Thursday, July 6, 2017

#AuthorInterview with Anthony Ryan @writer_anthony

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Anthony Ryan author of The Legion of Flame. Hi Anthony, thank you for agreeing to this interview. So, what have you written? 

The Waking Fire - The Draconis Memoria Book I 
The Legion of Flame - The Draconis Memoria Book I 

Blood Song - Raven's Shadow Book I  
Tower Lord - Raven’s Shadow Book II 
Queen of Fire - Raven’s Shadow Book III  
The Lord Collector - A Raven’s Shadow Novella 
The Lady of Crows - A Raven’s Shadow Novella 
A Duel of Evils - A Raven’s Shadow Short Story 

Slab City Blues  
(Slab City Blues Vol. I) 
A Song for Madame Choi (Slab City Blues Vol. II) 
A Hymn to Gods Long Dead  (Slab City Blues Vol. III) 
The Ballad of Bad Jack  (Slab City Blues Vol. IV) 
An Aria for Ragnarok  (Slab City Blues Vol. V) 

I've had the opportunity to read The Waking Fire and The Legion of Flame. I can't wait to dive into your other series.

Where can we buy or see them?  
Links to where to buy any of my books are on my website: anthonyryan.net

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? 
My current series has an ensemble cast but most readers seem to like Lizanne Lethridge the most. She's an industrial espionage agent who gains magic powers by drinking dragon blood.  

I'm super into magic and dragons. I think that's why I loved this series so much.

What are you working on at the moment? 
I'm currently enjoying some downtime after finishing the third and final book in the Draconis Memoria series. I'll soon be starting work on another novella set in my Raven's Shadow world. 

I can't wait to get my hands on both of these.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? 
I think Emily Blunt would make a great Lizanne. 

I can see that. Love Emily Blunt.

When did you decide to become a writer? 
As soon as I found out it was an actual job. I think I was about eight. 

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? 
The Draconis Memoria is a secondary world fantasy set in a world at a mid-19th century level of development where a select number of people gain magical powers by drinking dragon blood.  

Do you read much and  if so, who are your favorite authors? 
I read a lot, though not as much as I used to, probably an age thing. I read a variety of genres, David Gemmell being my favourite fantasy author. I also enjoy the crime novels of James Ellroy, the sci-fi of William Gibson, amongst many others. 

What book/s are you reading at present? 
I'm currently reading 'The Great Ordeal' by R. Scott Bakker. 

What advice would you give to your younger self? 
Stop distracting yourself and write more. 

I love this. Maybe I should tattoo this on my forehead.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? 
The Lord of the Rings, I'd never need to work again. 

Agreed.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 
 Concentrate on finishing your stories rather than fixating on daily word counts. Also, read a lot and remember that every writer you ever heard of is someone who chose not to give up. 

How can readers discover more about you and you work? 
They can visit my website or follow me on Twitter: @writer_anthony 

Thank you Anthony for stopping by Confessions. I've enjoyed reading your responses to my questions and am really excited to pick up some of your other reads. 

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