Friends Friday – Ryssa Edwards!

Please welcome Ryssa to Friends Friday today. Be nice to her, she’s giving you a chance to win a kindle, whoop!

I’m really excited to be here to celebrate the release of Warrior Angel, Heart’s Desire, Book One in my Immortal Pleasures series.

To kick off the series, there’s a contest on my blog to win a Kindle. Stop by and check it out.

So, here’s a little bit about me.

What makes a book good in your eyes?

A strong reaction. When I read, I need to feel something. Whether it’s anger, or frustration, or joy—something. I also like a book to take me somewhere I’ve never been before. That doesn’t mean it has to be an exotic location. It could be a state of mind. A while back I read a non-fiction book about a sniper. Talk about going someplace you’ve never gone before. I totally understood the narrator’s point of view. In my eyes a good book will take me somewhere I’ve never been, and make me feel in a way I’ve never quite felt before.

When I write, I work to create these experiences for my readers. After someone reads my work, I want them to walk away thinking, “Really? I never thought about it that way.”

If you could choose two authors to be seated between at a signing…or to have your books shelved between in the bookstore, who would they be?

Oh my gosh! I would about die if my book could be between Stephen King and Alexandre Dumas. I love the way Stephen King tells a story. I love the way he completely takes you there, inside his character’s head. That rocks my world. Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all time favorite reads. I love the twists and turns and the sub-sub-sub plots, and of course, the love story at the heart of it.

I use subplots to draw my reader deeply into my story world and give them a way to connect in a more intimate way with my main characters. In Warrior Angel, Heart’s Desire, the subplot of Lucifer badgering Michael set against what Lucifer chooses to do at the end of the story, gives the reader a way to understand Michael in a different light. Yes, he’s the older brother, but, does he always know what’s best? Read the story and find out!

What’s the strangest job you’ve held?

The strangest job I ever had was a summer job between college semesters in a potato chip factory in Syracuse, New York. My job was ‘potato chip picker’. As the freshly fried potato chips went by on a conveyor belt, my job was to pick out the burned ones and trash them. The factory was one huge warehouse type building, all on one floor. I worked the nightshift, so only the parts that were ‘live’ at night were lit up. We were working in a circle of light, surrounded by darkness. But you could hear noises coming out of the dark. I wore thin clear plastic gloves that melted into my hands every twenty minutes or so. I had to put on new ones so I wouldn’t get burned. But then they’d melt too. By the end of my shift, I had alien looking hands, with long, long strands where the plastic had stretched then grown hard. Strange job. Strange place. Good chips!

I think Redemption, the Goth club in Dark Angel, All the Stars, Book 2 in the Immortal Pleasures series, is based on the potato chip factory—dark and creepy.

How can readers who stop by this blog today win a Kindle?

I’m so glad you asked!
All you have to do is leave a comment and e-mail me with “I’m In To Win!” or stop by Facebook and send me a message that says “I’m In To Win!
I’ll enter you in the contest on my blog to win a Kindle!

How can we find you?

Email: pennandquill@gmaildot(.) com

Victoria, thanks for helping me celebrate the release of Warrior Angel, Heart’s Desire!