Monday, April 25, 2016

C. L. Ryan ~ returns with 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: If you could morph into any creature what would it be?
A: Most probably an eagle
            If you don’t mind me asking, why?   
A:It’s all about freedom and the strength  to do and go where you want to without anyone holding you back        

Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?
A: Both, I love flowers, but was brought up having to help on the allotment, vegetables will always be a priority in my life, as a nation, we definitely don’t eat enough or hold them in the highest of esteem, we should!

Q: If you didn’t have to clean them, how many bathrooms would you have in your home?  
A: One for each room
                       How many if you have to clean them?
A: Maybe two or three, I always think it’s important to have as many as possible

Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
A: I sleep every night with the TV on the background, just on a low, and nothing in particular.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A:All sorts, mostly, Enigma, Kate Bush, Glen Miller, Sarah Brightman, Eric Clapton UB 40. Micheal Jackson

My favourite song of all time is Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye


Q: Which element of book writing is most difficult for you?
A: Very sad parts, I end up crying as I am writing, I caused consternation on the beach in Jamica just, when I was spotted crying as I was writing a particularly difficult passage.  The lady who stopped and asked me why I was crying, has just bought my book!! Bless her.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: Getting the baddie, or the revenge, it’s a really good feeling, and is great therapy

Q; Now your least favorite part?
A: The mundane editing and proof reading drives me to distraction, but it has to be done.

Q: Describe your favorite heroine?
A: Mary Poppins, would’nt it be wonderful, if all mothers were like that in real life!!

Q: Describe your favorite hero?
A: Steve Irwin, god bless him, at least his family are still doing his work in the animal world.

Q: Who's your favorite author?
A: Martina Cole, love this nitty gritty writer, with no holds barred.

Q: Your favorite title?
A: The Take

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.

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Thank you so much for taking interest in me and my Secret Demon

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