Friday Interview: Ryan Nelson, Author of Gravity+

Today, I am doing an interview with Ryan Nelson, a California writer whose YA novel,  Gravity+, is available now for pre-order on Amazon, with versions for Nook, Kobo, and other readers to follow. The pre-order link is below.

Ryan T. Nelson lives, primarily, in his own little world. One filled with Goblins, Ghouls, Monsters, and the Fantastic. But don’t worry, they know him there. When he isn’t creating monsters and fantasy creatures or building worlds and advanced civilizations in his head, Ryan lives in Southern California with his wife and children. He is a lover of books, fountain pens, pockets watches, and motorcycles.

About Gravity+:

When the ship landed we shouldn’t have gone near it. We really should have run away, called the police, the media, the FBI, anything other than what we actually did.

We were ten high school kids. Six friends and four bullies.

Now, after the ship, we’re so much more.

More than Human.

But the other four are dangerous, and unless my friends and I learn to control the powers that we have been given the others are going to hurt so many innocent people.

I don’t want to be a hero. I don’t want to risk my family and my friends. But the police won’t be able to handle what’s coming their way. If we don’t stop him, then no one else on Earth can.

A new species of the human race has begun.

The Human+ have arrived.

Gravity+ is available now for pre-order order on Amazon Kindle at the following link.

1) Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ryan Nelson. I’m a husband, father, writer, and motorcycle enthusiast. I’ve lived my entire life in Southern California and couldn’t really imagine living anywhere else.

2) Where did you get the idea for your story?

That’s a little difficult to define. I was thinking about some old series from when I was younger in books and cartoons and I wanted to do something with superheroes. I’ve loved comic books my entire life so the story just gradually grew out of that love of the genre.

3) What was your favorite part to write?

Definitely the climactic fight sequence. That was a lot of fun and I loved the interaction between Richard and Carlos as they were coming up with their plan of attack.

4) The biggie (LOL): Planner or discovery writer?

A little bit of both actually. I outline chapters and individual scenes as ideas come to me. But when I actually get to writing, I rather quickly go off script and start making things up as I go.

5) Who are some of your favorite writers? Why?

Piers Anthony, Tolkien, Bruce Coville, Neil Gaiman, Patricia C. Wrede, Dean Koontz, Anne McCaffrey and more.

The common link is their rich imaginations. They create whole worlds and civilizations with structure and rules that make sense even in a made up world where the rules don’t HAVE to make sense.

That always inspired me when I was younger,  and they are among the examples that I strive to reach.