned stew from last night’s dinner.
Weather: Hot or cold?
Hot. We live in Texas, but I’m thinking of moving the family to a warmer climate.
Favorite place to read?
Does it matter? I have Kindle for iPhone! Anywhere and everywhere would be my answer, I guess.
Negotiation Tactics: Book Three in the Sutton Capital Series
by Lori Ryan
Fans of the Sutton Capital Series have been waiting for Jennie and Chad’s story for a long time and they won’t be disappointed! And, new readers are sure to fall in love with the series.
After the crushing heartache of losing her husband at a harshly young age, Jennie Evans had finally found a place to call home. She had a job she loved and new friends to support her. With the exception of having to continuously fight off the feelings she had for Chad Thompson, she was happy again. As happy as she could be anyway. When Jennie’s well-meaning friends meddle in her life, they send her world into a tailspin once again. Soon, she’s on the run from some very dangerous people with the one man she doesn’t want to be with.
Chad Thompson has loved Jennie from afar for the last year, but he’s maintained control. Jennie’s made it clear she wants nothing to do with him and he won’t cross the line she’s drawn in the sand. Until she asks him to. And, when that happens, their world is turned upside down. Chad’s left scrambling to keep Jennie safe as he tries to right their world again. Unfortunately, Chad has to accept the fact that his heart is likely to be crushed in the process and nothing will ever be the same again.
Jack laughed at Chad’s frown. “Hey, get yourself a wife and you won’t miss us so much.”
“Funny.” Chad scowled as the men picked up their bags and started toward the exit.
Jack and Andrew got quiet and Chad groaned inside. He knew what was coming.
Can’t everyone drop the whole Jennie and Chad thing?
He had barely managed to get the image of Jennie in a T-shirt with no bra, out of his head for the last hour of the basketball game and now they had to put it front and center again without even mentioning her name. That sight had plagued him for two damn days and he wasn’t likely to get over it anytime soon.
“Chad, you really need to see where this thing with Jennie might go. Have you even been on a date with anyone else since you met her?” Jack asked.
They crossed the parking lot toward their cars, but it was clear Jack and Andrew were going to stay until he gave them an answer. Chad didn’t want to tell Jack the answer to that question and he didn’t want to have this conversation with Jack and Andrew again. As far as they knew, he didn’t want to date Jennie because he was her boss at Sutton Capital. And, that was part of it, but Chad hadn't told anyone the truth.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children, two mostly-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing.
Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has written three more books since then. Each of Lori’s books have made their way to the Amazon bestseller list and she quickly climbed the Amazon bestselling author list, as well. In November, 2013, Lori and a group of romantic suspense authors landed on the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists with an anthology only eight months after the release of Lori’s first book. Lori loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog. Oh, and if you’ve read Lori’s books and loved them, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.com. Writers live and die by their reviews and Lori promises to do a happy dance around her office every time you write one!
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