You guys!!! Author Ryan Michele is here today, and lets us into a very emotional scene and the heart wrenching moments that impacted the writing of her BIKER/MC book, Seduce Me (Ravage MC Book 2). And it sounds so gooood!
Growing up beside her in the club only continued to test his will power, until one night, he gave into temptation. Realizing he couldn’t allow himself to hold her back from the life she deserved, he pushed her away, allowing her to believe she would never be enough for him…
…When a tragic shootout occurs, everything changes as once again their lives are intermingled. When you find your way back to the one person you are meant to be with, forgiveness should be easy. But sometimes, we hurt each other too much to ever be able to forgive.
Maryse: Wow Ryan. This book sounds intense! Thank you SO much for opening up like this with us, and telling us about it.
Ryan: Thank you Maryse for having me today. I’m Ryan Michele. *waves to everyone* I have written four books now and my latest is Seduce Me which is the second in the Ravage MC series. Seduce Me is very different than Ravage Me in that the emotion factor is bumped up, big time. I wanted to pull from each of the characters and explain what was in their hearts, the good and the bad.
In writing a couple of the scenes from Seduce Me, I was torn inside as my fingers scrolled across the keyboard. Casey my heroine suffers a great loss and digging down deep to find her internal feelings was difficult. I personally have never suffered like she does, but I have a friend who has. Even though it happened several years ago, I remembered her pain, tears and how every little thing in life gutted her. I pulled every one of those emotions into Casey and added some ‘what if that happened to me’ feelings along with it.
I’m normally not a crier when it comes to books and I surely have never cried while writing a book. But one scene in Seduce Me nailed me. I bawled like a baby as I typed, even stopping several times to get myself together. This scene is about family, plain and simple and the lengths that family will go to be there for you, to support you in your time of need. Casey is an only child, like myself, and she has never felt like part of the club family. In this scene, we see how Casey is very much a part of the family and the club. You feel it down to your bones.
After finishing that particular scene, I saved and shut my laptop. I took a break for the rest of the day. I couldn’t write anymore. I was too drained. After pulling myself together, I gave both my girls huge hugs and made them sit with me while I held them. (Which didn’t go over so good because it was a nice day outside and they wanted to play. But they appeased me for a moment)
I have gotten several messages from readers about how Casey’s loss and her family standing beside her made them cry. While I do feel bad that I did that to them, I also think, yes! I did what I set out to accomplish. Others have said that I gave them the feels. I also take that as a compliment.
Emotions are the core of what any author strides for the reader to experience. We all have them, we all feel them and most of us are trying to escape real life ones, when we are reading. At least that is what I try to do. Feeling a characters emotions and angst dulls away some of what is going on around me. As an author, I strive to make that experience for readers. I want them to react, to respond, to love or hate or even send me massages that I’m officially on their shit list. (Which has happened). I want readers to feel the tears, laughter and the gut twisting moments that leave us remembering a particular scene in a book.
What was the last book that you read that brought you to tears?
Thank you SO much Ryan. I LOVE books that make me feel… and over the last year, I’ve read quite a few that have had me in big fat tears. I especially love knowing that the author felt the exact same way. That said, I so want to read this one!
Oh and… the last book that made me cry? For me, it would be “Loving Mr. Daniels“. WOW… the letters had me in tears, and I loved every moment of it.