You can call me Ryan.
I’m an International Book Awards finalist, a writing coach, and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies department. I’m also the co-founder of Kill Your Darlings Candle Company and the founder of the Writescast Network, a podcast collective that’s been helping creatives worldwide learn, engage, and grow as writers since 2016.
Though I’m originally from the Milwaukee area, for the last twelve years I’ve been in or near Madison, Wisconsin, where I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an honors degree in linguistics in 2012.
When I’m not reading, writing, or doing research for my next novel, I’m likely re-binge-watching one of my favorite series, playing retro video games, or cheering for my hometown soccer club, Forward Madison FC (#FullMingo).
My first science fiction novel, Imminent Dawn, debuted at number one for its genre on Amazon. Its sequel, Mourning Dove, was released on April 29, 2019 with NineStar Press. My contemporary fiction novel, Accounting For It All, is now available as an eBook and in print from most major retailers. You can learn more about these novels here.
To date, I have also had my work featured in Five:2:One Magazine‘s #thesideshow, among others. My short story, “Wool,” has been used in a Madison, Wisconsin-area school to teach symbolism to middle-school students.
I am also a Revise and Resubmit editor and was an invited speaker for the 30th and 31st annual University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institutes, WisCon 43, and Great River Writes. In 2020, I was the fiction judge for the Wisconsin Writers Association’s Jade Ring Contest, the state’s longest-running prize for fiction.