About R.K. Russell:
Ryan Russell is a professional football player in the NFL and a born poet. He began writing around the age of seven when he lost his stepfather in a motorcycle accident and realized just how little his biological father was truly in his life. Ryan’s mother relocated him from Buffalo, New York to Dallas, Texas were Ryan then fell in love with football. The environment in Buffalo was full of abuse and the family friends that were thought to be helping were actually doing the most damage. In Dallas it was safer for Ryan and his mother to only have each other. Though his love for football was well known and well celebrated he kept embracing, improving, and exploring his first love of writing. Ryan graduated from the prestigious Purdue University and was drafted to the Dallas Cowboys. He saw most of his success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is excited to apply the same handwork and dedication to his writing as well.
What inspires you to write?
Ryan’s poetry is a strong collection of memories, emotional trials, and larger than life depictions into the human condition. He hopes to inspire those going through trauma, abuse, abandonment, insecurity, and many afflictions he also struggles with through this poetic adventure. Love and healing are also constant themes that arise, and are portrayed as areas we can always work hard to improve. His most recent trial is losing his best friend and college team mate to cancer September 18,2018. Ryan a substantial amount of his resources from his career to try and save his best friend, but it was time for Joesph Gilliam to be called home.
Tell us about your writing process.
I love to write first thing in the morning. I try not to look at my phone the first couple hours of the day. I meditate and journal before as a way to check in with myself before interacting with anyone else. I often write from home, in my recliner, with a hot cup of coffee in hand.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would love for writers to start small and start scared. If you think the story is too big for you to tell then you’re the right person to tell it. Being worried about telling a story correctly means you respect the piece. You can start as small as just developing your character or the world around your character. Just start.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My publisher reached out to my via Instagram with a strong interest in publishing my work. Christopher Poindexter, the founder of Jack Wild Publishing, convinced me that I had a gift and message that needed to be shared.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future is bright. With audiobooks, and electronic books more kids are reading than ever and more kids are writing. True purest still exist with hardbacks but more and more people are interested in reading and writing. It's a bright future.
What genres do you write?: Poetry, Fiction, Paranormal Romance.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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