Blog Tour Author Interview: Drasmyr by Matthew D. Ryan + Giveaway

Welcome to Author Matthew D. Ryan

Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He also has a black belt in the martial arts and studies yoga. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He believes he saw the legendary Lake Champlain Monster (a.k.a Champy) once and he has a cat named Confucius.


http://atoasttodragons.com/

Interview:
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Tough choice. The future has greater technology and eventual space travel, while the past has a number of interesting historical figures, events, and places. I think I’d choose the past. I could see live dinosaurs (from a safe distance, of course); I could meet my favorite philosophers: Socrates and Plato; and I could meet some of the more central religious figures of today: Jesus, the Buddha, and whoever else might tickle my fancy.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? 
Swiss army knife, (I’m assuming cell phone is out or wouldn’t work), fishing pole, and cigarette lighter.
What is one book everyone should read? 
Drasmyr… okay, that’s a little unfair. We’ll keep it in the fantasy genre and say “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Classic story with a classic dragon… what more could you want.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Matthew the Magnificent
Pet Peeves?
Moral relativism.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s a fascinating story that pits a sinister, gothic style vampire against a guild of wizards… everyone’s gotta like that!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Drasmyr is the prequel to a series entitled “From the Ashes of Ruin.” I am currently working on the first book in that series.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I tried several other things and they just didn’t quite work, and I kept coming back to writing. I enjoy it and find it far more fulfilling than anything else I’ve tried.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
In my teenage years, I was quite enamored with Tad Williams’ “Dragonbone Chair.” I identified with Simon, and enjoyed the creatures and world immensely.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Persistence is everything.
What is your favorite Quote? 
It’s from my own book, actually: “Condemn me, then. Howl my sins to the heavens, and shriek my crimes to the wind. I am evil, my love. Your pronouncements mean nothing.”—Lucian val Drasmyr, from Drasmyr.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
I wanted to be a paleontologist. I was in love with dinosaurs. My favorite was Triceratops.
Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
J.R.R. Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Raymond E. Feist, and Tad Williams.
Harry Potter or Twilight? 
Harry Potter. I don’t see the romantic appeal of vampires.
Favorite quote from a movie? 
“Game over, man. Game over!” –Bill Paxton in Aliens.

Drasmyr

We vampires do not make easy prey. Our weaknesses are few, our strengths many. Fear is something we do not know, and death but a distant memory. So tread softly, pray to your god, and gird yourself with silver when the moons arise and night’s dark prince awakens. We fear not the wizard, nor the warrior, neither rogue, nor priest; our strength is timeless, drawn from darkness and we know no master save the hot lust of our unending hunger. We long for blood, your blood and no blade, nor spell, nor clever artifice, can keep us long from our prize. Feel our teeth at your throat, your life ebb from you, and know as darkness comes to claim you that the price of your folly is your everlasting soul.

Drasmyr is currently free (but I have no clue how long it will remain free).

Goddess Fish Blog Tour:
http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/07/virtual-book-review-tour-drasmyr-by.html

August 21:  Review: Indie books at shardpubs blogspot
August 22:  Review: DanaSquare
August 23:  Guest Post:  Long and Short Reviews: Fantasy 
August 24:  Review: White Sky Project
August 27:  Review:  Welcome to My World of Dreams
August 28:  Review: Long and Short Reviews: YA 
August 29:  Review: It’s Raining Books
August 30:  Review: Dana’s YA Bookpile
August 31:  Review:  Lindsay’s Scribblings
August 31:  Review:  The eBook Reviewers
August 31:  Guest Post:  Zombiegirl Shambling



Giveaway:

Matthew will be awarding a package of metal miniatures of vampires/vampire hunters to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US/Canada only).
Follow the tour and comment at each stop.