I would like to welcome another author coming on the blog today. I’m so excited to be able to introduce Ryder Hunte Clancy to everybody! She’s a YA Fantasy/Mystery author and If you don’t already know her, here’s a little introduction!
Meet The Author
Ryder has lived most of her life in the desert but her heart belongs to the sea; her happy place, where brine and mist abound and allusive waves caress expansive stretches of compacted sand. A tried and true stay-at-home mom, she’s often found scribbling notes between diaper changes or connecting plot points while everyone else sleeps. She survives off of toddler snacks, and has just as much trouble keeping up with her fictional, teenage characters as she does her three small children. Mystic Invisible is her debut novel, the inspiration of which was gleaned from her husband’s homeland of Scotland, where fantasy, mystery, and folklore are rich and hints of adventure linger around every corner.
- Tell us a little about how you decided to become an author.
I never really intended to be an author. I love reading and I always enjoy a good story, but the thought of actually writing and publishing a book never crossed my mind, at least not consciously. Here’s how it all unfolded: I was in a church meeting, trying to keep my baby entertained, and this name came to me. I could see the character pretty clearly in my mind and within seconds, details started to form around him (funny thing is it wasn’t even my main character, it was Uncle Jarus). You can imagine the shock and excitement I felt as I dug through my diaper bag in search of paper and something to write this flood of ideas down with.
- How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
Shortly after the first few characters came to me, I realized I needed a setting. I decided to start with what I know and love best; I would write a YA fantasy set in Scotland, where my husband was born and raised. It’s a land that I love dearly and feel very connected to. While the original story changed and developed over time, I always knew Mystic Invisible was going to be a fantasy novel for younger readers, set in the rugged Scottish Highlands.
- What are some of the must-haves/writing tips that you’ve developed over the years?
I have been very fortunate to glean many valuable writing tools over the years! I share them occasionally on my social media accounts but here’s a brief list:
- Just write. Get it out, even if you feel like it’s garbage. You can elevate during revisions.
- Surround yourself with support, both within the writing community as well as in your family and local community.
- Read your genre.
- Remember that sometimes you have to fall flat on your back to see the stars
- What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not writing?
I’m in that busy, mom-of-little-ones phase of life but when I do happen upon a spare minute or two I enjoy reading (or listening to audiobooks – those have saved me in this phase of motherhood), exercising, walking my dogs, sneaking away for a little drive by myself, napping (this is a hard one to come by!), or watching some reality TV here and there while enjoying a Reese’s Fast Break. Pretty typical mom stuff, I’d say. I’m in such a crazy and evolving epoch of my life that the mundane, simple things are always the most fulfilling.
- What advice do you have for other authors that are just starting off?
Read a lot! I mentioned reading your genre above because it’s such a fundamental component in a writer’s arsenal, but reading in general is a great way to progress your writing abilities. Also, be patient with yourself whenever you reach an impasse in your journey. There are great supportive writing communities on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter if you ever feel alone or stuck. Lastly, don’t be afraid to reach for the unlikely and break some barriers!
Ryder Hunte Clancy is the author of Mystic Invisible, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Teen and Young Adult Magical Realism.
Fifteen-year-old Monte moves to the mystically jeopardized Highlands of Scotland and discovers that life as a Celtic wizard is anything but easy. Whisperings of abnormal enchantments and vicious cat siths grip the small town he now calls home. Fear is at the helm and the instigator is unknown. An indefinite moratorium on magic is enforced. In a race against darkness, Monte and his friends must choose who to trust before time runs out, even if it means breaking some rules and facing danger head on.
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A big thank you again Ryder for joining me on the blog today and sharing your thoughts! It was such a pleasure having you.