Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Interview and Giveaway: Ryshia Kennie

Please help me welcome the lovely Ryshia Kennie.  Ryshia is celebrating the November 15th release of her latest novel, Ring Of Desire.  She also wrote a book called From The Dust. 

1. Your new release, Ring Of Desire, is being described as a medieval paranormal novel. Please tell us about your story.
RK: Picture 1072 England in a place called Hafne. Everything is dreary and dry. But it is a land that echos with the sighs of all things magical. Long ago a Norman’s hand destroyed Hafne’s peace and laid the way for the Ancients’ curse that has left the land barren and taken the gift of immortality.

Now the Normans have returned. Vala is drawn to one man, a Norman, and torn between two worlds human and Ancient. With one chance to break the curse and immortality hanging in the balance, will Vala choose the love of a mortal man over the gift of immortality?

2. A strong heroine makes a story worth reading. Please describe your heroine, Vala, in 5 words.
RK: A generous and courageous leader

3. Will Ring of Desire be a stand alone novel or do you anticipate a sequel?
RK: Ring of Desire is a stand alone. My next books are contemporary suspense.

4. This story is set in medieval times. How much research did you have to do for this novel?
RK: I love historical research and like my first book, I got caught up in it. Politics in England at the time were intense – it was just post conquest – a fascinating time. I read an amazing amount of books on the era and those that didn’t make it into my research library I got from the library, where I haunted the shelves on everything from English history to medieval magic. And for this book I discovered that if you want good visuals on period dress – the children’s section of the library is the place to go.

5. Although you grew up in the beautiful Saskatchewan Prairies (Canada), I discovered you have a passion for traveling to exotic locations. Where are some of your favorite destinations? Do they influence your writing?
RK: I love to travel and with my contemporary suspense stories I will usually set them in a place where I have traveled. I find myself fascinated with differences in cultures and yet the similarities that we all share. It’s a theme that recurs in my stories.

Some of my favorite destinations have been; Burma(Myanmar), Borneo, Northern Thailand, Costa Rica and Cambodia to name a few.

6. Are you currently working on any other projects you would like to share with us?
RK: I have a number of contemporary suspense that are mostly set in Asia. One of my favorites is my entomologist with attitude who gets herself lost in the Borneo jungle and caught in the midst of what looks like a murder to boot.

7. Lastly, what is your favorite way to unwind after a hard day of writing? Any guilty pleasures?
RK: A long day of writing is special and only occurs on weekends right now. My guilty pleasure (not really guilty, just a fave) after such a day – sometimes it’s a visit to a local microbrewery for a beer and a bite. Other times it’s just a glass of wine on a crowded couch – not made for two people and a dog.

Ryshia thank for visiting with us today.  Congratulations on your new release and best luck on your future novels. 

Click here to read an excerpt from Ring Of Desire. 
For more information on Ryshia and her books, please visit her website
To follow Ryshia on Twitter, click here
To purchase Ring Of Desire from Amazon, follow this link.

Contest Time...

Ryshia has generously offered to give an E-Copy of Ring of Desire to one lucky commenter. 

To enter, simply leave a comment or question for Ryshia.

For extra entries...
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The contest will begin now and end on December 5th.  I will announce the winner on this blog December 6th. If you are not a follower, click the follow button on the left sidebar so you don't miss the winner post.  This contest is open to everyone.  Good Luck!


rubynreba said...

Sounds like a very good book. I'd love to read it. How did you decide on the neat looking cover?

Ryshia Kennie said...

Hi Rubynreba - I'm lucky to have a publisher with a great knack at covers. I knew I wanted the cover to be dark and brooding to suit the setting and the theme of the cursed land. I also wanted a keep in the background and she took it from there.


Ryshia Kennie said...

Thanks Elnice for the great intro. I'm thrilled to be here. Looking foward to meeting your readers. It's always exciting meeting other book lovers!!

Milka said...

Medieval paranormal novel sounds good, I would love to read this book. :)


cait045 said...

I haven't started reading any of Ryshia Kennie but I think I am about to start.


The Couch Critic said...

Hi, great interview. You said your next books are contemporary suspence. Was this your first midievil paranormal? Do you plan on doing more?

Thanks for the interview Ellz

Ryshia Kennie said...

Milka and Cait045 - This was the story that was rather a surprise to write - and the magic was just fun! And, of course, I do hope you read it - and love it - but then doesn't every author wish that?

The Couch Critic - This was my first medieval paranormal. Actually my first paranormal period. It began as a historic but the era lent itself so well to superstition and magic that it just had a will of its own and I found myself adjusting the plot for a whole lot of magic. I enjoyed writing Ring of Desire so much that I can't see not doing another one at some point - just not in the immediate future.

Anonymous said...

I am a follower of your blog and would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Elie said...

Ryshia, you are quite welcome, I am glad to have you.

I got my bookmarks, thank you. They are beautiful!

Ryshia Kennie said...

Hi Wanda
Elie - that was quick delivery amazing for standard mail! Glad you like them!

Teresa said...

If you haven't read Ryshia's "From the Dust" you must get out there and get a copy. Her talent for painting the setting of the story is very accurate (coming from the prairies, I know!). I am excited to get my hands on Ring of Desire and to let Ryshia take me away to a place and time that I have only read historically about, (very dry). With her guidance, she will make that time period come alive, and I will be living in that world. I sense a "trip" in the very near future! Keep on writing Ryshia!

Ryshia Kennie said...

Hi Teresa - it's comments like that, that keep me writing. Thanks for coming along on the journey!

Esme said...

I never heard of this author before-thank you for introduction. I like discovering new authors-especially if they are Canadian.

booklover0226 said...

I look forward in reading this book and future works.

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

Marjorie said...

I follow by google reader, and
I would love to win this book.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Tamsyn said...

Great interview! I love the blurb. BTW, Ryshia, I love durians! Definitely "King of Fruits" :o)


allisonrocks said...

I like the summary!

allisonrocks said...

I like the summary!

Ryshia Kennie said...

Hi Esme - Sensing a fellow Canadian.

Tracey - Thanks - Ring of Desire was one of my favourite books to write.

Marjorie - I'd tell you good luck but in all fairness - I have to say good luck to everyone!

Tamsyn - I knew it - right after I hit post that I'd stumble on a Durian lover.

Allison - The summary captures the medieval setting and the magic between Giles and Vala that runs through the entire story.

Good Luck Everyone!

wateva_08 said...

my question to Ryshia is whats yor stance on odd socks? and what sorta musi do you isten to as in bands etc?
+2 tweeted about comp.

Ryshia Kennie said...

Odd socks - now if you're talking the band - they appeal to my rather eclectic taste in music. If you're talking footwear - move fast and no one will notice.
I love the classic rock bands; Led Zepplin, The Doors, Aerosmith. Some days only Chopin or Tchaikovsky will do. Smash Mouth another fave - and the other day I found a song called "Grasshoppers in Honey" - good tune.

MarionG said...

Hi Ryshia
What is your favorite historical romance? And who has inspired you to write. polo-puppy-fluffyAThotmail *dot* com Cheers

Amaliazy said...

Wow, sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it. =)

+1 follower


Lee Smith said...

I love the time period and your excerpt was fantastic! Great job! I hope I win, but if not I'll have to add this to my wish list.

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