Ryan M. Church

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Friends as Family in Literature

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Legends of Windemere

One of the more interesting things that came out of left field while writing Legends of Windemere was the Luke/Nyx relationship.  Normally, when someone says relationship, you think romance.  I’ll say now that it never happens.  The moment Nyx blurted out ‘little brother’ to Luke, I knew where it was going.  They’re friends who have a brother/sister relationship and the same goes for Nyx and Sari.  In fact, I’ve found that Nyx is a character trying to build a family since she lost her’s parents as a child.  This got me thinking how families aren’t always blood or traditional in the real world.  So, they shouldn’t be in fiction too.

I think many writers don’t go into these families as deeply as blood relations or even call them families.  In my own life, I’ve been told by people that friends are not family and can never take the place of…

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Creating an audiobook on ACX.com

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm


I just got the first nine chapters of Catskinner’s Book back from the voice actor who is producing the audiobook version, and I am really impressed.

It was actually a very simple process to post my book on ACX.com  ACX is the production arm of Audible.com, which is owned by Amazon.  Since my books are on Amazon Kindle, once I set up an account on ACX, I just imported my books straight across.

It prompted me to say what sort of narrator I was looking for, sex, age, accent, any distinguishing characteristics.  I wrote in the comments section that the main character of my novels has a duel personality and I needed a voice actor who could do James and Catskinner as distinct voices.

That is what first interested the actor who is doing my books, he liked the challenge.  So I would recommend that anyone looking for a…

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Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Two Kinds of Suspense All Authors Should Be Aware Of

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Whatever genre you choose to write, suspense matters. Suspense will be a part of it. Of course, the best genre for suspense is the mystery/thriller genre, so today we’ll turn there to find two kinds of suspense writers can make use of.

I’m a fantasy writer, but the first genre I ever fell in love with was the mystery genre, thanks to Nancy Drew. In eighth grade I discovered Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, and recently I started watching “Sherlock” on Netflix.

This led to me downloading all Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels and stories for 99 cents on my Kindle. I’ve read about a third of them so far, and I realized the way Doyle creates suspense is very different than Christie sometimes.


I was shocked…

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