Peter Ryan is a fan of beer and motorbikes. He also happens to be the author of Sync City, a post apocalyptic story featuring Jack Trevayne, also a fan of beer and motorbikes. Jack is an enforcer who holds it all together.
The future is complicated. Jack is not.
What was your inspiration for Sync City?
Sync City was a result of me getting a bit stuck. The main character, Jack Trevayne, burst into my thoughts while I was trying to get around a problem with another story. Jack seemed like a cool guy – not a nice guy, but interesting, so the story evolved around him. At the time I was in Saskatoon, Canada (though I live in Seoul, South Korea), so I used that as the initial setting and the book moved on from there. I don’t really plan my stories, so it was fun for me to figure out what was going on as I wrote.
If it were to be made into a film, who would play Jack Trevayne?
You know, this is a great question. Jack’s not a young guy, but nor is he super old. He’s also a hardboiled type of character in terms of personality and toughness. Someone like Clive Owen when he played the role of Theo Faron in the movie Children of Men would be excellent. He has the ability to portray the tough, cynical side of a character like Jack, while retaining enough humanness to make him at least a little sympathetic.
James Joyce wrote in a white coat while lying on his stomach on his bed. Do you have any rituals that help you work?
Nothing as exciting as that. I write best when I’m at home. I write best in the morning. Because I don’t plan the story ahead of time, I never say ‘no’ to any new idea that pops into my head. I just follow the idea and see where it leads. I write every day, even if it’s just a little bit. My goal is to write at least 1,000 words and try to head towards 2,000. It’s not always possible to do this, but it keeps the story moving. Once I finish the first draft, I leave it for a couple of months and go and work on something else.
Who is your favourite author?
My favourite authors tend to shift around a bit. Currently Richard Morgan is among my favourites – he writes some excellent science fiction. I’m also a big fan of James Crumley – he wrote hardboiled crime fiction and his characters are fantastic. It’s not surprising that both these authors have been among the influences for Sync City.
What are you currently working on?
I like to work on a couple of things at once. I just finished my first draft of Destiny Imperfect, which was a finalist in the Inkshares/Nerdist Video Games Contest last year. It’s a story focusing on what it means to be real. With the rise of artificial intelligence and the huge improvements in virtual reality, there will be a point where humans will need to decide what it really means to be ‘alive’. This books explores that within the context of a video game.
I’m also doing a follow up to Sync City (working title: Sync City Jack). I finished the first draft a while back and I’m now doing the rewrite. It’s fun to write about Jack again!
Do you have any advice to give aspiring authors?
There are no short cuts. If you can write daily, do so. The best way to improve your writing is to sit down and write. It doesn’t matter if what you write is rubbish. My first attempts were horrible, but the more you do it, the better you get.
Also, don’t be afraid to share your stories with people. Friends and family are great, but it’s better to get feedback from people you don’t know so well – other writers you’ve met online, for example. Friends usually say wow, that’s fantastic; other writers will give you more straight-up feedback. With this in mind, develop connections with other writers – trust me, this will help in the long run.
Oh, and never stop reading!
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Sync City Links
Author website: http://www.synccityjack.com/
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/peterryanauthor/
Inkshares book page (publisher): https://www.inkshares.com/books/sync-city
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sync-city-peter-ryan/1125339887?ean=9781942645450
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Sync-City-Peter-Ryan/9781942645450
Destiny Imperfect Links
Inkshares book page (publisher): https://www.inkshares.com/books/destiny-imperfect
Inkshares/Nerdist Video games Contest: https://www.inkshares.com/contests/nerdist-video-game-contest