Friday, July 16, 2010

Meet Rye James

Today please welcome Rye James, who is talented in a variety of genres including westerns, suspense/thrillers, fantasy, and police/detective stories.  A portion of the proceeds from The Assassin. will benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  Click on the link above to see the official rules for entering the gift card giveaway.

Tell us about your book
Well, I have 4 titles available. Escape, which is a Suspense/Thriller about an accountant who's forced to go on the run. The Assassin, which is a Mystery/Western about a hired gunfighter who rides into a town, but nobody knows who he's there for, or who hired him. Deadlock, a straight Western, about a town sheriff who's unable to get any help in holding a prisoner until a stranger rides into town. I also have Bounty Hunter, another Western, about a bounty hunter who takes on an apprentice while on the trail of a gang of outlaws.

What inspired you to write these books?
Well, Westerns are fairly easy for me to write. My father is a big fan of the genre so I basically grew up on John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Clint Eastwood, and all the actors who starred in the genre. Westerns, though, aren't the most popular genre so I've been writing in other genres, Thrillers (like Escape) and some other books that I'm working on to try and expand my readership.

Do you have a favorite character?
I'd say my favorite character is easily Matt Beck, who is The Assassin. It seems to be the favorite of most of my readers as well. He's a fascinating guy. He's a violent guy by the nature of his profession, but he's a guy you wind up rooting for. He has his own set of standards that he works by and you get to know and understand why he does the things that he does. I think you wind up admiring and liking the guy, regardless of his profession.

I have a lot of very creative readers.  Do you have other hobbies or creative pursuits besides writing?
Well, I love sports, music, movies, and like riding horses when I can. I love animals, I have 3 dogs, and am involved in a lot of animal charities. I also have 2 young children so that takes up quite a bit of my time.

What’s on your nightstand (or kindle) right now?
Parallax by Jon Merz

Do you have any upcoming titles you’re working on?
I have quite a few that I'm working on. I'm almost done on a Fantasy book. I'm also working on a Supernatural Suspense/Thriller which I'm pretty excited about. I've also started to outline a Thriller that I'm describing right now as similar to the Jason Bourne series. I should also release a short story compilation of some thrilling and chilling stories that will hopefully scare the pants off of readers.

What else would you like to add?
Well, I'd like to thank you for having me on your blog. If any of your readers have any questions, or comments, I'd be happy to respond to anything that's on their mind.

Where can we find your books?
Paperbacks can be found at Barnes and Noble, Borders and Amazon websites. E-books can primarily be found on Amazon.

Any other links?
I also have a blog at

Rye is available to take your comments and questions. Remember, every author you leave a comment for qualifies you to win the $50.00 gift card.

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Miri said...

I've read old westerns...I intrigued that a young writer is writing westerns...gotta check this out!

Cynthia said...

I just wanted to say I think it's great that you're donating a portion of your proceeds to St. Jude's!
I look forward to checking out the Assassin!

Alisa said...

I am all about the Westerns! Do you notice that they are gaining in popularity lately? I feel like I've been seeing more shows/movies/books about them lately.
Off to check out your books. Thanks so much for being here!

Rye James said...

I donate a portion of each book to a charity. The Assassin is associated with St. Jude. Escape is associated with the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Bounty Hunter and Deadlock with The Humane Society of the United States.

Rye James said...

Alisa...I think it is gaining a little bit. There have been some good movies in the last few years that I think have helped a little bit. Jonah Hex just came out, though I don't know if it's doing well. I don't think they'll ever be as popular as they used to be in the 50's but hopefully it'll keep gaining steam. I'd love to be at the forefront of a resurgence though!

Rye James said...

Just wanted to let everyone know the e-books are all priced either $1.99 or $2.99. Much cheaper than the print books. If you don't have an e-reader you can download the Kindle for PC for free on Amazon's website.

Alisa said...

Thanks a lot Rye, I will definitely be checking out your books. I'm excited to have found another author to read!

Rye James said...

No, thank you, Alisa for checking out my work and taking an interest. I really do appreciate it. I hope you like and enjoy it.

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