My name is Ryan Grey. I reside in the Carolinas with my daughter and our many fur babies. I am a proud Indie Author who writes Poetry, Dark Romance, Psychological Thrillers and Paranormal Romance. I currently have four books published and I'm working on my sixth one at the moment. I have loved books since before I was school age. By the time I was eleven, I was reading all the greats like Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, John Saul and many more. My life inspires my poetry as I am a quiet, well reserved man and I don't like talking about my life so, through my poetry I am able to express myself and share that with you. My child is also a huge part of my inspiration. Watching her grow and knowing that she looks up to me gave me enough gumption to try living my dream as a published author and it became a reality on June 10th, 2019.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I gave always loved writing. I actually started off with poetry at the age of nine then wrote my first official story when I was twelve which made front page of the local paper where I grew up.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I have green eyes which is rare in males.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
I am a huge fan of horror books and movies. So with that being said, back in the early 2000's I ran into Robert England in Texas and got his autograph.
What are some of your pet peeves?
I have plenty lol but then again who doesn't. To name a few there would be chewing loudly and putting your shoes on furniture. Those are two of the biggest ones that really get me.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born and raised in Miami Florida.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I'd spend it with my child watching our favorite movies and reliving some of our best memories. If I am passing I want her to remember the best of me not the end.
Who is your hero and why?
Martin Luther King Jr. because of all he stood for. Human rights, equality, recognition. He was a great man. Saddens me he did not live to see his dream become reality.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
Hmm, let's see. An understanding one yet a complicated one. I am after all a Gemini and can switch at any moment lol. I am not that complicated and am lenient on most things. My main focus would be helping the lower class, the homeless, children, the abused etc. Mainly those the world at times forgets exist.
What are you passionate about these days?
I am no where near an activist though it may seem like it but human rights is at the top of my list. As well as animal rights.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I love listening to music or reading a good book to unwind. At times even drawing does it for me.
How to find time to write as a parent?
My kiddo is a teenager and can pretty much do for themselves HOWEVER I am still that parent that will stop what I am doing and help them etc. I have always been active in their lives. As for writing I usually do it late in the afternoon when they are playing an online video game with their cousin. I only stop every so often to go check and make sure my kiddo is good and to say hey to my niece online.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
complicated, caring, loyal, honest,giving
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I want to say as a child but it did not become reality until June 2019.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Yes, a few actually. The Jaws movies, Deep Blue Sea, Tombstone, Any Stephen King movie etc.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Manhattan Nights, Matters Of The Heart and Retribution. That series is my favorite so far and would love to see it on film.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
My spirit animal has always been the Wolf and turtles. They are both amazing resilient animals who never give up no matter the hardships they may face.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to try and write a book that was not about Mafia(my normal genre) and have a sweet second chance romance.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I have Mafia books planned, a horror book, physiological thriller, and more poetry books planned for the future.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Breathing life into my characters is always a rush for me. I love seeing them come to life on the pages and not just be words in a book but it feel as though they are as real as you and I.
Who designed your book covers?
My amazingly wonderful PA Tammy Pierce
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Is myself an acceptable response? I always put apart of myself in each male character I write. So what you see in each of them is a small part of me that I only show to certain people.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favorite part is when they choose to stop bickering and be civil which gives them both a chance to access the situation and handle it like adults.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Vanilla with a hint of lavender
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Stephen King, John Saul, Edgar Allen Poe, A.L. Jackson, Jax Hart, Mickey Miller, R.L. Weeks, Angel Rose, Emma Nichole & LJ. Shen.
As for books: Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel is an all time favorite.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was 10 however have been a published author since 2019
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I have always loved to read. Horror and Thriller suspense are my favorite genres.
Advice they would give new authors?
I'd have to say that coming in as a new Indie Author will be tough. You must remember that not everything written will be everyone's cup of tea. Take those reviews if bad as a learning experience and come back bigger and better in the next book written. Know you are not alone.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Writer's block is very real. The longest I have experienced it was for two months then one day the characters were screaming at me like 'come on man, we have a story to be told already' and it call came flooding in as if the flood gates have opened and I was able to write again.
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