About Ryan Watterson:
Ryan Watterson is a storyteller who likes to draw inspiration from myths. A lifelong writer, he has received degrees in creative writing and film, as well as an MFA. From Los Angeles, California, he loves to draw influence from personal experience, mythology, Japanese video games and music to create work that feels fresh and relevant for audiences engaged both by action and depth.
What inspires you to write?
It's a combination of an instinctual urge to create, as well as a sense that I want to help people increase their empathy and perspective. I like to write novels that make people think while entertaining them. I feel like it's part of my job to impart something of lasting value with my work, in terms of insight about the world.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to come up with a loose outline, usually a 6-10 page treatment, and go from there, allowing for flexibility for things to change, grow and adapt. I find that a good portion of my time writing is spent pacing back and forth, imagining the next events. I also like to write with a soundtrack — a lot of scenes are inspired by particular songs or albums.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not. Most of my characters stem from people I've met in the real world, amalgamated with characters from other works, and archetypes as you might find described by Jung or others.
What advice would you give other writers?
Everyone will tell you to write for an audience — this may be good advice, I'm not sure. But what my gut tells me is that following a path is a great way to become second best at anything. Pioneering requires a greater spirit, and an unseen path.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I don't like the publishing deal or being told what to do. The idea that, for the most part, they take an outsize cut to accomplish things you, as an author, can easily accomplish, and barely lift a finger when it comes to the monolithic difficulties of advertising, publicizing and advocating on your behalf.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's hard to say. Trends are unpredictable. To a lot of people, books are a dead art form. Most modern novelists that have gone mainstream did so after a movie deal. I suppose I think that books are a component of developing a transmedia intellectual property, just as comics, films, video games, TV, etc are.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Literature, Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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