Ask the Author: L. Ryan Storms
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m just your average, everyday kind of girl with an overactive imagination and penchant for saving worlds. If I can’t single-handedly save the one, we’re in, at least I can write stories about fictional girls who save theirs. That tends to be the underlying theme in all of my stories, published and unpublished. I hope I can help inspire young women to take the lead in their own lives.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
A THOUSAND YEARS TO WAIT follows a young healer (Reina) who believes in medicine, not magic, even when she possesses a second sight she can’t explain. Then she’s chosen to reawaken an ancient magic to end a war, which of course, is a bit problematic since she doesn’t believe in magic to begin with. Naturally, there’s also a love interest (or two) because…well…why not???
THE HEART OF DEATH continues Reina’s journey with old and new friends alike. It deals with the discovery of a new prophecy foretelling the reign of chaos. It’s a little darker and a lot faster and it was a ton of fun to dive back into Reina’s world again.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I’ve always loved everything YA fantasy for as long as I can remember. When I was a teen, there really wasn’t a designated YA age category, and so I defaulted to a lot of adult fantasy. As a result, when YA fantasy emerged in the literary world, I became a devout reader. My favorite stories always seem to include the reluctant heroine, so I knew I wanted to go that route. Add in a horse as a best friend and you’ve pretty much got me hooked. Reina’s horse, Aeros, is very much based on my own horse, but I don’t get to ride nearly as much as Reina does, so maybe that was my way of paying tribute to one of my best friends.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I think the big hero reveal was my favorite because I had this character who held in all his emotions because that’s what he was taught. And then, all at once, he’s confessing everything and I got a chance to finally make the heroine speechless.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Anne McCaffrey first and foremost. I adore The Dragonriders of Pern series and that was really my introduction into fantasy and what it meant to write fantasy – to create whole worlds with diverse ecosystems and a complete history. It was eye-opening and I loved how McCaffrey built upon that with each book.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Find your people. Writing can mean spending many long and lonely hours by yourself, but it doesn’t have to be a solitary profession. The secret to writing success is to find your people, cheer them on, and let them lift you in return. I wrote a blog post recently, too. It’s perhaps the most important part of writing if you want to keep yourself moving forward with a positive mindset without getting bitter about rejection.
If they have to force a prophecy, do they really stand a chance?
Where one journey ends, another begins…