Author Interview: R.K. Wayne

Author Interview: R.K. Wayne

Author Interview: R.K. Wayne
Ryan and the Dark Sword by R.K. Wayne

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 26th 2013
Buy the book: Amazon



Ryan Thayer is your typical high school outcast: mocked, bullied, and constantly in trouble. But when he sees a girl in a house that has been abandoned for years and follows her through a mysterious gateway, he finds himself in a strange world. It is a world fighting an age-old war which has powerful implications, not only for this new land, but for Ryan’s home as well.

Forced to choose between returning home or joining the battle, Ryan decides to fight, knowing that his world’s fate hangs in the balance. He is whisked off to join the Cadyii in their mountain stronghold of Avengarde. There, along with a few new friends, Ryan is taught to use a magical power known as spectra, trained in the art of battle, and even given a magical weapon. But all is not as it seems at Avengarde. The keep has the constant buzz of secrecy around it. And then there is the matter of Ryan’s sword, whose tainted, black blade may be hiding a dark past.

As Ryan struggles through grueling lessons and a teacher who wants to kill him, Ryan has to figure out just what sort of secrets this new world – and his sword – really hold.

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1. You are the author of a Young Adult Fantasy novel so I have to ask, what were some of you favorite fantasy novels growing up? 

 I was a HUGE fan of Alice in Wonderland when I was little. In 3rd grade I read it at least ten times. After that it was the Chronicles of Narnia and, of course, Harry Potter.

2. When writing, do you focus more on entertaining the reader or making them think?

 I think it’s a little bit of both, to be honest, and that can be a bit of a juggling act. I think you have to know when to try and push the story and when you can slow it down and make them think.

3. How do you come up with ideas for your stories? 

A lot of different places, honestly! There can be just certain things I see, or other stories I’ve read before. But a lot of my ideas, especially for short stories, come from music. I tend to draw a lot of inspiration from random songs, and I try to take what I see in my head and put a cohesive story to it.

4. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

 I’m not really sure I know of an exact moment when. Since I was always a reader, I would always write as a sort of hobby. It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I actually started trying to work at it. And when I did write, I kept most of it private until fairly recently.

5. What song do you always sing along with when it comes on the radio? 

I’ll sing along with anything on my ipod, but as far as current radio music, I’d say the one I sing along most with is “The Man” by Aloe Blacc.

6. Is there a TV show, movie franchise, or book series that you are currently excited about?

 Right now I’d have to say the Superman vs. Batman movie as part of the Man of Steel franchise. I’ve always been a HUGE Batman fan. I loved Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. I’m a little nervous about how this next movie will go, but if Snyder goes along with the Dark Knight Returns comic book story, I’ll be really happy. They’ve also got Gotham coming on FOX in the fall, which I’m looking forward to. (Sorry to get all nerdy on this question!)

7. What is your favorite way to wind down after a busy day? 

I’m a pretty simple guy, so I’m content to just lay on the couch and watch TV. Writing’s a good stress reliever, too.

8. What has been the best part of the entire writing/publishing process so far?

The best part is definitely getting positive feedback. It’s really exciting to have someone tell you that they really enjoyed the story that you put so much work into. It makes the whole thing worthwhile.

9. without giving spoilers, what can you tell us about Ryan and the Dark Sword that the synopsis did not cover? 

The story has a lot of twists and turns, and, if you’re a fan of Harry Potter or the Chronicles of Narnia, this book is definitely up your alley!


10. I like to do a short word association game at the end of an interview. I will start the sentence and you finish it!

(A) I have always wanted to travel to… Louisville, Kentucky. (I’ve always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, and I’ve heard it’s beautiful.)

(B) I can’t help but laugh when… someone tells a really corny joke.

(C) The last great book I read was… The Passion by Jeannette Winter. Technically I reread it, but it’s a brilliant book.

(D) Some day I will learn how to… speak another language fluently.

(E) The world would be a better place if… people just used common courtesy.

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Author Biography

About R.K. Wayne

Born in a small town in East Texas, R.K. Wayne grew up loving to read. As a child, his parents often had to hide books from him, and he made it a habit of re-reading his favorite stories over and over until the point of exhaustion. As he grew older, his love for books led him to writing, a habit which persisted even as he was earning his business degree from the University of Texas. His debut novel, Ryan and the Dark Sword, was recently released via Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.

Currently, R.K. Wayne lives in the Houston area. When he's not reading or writing, he can be found watching TV with his wife and two cats or playing video games.

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