Monday, August 17, 2015

Interview with sci-fi fantasy author Perrin Pring

Welcome, readers. Today’s special guest is Perrin Pring who is doing a virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the sci-fi fantasy trilogy, The Ryo Myths.

During her tour, Perrin will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky, randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

Perrin is the author of The Ryo Myths, a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy that has been heralded to engage both nerds and non-nerds alike. Check out her books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. When not writing, Perrin enjoys drinking coffee and swimming, although usually not at the same time.

Welcome, Perrin. Please tell us about your current releases, the trilogy known as The Ryo Myths.
The Ryo Myths consists of book one, Appointment at the Edge of Forever, book two, Tomorrow is Too Late, and the final book, The Degrees of Destiny. The Ryo Myths is science fiction, and it follows the crew of the space ship the Dark Horse, as they attempt to find and protect, Ryo, the last Chozen. In The Ryo Myths, the universe is in danger of being enslaved by an evil group of gods. The universe’s benevolent gods created the Chozen, beings with all the powers of the gods, to fight the evil gods. The problem is there is only one Chozen left, Ryo, but she’s not always sane, as her godly knowledge often overwhelms her. The crew of the Dark Horse are Ryo’s unlikely saviors, but they rise to the challenge.

What inspired you to write this trilogy?
When I started working on The Ryo Myths, I was reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, which is a fantasy epic, and I was watching a lot of Stargate SG-1. The Wheel of Time series focuses on magic, while Stargate SG-1 focuses on ‘science’. I wanted to write a series where both magic and science exist. What came of that desire were the books in The Ryo Myths.

Excerpt from book one, Appointment at the Edge of Forever:
She barreled blindly through the forest, not knowing where she was going, only that she had to go. She had to get away, away from whom she didn’t know, but she had to move. They were watching her.

Memories flooded through her. She was on a ship, she was in a car, she was healing the sick, she was giving orders, she was lost. These memories weren’t hers, yet they felt so natural. They felt so real. It was her, Ryo, in those memories, but she couldn’t recall any of them any more than one could truly recall a dream.

She stopped running. Her side ached from the exertion, and her right leg still bled painfully. She peeled back the dark, sticky dress. The cut was deep. It wasn’t going to heal on its own. Then the bubbling came back.

Her hands moved over her leg, and she gasped. The bubbling grew, the hotness, the confidence, the power; all of it came back. She closed her eyes and the pain peaked, then it was gone. She waited several breaths, and then finally opened her eyes. Other than the dried blood and torn dress, one would never have known her leg had been injured. The skin was flawless without even a hint of a scar. She looked at her hands. She had known exactly where to put them. It was as if she had done this every day of her life...

She stood up and quickly sat back down. Her legs shook, and her breathing was ragged. What was happening to her?

Who was she?

Excerpt from book 2, Tomorrow is Too Late:
This was the last thing she needed right now. Captain Eri sat on the bridge, her focus on the minefield of asteroids surrounding her ship. She jabbed at the keyboard on the Dark Horse’s control panel. They’d cleared Bok’s atmosphere nearly ten hours ago, and according to her maps, they weren’t near an asteroid belt now. This didn’t make any sense. These asteroids hadn’t been here a week ago when they’d passed through this exact bit of space. What was going on?

“They’re getting more concentrated,” Captain Eri breathed.

She was right. Not only were large chunks of rock and ice hurtling past them, but now small bits of rock and debris pelted the ship as well, the black nothingness of space becoming ever more thick and hazy. Then suddenly, the horizon cleared. The dusty mist, the asteroids, all of it was gone.

 “What the…” Red said.

The ship started to shake.

“We’re being pulled…” Captain Eri said, as the ship bucked beneath them.

Wiq stared out the window. With each new bump a colorful cloud enveloped them. It was like they were skipping across a planet’s outer atmosphere…

Wiq jerked her eyes from the explosions of color and concentrated beyond them. She focused on the blackness, and then she saw it.

“This is no regular asteroid field,” she breathed.

“Oh Gods,” Captain Eri said, her eyes dilating. “That’s a planet.”

Excerpt from book three, The Degrees of Destiny:
And that, Captain Eri realized, was the crux of the issue. He’d taken her trust, and she wanted it back. She wanted to share it. She wanted to share it with him. Deep down, she hoped that she would wake from this nightmare to find him on her step, ready to take her on that date she’d wished for for two years. She wanted to believe that she could be fixed, that he’d come home, that this wasn’t her life…

But that wasn’t going to happen. There was no going back, ever. What he’d taken from her was irreplaceable, but… Suddenly, it was no longer elusive.

She leaned back and spun the chair so she could see out of the bridge’s windows. She felt, not okay, but aware. It was as if all of the pieces had finally snapped into place, and now the puzzle was clear.

He had her trust, but not her life. What she did with her life was up to her. She just had to decide in which direction to move.

Did she stay where she was, or did she move forward?

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m currently working on a stand-alone book that revolves around time traveling for food. It takes place on earth and is somewhat more accessible, for those who don’t yet know they like sci-fi, than the Ryo Myths. It’s a love story. Check out my blog for updates on its progress!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think the point at which I first considered myself ‘a writer’ was when I realized I wasn’t going to stop writing, even if I never got published. It was after college, I was spending a lot of time writing a novel that never got published, but I knew then that I couldn’t stop writing, even if I wanted to. Every time I’d try to hang up my pen, I’d find myself back at the computer a few days later, working on my latest idea. That was when I first truly acknowledged myself to be what I was - a writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I don’t write full time, but up until a few months ago, I was primarily a seasonal worker, which meant I didn’t work for several months each winter. In those ‘work-free’ months I would do most of my writing. Now that I have a year around job, I’m going to have to re-work my writing schedule, but I’m not too worried about it. If I know anything about myself, it’s that I always end up making time to write. It’ll balance itself out, even though I won’t be able to finish products as quickly as I once was able to. I imagine I will spend most of my winter weekends writing and probably a few evenings each week as well.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know how quirky it is, but I have my computer read my novels aloud. I also read my novels aloud myself. Hearing myself and a machine read my prose really helps me better my syntax and cadence. It’s also great for editing, hearing the computer read it, because you know when you’ve over used a word or completely marred a sentence. The computer doesn’t read you what you wanted to write, it reads you what you wrote. I recommend everyone have their computer read them their novel, it’s a great way to better your self-editing.

What a great idea! As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I hope you enjoy the Ryo Myths! They’re a quick fun read!


Thank you, Perrin!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing the excerpts, I enjoyed reading them and I'm looking forward to checking out the series :)

Unknown said...

Thank you Victoria Alexander! I hope you enjoy it. Also, than you Lisa Haselton for the interview!

Patrick Siu said...

I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

Unknown said...

Great interview~thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed your interview. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!