Ryan Collins was born in Texas in 1985. While attending Texas State University he earned
his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in writing, and moved toward a post-
graduate degree in computer information systems. In the company of a few unpublished short stories, Narrative Loserdom represents his first self-published novel. Ryan works for a local communications company in Austin, Texas, where he resides with his girlfriend and pugs.
The Great Gatsby, John Updike’s Rabbit Tetralogy
Inspirations for the book?
Adolescence in general, and the question of what it might look like from the vantage of a teenage
boy’s journal. I suppose there’s also that whole autobiographical thing…
Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
Nah, the prospects of mountain climbing and stunt doubling jaded me.
Little sleep and gradually cooled showers come to mind.
Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
Definitely chocolate, though Reese’s Cups make a convincing argument.
Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?
Only in my head, but if ever given the opportunity to make one of those purely instrumental
movie trailers, “Caribou” by The Pixies would be the song.
Do you need anything to write?
A lot of time (failing complete isolation!).
How long do you write on any average day?
Maybe an hour’s worth of e-mails for work (IT). When attempting a project, ideally an hour.
Give us the number one reason to read your book.
You might enjoy it!
Author Info: Ryan Collins
Justin Taggart doesn’t know anything (about being a loser). He likes girls and plays sports and has some friends. Unfortunately his fear of rejection outweighs his ability to deal with these well. Mostly there’s Sterling, the girl of his dreams who knows how to stop his heart by not knowing he likes her. Another thing is trying to get money with Adam, who’s rich anyway so it’s more about hanging out. As for Justin, he makes ends meet by mowing people’s yards with Adam, and sometimes by breaking into vending machines and selling late-night cable programming to peers (also with Adam). But it’s not like he doesn’t feel bad about it, since Jesus died for his sins. School is pretty terrible with all the work and practice, but there are a few people there worth mentioning. Anyone who picks up his journal will be in for something, if they feel like getting through a lot of grammar and spelling problems. They’ll probably end up seeing that they shouldn’t have looked at it anyway, because this is someone’s private anthem of girls, grass, and loserdom.
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