Today I have with me Carrie Ann Ryan author of An Alpha’s Path book one in the Redwood Pack series. To learn more about the book click here.
Hi! Thanks for having me today!
What do you think makes a good story?
Would you want to read your book if you were a reader? That’s what I do when I write. I need a story that has conflict, yes, but it also needs to have those moments where everything is alright and people are happy. Without that, I would get frustrated. Also, the relationship needs to have chemistry, if they hero and heroine hate each other for 99% of the book, I find myself hating them as well.
What are some of your favorite books?
I’ve read over 5,000 so it’s always hard for me to choose. But I do love the Night Huntress series by Jeannine Frost, anything by Lauren Dane and the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs. They all have such deep world building that I cut myself off from the world to read them. Plus their characters call to me. J
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve gotten as an author? What’s the best?
Toughest? That Mel isn’t strong enough. I don’t agree but that’s because I find strength in different ways. I don’t think you need a kick ass heroine to actually kick ass. She can have a mind, too. However I do love those kick ass heroines. J
Best? That my book got this person through their tough time bed bound. Just wow.
What’s one of your favorite things to do in your down time?
Read. LOL Seriously, that’s all I do when I’m not working or writing. I just love it.
What is one book or series you can’t live without, yours or other?
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. It was the first adult romance I ever read and fell in love with Charles. I had to buy another copy because I broke the binding on my original one because I read it so much.
Which of your characters would you be most or least liking to invite or for dinner? And why?
Hmm… Kade. J He’s so dreamy LOL. You’ll see.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
A few weeks ago actually. I got my first email from a fan who just wanted to say hi. I’ve emailed a few authors in my day, but to actually get one myself… Yeah, that cemented the experience for me.
Do you read reviews of your books? If so do you pay any attention to them or let them influence your writing?
Yes and no. I do my best not to, but sometimes they show up in my Google Alerts LOL. If I have a friend who says “you should read this one”, then I do. And if I get a negative review in which they tell me what they think would be better, I at least think about it. But at the end of the day, it’s the authors voice that makes it into the book.
How important do you think villains are in a book? Favorite book villain, any book?
They bring on the conflict most of the time. I think they are important, but I also love the books where the hero and heroine are their own villains. (Like in An Alpha’s Path J )
Fav villain? Hmmm…. Oh geez I can’t think of one… I always like the villains in the Black Dagger Brotherhood
Why werewolves? Why were they your shifter of choice?
I’ve always loved wolfs – my sister even volunteers at a wolf preserve. I always felt that they were in tune with nature and something I could start off with. They are beautiful creatures with a history of their own.
My next series actually has more than one type of shifter so it’s been nice to venture out, but wolves will always have a special place in my heart.
What was the driving idea behind An Alpha's Path? What made you write this story?
I wanted to write a story where you look at a family of werewolves and the idea that fate chooses their mate and what would happen in their daily life. Would they fight the bond? Would the fall right in and then fight an outside force? That’s the idea behind the Redwood Pack series. An Alpha’s Path was more of – what happens when a lonely chemist finds out her blind date is werewolf? How would she react?
I want to thank Carrie for being here today and you if you haven’t read An Alpha’s Path, you should. Put it on your list, you don’t want to miss this one.