Author Interview – Chandra Ryan

Here is the interview that I did with Chandra Ryan for the Howl With The Black Wolves Event.

How long have you been published? I guess it would be about four years now.
Something like that. Ink in the blood was the first book I ever had published by Lyrical Press.

What role do you play in the Black Hills Wolves?
My story features Jackson, the town’s mechanic. He’s spent his life searching for a pack and a mate to call his own. When he finds them, however, he has a moment of two where he can’t remember why he spent so much time wishing for them.

As you know the lovely Rebecca Royce is the sole reason why this event is taking place so if you had to describe her to new readers in 3 words what would they be?
Beautiful, smart, and kind.

Finding the right targeted audience can be a difficult task so what do you find to be the biggest advantage with online marketing?
You get to meet a diverse group of people. I would never have met half the people I know without Twitter or Facebook.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming release of Wolf’s Return?
I am so excited for this book’s release. Not only is it an amazing story, but it’s also the first peek into a fantastic world. This book is giving birth to so many wonderful characters and books. I can’t wait to read them all.

What is one thing that you want fans to know about the Black Hills Wolves?
The series, to me, is about rebuilding and getting your life back on the right track. Which I think is an awesome message. No matter how far you’ve strayed from your intended path, you can start to correct your course.

Of all the books that Rebecca Royce has written or cowritten with others which is your favorite and why?
Initiation. It’s the first book in the Warrior Series. Though, to be honest, I love the whole series. I don’t usually read YA, but I just fell in love with this story. Watching the heroine grow and become a strong confident woman was an amazing journey.

Are you currently working on a new project that you would like to share with us?
I have a new fantasy story coming out in March. Assassin Queen. It’s the story of an exiled princess who returns to take back her kingdom after her mother’s death. It’s a feat she could never accomplish alone but, thankfully, she’s spent her time in exile gathering a following of thieves, assassins, and dark magicians.

Are you self published or with a traditional publisher and what do you find to be the pros and cons of each?
I’m only traditionally published though I do have plans on pursuing a self published book in the coming year. I think the biggest pro to being traditionally published is that the publisher takes on the initial investment in the book. Editing, covers, and formatting all cost money. And having someone who is willing to invest that money in one of my stories always gives me a bit more confidence in my work. The biggest con with traditional publishing, in my opinion, is that the publisher gets the largest percentage of the royalties once the book is released. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why. There wouldn’t be a book if they hadn’t invested in it. But the questions was asked so I felt it should be answered.

What was one of your New Year’s resolutions?
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time writing. I had a good year last year but I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately. I need to turn that around and get back to writing.

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