Monday, March 21, 2016

C. L. Ryan ~ an intervew and her novel ~ One Girl's Secret Demon

C. L. Ryan
CL Ryan was born in Bristol in 1959. Her early childhood was spent in rural Ireland before she returned to live in Bristol. Despite suffering from bullying, she thrived at school- becoming an international athlete and being offered a scholarship to Millfield.
One of four siblings, Ryan left school at 15 to help support her family.  After working as a sales assistant she was accepted, at 17, as one of the country’s youngest trainee operating nurses. 
At 19, Ryan suffered a serious accident, breaking her neck and incurring a head injury. After three years’ recuperation, she pursued her passion for cookery and entered the hospitality industry. After managing a string of successful pubs, she purchased her own which quickly became a much loved venue. She now runs a guest house in the West Country.
A mother to two sons, Ryan is passionate about parapsychology, nature and diving. Secret Demon is her first book.


Q: How would you describe yourself as a color? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious color?
A: Pastel!! Light and airy, and quite fizzy headed

Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: Always a morning person, I am always awake at 4am, listening to the angels around me chatter

Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.        
A:        Winter = crisp icy frozen mornings
            Spring            =beautiful spring flowers, especially snowdrops and bluebells
            Summer =Long lazy nights stargazing
            Fall = The amazing changes of colour in the leaves on the trees

Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A: I am very passionate about the environment and animals


Q: When did you start writing and why? 
A: Apparently, I always wrote at school, but 3 years ago, when life took a twist, I found out some old writing books that went back 20 years, and my story was there, I realized that I had been trying to write Secret Demon for all of that time.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: The series of my books are all based on mine and my familie’s real life.

Q: How did you come to write your genera of choice?
A: Didn’t really have a choice, I have written what I have experienced, and what I know about now in some depth

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: Keeping going, even when you want to give up, there are really dark times, sometime when all you want to do is throw in the towel an admit defeat, it always passes though, keeping focused on the end result keeps you there.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A:Really excited about the Secret Demon Cook Book, as I am a chef, and had to cook from a very early age, there is so much cooking actually in the series of books, that my editor suggested that we do a cook book.  It will be full of precious family secret recipes that both myself and my sister have used over the years in our pubs and restaurants

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Book 2, is Bad Demon, a continuation of the first, this time Megan is aged about 9 until about 13, its dark, funny, fast and sad all at the same time, hopefully, it will keep you turning the pages!

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: C.L.Ryan on facebook, and of course, buy links are being done on my site in the next week, sorry it all takes time.

Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: No I am not, but would love to participate in one, if anyone wants me please ask, I would be delighted!

Secret Demon
Based on a true story, Secret Demon relates the astonishing, and often harrowing, childhood of a girl whose life is beset by abuse and demonic activity. We follow Megan as her idyllic early years in rural Ireland are abruptly ended when she is taken from her grandmother’s care to live with her parents in England.
While struggling to adapt to a new culture and being bullied at school, Megan’s life is dominated by the unpredictable behaviour of her troubled mother, Patsy. When her much loved father moves away to work, Megan is left to look after her siblings as Patsy’s life becomes engulfed by demonic possession and alcohol abuse.
Well-meaning social workers place Megan in an outwardly respectable home, only for her, and her brother, to suffer horrific abuse at the hands of their foster carer.
Upon returning to Patsy, Megan becomes increasingly aware of the demonic presence in her home which seems to be particularly focussed on her. She learns to cope with her demon and embraces her true nature- finally harnessing it to take on her playground tormentors.
Secret demon is a supernatural story of one little girl’s battle against abuse and neglect. It is the first of a series which follows Megan as her physical and spiritual lives unfold.

I’m happy you could join me on Books and Banter.  I hope you had fun with the Q & A’s
Thank you so much for taking interest in me and my Secret Demon.

Be sure to drop in for C. L. Ryan's return. We had quite an interview. She will be back a number of times. Her dates will be found in the Coming Soon section of my blog.  

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