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"TALES OF RESILIENCE- THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF AUTHOR M. C. RYDER": DE MODE GLOBAL

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE MAY V1 2024 VOL VII. ISSUE XLVIII | COVER STORY

Article Published on: 27TH MAY 2024 | www.demodemagazine.com


Pages of Transformation: The Evolution of M. C. Ryder from Avid Reader to Acclaimed Author

M. C. Ryder's writing is defined by its imaginative depth, emotional resonance, and narrative innovation. She crafts immersive worlds that captivate readers with vivid descriptions and richly developed characters, drawing them into intricate journeys of love, loss, resilience, and redemption. Ryder fearlessly experiments with narrative structure and style, keeping readers engaged and intrigued as they explore thought-provoking themes. Her writing is marked by a profound emotional depth and authenticity, resonating with readers on a personal level. Through her visionary imagination and storytelling prowess, Ryder leaves an enduring impact, inspiring meaningful reflection and dialogue.

Author M.C RYDER

In the enchanting realm of literature, there exists a transformative power that transcends mere words on a page. For M. C. Ryder, this power became her guiding light, leading her on an extraordinary journey from avid reader to acclaimed indie author. Her story is not just one of literary success, but of courage, perseverance, and the unwavering belief in the magic of storytelling.


From her earliest days, Ryder found solace and adventure within the pages of books. Each word, each story, whisked her away to distant lands and ignited her imagination with endless possibilities. But as she grew, so did her desire for narratives that dared to break free from the confines of conventionality. Fueled by this yearning, she embarked on a daring quest—to craft her own tales, to push boundaries, and to give voice to the stories waiting to be told.


The journey from reader to writer was not without its challenges. Ryder faced moments of doubt and uncertainty, grappling with the fear of imperfection and the daunting task of standing out in the vast expanse of the publishing world. Yet, fueled by ambition and a thirst for success, she pressed on, determined to carve her own path. And carve it she did. Ryder's dedication and talent have been recognized time and time again, earning her multiple awards and accolades, including the prestigious Literary Titan silver and gold awards, Firebird Book Awards, and honorable mentions in the Story Monster’s Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. Her debut novel, "The Darkest Side of the Moon," captured the hearts of readers and critics alike, heralding the arrival of a bold new voice in literature.


But for Ryder, the true measure of success lies not in awards or acclaim, but in the impact her stories have on readers' lives. Through her words, she seeks to inspire, to uplift, and to provoke thought, weaving life lessons and universal truths into the fabric of her narratives. And the praise she receives—from Literary Titan, The Book Commentary, Readers’ Favorite, and countless others—speaks volumes to the profound effect her storytelling has on those who journey alongside her.


Yet, Ryder's journey is not confined to the pages of her books. She is a beacon of generosity and community spirit, giving back to the literary world that has given her so much. Whether by spotlighting admirable artists, leaving copies of her books in Little Free Libraries, or collaborating with Discourse for engaging book discussions on YouTube, she seeks to connect with readers in innovative and meaningful ways.


As Ryder reflects on her remarkable journey—a journey marked by highs and lows, challenges and triumphs—she remains steadfast in her belief that storytelling is a force for good, capable of bringing joy, solace, and understanding to those who embrace it. And though her path may have had a rocky beginning, she stands tall, undaunted and unyielding, daring to be unique and daring to dream.


In the vast tapestry of literature, M. C. Ryder's story shines bright—a testament to the power of imagination, the resilience of the human spirit, and the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to chase their dreams. As she continues to journey forward, one page at a time, she leaves an indelible mark on the literary landscape, inspiring readers to reach for the stars and to never stop believing in the magic of storytelling.


BOOKS BY AUTHOR M. C. RYDER
"HOW TO STAND UP TO BULLYING"

Bullying. Something that is done every second, daily. Don't need a statistic to be told otherwise. Many don't even realize they are a constant victim of bullying, as it tends to get buried as an underlying emotion. Many don't realize they are actually a bully themselves. There are several references for parents to go to in order to help their children stand up against it, but there's not much for adults or depicting in why a bully is a bully in the first place. That's the first step. Before we all can stand up to bullying, we must first understand why a bully bullies to begin with.


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THE DARK SERIES BY AUTHOR M.C. RYDER
"THE DARKEST SIDE OF THE MOON"
The Dark Series, #1

You, Nadine Drexel, just want to make it through High School. You don't have your future mapped out. You are just taking it one day at a time. You don't follow the crowd. You go your own path. You know who you are and no one is going to change you. That is until the mysterious new student Vinson Weber bumps into your life. All the girls fawn over him, including your best friend, Camille. You're not charmed by his rude and arrogant manner. You're the only one who notices there is something more than meets the eye. Something is off. Something potentially dangerous. Can you keep your friend from getting caught in the crossfire?


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"A DANCE BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARKNESS"
The Dark Series, #2

The war is over. Vladimir has been defeated, but not without tragedy. Now, a new era has begun. One where vampires and werewolves are united for the greater good. The future is bleak. Vince has found himself in charge of the vampires while he mourns for the one he lost. He fears he'll turn into the evil that's naturally in his blood. When bodies start piling up with Dragon's Eye symbol, Vince goes on high alert. He discovers someone from his past is still at large he wants to settle a score with, along with an unknown threat. One that may just be more of a sinister evil.


