This week I’d like you to meet Ryan W. Mueller, science fiction and fantasy author of the World In Chains series. The first two books of the this series, Empire of Chains and The Shadowed Lands, are available now, as is the first in his new Sunweaver series. If you’re a fan of Brandon Sanderson or Harry Potter, you will love Mueller’s books. They will suck you in and not let you go until you’ve read every last page.
Deril was supposed to be the next Sunlord, following in his father’s footsteps. But it doesn’t matter how much Deril trains. He is no savior, just an ordinary Sunweaver, powerful but useless. But then Fireweavers kidnap his father, intending to use his Sunlord powers to free their mad god. Now Deril must infiltrate a secret Fireweaver organization and earn their trust. If he doesn’t, the mad god will kill all Sunweavers. Driven insane by centuries of imprisonment, he may even finish what he started…and destroy the sun entirely.
Rella is a Fireweaver living in secret. When her powers are discovered, she must flee to the frozen wasteland Fireweavers call home. There, she’ll come face-to-face with her family’s darkest secrets and with the plot to free the mad god. She has the chance to stop it, but first she’ll have to decide if she can support Sunweavers, the people who executed her mother. The people who would do the same to her without a thought.
Kadin is Lightless. He has no Sunweaving or Fireweaving talent. Sold into slavery by his abusive father, he struggles to survive under his cruel master. But when Kadin manifests strange abilities, he begins to suspect he isn’t as powerless as he once thought. He may even be the key to stopping the mad god’s return…but only if he first conquers the anger and darkness within him.
Ryan W. Mueller is an author of fantasy and science fiction for all ages. He enjoys talking about himself in the third person (who doesn’t?). Currently, he has written all four books of the World in Chains series. The first two, Empire of Chains and The Shadowed Lands, are available now and the last two will be coming out within the year.
He’s a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Jim Butcher, and many other fantasy authors. He first decided he wanted to be a writer at the age of 11 after he started reading Harry Potter. Between that and Super Nintendo RPGs, he was pretty much destined (or perhaps doomed) to become a fantasy writer, though he does like to branch out to science fiction occasionally. His fantasy is classic fantasy with modern twists. That is, you’ll see a lot of familiar tropes, but he tries to put his own spin on them (hopefully with some success). For him, part of the joy of fantasy is the tropes, and as TVTropes would tell you, there is nothing wrong with tropes. It’s all a matter of how you use them.
He enjoys connecting with readers and other writers. You can find him on Facebook as Ryan W. Mueller, on Twitter as @RW_Mueller, and on various fantasy forums including Fantasy Faction, SFFWorld, and Best Fantasy Books.
If you wish to join Ryan’s mailing list, please visit his site: ryanwmueller.com.
1. Tell us a little about you and what you’re working on.
My name is Ryan W. Mueller, and I’m mostly an epic fantasy writer. I’ve released the first two books of my World in Chains series and the first book of my Sunweaver trilogy. I’ve already written the rest of each series, but I still need to edit the books. In terms of what I’m drafting now, I’m working on the third (and hopefully final) book of another series, The God War’s Chosen.
You As A Reader
2. When did you first fall in love with books?
I was a very early reader. I pretty much taught myself to read while my mom was teaching my brother to read. But I didn’t really fall in love with reading until I read my first Harry Potter book at age 10. In a bit of a funny twist, my dad actually brought home Chamber of Secrets for me instead of the first book. It worked out well enough, though, and now I’m a huge Harry Potter geek.
3. What’s your favorite book from your childhood?
It would have to be the entire Harry Potter series, though I also enjoyed The Hobbit quite a bit.
4. Of the books you’ve read, which one changed you the most?
It’s difficult to choose one. Harry Potter made me want to be a writer. The Hobbit inspired the first novel I ever wrote. Since then, though, I would have to go with Brandon Sanderson’s books. I love the way he writes magic systems and how his worlds are giant mysteries to figure out. I’ve tried to include similar elements in my own writing.
