Epilogue Interview: Ryan Redmond

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Penny Zang
Feb 5 · 5 min read
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Author, Ryan Redmond

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We are excited to share our first writer interview with author Ryan Redmond, self-published author of The Day the World Ended! A Comedy, available on Amazon. Ryan describes his book as, “a fun tale about how the end times effect/tears apart a small town. It’s a story filled with wine, sex and thermonuclear war. What more do you need from a book?”

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Thank you for letting Epilogue pick your brain, Ryan. Let’s give him a round of applause.

Tell you about yourself:

My name is Ryan Redmond, and I am most likely drinking a glass of wine as you read this sentence. You’re probably asking yourself, “This early?” Yes.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, it is shocking that I don’t have an accent, which sometimes makes an appearance after a few glasses of wine.

I currently reside in Pasadena, California where I work in the movie and TV industry with the ultimate goal of making writing a full time profession. If I can spend my days writing a next bestseller and then having cocktails in the afternoon, I would declare myself successful.

Tell us about your book(s). What influenced you to write it/them?

My latest self-published book is The Day the World Ended! A Comedy, which is a fun tale about how the end times effect/tears apart a small town. It’s a story filled with wine, sex and thermonuclear war. What more do you need from a book?

My writing leans toward the satirical, and other than a book about the end of the world, I’ve written a collection of short stories, a children’s book and various other comical novels. If you were to purchase them, I’d be able to buy more wine.

Tell us a little bit about yourself as a writer. (When did you start writing and what are you currently working on?)

In my junior year of high school, my English teacher Mrs. Haney found my essays to be funny and well written, and when she asked if I ever considered writing as some sort of career path, I asked, “Writing is a career?” After realizing how little money being an artist would make me, I still chose to be a writer, and I have never stopped writing since then.

Between sips of coffee or wine, depending on the time of day, I type away working on stories that make me laugh. I am currently working on a satirical, political novel involving religion and Jesus, so I’m sure it will not offend anyone.

What is your writing process like? Tell us all the juicy details of when and how and where you write.

I have found that my most productive hours of writing are either A) 10PM to 2AM with a glass (bottle) of wine or B) 4AM to 7AM with a cup (pot) of coffee. Therefore, I am often tired and thought of by my neighbors to be a vampire. Even though I’m a suspected drinker of blood, the neighbors are quite friendly.

My daytime writing process is quite different. It involves watching YouTube videos while trying to pick a new show on Netflix to watch or reading one of the books from a large stack that continues to grow every time I venture out to the bookstore. Needless to say, no writing is actually done during those hours which are avoided by vampires.

Who are some of your favorite writers and your favorite books of all time?

There are endless writers and books who influence me, and the list includes Hemingway, Steinbeck, Fran Lebowitz, Voltaire, Gore Vidal, Carrie Fisher. However, a writer who I always recommend, who is usually unknown to whoever I’m bothering, is Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the well-known Madeline children books. However, he wrote numerous books, and his humorous stories and anecdotes are some of the greatest escapes from the terrible times of reality. Hotel Bemelmans is my favorite and probably his best work. After you finish reading this sentence, go buy it.

As a self-published writer, what are some of the biggest challenges you face? What are some of the biggest benefits to self-publishing?

Self-publishing benefits unknown writers, as it is an excellent way to put your work out there in the world, and when I tell people I’m a writer, I have the proof. I then beg them to check out my work in order to make some sort of profit. Spoiler: haven’t made much.

Being your own publicist is difficult, and unless you have the time, it is quite difficult to manage the day to day duties of advertising via social media. I have even carried around paperback copies of my book to hand out to strangers or leave in coffee shops in hopes someone is curious enough to suddenly read a random book. Anything to get your writing read.

What advice would you give to beginning writers?

Hemingway once said, “Writing is easy. You just sit at a typewriter and bleed.” He was obviously being metaphorical (I hope), but it is the simplest of advice. Many people tell me they too have writing aspirations, and my advice is always the same. “Write.”

Unfortunately, as a writer, you have to write. Follow Hemingway, find a typewriter to bleed on. It is far easier to clean blood off a typewriter than laptop, unless you have plenty of electronic wipes and canned air.

What are your favorite writing resources?

My favorite resource is life. I wake up and a thousand ideas hit me before the coffee does. From what is happening in the world to what is happening in my imagination, there is no greater resource than your own mind.

Where can we find your work? (Links to books, websites, etc.)

My books, short stories, and plays can be found on Amazon, paperback and Kindle versions.

I often do free promotions so feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram, although I’m usually just posting photos of wine I’m drinking.

@iamryanredmond

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Penny Zang

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English professor + book nerd + drinking buddy. Visit me at Pennyzang.com and Twitter: @penny_zang

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English professor + book nerd + drinking buddy. Visit me at Pennyzang.com and Twitter: @penny_zang

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