Shari J. Ryan
Good morning, Shari and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Artists. We are happy to have you here this morning. Can you tell us what you've written?
My debut novel, Schasm is being relaunched today. I’ve also written the second and third book of the Schasm Series, which will be coming out later in the Spring and Summer respectively.
What is your favorite genre to write?
Sushi, Chinese, and crepes - just not all together.
Tea or coffee?
Iced coffee, even in the winter.
Pizza or ice cream?
Where would you like to visit?
Every country in Europe.
Favorite musical artist. Do you listen to music when you write? What?
Chemical Romance has been a long time favorite of mine. When I’m writing I listen to a variety of music depending on the scene I’m working on. The genre of music sways from classical (Beethoven) to hard rock (female vocalists).
What makes you laugh?
My two little boys. They are both little comedians.
How old were you when you started writing?
I started writing on my seventh birthday when I received my first diary/journal. I haven’t stopped since.
Describe your perfect evening:
Anywhere sans kids (Sorry, boys. Mommy needs a break sometimes). I’m a big fan of dinner and a movie (in the winter) and cocktails with friends at a firepit (in the Summer).
Where do you get your inspiration?
Art, reading, small details in large things.
What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I listen to lots of music, read lots of books, go for walks and long drives.
Who is your favorite author?
Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire are my two all time faves, but recently I’ve become a huge fan of Amy Harmon and K.A. Tucker as well.
Best book you ever read.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover wins that award for me.
Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My husband, Josh. He’s taught me to take a closer look at life, to appreciate the small things and to take everything in slowly. Being a combat vet, he learned how to appreciate life at a young age. I met him shortly after he returned from Iraq, and he changed my life for the better. He taught me and reminds me on a regular basis that no dream is ever too big or too dumb. You never know when you might not have the chance to try and accomplish it, so it’s better to live in the present and lay all of your cards out on the table. You might fail, but you might succeed. It has been the greatest advice I’ve ever been given.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
My great-grandmother—a Holocaust survivor and author. I would do anything to hear her stories and to find out about her inspirations. I read her book regularly as a reminder of where I got my passion for writing.
What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Write. Keep writing. If you think you don’t have what it takes to write, you’ll learn to write better as you write. And you might just surprise yourself when you type the words, “The End”.