Genre: romance, sub-genre of mystery and alternative paranormal
Raven Koynes is a woman in hiding. Years ago she escaped to remote Gull Island Light Station, nestled far away in Lake Superior. She has carved out a life of peace and solitude for herself. Until famed nature photographer Sebastian Knight arrives–in the height of a nor’easter storm–to document the beauty of Gull Island. Unsavory treasure hunters also blow in with the storm, determined to find missing cargo from a sunken ship. And they are positive Raven knows where it’s stashed. A power outage from the storm traps everyone at her keeper’s cottage, fellow prisoners of the storm.
Between her attraction to handsome Sebastian and the unwelcome advances and threats of the hunters, Raven is pushed to her limit. Help arrives in the form of a stray German Shepherd Dog, who takes an immediate protective interest in Raven. He becomes her constant shadow and listening ear as she sorts out her growing–and conflicting–feelings for Sebastian.
Meanwhile, Sebastian came to the island looking for treasure as well, in the form of photographs. While he isn’t so sure about missing cargo, he only needs to look at Raven Koynes to know he’s found his own valuable treasure. One he hopes he can hang on to if she learns about his mysterious secret.
Now that Madeline the resident ghost has found out, it’s probably just a matter of time until Raven does too. And with the storm and power outage, no one is going anywhere any time soon.
What keeps you motivated?
I want to write better with each book. I want to write a better book each time. Fine tune the things I have trouble with and explore the areas I enjoy.
How do you avoid becoming overburdened by marketing tasks?
Ha (laugh) I don’t! I get so overwhelmed I want to cry. I find I start getting irritable, trying to get ‘it all done’. Then it’s time for a reality check. Fortunately my day job allows me a fair amount of time off so I can schedule a few days off, stay home and work my little tail off getting caught up on marketing tasks. Well, as close to caught up as I will get.
I know the feeling. It seems there’s never enough time to do everything.
Do you require complete silence for writing, or do you like white noise?
My work study has a 40 gallon aquarium right next to me and a 70 gallon one off to my left. Both have bio wheel filters, which sound like waterfalls. That is awesome white noise. Very relaxing. Rain is good too. Sometimes I do the radio but it will get to me eventually. My bird, who also stays in the study when I work, sings and talks.
Sounds great. May we see photos?
Sure! Here you go:
I’m jealous! I write in a corner of my dining room–near the kitchen . . . and the tea pot, where my husband goes a million times a day for a cuppa.
Do you write full-time?
Yes. I free lance for two or three regional periodicals plus market the three books out now and three more coming. Currently I am working on two WIPS and one in the early planning stages. I also have the aforementioned day job, which is second shift. So I am up at the crack of dawn, write for about 6-8 hours before I go to work. Weekends I work on writing stuff about 10-15 hours.
You have amazing work ethic!
Who is your favorite character in the book you are showing us today, and why?
Raven Koynes. She has such strength of character. Plus she lives in such a wild and rugged place. I kind of envy her!
Ah, if we could only trade places with our characters for the day.
When a reader reaches THE END in the book you are showing us today, what do you hope sticks with them in the days (or months) that follow?
Who is Ryan Jo Summers?
Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolinian author who specializes in writing romances with a twist. Love stories blended with inspirational, paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. She also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. Ryan’s dad is a songwriter, and his aunt wrote poetry, so she claims she came by her writing skill honestly. Apparently it’s in the genes.
Her hobbies include bird-watching, houseplants, poetry and yard work. She loves to gather with friends, hike in the forest with her dog, paint ceramics and canvas and work on wiggly word find puzzles. She lives in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. Living in the mountains, she dreams of the shore and frequently uses the water as scenes for her stories.