Jamie Ryder is the author of Bluebirds.
I’m an aspiring writer and journalist from Manchester England. I’ve recently graduated with a 2:1 Creative Writing degree at Edge Hill University. I’ve written for several online magazines such as theinflectionist.com, apy2hyc.com, thepositive.com and mediaprint.com. I’m currently working on my first novel while studying for my MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Author Q & A
Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?
The inspiration for Bluebirds came from memories from my granddad who fought at Anzio. I wanted to create an authentic WW2 background for the protagonist John. So I asked him about his experiences and worked some of them in through flashbacks.
I wanted to create a love story that isn’t conventional in the sense that it has an open and shut ending. I wanted to provide a sense of hope but leave the reader to draw their own conclusion by the end of it.
When did you start writing?
I remember it was from a very young age. At first it was a hobby and then it grew into something I wanted to turn into a profession and dream.
Do you have a favourite genre?
I’m a big fantasy nerd. Anything with epic quests, mythical creatures and complex characters I’m first in line to read
What’s your favourite book or short story?
I wouldn’t say I have an overall favourite but one of the most influential would be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The range of description and character moments are phenomenal.
What has been your biggest challenge as a writer?
It would have to be narrative pacing. In the back of my mind I’m conscious of whether I’m moving a story too fast or slow. Maybe I’ll get the hang of it one day soon.
Are you currently working on a full-length novel and looking for a publisher?
I’m working on my first novel that follows an alternative history where a variation of the Roman Empire continued to flourish in a post-apocalyptic world. The story is set in Britain with the Romans planning to attack the country. A young girl called Bail is sucked into the conflict as she tries to find her place in the chaos.
What do you most enjoy about writing?
I love how characters take on a life of their own. When I write I find they are never quite the same as how I originally planned them to be. I find it’s good to pay attention to what they want rather than trying to force something for the sake of plot.
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