Inside the Author’s Mind – Ryne Douglas Pearson

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.

Connect with Ryne

Website              Twitter            Facebook

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. 😉


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9 responses to “Inside the Author’s Mind – Ryne Douglas Pearson

  1. Little known fact: Ryne came up with the title for my book, A Walk In The Snark. I owe him pounds and pounds of bacon in this life and the next. 🙂


  2. EllieAnn

    Wow, great interview of a great man. He’s so funny!
    But I have more questions. Questions such as:
    What would you invent in your “other life?” Robots? Time machines? Toilet paper dispensers?
    How many DVDs do you have exactly?
    Your motto is very wise. I may just have to needle point that onto a pillow, or possibly insert it into a picture of a person mountain climbing. Very inspirational, sir.
    Great interview, Eden! xoxo.


  3. L.M. Stull

    “Write like you’re gonna burn it.” <— ha, I love that. Thanks Eden for letting us get into such a fantabulous mind.


  4. Wow what a fantastic interview…I dream to have my books made into a movie one day…


  5. Great interview, I loved his comment on his state of mind, “Hectic. Lots to do.” That is a man with several missions. Thanks so much sir!




  6. I can see Ryne has loads of ladies by his side!

    Thanks Rachel – had no clue he named your book – great title!
    EllieAnn – I’m pulling Ryne in to answer those questions for you cuz inquiry minds need to know!
    Lisa, Savannah, and Ardee-ann -> you ladies rock! Thanks for leaving a comment for Ryne. Yes, he’s pretty cool all right.



  7. Thank you for the nice comments. More questions, eh?

    What would you invent in your “other life?” Robots? Time machines? Toilet paper dispensers?

    Solar powered night light.

    How many DVDs do you have exactly?



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  9. J7

    Where does most of your inspiration come from? Do dreams play a part? Or, are you a day dreamer? Do others give you ideas? I have some on the line what you have accomplished.
    Well, I must tell you. It’s too late to invent the solar lights! You can buy them at Wal-mart!
    Ponder this, when we die, each of us goes to heaven, because the stars are our home base (each of us has a star in the heavens). This was inspired by: Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
    Something kind of really scary, the ending of “Knowing”:
    Isaiah 65:17. For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
    Isaiah 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
    II Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.


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