Ryan Colley - Horror, Zombie, Apocalypse Author Tips
About Ryan Colley
I always enjoyed reading fictional worlds, but creating my own was always my passion. My Year 8 English teacher told me I should pursue writing after a short story I had written for a school project. I don't know where my love of zombies come from, but it just happened, and now it is my life.
Things changed and life moved on, but even while I was graduating from my Bachelors and Masters in Psychology, I still wrote stories and I still loved doing it. Writing is my passion, and everything else I do is a means for me to carry on with that passion.
I'm also prepared to move to a secure location at a zombie's notice ... If you've gotten this far, please leave me a review and message me; I love hearing what people think!
Check out more at Ryan Colley website: www.AmongTheDead.co.uk
What Genre do you write it?
Apocalyptic Horror, but I do love writing Lovecraftian Horror
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
The grave of Percy Bysshe Shelley. A beautiful grave for a great poet, with a dark story around his death. Lovecraft would be my next.
What is the first book that made you cry?
Weirdly enough, the first Hunger Games book.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes, without a doubt.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Getting caught up on formatting or the selling process. Just write, and focus on finishing your novel. Worry about the rest of it later.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Redrafting. I redraft so much I hate my own work by the end.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Both. Each book could stand by itself, but it's all leading to the same destination
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
For the first time, my writing was up to the scrutiny of others. It made me less lazy. Stuff I'd normally let slide no longer was allowed. I wanted it to be as perfect as I could make it.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
It's impossible to say. There are so many novels I've loved that hit the mainstream. I know it's a literary classic, but I wish I had more people to discuss The Divine Comedy with.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Chrysippus, the Greek Philosopher who died laughing at his own joke. Can totally see myself going that way.
What’s the best way to market your books?
My author page on Amazon. I write Among the Dead as a fan of the genre, for fans of the genre.
How many hours a day do you write?
1 hour before bed.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Or do you work full time?
I manage a team in a hospital. Not fun, but definitely an inspiration for some of what I write.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Lord Loss by Darren Shan. It was what twisted my mind onto the world of horror.
The first novel in a chilling new series by Darren Shan, author of the New York Times bestselling Cirque Du Freak series, will keep readers turning page after horrifying page.
Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life.
Check Lord Loss here > Amazon.
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
I would say coffee, but I'm pretty sure that's the only thing keeping me alive at this point.
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