I have been head over heels in love with her writing ever since. Her ability to craft words is in a class all her own. I have yet to come across another YA writer (big press or indie) with her skill to captivate me from page one to the very end. And if that awesomeness isn’t enough to convince you, she is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. She loves her readers and we love her! Okay, I’ll stop gushing and get to the fun part . . .
Here is some information that I actually took from her Goodreads profile:
I am a Native Mississippian who started writing in elementary school. I was a reserved child who threw away almost everything I wrote. Later, when I was older, I discovered the crumpled pieces of my work in a box in my mother's hope chest. When I asked her why she saved the work, she replied,
This is her latest series, Scribes of Medeisia. There isn't words to explain how much this book has touched me. There is forbidden magic, dragons and talking trees. It is a magical story of justice and one girl's quest to discover her own destiny.
Okay now the fun part! My Q&A with the lovely R.K. Ryals!
1) I am completely head over heels addicted to your Redemption Series! So I am curious who would you have play the main characters if it ever went to film? Btw, that would be AWESOME! J *insert wild fangirl squeal*
I think it would be amazing if Redemption were ever picked up for the big screen! My characters are so real to me that I think I would actually find the casting process both interesting and complex. For Dayton, I could see someone like Emma Stone portraying her. I would really prefer a red-haired actress with a lot of spunk and personality. Marcas would be harder. But, all in all, I think I would break it down like this:
2) I can’t tell you how much I adore the worlds you create. The banter between your characters and the amazing twists and turns and the wonderful way you always leave your readers wanting more. What is your main inspiration for your books? And can I borrow your Muse? Pretty Please?
Strangely enough, the inspiration for Redemption came from watching my two oldest daughters fight over a DSi. I told them to flip a coin, and while watching it flip in the air, the lines " I' wasn’t just tied to the beast, we were somehow part of the same person. The freakishly opposite sides of the same f*ing coin.” popped into my head. The entire Redemption series are built off of those two lines. Interestingly enough, Marcas didn't exist when I first began writing the book. Damon existed as an antagonist, and then as I began to put together the first couple of chapters, Marcas materialized and the Redemption series was officially born
3). One of my favorite things about your writing is how easily I can get caught up and lost in their pages. For you, who’s one author that makes you feel that way?
There are so many! I'm not sure I could just list one author; it's more a group
of authors. Karen Marie Moning, Lisa Kleypas, Rachel Hawkins, Maggie
Stiefvater, Shannon Hale, Elise Marion, Melissa Wright, . . . just to name a few. But that doesn't
even begin to touch my list of favorites. Lately, I have been reading a lot of
Indie books and my list of favorite authors has exploded. Currently, I'm
reading Sovereign Hope by Frankie Rose, and I am really enjoying it!
Wow! There are so many! I'm not sure I could just list one author; it's more a group of authors. Karen Marie Moning, Lisa Kleypas, Rachel Hawkins, Maggie Stiefvater, Shannon Hale, Elise Marion, Melissa Wright, . . . just to name a few. But that doesn't even begin to touch my list of favorites. Lately, I have been reading a lot of Indie books and my list of favorite authors has exploded. Currently, I'm reading Sovereign Hope by Frankie Rose, and I am really enjoying it!
4) I know
characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite?
4) I know characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite?
Wow, you threw a hard one at me. It's like trying to pick which child you love more. I would like to say it's Dayton or Marcas since they are the focal point of the Redemption series, but as the series grew, Luther began inching his way into my thoughts constantly. He is a minor character in the books. He plays hardly any role in book one, a minor role in book two, and a little more substantial role in book three, but there is something about him that digs its way under my skin.
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