Author Spotlight: Sadie Ryan

Welcome to The Bandwagon, Sadie!

Sadie Ryan is an author who loves animals and lives in leafy Cheshire in the North West of England. She has completed two psychological suspense/domestic noir novels. Her debut novel, Behind Closed Doors, was snapped up by publishers and published May 2019.  

Sadie’s second novel WHEN HE FINDS YOU, came out in March 2020. Book 3 will be out in 2021.

When asked where she gets her ideas from, she says, ‘From observation, inspiration and lots of wicked thoughts.’

How did you get into writing?

I’ve loved books all my life and from a very early age wanted to write but never got up the nerve. Then years later after I’d had my children, I thought I’d give it ago. It got me nowhere, rejections came thick and fast. But I learnt the craft by writing and taking on the feedback and never gave up.

Why did you choose to write in this genre?

I started writing rom com. And did so for many years. It was what I liked to read and enjoyed them very much. Then after a gap in writing I started reading thrillers and decided to give it a go. Now it’s the genre I love most.

Who are some of your favourite authors?

Wow, this is a difficult one as I really do have a lot and they are across different genres.
1. My top favourite is, Diana Gabaldon who wrote the Outlander series of books now out as a series on Netflix. The depth of the story and quality of the writing, for me, is just fabulous. They are all long books, but they are the sort you get lost in even when you finish them.
2. Santa Montefiore is again fabulous at world building. I like to read these sorts of books when I’ve read too many thrillers. I need a break from reading one genre too much. 
3. Louise Candlish. Her writing is so different, I love her style and always know when reading one of her books it’s going to be fab.
4. Jo Spain. I’ve only recently discovered Jo Spain. She writes crime and psychological thrillers, set in Ireland. Another writer that keeps me coming back for more.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Definitely not a plotter. I wish I was; I think it would make my life easier. I start with an idea and let it germinate as I write. I have a sort of plot in my head to where it’s going but it often veers off in a completely different direction.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Learn the craft, write and write then write some more. Read loads of different books by different authors. Never give up. If it’s what you really love doing, then do it. Invest in a good editor, there are lots around and there are lots of groups on Facebook to help you find a good one. Self-publishing is brilliant now, so if you fail to get an agent or publishing house, go it alone. Just never give up.

Finally, what are you currently working on?

I’ve got two books banked at the moment and another which I’ve just finished and I’m currently editing. The last two are crime novels and police procedurals.
When He Finds You is out now!

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