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Dawn Ryder | How I Began Writing Romance

Out of Bounds
Dawn Ryder




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Powell's Books



March 2014
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Featuring: Tarak Nektosha; Sabra Donovan
ISBN: 1402287127
EAN: 9781402287121
Kindle: B00IJEVNJQ
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Also by Dawn Ryder:
Don't Look Back, September 2018
Close to the Edge, March 2018
Take to the Limit, September 2017
Deep Into Trouble, March 2017


So how did I begin writing romance?

It was more of a desire to ‘spin a yarn’. An old phrase for a story teller but one I feel fits me. When I was young, my family owned a motor home. We went everywhere in that thing. This was before ipods, Gameboys and even DVD’s…much less DVD players. We had board games and the radio but there were places there wasn’t even good reception. Filling those hours on the road came down to using your imagination. I used to tell stories to my younger siblings, creating characters and worlds.

My mother was a Medical librarian by day. She often took a second job at night at the public or university library to keep up with unexpected expenses. I learned to enjoy reading young because she took me along. I began reading romance in my teens. Without a doubt it hooked me and I still read the gene today. Writing these tales came about rather by chance. I was unhappy with an ending to a book I had been enjoying and sat down to write a book. Sounds easier than it was. Writing is a skill and one I had a great deal to learn about…still do. A smart writer always works on their skills.

These days, I take a lot of advice from Bruce Lee. He said, ‘Don’t waste time, because time is what life is made of.” It’s an interesting idea, one that I measure myself against when I’m tempted to be lazy. Sure, we all have to know when to take a break but it’s amazing to see my books…there…written. It’s also a little frightening because some people won’t like them.

Why do I continue to write?

That’s just a part of who I am. Honestly, it’s a relief. I’ve always had these stories churning inside me. I see them, feel them, cry for them. Being able to write it down and actually have a legitimate use for them is wonderful.

Dawn Ryder is my naughty inner child. I love to write historicals under my Mary Wine name but Dawn? She’s the one who steps over lines because they are there. OUT OF BOUNDS Is a romance for today, I wanted to deal with a flash of explosive attraction and see where it led. I know the first time I set eyes on my husband, I thought...’Damn! He’s hot!”. Not the most romantic thing but it’s the truth. In this book, I wanted to let that feeling loose and follow it to its end.


Dawn Ryder aka Mary Wine




13 comments posted.

Re: Dawn Ryder | How I Began Writing Romance

We are always lucky when we find our ''release'', what we were meant to do. Congratulations
(Lisa Hutson 2:28am June 11, 2014)

I've always wanted to try writing a novel, but I've put it off because I don't know quite how to get started. I'm a librarian in a small college town, but the college does not offer evening courses in writing. Maybe one of these days...
(Tamara Blackwell 10:05am June 11, 2014)

They claim that everyone has a book or two inside of them,
just waiting to be told. You are one of the lucky ones, who
have the guts to want to put those stories on paper, to
share those stories with the world!! With each passing day,
I've been tempted to write my story as well, but haven't
quite gotten that close yet. Since I've always been a lover
of Romance, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for your books,
so that I can read about your passion that has been hidden
for so long!! Being a cellist, I love the cover of your
latest book!! Congratulations!!
(Peggy Roberson 11:01am June 11, 2014)

Sounds like wonderful heroine! I have stories clamoring inside
my head trying to get out. Congratulations on your courage.
(Irene Menge 11:36am June 11, 2014)

Dawn aka Mary, glad that you are writing, we need to get out what's inside of us to pass on to others. I have had a story going on in my head for years now, but; haven't written anything yet. I love reading all kinds of books, so yours will be on my TBR list. Thanks, for the contest.
(Lois Imel 5:00pm June 11, 2014)

Pouring your thoughts and ideas out onto paper has been a
pastime of mine every now and then. I understand what you
mean that it does take work to write a book. It is
something that I just don't have the talent for but I am
very thankful for people like you that can do it and I can
loose myself in another world. Thank you
(Tina Ullrich 7:43pm June 11, 2014)

Wow this sounds like it must be a great book. It is interesting how you came to
writing. I loved going to the library when I was a kid and worked in a library
when I was in college. Would love to read your book. Thanks for sharing about
(Rita Spratlen 1:24am June 12, 2014)

Ahhhh! Who doesn't like a brave n tough heroine?! and I like
Bruce Lee!!!!
(Sally Hayes 8:36am June 12, 2014)

I love your Mary Wine stories, so I'd like to try these as
(Karin Anderson 10:05am June 12, 2014)

i love a brave heroine in the books the book sounds really
(Denise Smith 12:15pm June 12, 2014)

I love the Bruce Lee quote!
(Denise Austin 5:16pm June 12, 2014)

It's always interesting to hear why people write.
(Laura Gullickson 12:00pm June 13, 2014)

Thanks for sharing your background in writing romance.
(Bonnie H 10:37pm June 17, 2014)

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