Author Spotlight


Cry Wolf with ...

Cassidy Ryan


I really enjoyed your recent release, Cry Wolf.  Can you tell us a bit more about this story and its origins?

Cry Wolf was one of those stories that came to me almost fully-formed.  The title just popped into my head one day and the story followed close behind.  Itís the only story that Iíve written set in another time.  It has the feel of medieval times about it, although I didnít set it in any specific time.  Itís really quite a gentle love story Ė though it has its drama.


You have written many wonderful short stories, including Best of Enemies, Have a Little Faith, What the Heart Wants and A Perfect Match included in Taste Test: Boys Next Door.  Are short stories easier or harder for you to write than novellas or novels? What is your favorite of all your short stories?

Short stories are easier for me.  I have to take meds for Bipolar Disorder which affects my concentration sometimes.  E-publishing is great in that it allows me to publish short stories as well as long.  I love to write long stories Ė to really get my teeth into something, but that isnít always possible.

I think my favorite short story is Suddenly, Finally, in the Spring Fling Taste Test.  Itís a story about best friends realizing that they have more than friendship between them.  It also has a baby Ė the first time Iíve written about children.  I followed this story up with a little freebie in the Torquere Route of the Relationship that took the guys story a little further, and at Christmas they will appear again in a Sip called The Gift of Love.  I love writing about this family Ė itís the only time I have ever written a sequel of any kind.


Your novel, Sleeping with the Past, was published with Torquere, and did so well it was also released in print.  Can you tell us a bit about how Nathaniel and Asher came about?

I wanted to write a romance with an element of mystery to it.  Sleeping was a story that Iíd had kicking around for years, but had always been m/f in my head, and had never really taken off.  In February 2007, having given up my job for health reasons, I decided that it was time to put pen to paper, finally.  I had just heard of NaNoWriMo, but didnít want to wait until November, so I decided that I would do it unofficially in March.  I spent weeks plotting and planning on another story, doing endless research.  Then, on the first of March I sat down at the computer and out came Sleeping with the Past Ė but with two male characters instead of one male/one female.  I had such a great time writing that story.  To this day I canít remember what I had intended to write!


A favorite among many of your fans is the story Fortuneís Favor.  What was your inspiration for this story?

I wanted to write something in the line of opposites attracting, and they donít come much more opposite than Hayden and Cal!  I also love reading and writing about small towns, where everyone knows everyoneí business.  I wondered how difficult it would be to keep a secret in a small town.


A few of your stories have paranormal characters.  What is your favorite type of paranormal character to write and to read about?

Iíve written a werewolf (Cry Wolf) and a vampire (Best of Enemies) and I had fun with both.  Cry Wolf is quite a gentle romance about the heart, while Best of Enemies is much more visceral Ė itís all about the loins!  The love is right there for everyone to see in Cry Wolf, but I think there is a lot of love in Best of Enemies too Ė you just have to look a little deeper.  I love vampires Ė there is something so seductive in their darkness.  I have the beginnings of a vampire hunter novel on my computer that I add a little bit to it every now and then.  Maybe someday it will actually get finished!


You recently published your first m/f story, Interlude.  Can you tell us a bit more about this story and do you have plans for any other m/f stories?

I donít really know where Interlude came from!  I hadnít written m/f in a long time.  I wrote the story Ė which is quite short Ė in one sitting, and I really enjoyed it.  Itís a story about a rather heated encounter between a happily married couple.

I have other m/f stories in mind.  Now to find the time to do it all!


What is your favorite published story?

Since it was my first, Sleeping with the Past will always have a special place in my heart.   


If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be and why?

I donít have a maternal bone in my body, but I adore Noah Ė the little boy in Suddenly, Finally and The Gift of Love.  I think heís just a sweet little boy; not super bright or precocious. I think if I had a baby Iíd want him to be like Noah.  But I have a kitten instead, and am quite happy with that!


When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?

I usually have major scenes that I build the story around.  The characters will often take a path I didnít plan for them, but mostly I manage to keep them in line!  I donít have hard and fast plans Ė usually the outlines are pretty fluid, but I do need to have some kind of framework or my brain just meanders all over the place!


Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life?

Iím a writer Ė I donít have a real life!  I live on my computer and in my head!


How much do you love the television show House?

LOL!  I love House.  Heís so wonderfully grouchy, but under it all he has a big heart Ė deep, deep under it all!  I love all the allusions to Sherlock Holmes and the interactions between House and Cuddy are fabulous Ė they really seem to spark off each other.


Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

Iím really an open book Ė no mysteries here! But, given that I seem to have a reputation for writing happy ever after romances, then my fascination with serial killers might surprise a few people.  I like to read about them and watch documentaries on TV Ė Iím interested more in what makes them tick than in the crimes they have committed.  What happened to these people that broke them?


Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I love stationary shops Ė I could spend all day flipping through notebooks.  And book shops with coffee shops in them Ė the combined smell of new books and coffee is just orgasmic!

Oh, and pink jelly beans.


What are you currently working on?

I have a few projects on the go, but my most pressing one is a novella for an anthology about gay weddings.  I have a January deadline for this and every idea I have just keeps slipping away from me Ė Iím keeping my fingers crossed for the latest idea!


Where can readers find Cassidy Ryan?




Any other tidbits you would like to share?

I have two f/f stories coming soon Ė A novelette in December, For Love of Laura, and a novella in February (probably), In My Skin.  Both will be released by Torquere Press. 

I also have two m/m Christmas stories, also from Torquere coming soon: A Single Shot, A Family Secret, and the Sip, The Gift of Love.




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