Interview with Ryan Field
Ryan Field is the Lambda-award winning hybrid author of over 100 published modern romance novels and stories, including An Officer and His Gentleman, Fangsters, The Rainbow Detective Agency and the best-selling Virgin Billionaire series. He has written many M/M retelling of classic hetero romances such as Pretty Man, Valley of the Dudes, and Dancing Dirty. You can check out his work and read more about him at www.ryan-field.blogspot.com
When did you first start writing?
In high school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was a collaboration with my publisher, and from reader requests.
If this is part of series, how did you come up with the idea for the series?
I thought it would be interesting to do a take on a classic gay trope with all gay characters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was just curious about it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in my work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Everything ever written by Anne Tyler. I think she’s one of the few who can take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary.
Which other authors have most influenced or inspired your writing?
John Irving, Anne Rice and Rita Mae Brown.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
What is the first book that made you cry?
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually nonfiction. I write and edit fiction all day, and I prefer nonfiction because it’s an escape.
Describe your desk.
Absolutely stark empty.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
What is the one thing you want your readers to know about your books?
That I do try to think about what they might, or might not like. I take readers into consideration all the time.
Describe your writing process.
I just work every day. There’s no real process. I sit down, and I write.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Jersey and both parents always encouraged reading.
What are you currently working on?
A gay western romance.
What’s your vision for the future of publishing?
That more people will discover digital books.
What drives you to keep on writing?
I like what I do.
Two Spirits, One Heart chronicles Marsha's personal journey from fear, uncertainty, and sadness to eventual unconditional love, acceptance, and support of her child who struggled to reconcile his gender identity. Told with honesty and warmth, this book is a must-read for parents and loved ones of LGBTQ+individuals everywhere.