Sunday, May 13, 2012

❤author: Ryan George Kittleman Interview and Giveaway!

❤ Today, as part of a fantastic book tour alongside JKS Communications, I'm thrilled to welcome author, Ryan George Kittleman, to the blog today. Welcome to ¡Miraculous!, Ryan! Will you please share a short bio with us?

Originally from upstate New York, I've called San Francisco home for the last eight years. By day, I run a boutique law firm with a focus on the art and entertainment industries. At night, I write fiction and compose music. Occasionally, I sleep.

Tell us little bit about your novel, The Great Peace.

The Great Peace is a satirical novel about the contemporary art scene. It imagines a world where a group of starving artists decide to overthrow the government of a small city, and chronicles the folly that ensues. The book is a comedy first and foremost, where the absurdity of setting and scene help illustrate larger social points. In short, it's a serious book that doesn't take itself seriously.

What inspired you to write it and then how did you get published? Tell us your call story.

I've been in and around the art world in one form or another for most of my life, so my mind naturally drifts in that direction. Art brings out very strong and often polarizing opinions which is useful in constructing a narrative, and there's certainly no shortage of eccentrics, so I didn't have to look far for interesting characters. Unfortunately, my publishing path wasn't particularly interesting. The manuscript began circulating very early on and passed through a lot of hands over the course of two years. Eventually, someone said Yes, and here I am.

❤ How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?

I think it's imperative to put yourself into a story as much as possible. Without a certain level of personal truth or artistic honesty, a story can feel forced. It might not always be apparent, but I think The Great Peace is an accurate snapshot of my mindset at the time I wrote it.

❤ How would you describe your writing style and tone?

Like a 19th century aristocrat telling a very dirty joke. Ha!

Well, that more than has me hooked. Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you had known before getting published.

Be open to change and don't get too attached to your early drafts, chances are they are not as solid as you think. Also, listen to your editor!

❤ Very sound suggestions. What about you would surprise your readers?

Like Rufus Wiggin, I was once a pole-vaulter, albeit briefly. Not surprising would be the fact that I was terrible at it.

❤ What's a question you always want to be asked during interviews? How would you answer it?

As a kid, I always enjoyed being asked to state my favorite color. I don't really get that question much any more. So I'll take this opportunity to answer: green. I mean blue. Red, perhaps? Wow, this is harder than I thought. Can I take some time and get back to you?

❤ HAhahaha. What’s the most interesting comment you have ever received about your books?
The most interesting and constructive comments came from friends who were kind enough to read the manuscript as it evolved from first draft to final draft. They deserve a medal for their patience. It's always a treat to have someone interpret a passage or theme in a way that I hadn't considered. It reminded me that there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to reading fiction. This message was voiced by two different editors at two different major publishers, both explaining that they just couldn't justify taking a risk on an unknown author. That was enlightening.

 What's next for you?

I'm about halfway through the first draft of a new novel, which is something of a departure from The Great Peace. So far, so good.

Where can you be found on the web?

I have a website and all the various social media doodads (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). I have to apologize in advance to anyone who visits though — I'm not the most tech-savvy or socially-connected person, so new content is often slow to arrive.

Thanks to Ryan and JKS Communications, we've got one print copy of The Great Peace up for grabs! To enter, leave a comment or question for Ryan on this interview. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour, (schedule found here) as well!

Giveaway runs through May 27th, 2012 at 11.59 pm (your time).
Open to US readers only!
Please include your email address in your comment! If I don't know who to contact once you are chosen as the winner, your prize will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!