Anniversary Shenanigans: Author Visit + Giveaway - Rhys Ford

We're so excited for have stable favorite, Rhys Ford to jam on our last anniversary Sunday with us!  And some of our die hard fans interviewed Rhys and picked that marvelous brain.

Stick around for our fans' Q & A sesh and then make sure to enter Rhys' BODACIOUS giveaway, where not 1 but 2 winners can get a $25Amazon or ARe gift card.

Perfect for the holidays, don't you think!

1.  Are you a panster or a planner? What is your normal process for a story? Notes on napkins,  full story boards with character bibles etc.?

I think a combination? I plot. With all the best intentions but then things go sideways and I have to adjust. I do make character bibles so I know what everyone looks like and where they connect. That’s really critical because names sometimes get complicated.

2.  Who influenced you the most in becoming an author? Another author or a teacher perhaps? Any advice they gave you that you would pass along?

Being a writer is a sickness. I swear. I don’t think I’m a writer so much as a storyteller. It’s just that I use words to tell the story. We have a lot of storytellers in my family so I think it’s just a natural genetic thing to lie and make up stuff. *grins* Embellish the world. I’ve always made up stories in my head about people I’ve seen or places that strike me as awesome.

God, so many influences. I can’t say I had a teacher who supported my writing per se but I’ve had teachers who had faith in me when I didn’t have any in myself. They probably don’t remember me but they don’t have to. I remember them like mile posts on a freeway to mark a particular spot I needed to notice.

3.  What sorts of things do you do to make sure you're stretching and growing as a writer?

I try to play with different genres and voices. There’s patterns to writing, each genre has a distinct voice to it. I like dabbling in those voices. Sometimes it’s a fight to write a book and there’s a time to know when it’s just my brain digging in its heels against the genre voice or when it’s fighting the story.

I also like to make sure I keep my vocabulary expanding. It’s good to know the flavour of a word and use it properly. Word choices are important.

4.  How often do you include your own observations/hobbies/interests in your characters — like your hatred of bitter melon?

Oh god, a lot. And yes, loathing of bitter melon. Loathe. I weave a lot of things I’m interested in and some times I have to do research but there’s a point when you can add too much of something into a story. It’s kind of like ten hours of research for a single line of text in a paragraph. I do love weaving books and music into things as well as pop culture. Because there are certain things—common threads—running through us all. So I try to include them to ground my books into a reality I share.

5.  Which character/book/series has given you the most creative fits, and why?

God, this last book. It’s called There’s This Guy and it’s kind of a contemporary??? Sort of? It was a free-fall through a voice and I had to find the river of words to swim in. It was great to do because I could kind of let loose some of the darker threads I’ve wanted to explore but hard because I couldn’t actually murder someone and have them investigate it. I am at heart, a mystery/urban fantasy writer. That being said, it was fun to stretch and delve into something I’d not written before.

6.  How do you develop your secondary support characters? All of them have been very well thought out and contribute a great deal to the storylines.

Secondary characters are important. We all have people in our lives and they’re not two-dimensional cutouts. I think secondary characters should be as fully developed as your main characters because they form a framework around the story. The MCs need a world to live in and having actual people to interact with goes a long way in building that world. If your MC cares about someone besides themselves, it grows them as a character, makes them more of a person. So secondary characters are so so important.

I develop them in the same manner as I do the main characters. They have personalities and quirks and usually are there to provide a foil or support. They are crucial to the story as a whole.

7.  Your Sinners series is based around band members and how music is an intricate part of who they are with life and love. Is music important to you and what or who is your favorite artist and/or song?

Man, I cannot tell you how important music is to me. I listen to music practically every waking moment of the day and often have “soundtracks” to the books I’m writing. I find a base set of albums that fit what I’m writing and kind of live on that as I write.

There’s no one artist or song. Seriously, I have a hell of a lot of music I listen to. With a wide range of styles. Heck, from Metallica to Stevie Ray Vaughn to JYJ and Hyde. It’s whatever suits my mood at the time.

