Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Frank P Ryan with his Epic Fantasy Novel, The Return of the Arinn, Book 4 of The Three Powers Series.
Frank P Ryan is a multiple-bestselling author, in the UK and US. He is the author of the bestselling epic fantasy series, The Three Powers, in which each book is intended to read as an adventure in itself while also continuing the momentum of the series. The first three titles in this series, The Snowmelt River, The Tower of Bones and The Sword of Feimhin, have been very well received, entering the top ten in the Amazon Kindle epic fantasy bestseller list and attracting lots of fans as well as enthusiastic reviews. The Fourth title, The Return of the Arinn, is in the pipeline for publication on November 5. A serialisation of free chapters from The Return of the Arinn are available for free download from www.fatasybookreview.co.uk. Lots more information including a free booklet to help your writing at www.frankpryan.com.
His other fiction includes the thrillers Goodbye Baby Blue and Tiger Tiger, which gathered fine reviews, including The Sunday Times, and his contemporary novel, Taking Care of Harry, explored the themes of mental illness and love in old age. His books have been translated into many languages and have been the subject of more than a dozen television features and documentaries. His science fiction novel, The Doomsday Genie, asks if the Genetic Age, with all of its potential for human good, might also bring with it a threat every bit as dangerous as the atomic bomb.
In addition to writing, Frank has directed his own commercial art gallery and has retained strong links with the artistic community. His philosophy is based on the importance of fun in everybody’s daily life. He is married with two children.
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Violence and war reigns on Tír as the dragon, Driftwood, returns Kate to join Alan and his friends, who are helping the young Kyra, and her vast army of Shee, to besiege the Tyrant’s metropolis, Ghork Mega. Mo, baffled by the changes she senses within her own being, and terrified by the strange visions she encountered in the Valley of the Pyramids, is increasingly apprehensive about her own fate.
On Earth Mark and Nan accompany the crew of the Mamma Pig in fighting their way north through blazing townships, and the corrupt armies of Field Marshall Seebox, heading for the Rebel Headquarters, where they hope to enlist expert medical help to revive the unconscious druid, Padraig. In central London, within the monstrous edifice of the Black Rose, Penny is brainwashed by the Tyrant, in the guise of Jeremiah, who needs her genius to mastermind a plan for ultimate domination. Meanwhile Gully flees the endangered refuge of the Tudor Farm, heading into the darkness of a snowy night on a purloined bicycle. He is heading back into London to rescue Penny, little realising his own terrible danger.
Through the dominance of the Black Rose, and through Grimstone’s malevolent manipulation of religion, the anarchy and disorder is spreading widely across Earth. A threatened America leads the President to send a cigar-smoking Kentuckian special advisor, Brett Lee Travis, to join the UK rebels. Brett persuades a reluctant crew to battle their way back to the perilous confines of inner London, and the immensely threatening Black Rose, so he can examine it himself and thus prepare for a final violent confrontation of modern military warfare against the Tyrant’s forces of black magic.
So, as moment by moment, both worlds become increasingly embroiled in escalating conflict, at stake is the greatest prize of all – ultimate control of the Fáil, the force that controls all of the forces of magic on Tír, indeed that controls Destiny itself . . .
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Why did you decide to be a writer?
I began to write my first novel after a near death experience at the age of nineteen. I was involved in a serious crash with a bike and had multiple injuries.
Do you have a “day job”? If so, what do you do?
I was formerly a consultant physician in the teaching hospitals in Sheffield.
What genres do you write?
I write both fiction (mainly epic fantasy) and science non-fiction.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with? If so, what is it and what attracts you to it?
The main experimental genre to me is fantasy. I like the fact that compared to other categories of fiction I have previously written, mainly thrillers and one each of contemporary fiction and science fiction, fantasy is freer, devoid of rules. But it also demands a very high level of imagination. That’s very appealing to me.
What inspires you to write?
I don’t know where the inspiration comes from. It’s just there. My late father was a storyteller, so maybe there’s something coming through from him.
What authors/books have most influenced you?
I read no fantasy at all until well into adult life. I liked fiction when growing up and read Billy Bunter, Biggles, Sherlock Holmes, and so on. Later I read widely in contemporary fiction, including Thomas Mann, Hemingway, Sartre, Faulkner, Steinbeck and some of the Russian and French authors.
If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?
None. I wouldn’t dream of being tutored by anybody else.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
When, aged 21, I completed my first novel. It was never published. I submitted it to a single agent, who actually liked it and thought it could be improved and revised. I never revised it. Instead I carried on working to be a hospital doctor. But the thing was still in me. I ran an art gallery for nine years while a busy doctor (my sister ran it day to day). When the gallery closed, I returned to writing.
What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
I just want to write the sort of books that interest me. I would refuse to write any book that didn’t interest and inspire me.
What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?
I’m fortunate that I don’t suffer too much from writer’s block. In the past the biggest obstacle for me, as with most would-be writers, was getting a publisher and agent to take an interest in my writing. I got this interest by the time I had written my third book, which is fairly par for the experience. But I also set up a small press outfit (Swift Publishers) to publish those of my books that didn’t interest my mainstream publishers. By doing this I enabled myself to write only what interested me.
Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?
My wife has suppored me, especially early on. Otherwise my family just expect to get a copy of each book as they appear. I don’t think they read them, but they might after I’ve gone. I think it’s very difficult for family or friends to read one’s books – it’s too intimate.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author?
To hear from a reader that they enjoyed one of my books. One of my non-fiction books was one of three books of the year for the New York Times. That was special.
Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique? How did you handle it?
Plenty. In time you learn to ignore them but they can sting. Look at the contrary opinions of readers who like your books.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Be true to yourself when you write.
What is the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write only for money.
What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?
I follow my local football team and I am very involved in family affairs.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could only have five books with you, what would they be?
I’d prefer to take works of art or music than a handful of books because I don’t like to read a book more than once. But maybe The English Patient, Ursula Le Guin’s fantasy quartet, The Songlines by Chatwyn, H is for Hawk, Wolf Hall.
Do you have any advice for other authors?
Keep going. Don’t let rejection get you down. If they won’t publish you, do it yourself.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
Just thank you for all the readers who have loved my books over the years. I really do think you’re important and I very much appreciate your interest in my writing.