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!

Bio:

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!

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Thank you, Perrin!


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6 thoughts on “Interview with sci-fi fantasy author Perrin Pring

  1. Victoria Alexander says:

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

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