Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ryssa Edwards is on the hot seat today!

I'm excited to have Ryssa Edwards on the hot seat today. She's sharing news about her upcoming releases and a giveaway, so get comfortable and I'll fire away some questions.

First off, tell us who you are and a little about you.

My pen name is Ryssa Edwards. By day I’m hard at work in a cubicle. There’s one stuffed animal, my favorite books and magazines to remind me of the ‘reality beyond the cube’. By night, I’m hard at work at my keyboard, chasing down the next good story and wrestling it to the page.

Tell us a bit about your history as a writer.

I’ve been writing for a while now. I wrote my first story in second grade. It was three paragraphs long, on loose leaf paper, in pencil. My second grade teacher was my very first critic. She loved it! After that. . . I was hooked. My Immortal Pleasures series is my first venture into paranormal romance.

Is writing your full-time job?

Yeah. In my dreams!

What’s your favorite holiday?

This changes every year. It’s been Christmas for a while now. But it’s getting serious competition from Easter. Who wouldn’t love a holiday with chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, chocolate grass, jelly beans. . . did I mention chocolate?

What's your favorite food?

Dark chocolate will bribe me into anything, anywhere, any time. I kid you not.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on “Hunter Angel, Midnight Gamble”, the third story in my Immortal Pleasures series.

Name the three writers that influenced you the most.

This keeps changing. I know that sounds weird, but I’m discovering new writers all the time. Right now, I’ve committed to reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. All I can say is wow. . the man knew how to tell a story. His characters live and breathe and crawl right under your skin. You laugh with them, cry with them, suffer with them. If I could write just one story like that in my lifetime, I’d die happy.

A writer who’s really influenced me in later years is Anton Chekhov. His short stories blow my mind. He doesn’t just tell a story, he makes you believe. That’s awesome.

Probably the writer who has most influenced me is Stephen King. I love his style of telling stories. I love the passion he puts into writing. I love that his work comes right from his heart, not from his mind.

What’s your latest release? Is there a giveaway?

I’m so glad you asked! I have four new releases coming up.

Dark Angel, All the Stars is part II two of my Immortal Pleasures series. It’s the story of the Archangel Lucifer and his centuries long love for Aeryn, a mortal.

The Moon House is a short story that will be part of the First Time for Everything Dreamspinner Press Daily Dose anthology. The first story will be out on June 1st. The Moon House is the story of Samson, a carnival strong man who falls for Jace, a virgin.

Dreaming of a Kissing is a novel about Rafe, a college freshman who sets out to find a cure for his mother, and ends up falling in love with Kayne, a Wulf in training to be Alpha Wulf. This book is coming soon from Decadent Publishing.

Immortal Pleasures, Volume I (working title) is a print edition of the first two stories in my Immortal Pleasures series, Warrior Angel, Heart’s Desire and Dark Angel, All the Stars. This is coming soon from Silver Publishing.

I’m writing a secret project for the Male / Male Romance Discussion Group on Good Reads. It’s part of the Hot Days of July “Dear Author” letters. Stop by Good Reads and check out Hot Days of July!

Wow, you have a full plate. Any Giveaways for your fans?


Just for today, any reader who leaves a comment will be entered to win a short story every day in June from the First Time For Everything Daily Dose anthology. Thirty days. . . thirty virgins.

Follow the Short Story Marathon on my blog, and leave a comment. Every comment in the marathon will be entered into the Short Story Marathon Giveaway. Check out my blog for prizes.

Where can we find you?

My blog:

Good Reads, my Discussion Group: come on over and join us . . .

Good Reads, my promo thread in the M/M Romance Group: you can keep up with news on new releases here . . .

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Lindsay K. said...

Isn't Ryssa great? ;)

Yarnneedle said...

Great Interview .. i enjoyed Ryass'a warrior Angel looking forward to the next two

Ryssa Edwards said...

@Lindsay. . . thanks for having me!

@Yarnneedle. . . there are THREE more coming. . . just sayin! Thanks for stopping by. .

Shelley Munro said...

It's great to meet you, Ryssa. You're obviously working very hard with all those releases on the horizon. Good luck with them.

Michelle said...

Hi Ryssa. Wow, you are one busy writer. Looking forward to your your Moon House release and the Goodreads M/M Anthology. Can't wait to see what picture you chose to write about.

Gale Stanley said...

Hi Ryssa, Just wanna thank you for being here today. I love your books and the covers are gorgeous!

Nicki J Markus said...

Good luck for the releases, Ryssa. Reece did a gorgeous job on the cover art for Warrior Angel!