Author Interview: Jeanne Ryan

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Click on to read my interview with Jeanne Ryan! 

When did you first know you wanted to become a writer?
Well, I first claimed I wanted to be a writer in fifth grade, but I didn’t start seriously writing until about twelve years ago. The time from seriously getting to work until my first novel was published was eight years.

What's your writing process like?
It keeps evolving. For my first couple of manuscripts, I just wrote without direction, and ended up with very messy stories. Then I discovered how to employ standard story structures and that helped a lot. I still like to give myself the freedom to discover, but it’s nice to know where I’m going. As for the day-to-day process, I try to write for a few hours in the morning, and use my afternoons to research or take care of promotional tasks.

What was your inspiration for Nerve? 
There were three main things that inspired me. Watching my niece on her phone, and witnessing how she traveled so smoothly between her real and virtual worlds. 

Noticing how much information everyone I knew (including myself) was suddenly sharing online, and seeing how far people were willing to go on reality shows, and how much viewers were willing to watch. 

At first, Nerve was going to be an online game of truth or dare, but I quickly realized the “truth” part wouldn't be necessary.

Nerve deals with the relationship between people and technology. Do you think that our tech obsessed society is a ultimately a good or bad thing?  
I think it’s both. (Confession: I’m a former IT professional.) Breakthroughs in technology are allowing for great benefits such as developing new energy sources and amazing medical treatments. However, I believe we’re also losing something in the process as we become less and less able to deal with our fellow humans in the “real” world. Furthermore, the definition of reality itself is a moving target.

What are your favorite type of characters to write about?
Troubled ones. Those dealing with something that holds them back, but are ultimately strong enough to overcome their challenges.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have so many! To name a few: A.S. King, Gillian Flynn, Maggie Stiefvater, and Markus Zusak.

What is one thing that you want readers to come away from after reading your stories?
A delicious sense of satisfaction, soon followed by a hunger for more.

Last book you read?
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I hadn’t realized that the photos in it existed before the book was written and inspired the story. So creepy good.

Are you currently reading anything at the moment?
I’m usually reading a few books at a time because I’m greedy like that. Right now, those include Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Story Genius by Lisa Cron, and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.

Thank you so much for coming here and answering my questions! Good luck on your future projects!
Thank you for hosting me!

Follow Jeanne on Twitter and check out her website.

Jeanne Ryan's debut Nerve is available now! Grab a copy here

Check out my book review for Nerve here.

Nerve Book + Movie Comparison Review here.

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