Title: One Queen of an Ending
Author: Zachary Ryan
Series: The High School Queens Trilogy #3
Published by: Kingston Publishing Company
Publication date: August 26th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
It’s time to say goodbye to our Johnson Prep favorites before they all head off to college.
After the gossip-worthy events of graduation and the shocking death of one of their classmates, it seems The Queen of Queens wants to give Danielle, Bethany, Calvin, Tucker, and Aman one last hurrah.
Will everything have a happy ending, or will one of our favorites end up 6 feet under? How will the war end with the salacious arrival of returning students, Andrew and Jasmine? They all had one lesson left to learn: Just because high school is over, doesn’t mean the high school drama ends. They’re all about to take their curtain call, but will it end as a comedy or a tragedy?
Discover this sultry and thrilling end to the High School Queens Series.
1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.? With this being a series, did you know exactly how it would all go ahead of time?
I usually being with a beginning then have the ending. I let the characters kind of take me on a journey. I think that’s exciting about my novels, and I love how organic they feel when I don’t even know sometimes where the novel takes me. I use a giant corkboard with what I have goals for the characters and chapter by chapter what I would like.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
I usually wait till the end to edit it. I’ll go through it on my laptop. Then I’ll print it out. Then my friend/editor Erika will go through it to make sure I’m not missing it. Then I’ll go through it one last time before I send to my publishers who then also go through it twice. So, I would say it’s about 5-6 times it gets edited.
3. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
I honestly do everything solo. I think for me that I need to be solo. I’ll help people if they have questions, but I don’t think writer’s groups are helpful. I think everyone’s competitive, and they aren’t going to be fully helpful with good intentions, I feel like.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
5. What are your favorite:
Books/authors/genres Book Fan Girl by Rainbow Rodwell. Favorite Author: John Green. Favorite Genres: YA, Coming of Age.
Movies/TV Shows: Perks of Being a Wallflower. Greek.
Music Lana Del Rey and Kelly Clarkson.
Food/Writing snack My food and snack changes all the time. Right now it’s Margarita Pizza and Sprite.
After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or "soul cluster," that he connected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid the chaos.