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"A DARKER DEMISE"
The Dark Series, #3

A Unity of Balance - It all started with Immilla and the prophecy of the Dragon's Eye. A time when witches existed. A time when it was light magic versus dark magic. A time when a witch had to choose a side, for they could not represent both. Follow Immilla's journey through her eyes. Will balance be restored? My Salvation - There was only one thing on Marc's mind when he changed, unwillingly, into a vampire. Revenge. In order to have a chance at it, he had to play the part. Play the part well of obedience without showing emotion in order to wait for the right moment to strike. That all changes in a split-second decision. There's a lot of blood on his hands. Will he find salvation? The Path to Redemption - What if the end was not your true end? What if you left more questions than answers? What if in order to find redemption you had to listen, learn, and liberate? Would you be able to listen, knowing there is nothing you can do? Would you understand what you're supposed to learn? Would you find a way to be able to liberate?

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"ALL I SEE ARE DARK CLOUDS"
The Dark Series, #4

I used to tell my best friend, through thick and thin, I'd always have her six and then I was the one who stabbed her in the back. I have to live with that regret every day, which is why I chose to drink animal blood. Chose to be weak against my nature. I am a vampire. A creature of the dark. A shadow in the night. Dark clouds surround me everywhere I go as I try to find my place in this eternal world. I'm supposed to find forgiveness in myself. I don't think I can ever forgive myself even if my best friend dared me to. The only thing I can do with this curse is use it for something good. Try to help others. Try to view it as a gift. I'm trying, but I can't stop living in the past. Can't stop seeing that moment when life changed for me forever. Can't get untangled from that punishing part I try hard to forget, but it's always there haunting me.


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"THE NEIGHBORS"
The Dark Series, #5

You are a maternity nurse. Work long hours. Stick to a strict daily routine. Content on your own. Except that you are an introvert. You sleep during the light of day. Run under the stars during the late night. Friends are few and far in between. You have an intolerance for rude people and you're not shy about giving them a piece of your mind. When your shift ends, the rest of the world's day is just beginning. So, when the new neighbors make a racket next door, you're not going to hold back from charging over and spouting off. Don't care how big, strong, or macho-looking the new guy is. You may be a little intimidated inside, but you refuse to show him any fear. You are not one to be trifled with.


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"THE DARKENED ENCHANTMENT"
The Dark Series, #6

Lily Epler lives a double life on the high. Saving lives comes as naturally to her as the air she breathes. Fresh out of fire academy she’s living her dream as a firefighter. When she’s not fighting fires, she lives with her vampire mom and weredog dad on the farm with a pack of werewolves. She is loyal to her family. Family means everything to her. She just has to make sure she keeps both of her worlds separate. Cleo Hedera lives a quiet life keeping her head down. She’s eager to make it through high school and go to a place where she can meet people with the same interests as her. Her part-time job at the local feed and garden centre is where she is the happiest. Plants don’t judge or make fun like people do. She embraces the few people who accept her for who she is. Lily and Cleo live in two different worlds until tragedy strikes, forcing their worlds to collide. When the ground becomes shaky and they only have each other to lean on, will they be able to rise above the chaos that ensues?”


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"INFINITY TALES"
The Dark Series, #7

There's a phrase I've heard humans utter about cats having nine lives. I died once, and haven't died since. I became stronger. Faster. My appetite changed. My senses heightened beyond the norm. I learned how to understand human language. Grasped any and all canines are to be avoided as they are my adversaries. Revolved through many homes. Have come to learn that humans struggle every day with a darkness within them that always tries to overtake their light. That the scent of sadness is always the same. Light rain against dry ground and salt. I know sadness. Alone, it drains energy, but I have the power to alleviate it with my unconditional love.


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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW OF AUTHOR M.C. RYDER WITH DE MODE

Q: The Dark Series has garnered significant attention and acclaim. What inspired you to explore the realm of dark fiction and the themes of light and darkness?

A. The Dark Series started out as writing something I wanted to read that I just couldn’t find out in the publishing world. The inspiration in crafting my fictionalized fantasy dark realm was to also teach that even during dark times there is still a silver lining of light to hold onto.


Q: 'The Darkest Side of the Moon' kicks off your Dark Series. Can you give us a glimpse into the world you've created and the journey readers can expect to embark on?

A. The Darkest Side of the Moon was inspired by a dream I had and life challenges I’ve faced along the way that everyone faces today. The journey readers can embark on, what happens when pushed over the edge. It doesn’t always end well, but there are lessons to learn in your darkest hour.


Q: The Dark Series comprises several books, each exploring different facets of darkness and light. How do you approach crafting interconnected stories while ensuring each book stands on its own?

A. Each book explores different characters and how they approach the darkness within them. My goal for the series was to craft stories that had a satisfying ending that left the reader a choice if they wanted to continue or not. I ensured to approach each story with individuals from different backgrounds before recognizing what truly connected them all.


