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Nan Ryan

Nan Ryan

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About Nan

Initially, when I began writing in 1981 – I had mystery in mind. I flirted with a few ideas that had been floating around in my head, but never quite managed to complete anything. As fate would have it, I came across an article in Newsweek magazine all about the women who wrote romance novels, entitled ‘From Bedroom to Boardroom.’ I had never read a romance at the time but the article sparked my intrigue, so I went out and bought a few to satisfy my curiosity.

By the time I finished reading them, I knew I had found my calling. I sat down at my Smith Corona typewriter and began to write a romance of my own. That first one never left my house – it's buried deep in a trunk and I vow that it will never be shown to anyone! My second book however, was a greater success, and eventually sold to Harlequin. I have been writing ever since.

Fortunately writing is something that can be done anywhere – and I should know! My husband worked for many years as a television executive and his occupation has taken us to Washington, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and finally, back to our home state of Texas. It was certainly fun to move around the country and I honestly believe that it helped my writing. While the library and internet are great for research, there’s really nothing quite like actually living in a locale where a book is set.

While I have had the honour of receiving numerous awards, I still think the nicest thing I’ve ever had written about me was printed in the St. Petersburg Times. Correspondent Ann V. Hull wrote: 'Romance novelist Nan Ryan could step right into the pages of one of her paperbacks. Tall and slender, with smokey eyes and pearly skin, Nan Ryan looks like movie star Jessica Lange’s older sister. Ryan writes the most imaginative and bold love scenes, some of which would surely shock her former teachers at Abilene Christian University.'

I've now written twenty-two more romance novels since that first one and am happy to say I still enjoy writing them just as much as ever. I feel blessed to have found what I love to do.

Initially, when I began writing in 1981 – I had mystery in mind. I flirted with a few ideas that had been floating around in my head, but never quite managed to complete anything. As fate would have it, I came across an article in Newsweek magazine all about the women who wrote romance novels, entitled ‘From Bedroom to Boardroom.’ I had never read a romance at the time but the article sparked my intrigue, so I went out and bought a few to satisfy my curiosity.

By the time I finished reading them, I knew I had found my calling. I sat down at my Smith Corona typewriter and began to write a romance of my own. That first one never left my house - it's buried deep in a trunk and I vow that it will never be shown to anyone! My second book however, was a greater success, and eventually sold to Harlequin. I have been writing ever since.

Fortunately writing is something that can be done anywhere - and I should know! My husband worked for many years as a television executive and his occupation has taken us to Washington, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and finally, back to our home state of Texas. It was certainly fun to move around the country and I honestly believe that it helped my writing. While the library and internet are great for research, there’s really nothing quite like actually living in a locale where a book is set.

While I have had the honour of receiving numerous awards, I still think the nicest thing I’ve ever had written about me was printed in the St. Petersburg Times. Correspondent Ann V. Hull wrote: 'Romance novelist Nan Ryan could step right into the pages of one of her paperbacks. Tall and slender, with smokey eyes and pearly skin, Nan Ryan looks like movie star Jessica Lange’s older sister. Ryan writes the most imaginative and bold love scenes, some of which would surely shock her former teachers at Abilene Christian University.'

I've now written twenty-two more romance novels since that first one and am happy to say I still enjoy writing them just as much as ever. I feel blessed to have found what I love to do.

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