5. What’s the last book you read and your current favorite?
The last book I finished was Shaper of Water by D.K. Holmberg. It’s a collection of three novellas set in the world of his Cloud Warrior saga. It was quite an enjoyable read. A bit simpler than a lot of fantasy these days, but sometimes that’s a good thing.
For my current favorite, I’ll go with Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate series. It’s epic fantasy at its best. Tons of action. Great characters. A world that feels real. And it’s all told with a masterful control of pacing.
6. If you could meet any author, alive or dead, who would it be?
I’d like to meet Brandon Sanderson, both because I enjoy his books so much and because he’s so supportive of other writers.
You As A Writer
7. When did you first know you were a writer?
When I was ten or eleven, I wrote out a “novel” of about fifty pages in a spiral notebook. It was set in the world of a game my brother and I played with our toys, and it was terrible. I didn’t understand that you’re supposed to start a new paragraph for every new speaker when writing dialogue.
8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?
It was probably about tornadoes. That’s what most of my earliest stories were about. What can I say? I was obsessed with weather, and especially with tornadoes. I live in the Midwest, so it’s not that strange, I guess.
9. What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey? The best part?
The most difficult part of my writing journey is just how much time I’ve had to put in to develop my skills. I spent about twelve years writing seriously before I published anything. If I’d published anything I wrote way back then, I’d have nothing but one-star reviews. My earliest works were pretty bad. I didn’t know the first thing about how to write, but there was a lot of passion in those books.
The best part is the feeling when you finish a series you’ve been working on for a long time. There’s nothing like writing that final climactic sequence and feeling all the emotions that come with it.
10. Of all the writing advice you’ve received, what helped you the most?
Read. A lot. My writing didn’t really take off until I dedicated myself to reading more. Admittedly, outside of Harry Potter, I wasn’t as much of a reader as I should have been when I was younger. I was more focused on my grades in school and playing video games, and it showed in my writing.
11. Tell us about your current project and any others you’re working on.
My next published book will be The Gilded Empire, the third book in my World in Chains series. I’m anticipating a release sometime in the spring. I need to get back to editing it, though. Pretty much, I’m going to be doing staggered releases for at least the next year: one book of World in Chains, then one book of Sunweaver. Ideally, I’d like to release every three months, but that may be too ambitious.
Fun Stuff About You
12. Besides writing and reading, what are some of your other interests?
I really enjoy science, and especially physics. I’m currently an electrical engineering student, and I’m strongly considering going to grad school once I get done with my degree. I’m not sure how that will affect my writing, but at this point, I’m not looking to make a living off my writing. It would be great, but I have to be realistic about these things.
I also enjoy video games, especially RPGs (or anything in a fantasy setting). I’m a big fan of the Final Fantasy series. I can also sink a lot of time into The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Recently, I’ve also been playing a lot of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I try not to play video games too much because there are other things I should be doing with my time.
13. If you could become an instant expert at any one thing, what would it be and why?
I’d love to be an instant expert in advanced physics. It would be so cool to understand all that stuff. If I can’t have that, I’d like to be an instant expert at how to market my books (because I kind of suck at marketing).
14. You’ve just won an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where would you go?
It would be tough for me to pick any one place. I’d rather have a trip to all the world’s best amusement parks. I love roller coasters.
15. How can people connect with you?
16. Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I love supporting other authors. I almost always follow back other authors on Twitter. I’m also looking to start doing some book reviews on my blog. I’d be happy to review a few books from time to time.
Thanks for letting us get to know you a bit. I haven’t read much of Empire of Chains yet, but I’ve read enough to know that as soon as I pick it up again I won’t move until I finish it. It was the same way with Mistborn, LOTR, and Harry Potter and I can tell the experience will be no different with your books.
Do you want to dive into these books as much as I do? You can find them all on Amazon.