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D. Ryan lives in northeastern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a
reader, writer, and game designer. His writing has been featured at Aphelion.com
and YesteryearFiction.com. He is the operator of
the web-site matthewdryan.com which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” a blog dedicated to fantasy
literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. He is the author of the dark fantasy
novels Drasmyr and The Children of Lubrochius as well as a
growing number of fantasy short stories including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.”
Welcome, Matthew. Please tell us about your current release.
Children of Lubrochius is book I in the fantasy series “From the
Ashes of Ruin.” It is preceded by the prequel Drasmyr (an e-book which is currently available for free). The Children of Lubrochius picks up
where Drasmyr left off. The vampire
Lucian val Drasmyr has been captured by the evil sorceress Korina Bolaris. The
bounty hunter Coragan of Esperia has been hired, once again, by the Drisdak
wizards guild. His mission is to find a student who has disappeared.
Unbeknownst to him or the guild, that student was murdered by Korina and his
quest to find her will pit him against Korina and her cult of demon worshipers,
the Children of Lubrochius, not to mention, Lucian val Drasmyr, a one thousand
year old vampire who Coragan believes has already been destroyed.
What inspired you to write this book?
This book really grew out of the prequel, Drasmyr.
Drasmyr started as a short story
which grew into a novel. By the end of the novel, I didn’t have the heart to
kill Lucian, at least, not without fulfilling several more ideas I had for him,
so I decided to use Drasmyr as a
prequel for a larger series. The Children
of Lubrochius begins where Drasmyr
left off: Lucian has been captured by and forced to serve Korina. The story is
a basic good versus evil tale that pits a wizards guild and a group of
adventurers against Korina, her vampire, and a cult of demon worshipers.
Lucian, the vampire, was inspired by Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. He is a
traditional vampire of gothic horror, not a sparkling love interest like you
might find in Twilight. He is cold and ruthless, and a terrible adversary. The other characters were inspired in other
ways: some from people I have met, others from characters in books or simply
ideologies I have stumbled across in this journey called Life.
several rapid gestures in the air with her hands, and chanted a short rhyme in
an ancient language. Now, the entire chamber seemed to shimmer. The
linen-covered crates pressing against the far wall dissolved in a liquid cloud
of running colors. The cobwebs thinned and vanished, the dust disappeared. Even
the stains along the walls faded into nothingness as the true contents of the
black cloth appeared slightly offset from the center of the chamber. Two silver
candleholders formed on either end of the altar, each one holding a long, white
candle. Over on the right, near the center of the wall, a small stone table
bearing a collection of magical accoutrements sprang into existence. In the
southernmost corner, a bronze brazier appeared and immediately began to burn.
Next, mystical runes spread across the floor. They first revealed themselves as
flickering, flashes of orange light which then solidified as etched carvings in
the stone. The runes ran in two circular patterns, one five feet across, the
other nearly ten. The larger one completely encircled the altar.
table near the wall. More mystical runes encircled the top of the table carved
into the stone with the flowing precision of calligraphy. The spells the runes
contained helped preserve and protect what lay there: a small bulging leather
pouch, two small pottery jars—one grey, one black—four pieces of white chalk,
and a ceremonial obsidian knife stained with dried blood.
retrieved the grey jar from the table, and unscrewed its lid. It contained a
fine, white powder: ground diamond dust. Korina dipped her fingers in, letting
the tiny granules adhere to her soft skin. She rubbed her fingers together to
feel the grainy texture for a moment, then gently brushed the dusty powder back
into the container and replaced the lid.
folds of her robe and withdrew another small jar. This jar, about the size of
two fists and shaped like the lower half of an hourglass crystal, bore gems of
alternating colors—red, blue, green, white, yellow—running in parallel lines
from top to bottom. Runes of power etched across its surface sealed it with a
potent magic designed to contain and hold the creature within, a creature that
had once terrorized the entire wizards guild and much of the city of Drisdak.
What exciting story are you working on
I’m currently working on Book II: The
Sceptre of Morgulan. It continues the tale of the struggle between the
wizards of Drisdak and their hired mercenaries versus Korina and her secret
cult. I’m about 2/3 or 3/4 of the way through the rough draft. It still needs a
lot of work and smoothing over, but it’s coming along nicely.
When did you first consider yourself a
When I first published Drasmyr. It
was a full length work, detailed and intricate, and a lot of fun to work on. I
wrote the original rough draft about twenty years ago, but I really didn’t
think I deserved the “mantle” of writer until I had it published. That said, I
still have to master the non-writerly aspects of the writer’s life,
specifically marketing. It’s a bear. But I am learning; I am a writer who is
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?
my days are full. I also suffer from a certain medical condition that rears its
head periodically to interfere with my life. So, instead of giving my actual
schedule, I’ll give you my “ideal” schedule, the one I’m striving to follow:
from about 9a -12noon. Then, I break for lunch for about an hour. Then, from 1p
to about 3:30p I do yard work in the summer and other tasks around the house. I
make and eat dinner and watch a little TV until 6p. Then, I edit for two hours,
watch some more TV, read for an hour or so, then go to bed. Tuesdays and
Fridays are marketing days. I spend most of my time on these days on Twitter,
surfing, and doing other marketing tasks.
What would you say is your interesting
novels. If you aren’t used to it, it can be kind of jarring. But I like it, and
I think it’s cool. I justify it by noting that since Lucian is a vampire who
has been around for a thousand years, his perception of time is different than
ours. Everything occurs in the present for him, and it’s all centered around
him. I’m not sure if that qualifies as a quirk, because it is, more or less, a
planned, selected choice that I think adds to the uniqueness of the tale and my
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
hordes and hordes of dinosaur books. I had lots and lots of little dinosaur
toys which I played with in our sandbox. I even had a really big Godzilla doll
that “breathed fire” and shot his fist at enemies. He dominated the sandbox. Oh
yes, he did. The year after I got Godzilla, I got an even larger Shogun doll.
The two of them had many a great, colossal battle in my sandbox through my
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
books in this series, “From the Ashes of Ruin.” That’s five books total. As for
something more meaty, keep your eyes on the characters and how they interact.
I’m sort of making a good number of my characters personifications of certain
philosophies. Regecon, for example, personifies the nobleman. Coragan, a
peaceful socialist. Agyrra, a relativist. Gilliad, an absolutist. Of course,
none of the characters are perfect personifications, but it makes writing them
up and working with them fun and intriguing.