Beaumont with Love, author Lindy Miller Ryan Comes Home



Reading a good book or watching a good movie is definitely a way to mentally escape the everyday world and the pandemic blues. Then there are others who are working to create these breakouts. Lindy Miller Ryan, award-winning bestselling author from Beaumont, is one such artist and has returned home in what could become the plot of another novel.
The Juneau, Alaska resident visited Beaumont for the first time in five years for her eldest son’s wedding and to support his family after losing a close relative to COVID-19.
“It’s really great to be able to come home, I have a lot of family here,” she said. “But it’s also weird because I still think of myself sometimes as ‘Lindy who works at Market Basket on Phelan.'”
Ryan writes under his pseudonym, Lindy Miller, and his new romance, “Aloha With Love,” debuted in July in conjunction with screenwriter Terence Brody. A film adaptation starring Tiffany Smith and Trevor Donovan has just wrapped up filming and will be released next year. Ryan has stopped at Barnes & Noble on Dowlen Road and at 2e & Charles inside the Parkdale Mall to sign a limited number of books which will be available for purchase.
“I want to write books that I wanted to read when I was young,” she said. “I really want to create stories and worlds that would have been interesting for me to read and enjoy reading and enjoy being a part of it.”

Although Ryan describes herself more as a horror writer than a romance, she has said that she embraces good storytelling regardless of genre. His many influences include Neil Gaiman, Gwendolyn Kiste, Josh Malerman, and fellow Beaumont author Sam Hooker.

In her latest story, Jenna Burke, a professional big-city real estate developer, apparently has a hell of a week as she returns to her tiny Hawaiian hometown after abandoning her longtime boyfriend and losing a big business opportunity. ‘use. She learns of the death of her dear Aunt May and the departure of a once beautiful, but now decaying Victorian home for herself and her sister Sarah.

“There is a huge relationship between the reader and the characters. You know how much they love their characters or the sets, so you really want to create these worlds that readers can be a part of, ”Ryan said. “This is what guides me every time I start writing a new product or project. I write with the world that I am developing.

Like a character in one of his stories, his activity is just as linked to his business.

After arriving in Beaumont on September 24 at nearly 3 a.m., Ryan also had a week, but a week filled with the happy obligations of the mother of the groom to maneuver the wedding plans while successfully carrying out her many creative endeavors in constantly expanding dimensions.
She visited Barnes & Noble on Dowlen Road to sign copies of “Aloha with Love” and speak with store staff before heading to the bridal shower and a subsequent rehearsal dinner.

His previous books, “The Magic Ingredient” and “The Golden Isle,” were Amazon’s No.1 bestsellers and a Barnes and Noble bestseller, as well as a 2020 finalist for the category. history of the International Book Awards.

Ryan said she didn’t intend to be a novelist. The process evolved over several years from his childhood and his studies at Beaumont, until later in his college experiences and his career in academia and business. Her writing is also influenced by the duty stations of her Coast Guard husband Mike, with relocations to Maine and the Pacific Northwest.

“As far as I can remember, I write,” she said. “I don’t even know when I started, it was just one of those things that I did. I really enjoyed writing poetry in high school and wrote my first novel at that time. Somewhere along the way, I thought it would be a lot more interesting to write for fun, like I did during my high school years.

She co-founded the business intelligence research firm Radiant Advisors, working with companies such as 21st Century Fox Films and Disney. She founded the Black Spot Books publishing house and an entertainment production company. She holds a PhD and currently teaches Business Intelligence with Visual Analytics online as a professor at Rutgers University.

After his son’s nuptials, Ryan will leave to visit the Kentucky filming location of one of his other stories currently in production.

Does this moved Texan ever sleep?

“It’s a question I get a lot,” she laughed. “I do a lot of things and I try to be very involved and active in everything I do. Even when I write, I publish, I produce. I run my business.

Despite all of this activity, Ryan says her roots in Beaumont and Southeast Texas are never too far away, and those connections often show up in the characters she writes.

“They’re based a lot on people I know,” Ryan said. “I wrote characters based on friends and family. And I think these are my favorite characters to write because I know them so intimately. I know their manners, I know their facial expressions and I don’t really have to imagine it all, I know that. Beaumont had a lot of impact on me and my writing.

