Interview with Ryan Hill   1 comment

Today’s interview is with Ryan Hill. Welcome to the blog, Ryan. Tell us something about yourself.

Ryan Hill Author PicI’m 21 years old, live in West Newbury, MA, and am originally from Greenwich, CT.  I attend the college of UMASS Amherst, and I’m studying to be an English major.  I’m also writing my second novel, but it’s taking a whole lot longer than I expected.



At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

I knew I wanted to be a writer in sixth grade.  I had to write a four-page mystery for my English class but instead wrote a 25-page scifi.  Ever since then, I have been writing fiction.


My teachers hated when I would do that. Tell us about your writing process.

For my first novel, I had a daily quota of writing I needed to hit.  My book ended up being a hell of a lot longer than it should have been, but I did complete it in a matter of months.  My goal was to just sit down and write everyday without any care toward how long it would become.  I started writing thinking I would never reach a full length novel’s word count.  I was very wrong.

My second novel has been much slower for me.  I don’t have a daily quota, and I keep restarting the book trying to get it to sound just right.  The good news is, I have been making steady progress, and it is getting longer by the day, but it’s taking me years where my first novel took me months.


I always go back to revisit the beginning on rewrite. What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

Ryan Hill Author Pic 2My favourite genre to read is horror, and my favourite genre to write is horror.


What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about writing a good novel, and I’m struggling to produce one.


What is something you cannot live without?

I can’t live without my family.  The house feels so empty if one of them is away.



When you are not writing, what do you do?

I am full-time student, but when I’m not studying, I work out at the gym and watch a lot of movies. I am a huge fan of film and hope to take some screenwriting courses this spring.


Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you? If so, in what way?

Ryan Hill Barking Madness ebook coverBarking Madness is the only book I’ve completed thus far, and it did change the way I view myself.  Whenever I think I can’t do something, I think back to my writing that novel.  That accomplishment is still my greatest.


Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

Movies.  I want to write fiction that makes others feel how movies have made me feel.


What sort of research do you do for your novels?

I do minimal research.  Fact checking is the biggest.  I write about things I already know about.


If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

Well, my first and only novel right now, Barking Madness, is really childish.  I wrote it when I was 18, and it’s about 18 years old.  The language and descriptions match what you would expect of an 18-year-old narrator but because of this, there’s never any rational adult thinking taking place.


Do you have a special place where you write?

No.  I’ll write anywhere.  I do like my room, though.


Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

I do like the whole man-becoming-monster thing.  Something about a good man or woman becoming horribly evil gets me going.  I tend to like those characters more than the others when I’m watching them on the television or reading about them in a book.


Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

I’m more of a plot-driven writer because I like the whole show-don’t-tell formula of writing.  Put people in a terrible situation and see who rises to the occasion.  I always think that’s amusing to watch or write about.


Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

I write from an outline because it helps keep me on track with where the plot is going.  I also like having the ending set in stone before I start writing anything.  I like knowing where the characters and story will end up.


What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I prefer to write in first person because it’s so much easier to write from a character’s narrow viewpoint when describing a situation or object.  When writing from third person, I find it hard to seemingly move on from situation to situation or object to object.


Do you head-hop?

I am writing my second novel in third person, so there is no head-hopping, but my first novel, which is in first person, has no head-hopping either.


I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?


I will bring a great television system, a ton of movies, and a computer.  I will watch those movies and write a book during my stay, nothing more.



Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

No it wasn’t.  I write for the fun of it and for the readers’ entertainment.  If the readers aren’t entertained, then they should stop reading my book.


What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

I just want them to have a good time, that’s all.


What influenced your decision to self-publish?

Nobody would publish my book, and I really wanted to hold it.



There are people that believe traditional publishing is on the ropes, that self-publishing is the future. Do you agree? Why?

No, because there are hundreds of thousands of books published each year.  In order to find the good ones, it helps if they have been represented by a publishing company.  Usually self-publishing comes with connotation that the books are not as good as the ones that are published traditionally.


What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

All the money you make is your own.


Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

Positive publicity.  Almost everyone I have spoken with about my book treats it more officially because it is published.  Before I got it published, all I had was a manuscript that most people thought unworthy of reading.


With the number of self-published books increasing by such a huge rate, it is really difficult for authors to make their books stand out. How do you go about this?

Get it published traditionally and more recognition will come with it, or make sure it’s real damn good and all the reviewers like it.  Hopefully, word of mouth will spread.


Who designed your book cover/s?

I bought my book cover online from The Cover Collection. They were great to work with and had a lot of covers to pick from.


Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Self-published authors can definitely produce as high-quality books as traditionally published authors.  Getting your book recognized without traditional publishing is the hard part.  Less reviewers are willing to read your book because it hasn’t been backed by a publishing house.


Do you belong to a writer’s cooperative? Describe your experience with that.

No. I reach out to people on facebook through groups and on twitter as well.





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