About Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a happily ever after.

Celebrating Diversity in Romance (or Why #WeNeedDiverseRomance)

The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology by Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart and Piper Huguley

I’ve always enjoyed experiencing and learning about other cultures. Mediterranean, Thai and Indian foods are among my favorite. I am endlessly fascinated by the beauty found in other cultures. Ancient sculptures, paintings and architecture. Colorful, elegant saris. The beautiful, dark … Continue reading

Inspiring Places: The Costa Rica Edition

Costa Rica. Courtesy of Arturo Sotillo.

Hi. I’m Reese Ryan, and I have an addiction. To HGTV home improvement shows. It may seem innocent enough. But given the network’s propensity for the all day marathon, this addiction can easily steal half a day. A day I’d … Continue reading

Why I love Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes on #Elementary

Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller portray Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes on Elementary.

It’s no secret that I have a deep and abiding love for flawed, damaged characters. However, creating the perfect flawed characters invites flirtation with risk. Such characters tread a perilous line between likability and utter loathing. For instance, at one … Continue reading

Writers Who Write the Ordinary Woman Extraordinarily

I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage

This month our theme is writer crushes. The truth is that I don’t have a bonafide writer crush. Not in the sense of there being a single writer whose work I inhale, faster than she can write the words. Instead, … Continue reading

Character Profiles and Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory

Photo courtesy of Reno Tahoe.

I’m about 12,000 words into the first book of my new series and I feel like I’ve hit a wall. Fortunately, I know exactly why. It isn’t because I’ve lost interest in the story, or because there isn’t enough conflict … Continue reading

Creating a New Small Town Series — @ReeseRyanWrites

Wrightsville Beach Panorama. Photo courtesy of Brian Leon. Some rights reserved.

Usually, when the monthly email arrives with the topic of the month, I hem and haw, wondering how to best approach the topic. This time, I actually squealed with glee. I get to kick off the Contemporary Romance Cafe topic … Continue reading

What I’m Reading: The Holiday Edition — @ReeseRyanWrites

Hot Christmas Nights Cover

Recently the idea for a friends-to-lovers story that centers around New Year’s popped in my head. It was too late to pursue the novella for this year’s holiday season, but I’ll have a great headstart on next season. (Assuming I … Continue reading

My Quest to Tame the Monkey Mind and Find Focus

Tried to Be Good Shirt available on eBay.

Last week our resident authors and guests shared stories of inspiration. We talked about what inspires us to write; how we find inspiration for stories in general and what prompted us to write specific stories. Many of us confessed in … Continue reading