Ryne Douglas Pearson has such a dry sense of humor he makes the Sahara Desert seem wet by comparison. I followed Ryne on Twitter because I wanted to know more about the author who had his writing adapted for film. You may have heard of these movies—Mercury Rising starring Bruce Willis and Knowing with Nicholas Cage. No small potatoes. I also followed him because he loved talking about bacon. I know…it’s an odd topic, but he’s passionate about it!
Ryne’s work has been described as ‘dark,’ but Entertainment Weekly has noted he has a ‘sweet, disarming quality.’ I’d like to think he is both dark and sweet, but one thing is for certain, he is a multi-talented writer. Please welcome novelist and screenwriter, Ryne Douglas Pearson.
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Ryne Douglas Pearson is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October’s Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, and Confessions. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it ‘among the best science-fiction films I’ve seen’, it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide.
When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A west coast native, he lives in California with his wife, children, a Doberman Shepherd and a Beagle Vizsla.
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Inside Ryne Douglas Pearson’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? My family with me somewhere with cool breezes and wide open spaces. Some good food doesn’t hurt.
What turns you on creatively? Honestly, just thinking during everyday life. I never come up with ideas to write if I am trying to. Things just…come.
What quality do you most admire in a man? That he’s weaker and slower than me.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? That she’s weaker and slower than me.
What is your greatest regret? I try not to think that way. We all make mistakes. I’ve never killed anyone or stepped on a puppy, so I’m good to go.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My width.
What is your greatest fear? Not having enough time.
Which living person do you most admire? Any and every veteran.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Inventor.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Gray Wolf.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My children.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Vanity.
What is your greatest extravagance? My DVD collection.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Visit Maine.
What is your present state of mind? Hectic. Lots to do.
What are some of your favorite curse words? In real life, I try not to curse. In fiction, I like assbag.
What is your motto? Write like you’re gonna burn it.
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Thank you Ryne for being a man of few words, quick wit, and deep thoughts. I invite all readers to leave Ryne a comment or ask a question. He’s really a cool guy.