Another 3Q’s with another author I’m hoping people will discover and read! That’s been the goal of 3Q’s since the very first one way back in 2022 – no matter whether a first time author or a best-seller!
Today’s 3Q’s is with the always fun Ryan Meyer!
Steve: What does your process look like once you finish your first draft? Do you immediately dive back into it, or do you take some time away?
Ryan: I usually take some time away, especially since a lot of what I write is poetry. It’s also nice to take some time and come back with a refreshed set of eyes. Often, I’ll think of a piece differently after the fact than I did initially. With longer prose, it depends on the piece! I’m working on more short stories now, my most recent being included in the upcoming HorrorScope: A Zodiac Anthology, so the process has proven to be different than I’m used to. Definitely a different ball game, but exciting, nonetheless.
Steve: You win a very prestigious award and are invited to receive it. The award is a bronze plated copy of the book that means the most to you in your life. What book is it and why?
Ryan: That is so tough! I’m torn, but maybe ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. Like many authors who write horror, I’ve read King for so long, and ‘Salem’s Lot was one that truly scared me—you know the window scene. At the time, that type of more mature writing opened my eyes to being scared in different ways, much deeper than surface level. The poet in me wants to choose a collection of poetry, but King has basically been a favorite of mine since the start of my writing journey.
Steve: Of the books or stories you’ve released, which is your personal favorite and why?
Ryan: Both of my books, Haunt and Tempest, are so different from each other, as are the individual pieces I’ve had published. I’d have to say my most recent full collection of poems, Tempest, is my favorite of mine, because it encompasses so much of who I am, and even thought I don’t classify it in the horror genre, there are still a few pieces in there that cross that line of fear, unease, & the unknown. You can take the writer out of horror, but you can’t take horror out of the writer!
Steve: Bonus Fun Question – You’re on a camping trip when suddenly a wild animal confronts you. You take off running and it follows. What animal are you confident in thinking you could outrun?
Ryan: In most cases I would be animal chow… Maybe a beaver? We can make it a gnarly wild monster beaver for intensity, but I would hope I could outrun a beaver. I’m no Prefontaine. Let’s hope my background in outdoor adventure publishing could help me survive.
Steve: Oh, good answer! The only thing would be if the beaver had set a course of downed trees beforehand to slow you up! They’re crafty!
Thanks so much for doing this!
To find more of Ryan’s work – check the links!