This interview kicks off a new series of author/writer interviews on the blog. If you are interested in being interviewed, please email me asap at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ryan Forsythe's book is a novel about Dick Cheney and time travel, being released the same week as Cheney's own memoir. Read below to learn more about Ryan and his book.
Ryan, how did you become interested in writing?
In college I was disappointed with the majority of my classes. I asked all my friends to recommend one decent professor, and I almost signed up for an engineering class (I was a psych. major at the time). At the last minute, a friend recommended Michelle Herman's fiction workshop. I signed up, and on the first day of class—just my luck—learned she was having a baby and would be out all semester. The replacement teacher wasn't very good, but I enjoyed writing the short stories so much that I kept adding writing classes (including Michelle Herman's the following year). Soon I added a creative writing major. Been writing ever since.
What was your first success?
What kind of books do you most enjoy reading, Ryan?
I may still have one of Everett's novel's I borrowed from you, have to check around and see. Do you just write books, or do you also write other kinds of things?
I used to write mainly travel stories—even had a newspaper travel column for a bit in Oberlin, Ohio. But I don't travel as much anymore, so my focus has shifted to fiction—both short stories and novels. I've also written a few "children's books for adults"--books that look and sound like children's books, but which cover adult themes. I published one a few years ago, titled The Little Veal Cutlet That Couldn't. It's about the happy cow that goes to the slaughterhouse—told in rhyme with full color illustrations. I have a few more I'd like to get out there, but lately I've been putting all my attention on the novel. I don't do poems.
How did you get the idea for your current book?
Do you have an agent? Tell us about your experiences with/without an agent.
What are your thoughts about marketing? Any tips about how to do it well?
If you could achieve one marketing coup for your book, what would it be?
Any other thoughts to share, Ryan?
To preview an excerpt of the novel, visit http://www.freado.com/book/10562/dick-cheney-saves-paris