About Jada Ryker:
Hi, I’m Jada Ryker. I spent the first twenty-odd years of my life in rural Kentucky, many of those years without electricity or running water. In my writings, I draw upon my early years of deprivation.
Now, I live in central Kentucky with my wonderful husband and our cat, rescued from the animal shelter. The cat rules the household and is also a kleptomaniac. Once, she stole a Bluetooth and hid it under the couch. It took us lowly humans several days to locate her ill-gotten booty.
In my day job, I work in higher education. I earned a masters degree in public administration.
My books combine humor and murder in a total package of entertaining and fun southern adventures. At the same time, I sketch in addiction/recovery issues and childhood angst with a deft and compassionate touch.
My mystery adventures are available on Amazon in electronic and paperback formats.
The Shaken, Not Stirred, Mystery/Horror Series:
A Pink Zombie, with a Mist
Gimlet and Other Stories: The collected short stories run the gamut from mystery to horror to science fiction.
The Takes a Dare Series:
Murder Takes a Dare
Mayhem Takes a Dare
Arson Takes a Dare
The Carr – Maah Consulting Agency Series:
Dog Days of Karma
Equi Knocks of Karma
May the Fourth (Be with You): A Perma-Free Collection of Stories Across Time and Space:
Writers’ Anarchy Anthologies
Heroes and Villains
As the Crow Flies
Celebrating Mothers: Fond Memories and Fictional Muses
The Hand of Karma
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What inspires you to write?
I love to read. I really enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series, by Charlaine Harris. The books are fun and engaging, with romance, horror, and the supernatural. I decided to write what I like to read.
My latest book is Equi Knocks of Karma, the sequel to Dog Days of Karma. It’s a play on equinox and equal opportunity. My plot includes a cult, Fellowship of the Young, which wants to remove the Baby Boomer generation to free up highly paid jobs for younger people.
The books include a paranormal element. Celeste Carr and Ericka Maah run the Carr – Maah Consulting Agency. Celeste is practical. She rejects anything of a supernatural nature. Ericka is mysterious, with odd, unexplained things happening when she’s around. The two business partners clash, but each would give her life for the other.
In the first book, Celeste met Hobart, a man with a mysterious past. In the second book, she meets Chance. He’s handsome, intelligent, and appears when she’s in danger to rescue her.
Equi Knocks of Karma is available now.
Tell us about your writing process.
For each book, I develop a roadmap for the chapters. I find that the characters like to take their own unusual turns…and I let them. The initial concept and the finished product are wildly different.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters and I have many dialogues.
Marisa Adair, in the Murder Takes a Dare series, is most reflective of me. Marisa is a human resources director in a hospital, she had a chaotic childhood, and she’s dealt with addiction issues.
In some ways, I want to be more like Marisa. She’s brave, follows her own code, and she says what she thinks. I’ll skip getting involved in real-life murders, though!
What advice would you give other writers?
If you work a day job while you’re writing and promoting, it takes off the pressure. I read a Facebook post by a new author who wrote: “I’m depending on my writing to finance my retirement.” I’ve read many excellent books by independent authors who are not (yet) famous. Don’t bet the farm on fame and fortune through your writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my work because I retain control. I write what I want to write. Sites like Createspace for paperbacks and Kindle Direct Publishing make the process easy. For covers, I work with Christina Keats, a lovely and talented graphic artist.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As an author and a reader, I think the future holds more ebooks and fewer paperback and hardcover books.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Mystery, Paranormal/Supernatural, Horror, Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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