Ryan M Schultz takes us on a fast-paced adventure to ancient Egypt in his novel, “Eve of the Pharaoh”, which recently hit #1 on an Amazon best-seller list!
Check out my review HERE and grab your copy today! I had the opportunity to ask a few questions about his writing process and inspiration for this historic adventure:
When did you first start writing? Do you remember the first piece you wrote?
In high school, I wrote a full-length, terrible fantasy novel after reading the classics and great works in the genre. But I still enjoyed creating a story and characters, and wanted to become a writer.
My grandfather once told me: If you love it enough, you will find it.
No, actually he never said that…he mostly told the same stories over and over again, but I wanted to come up with something inspiring.
How do you get into writing-mode? Do you do anything specific to warm up? Where do you write?
Spending time outdoors: watching the ocean, lake, mountains, fog, rain, trees, or snow. Those things put my mind in a special place, and I see things I otherwise wouldn’t. When I haven’t spent enough time outside, I have to force myself to sit and start writing. What comes out, in the beginning, is garbage this way, but I eventually find myself immersed in the story again and can get back into the groove. Editing the material hundreds of times afterward is then part of that process.
I’d like to write while viewing that outdoor scenery, but so far I’m in my office, typically late at night after the family has gone to bed. Maybe one day, if I sell enough books, I’ll write during the day, in a room overlooking water or the mountains.
What brought you to the idea for “Eve of the Pharaoh”?
When I entered the tombs of the deceased, and read the writing that spoke to others long before you and I walked the earth. To feel that same stone, breathe the same air, and read the same stories within images upon the walls…
There’s probably no better way to tell a story than to experience and feel it internally and externally—to tread the same ground and sail the same river.
Through that experience, I believed a modern thread would help the story connect with people today.
What did you find most difficult while writing it?
The past story flowed out of me. The present was more difficult, but weaving the two threads together and making sure the timelines of events fit with the actual past, as well as the discoveries in the present (and in the story) was very difficult.
When writing the storylines of Gavin and Horemheb, did you write them simultaneously, or did you write their stories separately before weaving the chapters together?
In the first book of the series, I wrote them simultaneously and wound up creating the most difficult aspect mentioned above when going back through and editing the storyline of both threads.
For the second book, I wrote them separately and then wove the threads together. We’ll see if it is any easier once I attempt my editor’s and beta readers’ suggestions this time around.
How did you conduct research for this book?
Traveling, exhibits, classes, and reading about 15 books about ancient Egypt. The books included textbooks, travel guides, art, hieroglyphic translations, literature, and architecture from ancient Egyptian stories.
When you’re not writing, what are you doing?
Attempting to raise my daughter and working as a veterinary radiologist, which takes a combination of art, imagination, medicine, and science. I tried to incorporate all of these aspects into Eve of the Pharaoh.
Name three things you can’t live without:
Wow, this is a hard one. So many…family (including pets), adventure, and creating/experiencing other’s stories.
What was the best money you’ve spent as a writer?
Cover design. I loved making the movie trailer, writing the script, and how it all turned out. Editors have been hit or miss.
In six words, write down your personal narrative story:
Small town kid turned inquisitive adventurer.
What else are you working on?
I’ve completed book 2 in the first draft form and am starting to go through the outline for the third and final book while putting words on paper.
And, for years, trying to come up with a completely original storyline and premise that millions of people will love—one that will make them feel the way I do when experiencing a great story. Does the opportunity exist? I hope one day to find it.
You can catch up with Ryan on his website at www.rmschultzauthor.com to check out the official book trailer, reviews, and more!
Lovers of adventure, history, and travel will love “Eve of the Pharaoh”, available now!