Interview: R.C. Ryan

Jen:  Today we welcome R.C. Ryan to Romancing the Book.  R.C., will you share a short bio with us?
R.C.: New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan (also writing as R.C. Ryan) has written over a hundred novels, both contemporary and historical.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
R.C.: MATT is the first in a 3-book family saga, and he’s the oldest of the three siblings raised by their uncle and grandparents on the family ranch after the death of their parents in a car crash on a snowy night. The idea stems from my love of all things Western and cowboy.  The life of a working rancher makes for fascinating reading.  When you add a beautiful lawyer from Chicago as the love-interest, you have double the excitement.

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
R.C.: Seat of the pants all the way.  I prefer to learn the story along the way.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
R.C.: I write every day.  Usually in my home office by 8 am. I work until I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished, whether it’s noon or dinner time.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
R.C.: Years ago I received a long, rambling letter from a woman who claimed that my book saved her life.  She was suffering from agarophobia and hadn’t left her house in years.  A neighbor gave her a copy of one of my early books, and she loved it so much she wanted more of my books.  This kind neighbor told her she would have to go to the bookstore and buy her own copy.  She pushed herself enough to leave the house, and from then on, was able to travel more and more distance from her home, until she felt cured of her phobia. I’ve never forgotten that lovely letter.  It became the driving force behind all my work.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
R.C.: I love to garden.  Living in Michigan, we cherish our spring and summer seasons.  I like nothing more than to dig in the dirt and see my flowers grow.

Jen: What’s next for you?
R.C.: Luke, Book 2, is about middle brother Luke who is a wild child now grown to wild man, whether on a horse or a Harley.  He will meet Ingrid, a very disciplined, determined woman bent on keeping her dysfunctional family together. And REED, Book 3, is about the youngest brother, a loner, who falls for Ally Shaw, a single mother with a son Kyle, almost five. This young woman is unwilling to trust her own heart, because of her mistakes in the past. But it will be Ally who will resolve a mystery that has plagued the Malloy family for decades.