8.  I love the easter eggs you hide in your books.  It's always a delight when I spy one and I feel like I'm in on a secret when one is discovered.  How did you come up with the idea to include them?  Are there any out there that no one (that you know of) has discovered yet? 
Easter eggs are great. They’re often shout outs from me to other authors or just things I like. A bit of our reality seeping into the books. It was just something fun to do at first and then, it just happens. If an opportunity comes up to include one, I do. I don’t purposely go out of my way to make one happen but I’ll often find myself staring at a spot and saying… oh you know what would go well here? An Easter Egg.
I actually don’t know what people have found or not found. I think it’s like a private thing between the reader and the book. You can certainly read the book and not see it but still enjoy the story. That’s what a good Easter Egg should do. Not impact the story but give a nudge and a wink to the reader who spots it.
9.    Now that the Cole McGinnis series has been wrapped up and the Sinners series has only one book left, what's next on the horizon?
Wow, so much. I have so much to write. Or rather so much I want to write. I have Hanging the Stars (Half Moon #2) coming out on December 5 and then in the spring, my take on contemporary which is called There’s This Guy. After that I have the expanded to full length Dim Sum Asylum then Hellsinger 3 and Murder and Mayhem 2. I am both sad but happy to write the end of Sinners. I think it’ll be hard but I’ll be glad to give Miki and Kane a bit of closure on some of the things haunting him. Then I’ll have a new series called 415 Ink, set in San Francisco and about a bunch of tattoo artists, much like Sinners was about musicians. And then of course, there’s Kai and Ryder. So that’s what I’ve got on the horizon. *grins*
Thank you for having me here! I appreciate it so much and congrats on your anniversary! WOOOT!

About the author:

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.


THANK YOU, RHYS!!! We're always happy to have you here at the stable!

Two winners have a chance to win $25 - Amazon or ARe, winner's choice!

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  1. Thank you for the interesting interview, Rhys! I'm so glad to know there is more on Half Moon and Hellsinger. I've been waiting for more on Tristan and Wolf for ages!

  2. Love Rhys, so this was fantastic!


  3. I love that the secondary characters stand out so often. I have to admit that I have a huge love of the Morgan clan. :) Great interview.

  4. Thanks for the interview! I can't wait for all those upcoming releases,There’s This Guy and the tattoo series sound interesting, can hardly wait.

  5. I love the peek at what is upcoming!

  6. Thanks for the interview...such a huge Rhys fan!

  7. Great interview!! Thanks for this, Rhys...

  8. Thank you for the great interview.

  9. Can't wait to read Hanging the Stars! Love the interview =)

  10. Whilst sad that Cole and JaeMin came to the end, looking forward to Half Moon Bay, Murder & Mayhem, Hellsinger!!
    And finding Easter Eggs?!!

  11. Thank you for the interview! I would love to see one of your character bibles. And so many new books to look forward to. I am sure we will all need them with the year coming up.

  12. Thank you for the post. It's always good to read on interview with Rhys. Looking forward to next Hellsinger stories and many more new series from her!

  13. Thanks for the interview. I love it when I get one of the Easter Eggs!

  14. I enjoyed the post it is so great to hear about what's coming up and adding to my wish list.

  15. I enjoyed the interview, thank you.

  16. I can't wait to read Hanging the Stars, and I seriously need to reread all your books to find the easter eggs. How have I missed them!

  17. Looking forward to Hanging the Stars. Currently listening to the audio of Black Dog Blues. :)

  18. great interview! hmmm i gotta look harder for those easter eggs!

  19. Thank you for the great interview! I've read Black Dog Blues twice so far and once in audio. Looking forward to reading more about Kai =)

  20. I've been enjoying the anniversary chats, and this one in particular as I am waiting to read Rhys Fords latest Hanging the Stars, when it comes out next week.

  21. Thank you for sharing with us!

  22. Thanks for the interview Rhys. It is always fun to learn something about authors.

    A comment for BMBR: in the giveaway comment box you mention Suki Fleet in stead of Rhys Ford. Maybe you could rectify this oversight.

  23. Thanks for the interview and answering all our questions. Carlene

  24. Angela:
    Thanks for sharing i enjoyed reading the interview :)

  25. I love all the series written by Rhys Ford. Have not found anything written by her that I did not enjoy and look forward to the sequels. Love all those Easter Eggs. Can't wait for Hanging the Stars on December 5th.

  26. Thanks for the interview! Only one favorite? Not sure I can pick! Maybe Tequila Mockingbird. But I do love Cole and Jae too... -Toni

  27. So many things I'm looking forward to! Your character bibles are genius. I'd love to get my hands on those. ;) I'll always have a soft spot for Cole and Jae and can't wait to read the Sinners series next. Great questions and thoroughly enjoyed Rhys's answers.

  28. I think right now my favorite is Black Dog Blues, just because it was the last one I read and I still think about it. I need to get to the next in the series!

  29. I love all of Rhys' work, but Cole and Jae...they have my heart! Thanks for this opportunity!

  30. Sinners Gin was one of the first MM books I read and the first audiobook I had. I'm so glad to have The Dirty series, Sinners, Murder and Mayhem and now, the Half Moon series. Ms. Ford - you rock!