Reese Ryan’s novel Making the First Move makes its debut release today and I’m thrilled to be part of her launch party. Reese and I have developed a wonderful literary bond and friendship in recent years and as her colorful layers unfold, she continues to demonstrate genuine kindness, warm humor, and an audacious writing talent.
Weeks ago, I pre-ordered my own copy of Making the First Move and have been anxiously awaiting this particular day to finally get my hands on it. You should definitely consider getting your hands on one, too. (Click here to read the book summary.)
Please help me celebrate the debut of Reese Ryan by learning about her and her new novel. Reese granted me a walk inside her mind, which gave me the privilege of revealing to you the makings of a true literary artist.
Chatting with Reese
Your debut novel Making the First Move is a contemporary romance, what draws you to this genre?
I love stories in the here and now. Historical and sci-fi fiction can be fun, too. But with contemporary fiction—as both a reader and writer—I don’t get lost in the details of world-building and can concentrate more on the characters, their interactions, and emotions.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Making the First Move is a contemporary romance, but it’s also very much about the growth of a flawed heroine and the characters and situations who play a role in her journey. So the intended audience is readers who enjoy watching the evolution of a flawed character as she makes her challenging journey to happy ever after with the hero.
Most non-writers think writing a book is easy-peasy, yet we writers know differently. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?
Initially it was applying butt to chair and getting a manuscript finished. Don’t get me wrong, that can still be a challenge at times. But the real work happens during the revision stage. That’s where the story is really crafted into the final form. For me that’s the most difficult part of the process.
What aspect/process of getting your book published surprised you the most?
The non-writing part of being a published writer. It takes a huge amount of time and effort. As a writer you think, I just need to write the best novel I can. That’s true. But that isn’t the end, it’s only the beginning. Whether you’re self-published, digitally-published, or with a traditional publishing house MUCH of the business of promo falls to the author.
Is there a message in your debut novel you’d want readers to grasp?
Yes. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself. Find your passion and do what makes you happy. Even if it’s not in line with others’ expectations for you.
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Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides in Central North Carolina with her husband and young adult son who tolerate her propensity to sing and dance badly.
A self-proclaimed Bohemian Southern Belle, she treads the line carefully between being a Northerner and a damned Yankee—despite her insistence on calling soda, “pop.” Reese gauges her progress by the number of “bless your lil’ hearts” she gets each week. She is currently down to two.
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