Interview with Rich Ryan, Author of Wyld Druid

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What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Wyld Druid?

I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy novel of some sort. Urban fantasy has been on my mind for the last ten years or so. The amount of isolation and idle time caused by the Covid pandemic set off a cascade of inspiration, ideas, and opportunity. Wyld Druid is really the result of that combination. Honestly, the story seemed to write itself after I would spend time in nature.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Wyld Druid, what would they be?

This has got to be the most fun question ever! I can’t come up with a song for each character, but the overall theme song would probably be “Heroes” by Alesso.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Urban fantasy is definitely one of my faves to read and now to write.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

“Primitive Weapons” Tye Caine Mysteries volume 2 by David Barbur, “Heroic Hearts” Anthology by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

So hard to choose. I loved writing any of the scenes where Jimmy transforms into an animal. But, my favorite was definitely the final battle.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

The main quirky habit I have is spending time in nature as the direct inspiration for my writing.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has” -Margaret Mead.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Deep down inside we are all heroes.

 

Rich Ryan is the author of the new book Wyld Druid

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