by Renee Ryan
About Renee Ryan
Renee Ryan grew up in a Florida beach town where she learned how to surf and skateboard very poorly. As a teenager, she gave up on both pursuits and began entertaining herself during countless hours sitting on the beach by reading all the classics.
After graduating college with a degree in Economics and Religion, she explored various career opportunities at a Florida theme park, and modeling agency. She went on to teach high school while coaching award-winning cheerleading teams.
Renee sold her first book to Dorchester Publishing by winning the inaugural New Historical Voice Contest. She went on to write nineteen books for Harlequin’s Love Inspired imprint, and now writes for Amazon’s Waterfall Press.
A few interesting facts about me:
1. I taught high school Economics, American Government, and Latin (nothing remotely similar to English or creative writing).
2. I had dinner with Oprah
3. I’ve gone skydiving several times
4. I used to run marathons, now I only do Yoga and weights
5. The only C I ever received in college was on an assignment in a creative writing course. I never thought I would become a writer.
Genres I write:
1. Historical Romance
2. Historical Inspirational Romance
3. Short Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Why I write what I write:
Back when I taught high school I quickly learned that my students were resistant to lectures and outlines. However, if I taught the information to them in story form they were not only engaged but also retained the facts for much longer. That’s how I discovered I was a storyteller. I had to learn how to write. It took a while to hone my craft, but now I love taking obscure, complicated facts from historical time periods and bringing them to life in a story. I especially enjoy weaving biblical precepts into my fictional stories. I avoid “preaching” for the same reasons I didn’t “lecture” to my students.
The favorite book or character I’ve written:
I’m asked this question often, and my answer never changes. My favorite book is always the book I just finished. If I can’t say that, then I didn’t work hard enough to make the story unique.