Today on the blog, Ryana Lynn (Miller) Peterson is joining us to share about her journey as an Author!
Kylie: Ryana Lynn, will share with us about yourself?
Ryana Lynn: Hey! I’m Ryana Lynn (Miller) Peterson and I’m originally from Central North Carolina, currently living in Northern Maryland! I married Jacob Peterson on December 19th, 2020, thus transferring my base of operations! As the third born of seven kids, I am the only red head! I am an Independent Fundamental Baptist and staunchly Pro-Life.
When I’m not writing Historical Fiction or a Christmas Novella about First Responders, I might be found reading (probably historical fiction, a devotional or a mystery), trying out a new recipe (while adding to a list of kitchen mishaps!), making a blanket for the newest niece or nephew on the way (a tradition I accidentally started and adore!), researching Creation Science (Did I mention that the Geologic column is a hoax?), singing with my husband (conservative, Christ-honoring music!), learning about web design (I must stress the learning part!) and spending time outdoors (I love a good walk in the great outdoors!). I am also learning about household logistics and continue to help in our family’s ministry, fbnradio.com. (Please check out our site!)
I graduated from homeschool in 2013. I knew that I wanted to be an author, but I had no idea how much work was involved! My first novel was published in 2015/2016 (Printing around Christmas and New Years is not a good idea!) four years after I wrote the first draft.
It’s a pleasure to meet you!
Kylie: Tell us about your books, what is your favorite era to write in and why would you say that it is?
Ryana Lynn: I write about controversial topics apparently, though that wasn’t my intent XD The Land of Cotton follows the Mason family through the year 1861. They are a family somewhat divided. Silas, the father, is from North Carolina, and Ellen, the mother, is from Philadelphia, Penn. Thus the cousins find themselves fighting each other. I cover almost the entire year, showing what the war looked like from the Confederate POV. I’ve done a ton of research and I work hard to make sure my information is accurate. The subsequent books follow the Mason through the war: Our Heritage to Save (1862), The Rivers of Sorrow (1863), A Song of Home (1864) and The Battlefield is Silent (1865: Coming Soon!).
My other book, Coffee Shop Christmas, is set in 2016 and is a tribute to our Policemen and follows Police Widow Katherine Shannon as she tries to cope with her first Christmas Eve alone. She finds joy in helping others and the readers get a peek at life in the Police community. My goal is to encourage respect for the Police and a desire to go looking for work to do for the cause of Christ!
My favorite era to write in is hard to say! I love writing about the War Between the States, but I’ve really started to write about modern-day! I have many ideas for stores in the 2000’s so I’m very excited to explore them. Though I also enjoy writing short stories in the WWII era!
As for why, I enjoy writing about the War Between the States, because it gives me a chance to share my heritage with the world! For people to see things through another set of eyes. Things aren’t always as they seem 😉
Modern-day would be more about the topics I chose: First Responders, Military, and Pro-Life. All are things I am passionate about and I love sharing them with others! As for WWII, who doesn’t adore the time when America and our allies pulled together, set aside our differences, and won?
Kylie: Can you share what inspired you to become an writer?
Ryana Lynn: Well, I’ve always been fascinated by books and thought it would be fun to write one. But what got me to take writing seriously was my sister. I was complaining about how books weren’t historically accurate and there were no books on the War Between the States from Southern perspective. True Southern perspective. Meaning, States Rights, not slavery (not saying this wasn’t a very serious issue! It was, it just wasn’t what sparked the war. But that’s another conversation for another time). And she looked at me and said, “Write your own.” And so I decided I would! After that, God used two special people to show me that I needed to consider publishing. In 2016, my first book, The Land of Cotton, was published.
Kylie: What book are you most excited about reading in 2021?
Ryana Lynn: Ooh this is a hard one! If Kassie Angle publishes another this year, then her’s! But another book I am eager to read is When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin! I’m very curious to see how she handles this story and I need me a good WWII read!
Kylie: Are there any Authors or Books that have given you inspiration on your journey as a writer?
Ryana Lynn: Yes! Isabella Alden, Rachel McBride, Kassie Angle, Amanda Tero, and Rebekah Morris are huge inspirations! And even though she isn’t published, Katja Lebonté’s writing is amazing and I’d love to be able to put things into words as she does.
As for specific books, there’s The Holy War by John Bunyan, Three People by Isabella Alden, Stop the Rain by Kassie Angle and Manhunt by James L. Swanson are big inspirations for me.
Kylie: Outside of writing, what are things you enjoy spending your time doing?
Ryana Lynn: Well, writing is my main pass time, but I enjoy reading, making cards, and doodling in my bullet journal! I also enjoy crocheting!
Kylie: Do you have any new projects coming up in the near future to be watching for?
Ryana Lynn: I do! Lord willing The Battlefield is Silent (Book 5 in my series on the War Between the States) will be releasing this year, as well as a secret project and a Christmas Novella, but that’s not set in stone yet.
Kylie: Where can readers connect with you and purchase your books?
Ryana Lynn: They can connect with me and purchase my books at www.lifeoheritage.com
Thank you so much to Ryana Lynn for stopping by to visit with us today!