For this edition of my Indie Author Spotlight, Ryan Kirk author of the Nightblade series talks to us about the fantasy genre. Check out what he has to say along with his books and be sure to enter his Giveaway for the chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card plus ecopies of Bks 1-3 of his Nightblade series.
Before we get started, there’s one fact I need to make clear: just because I happen to be a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy doesn’t mean I don’t like other types of stories as well. I’ve been very fortunate to read from a wide variety of books growing up. I used to love mysteries, military action and adventure, thrillers, and even the occasional horror. Today I love reading nonfiction of all shapes and sizes.
But I always, always come back to sci-fi and fantasy.
In my mind, what makes fantasy and sci-fi standout from the rest of the genres is their ability to ask and explore the big questions of life. What do we want our societies to look like in the future? What would happen if a culture held different values than the one we live in? What actions define a meaningful life? How important is exploration to us as a species? When it comes to answering these questions, and so many more like them, there’s no better medium than science fiction or fantasy.
When I started writing, I knew my story would have to take place within the genre of fantasy. The genesis for my novel Nightblade was a single question: what would happen to a young man if he discovered he had a tremendous power?
This certainly isn’t an uncommon question in fantasy. Hundreds of books have been written about young men discovering they are great powers. But I wanted to try to find my own answer, and so I started writing.
Because I wanted to ask this question, I needed to create a world in which it made sense that a young man would discover a great power. As I wrote about the young man, the world started to develop around him and took on a life of its own, becoming another character in my story. Fantasy is one of the best genres for exactly this process, and it’s one of the reasons why I will always be drawn to it.
There is another reason why I believe sci-fi and fantasy are so important to us. Simply put, they give us a chance to escape and a chance to dream. This is true of all fiction, of course, but I’d argue the effect is stronger in sci-fi and fantasy. Good writing in these genres brings us to another place and fires up our imaginations, a practice I’d argue is great for all of us. It keeps our sense of childhood wonder alive, and I think we’re all better for that.
Author: Ryan Kirk
Publication Date: Aug 03, 2015
Ryuu is a boy orphaned by violence at a young age. Found by a wandering warrior, he learns he may have more strength than he ever imagined possible.
A quiet child, Moriko is forced into a monastic system she despises. Torn from her family and the forest she grew up in, she must fight to learn the skills she’ll need to survive her tutelage under the realm’s most dangerous assassin.
Young, beautiful, and broke, Takako is sold to pay for her father’s debts. Thrust into a world she doesn’t understand and battles she didn’t ask for, she must decide where her loyalties lie.
When their lives crash together in a Kingdom on the brink of war, the decisions they make will change both their lives and their Kingdom forever.
If they can stay alive.
Title: World’s Edge
Author: Ryan Kirk
Publication Date: Nov 20, 2015
Two cycles have passed since Ryuu lost his adopted father, and he dares to hope that he’s found peace at last. But nightblades live by the sword, and when a new breed of warrior threatens the Southern Kingdom, Ryuu and Moriko are pulled to opposite edges of the known world to uncover mysteries that have lain dormant for hundreds of cycles.
As the Three Kingdoms descend into chaos, the two nightblades must decide what they stand for. There’s no place to hide, and the secrets they reveal will have the power to change the world forever.
Title: The Wind and the Void
Author: Ryan Kirk
Publication Date: Mar 24, 2016
The invasion is here. Already decimated by civil war, the armies of the Three Kingdoms struggle desperately to mount a defense against a force stronger than any they have fought before.
In the midst of the chaos the actions and choices of a select few will shape the future of the land. Akira prepares to give up his Lordship. Ryuu wanders the Southern Kingdom, searching for a reason to fight. Moriko sits quietly, biding her time before she leaves the Three Kingdoms for good. Finally, across the Three Sisters, Nameless fight to keep his fragile alliance of clans together.
A new age is dawning in the Three Kingdoms. An age born in blood and sacrifice. An age shaped by the wind and the void. . .
Ryan Kirk is an author and entrepreneur based out of Minnesota. He is the author of the Nightblade series of fantasy novels and the founder of Waterstone Media.
He has been writing for longer than he can remember. His first attempts at stories were written in the third and fourth grade, but he is pretty sure he doesn’t remember anything before high school.
Ryan has always been a fan of science fiction and fantasy stories, and adventures in particular. He loves writing, traveling, and being outside as much as possible.
He also finds it incredibly challenging to write about himself in the third person.