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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Interview - Jeanne Ryan the author of "Nerve"

The interview

1. Tell us something about yourself. How it started your passion for books, for writing?
I love to read, and am a big fan of young adult books. Although I wanted to write for a long time, I did a lot of other things first, and started writing seriously eight years ago when I quit my job to raise a family.

2. What inspired you to write this book?
Watching my niece on her phone. So much of her life with her friends is conducted via texts. I wanted to show that somehow in a story. 

3. Music is part of your inspiration?
I love music, but don’t usually listen to it much while I’m writing, because I get so distracted. However, it’s great to listen to music when I get stuck in a story and need to figure something out. I’ll take a walk with my mp3 player and let my imagination go wild.

4. See the world through new eyes since you become a writer?
I’m probably more observant now. When I read the news, I’m often thinking about how it could be used in a book. And I love it when I overhear a conversation that inspires the perfect bit of dialog. 

5. What was the think of the first person who read your book? 
The first people to read part of my book were my critique partners who read the early chapters. One of those critique partners was the first to read the complete manuscript, and then I let my niece read it.

6. If in real life you could choose to be one of the fantasy characters, what would it be? Why? 
I’d be Hermione from Harry Potter, because I’d love to be able to do magic.

7. Got any other passion besides writing?
I like to hoopdance, which is basically hula-hooping for adults. Very fun and relaxing. Now, that’s something best done to music!

8. What advice would you give writers who are starting out? 
Keep working on your craft. When I see other writers who get an agent or book deal, it’s the ones who kept writing manuscript after manuscript, getting critiques, taking classes, and reading books on craft, who had the greatest success.

9. A message to readers from Romania:
I’ve been thrilled to hear from several Romanian bloggers so far, and surprised that anyone so far away has already heard of my book. So far, there are plans to translate it into French, German, Dutch, Chinese, Russian and Turkish. I really hope to add Romanian to the list.


A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.

About the Author

I’m a writer, wife, mom, hooper, bubbleshake connoisseur (my fave: taro with extra tapioca), reader, explorer, sister, daughter, admirer of shipping-cranes, and a whole bunch of other things.

Before writing young adult fiction, I worked in a variety of settings, including wargame simulation and delinquency research. But nothing is as fun as making stuff up and inviting others to join in your new world.

Note, I post news on Twitter @Jeanne_Ryan and on my FB


I’ve lived all over the world, raised in a family with eleven brothers and sisters. I spent my early childhood in Hawaii and the rest of my growing-up years trying to figure out a way to get back there, with stops in South Korea, Michigan and Germany along the way. Before writing fiction, I tried my hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. But I decided it was much more fun to work on stories than statistics.
These days, I still love Hawaii, but have found my home under the moody skies of the Pacific Northwest.

Source about the author: Goodreads - Jeanne Ryan &