Q: 'A Darker Demise' offers a compilation of dark shorts within The Dark Series universe. What draws you to the short story format, and how does it complement the overarching narrative of the series?

A. A Darker Demise gave me the ability to explore some minor characters that were important to The Dark Series and give them more of a voice while also giving a more in-depth background to The Dark Series universe. Writing the stories in short story format took pressure off writing a fulllength novel and assisted with piecing together what direction to take the series next.


Q: In addition to the Dark Series, you've also written books like 'How to Stand Up to Bullying' and 'The Neighbors'. How do these works differ from your dark fiction, and what themes do they explore?

A. While writing my debut novel, The Darkest Side of the Moon, I incorporated bullying as a subject matter. I had not planned on writing How to Stand Up to Bullying, however it was therapeutic writing during a time in my life when there was constant bullying happening around me to family and friends in which I felt powerless. After reading what I wrote, I couldn’t keep it to myself as it had the power to make a positive impact. The short story, The Neighbors, is part of The Dark Series universe that explores the nursing world and why some may go into a certain field without realizing why it calls to them.


Q: As an award-winning author, what do you believe sets your writing apart and resonates with readers?

A. I believe what sets my writing apart is, I write what I want to read and know I’m not the only one who craves something fresh. What I believe resonates with readers is the genuine approach I take with relatable characters.


Q: Your bio mentions your affinity for exploring off the beaten path, both figuratively and literally. How does this adventurous spirit influence your writing, particularly in crafting unique and compelling storylines?

A. Having an adventurous spirit allows me to take daring risks while viewing things through a different perspective. The majority of my exploring off the beaten path during nature walks inspired some of my best storyline ideas.


Q: Residing in the Keystone State with a clowder of felines who rule the house sounds like a fascinating backdrop for a writer. How does your environment inspire or influence your creative process?

A. There’s never a dull moment in the house with my clowder of felines. Their unique and different antics definitely helped me get into the mindset of a cat. There’s a character in The Dark Series, Leo, who is an orange tabby who gets his own story in Infinity Tales. The clowder also has their own Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclowder0/


Q: Long trail walks during the cozy tinge of Autumn seem like an ideal setting for inspiration. Can you share any moments or experiences from nature that have found their way into your writing?

A. Going out on long trail walks allows me to focus away from all the noise. I incorporated the sights and sounds into scenes that take place out in nature, like the scraping of trees against each other when the wind makes them sway or the shape of a boulder that looks like a triangle. Sometimes even nature comes to my back door, like an evening visit from an opossum munching on beetles at the end of summertime. The encounter inspired the character Mutsu in my forthcoming novel The Darkened Enchantment.


Q: Music with deep lyrical meaning is another one of your interests. How does music influence your writing style or the themes you explore in your books?

A. Music has the power to connect individuals and paints a different picture for everyone with the same words sung. Music also has the power to inspire. It’s inspired many scenes in The Dark Series and when I’m faced with writer’s block, it’s music that often helps reignite the spark.


Q: Reading a variety of genres is essential for any writer. Are there any particular genres or authors that have had a significant impact on your writing journey?

A. Absolutely! I crave good stories that keep the pages turning from any genre like mystery, thrillers, horror, fantasy, young adult, and even historical fiction. I’m a fan of the never a dull moment action in Iris Johansen novels. Know I’m going to enjoy any thriller Chevy Stevens publishes. Love a good mystery that leads me astray that Carlene Thompson manages to throw me off the trail. Appreciate the heartwarming stories that captures authenticity in Kristin Hannah and Ruta Sepetys novels. Everything I read has had an impact on my continuous writing journey.


Q: With multiple books published, including those in The Dark Series, what challenges have you encountered along the way, and how have you overcome them?

A. The challenges I encountered along the way include making editing mistakes and learning the best methods for me by trial and error in making my manuscripts cleaner while embracing it’s okay to be imperfect. I am human after all and my own worst critic. I’ve also struggled with trying to avoid marketing scams, but still falling victim to them as not everyone will share your best interest. The biggest challenge I face is trying to convince readers to invest their time in my craft which I’m still learning and growing in my author journey.


Q: What advice would you offer to aspiring authors who are looking to explore darker themes in their writing or embark on their series?

A. Advice I’d like to offer, don’t be afraid to experiment outside of your comfort zone. The best way to learn what you are capable of is to just write and see where it leads. At the end of the writing journey, you have a choice in whether or not to share with reader’s eyes.


Q: As you continue to expand your literary portfolio, what can readers expect from you in the future? Are there any upcoming projects or new directions you're excited to explore? Finally, what message or emotions do you hope readers take away from The Dark Series and other works?

A. By the time this interview gets published, the next books in The Dark Series should be available which include The Darkened Enchantment and the tie-in short, Infinity Tales. Readers can also anticipate the last book in The Dark Series, When Darksome Falls, planned for either the end of 2024 or beginning of 2025. Another upcoming project that readers can expect is a short memoir about my journey as an author before moving into a new unexpected direction. The emotions I hope readers take away are all the feels and left wanting more. My hope is to inspire readers to always reach for the light deep within themselves.

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