Q: Where are you from?
A: In 1992, I was born in the Philippines. I originated from the Philippines to the States, so I live in a small, boring town in Arkansas. Now, I've been stuck here for almost sixteen years, but I travel a lot.
Q: What is some of your latest news for writing?
A: Hmm, I completed 'What Love Has Lost', which I am completely proud, because I have a horrible habit of never completing any of my working novels. Right now, I have a new story called, 'Your Only Fan', which is about a famous band. It's a comedy and fan-fiction. You should definitely check it out. You should also check out The Maine! Their songs are good.
Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: I started writing songs at the age of 12. Then, I progressed to writing romantic novels, but my story ideas were very poor. I lacked grammar skills. I used to switch tenses all the time, and still get criticism on my writings, but I try to ignore all those haters. I love writing. Writing is a passion of mine. I love to express myself. I love when people read my writings. Writing is an art. It's a freedom of speech- freedom of expressing yourself. And I think we all have the capability to write. Write because you love it. Never force yourself into becoming a famous writer.
Q: When did you consider yourself a writer?
A: Writing takes practice and effort. It's time-consuming. However, I don't consider myself as an author or a writer. I consider myself a person who has the capability to express myself. I place myself, sometimes, in my writings. It's a huge getaway. It's a getaway from the real world. I separate writing from my real pain and suffering. I like to take fiction as a remedy. It's my comfort. Writing calms me. It makes me happy.
Q: What inspired you to write 'What Love Has Lost'?
A: Three years ago, I was in love. I lost, who I thought, was the love of my life. It's about a couple who was in love and now, trying to find that spark again. It's based on a relationship that was so strong and so passionate. It's based on the friendship and the commitment we have in life. It's about facing your fears. My fears are falling in love, again. I was very hurt when my ex-boyfriend broke the bad news. My parents didn't approve of my ex-boyfriend. Anyways, love is about taking risks and is a challenge. Sure there are funny moments in the story along the way. I think it'll relate to most of my readers, maybe not? Also, take a huge risk in life. Fall in love. Find love. Take that challenge and never look back, because if you don't, then what will you have? Love is mysterious. Love is sincere. And what Love Has Lost sets a good example of is finding and losing love.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: ORGANIZED. I'm an organized freak! I try my best to make all my writings perfect. However, practice on writing doesn't create perfect. It creates permanent. My guitar teacher taught me that. I also think my writing style is free writing. We all have different writing styles. My writing style is how I like it. I like my writing style. It suits me.
Q: How did you come up with the title for 'What Love Has Lost'?
A: Well, this couple found love and now is trying to find love again, with each other. Sure, their love wasn't perfect in the end, but they still love each other. So this is why I came up with the title for my story.
Q: Is there a certain message in 'What Love Has Lost' that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: Hmm, find love. Take a risk. Get hurt and get back up again because the more you fall, the stronger you will become. Take that challenge. Fall in love and see all the possibilities in life can change. You'll never regret it.
Q: How big of a part did reality play in 'What Love Has Lost'?
A: Oh my god, I wouldn't even think that this question would be brought up! There are a few exaggerations. Um, the part about my parents, forcing us to break up, that was truly realistic. The main male character definitely played a huge role as my ex-boyfriend. He wanted me back, the next year. I told him to go away. The main protagonist is definitely based on me. She's edgy and very stubborn. The friends that were in the story, they are based on real people. They always make me laugh and they'll be there for me.
Q: What books that you've read have influenced your writing the most?
A: Oh, gosh, this is a tough one to answer. Honestly, I read anything and they inspire me to create ideas on writing. Sometimes, I don't use any writings from books or anything. I reflect to my life, and sometimes, It just feels good to let the world know. Sometimes I just write for fun. Some of the books that I've read, they're either very sad or very clichéd. However, I'm not a huge fan of clichés.
Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: Right now I'm not reading any books. I have school, and I went through a drastic relationship. We broke up, but we're still seeing each other. Life is stressful for me, too. No time to stop and read a good book.
Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Hmm, new authors? Normally, I don't approach new authors in Booksie, but I have wonderful friends that I've made and our writings are pretty much in the same category. We write comedy, romance, and a bit of unpredictable events. We enjoy talking to each other. We joke around, and we swoon over fictional male characters.
Q: What are your current projects?
A: "Your Only Fan" is on a long hiatus. I'm very busy with school and everything. After I finish 'Your Only Fan' I'll be writings 'The Prince and the Pauper' and then 'His family Rendezvous'. I will not stop writing. I'll still be writing, but I may keep those stories saved in my computer or shared to another website.. I have no idea, but I will be creating 'The Ryder Dictionary'! It's coming soon! I just have to make another account so you can all see it!
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: No, I see writing as a hobby, or a passion. I don't like forcing myself on writing. I just let the ideas flow as it beautifully paints on paper with black and white print.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in 'What Love Has Lost'?
A: I honestly don't want to change the ending of 'What Love Has Lost', but I would definitely think that there could be another alternative ending. However, I prefer the ending as it is. It's perfect in my perspective. I know most of my readers are absolutely mad at me. I've been yelled at and virtually slapped in the face! Lols, but I still think the ending has a true meaning. Not every ending has a happily ever after, and I prefer to keep it that way.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Grammar. I'm always self conscious about my grammar. I always change tenses. It's a horrible habit of mine. Sometimes, I wonder how long my chapters should be. I love typing out long chapters.
Q: Who is your favorite author on booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: Bimbobunny! She's my absolute favorite author in booksie. She inspired me. She the reason why I came to booksie. I've read her novels and they are absolutely wonderful to read. Honestly, I wish she was still here, but she's staying on another website. Her personality is different. She has a bitchy side, and I absolutely idolize her. She's a total role model to me.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: Hmm, I'm a lazy ass person, but I keep telling myself to complete it. Do your absolute best. I never regret writing the novel. Knowing that I never complete any of my previous stories, I keep telling myself to keep writing it. I let the ideas come, and I type it as the words flow onto paper.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing 'What Love Has Lost'?
A: Yes, not every person has a happy ending, which completely sucks, but we have to move on in life. We have to accept the failures or consequences we face in life.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Um, I'm not good at giving out advice, but write stories because you love it. Don't think about being popular or famous, because I've wanted that whenever I first signed up for Booksie. I came here to be noticed. I wanted to be recognized and loved. However, I kicked my ass to get here. In the end, I realized that It's not about being famous- that people will love you and your writings. It's about the people who care about you as an author and a person. It's about the friends you make in this website. We're like a family.
Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: You guys are seriously awesome! You are the reason why I keep on writing. The persistent positive feedback I receive from you is worth it. If it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be able to be known as Ryder. I love you and don't ever forget that. I seriously think that you should take your own advice and keep on practicing to get this far. Honestly, I've been through lots of drama on this website, as most of you know. Yes, the cretin in booksie…but we shouldn't remember all those horrible things that happened in this website. We should keep making this website a safer environment. Oh, thanks for sighing my petition, too! Couldn't have done it without you! Stay fucking awesome, you guys!
Q: Where are you from?