Word-Slingers – Interviewing Sylvia Ryan

1) How long have you been writing?

Five years ago, I found myself with a job that gave me summers off. I quickly realized there’s only so much puttering in the garden and reading a person can do.  I wrote my first book, Saved by One, Shared by Two that summer.  Since then, I’ve written four others and I’m going strong. It’s a great hobby.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I’m lucky, I only work part-time and my family is past the needing-mom-for-everything stage, so I don’t have as many balls in the air as some authors. Still, it would be wonderful to be able to be an author only and dump the day job altogether, but…I don’t think that will happen until I get on the bestseller list. But at this point, priorities are family, work, and then writing.

3) What can you tell us about your release Being Amber? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not.  
 
Well my introduction to dystopian literature was way back in high school when I read 1984 by George Orwell.  I’ve been a fan of the genre for my entire adult life. Then, a few years ago I read several young adult books that I really loved, the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfield and Delirium by Lauren Oliver as well as a couple others that were similar.  These YA books  introduced some romance into the dystopian genre, and I’d never really seen it there before. By then I had completed my first two books and was waiting for my next big inspiration.  It didn’t take long for me to create my own dystopian future, except with a little more focus on adult romance. The New Atlanta Series is the result of that with Being Amber the first in that series.J

4) What is it about the sci-fi romance genre that you like so much?

Right now, what I like most about it is that there’s so few authors doing it. My books are not about vampires, shifters, billionaire Doms or any other of the many themes that are a dime a dozen right now.  Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve loved those books too, but I have found my memory mixing up story lines of the twenty-or-so vampire romances I’ve read. Most of the reading in the sci-fi romance genre won’t get lost in a person’s memory once mixed with all the books one has read before it because there are so few out there that are similar.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I have thought about writing in a different genre, maybe one that wasn’t erotica since the erotic scenes, for me, are the hardest to write. But inspiration has to hit, and so far my inspiration has always been more toward the sexually explicit end of the spectrum.

6) Sweet or sour?

Sweet

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate

Author Information
As an avid reader, I’m always on the hunt for that next amazing story. Those unforgettable books with the perfect balance of action and passion are hard to find and even harder to write. My hope is that Being Amber has given readers a few hours of happiness while they savor the gradual discovery of each character and how their story unfolds. I usually fall in love with the hero and heroine in the books I write by the time I’ve written the last page. If I’ve done my job well, you’ve fallen in love, too. So many times I find myself not wanting a book to end.  I crave more of the story, wanting to know what happens after the happily ever after. If you’re like me and want to read more about Xander and Jaci, the epilogue to Being Amber is posted on my website at http://www.RyanBooks.net. Stop in and find out how their story ultimately ends before moving on to Jordan’s story in Being Sapphire. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading.
 
 
Book Information
 
 

Both danger and sex are inescapable in the Amber Zone.
Jaci Harmon was born a Sapphire, but after she’s summoned to receive her final designation, the testing reveals she carries a gene slated for eradication. Within a day, she’s sterilized and dumped in the Amber Zone, where the damaged are corralled away from the rest of New Atlanta. Scared and alone, Jaci would rather die than face her future as an Amber.
Born in the Amber Zone, Xander Dimos is a product of a lifetime spent under the oppression of the Repopulation Laws. Decades of suffering have taught the Ambers to make the zone a place where touch, sex, and unconditional acceptance ease the pain of their fate. Jaci has a lot to learn about her new home, and it’s Xander’s responsibility to guide her through the differences and the dangers safely.
With the simmering undercurrents of sexual chemistry growing between them, and in the midst of discovering the Gov’s true motives, Jaci and Xander must overcome his secret and accept their love as undeniable…even if the time allotted to share it is short.
 
CONTENT WARNING: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, ménage a trios, use of sex toys, and anal sex.

Excerpt
“Why didn’t you just let me die?” she whispered.
“Because you’re mine to take care of now.” He leaned in close so that his lips were brushing her ear. “It’s okay to stumble and fall. I’ll be here to catch you. I’ll take care of you Jaci, I promise.” 
Xander squeezed the words out through a tight throat and then sat on the edge of the bed. He settled her in his lap and tucked her into him, wrapping his arms around her to keep her warm and let her know she was safe. After a few beats of stillness, Jaci started shaking her head. Almost imperceptibly at first, but within seconds, a sob escaped her. “I don’t want this. Let me die next time,” she cried. “Please. Please,” she sobbed. “I don’t want to feel like this. I don’t want to feel it anymore.”
“That’s enough,” Xander growled. “I don’t want to hear any more of this. I’m going to take care of you, Jaci. I’ll help you chase the pain away. We’ll do it together.”


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