Ryan has a horror book coming out in May 2021, which is based on his time living in the Southeast.

“It’s actually very much based on Vinton, Louisiana, where I have family,” she said. “Then I have another horror project coming out later next year which will be set in Beaumont in 1999.”

Ryan said she was scouting here for this project, and filming is scheduled for 2022.

“A lot of the places I went to when I was in high school are history – Rao’s, Casa Olé and the LogOn Cafe,” she said. “I often went to LogOn or Rao’s to read and write after school.

She teases the 1999 story by saying, “It’s a story to remind you to stay inside and lock your doors – and not to answer the door if someone comes knocking.”

Ryan’s enthusiasm and passion extends to the real world in other ways. Her drive for progress and commitment are not just mechanisms for her work – it is in her character and sense of responsibility as evidenced by the way she runs her businesses.

“I believe in the concept of servant leadership,” she said. “The main idea is that if you are in a leadership position, you have an obligation of service to those you lead – to help them grow, to help them develop, to help them become potential leaders through themselves – and that’s something that really stood out for me.

Ryan has created a mentorship program for college interns and is looking for beginning writers and supporting their voice and agency in their projects.

“A recurring theme in my romance projects is that these women have their own issues, their own struggles and their own obstacles to overcome,” she said. “It opens the door to other relationships and connections. I think that’s the important message for young women or young people today – to have confidence in yourself and in your abilities to fight and overcome yourself first and then allow yourself to embrace d ‘other things.

“Even in my horror projects, I will have main female characters who will fight their own battles and they will not be rescued – they are fighting for themselves. I think it’s just an important and very powerful topic to write about.

Ryan said it’s also important to be specific and research your stories thoroughly, whether that’s researching historical documents on pirates or working with Indigenous chiefs or tribal councils on the way of representing the appropriate representations of cultures and characters.

Issues of diversity, inclusion, and representation, even in fiction, are important for writing accurately, and Ryan tries to include the real world in his books. Various characters, she said, should be as they would be in real life, and the views, perspectives, and lifestyles that exist in the world should exist in the storytelling as well. This includes the ability to create characters that embody the modern reality that readers identify with, whether that’s using a person of color or an LGBTQ person as the main character.

“I think a lot of it is to be cautious,” she said. “Be careful, be fair. This is why I do so much research. I work with the people I represent in my books and obtain their blessing to ensure that I have represented them correctly and fairly and that I have been accurate.

“You are responsible for creating unique and fantastic worlds, but you also want them to be the best possible versions of the world we live in, so it is very important to pay attention to these details and be aware of them. “

Trends in young adult literature over the past few years have had female characters that can be very one-dimensional, like in the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” series, Ryan said. She said it wasn’t a review of these franchises – it’s just that the characters tend to be motivated by one thing.

“That’s not how people really are, they’re more complex and richer in emotions and thoughts, and they can change for really weird reasons,” she said. “People do weird things and I keep asking myself, ‘Why did they do this?’ and then I have to think about it.

Ryan said that’s why she doesn’t write specifically for young adult audiences and chooses to evolve and develop her characters.

“I think you want to write strong, independent, confident characters, but (it’s) the journey from A to B – their confidence is not innate,” she said. “Getting over things is not automatic, there is a process of getting through these things. And it’s important, I think, to really represent the process and let readers know that it’s okay to disagree or have setbacks or be confused or doubtful or whatever you’re going through. These are all normal parts of the human experience, and you want to read and write characters that are human.

His advice for aspiring writers is the same as he was once told.

“Write to polish and work on your craft, and keep finding your way,” she said emphatically. “Read a lot, you can’t be a good writer if you’re not a good reader. I read a lot more than I should, because sometimes I read instead of writing.

Audiences can be difficult, she said, and 100% of readers won’t always be happy. Writers should always do their best and strive to create stories that portray people in the most genuine and authentic way possible.

Whatever story Ryan creates, the comforts of home and Beaumont are close by. She says she always asks her dad to send Southeast Texas essentials like TexJoy spices to keep the flavors familiar at home, no matter where her family is.

“This is my hometown, so it’s a very special place for me,” she said. “I don’t come back to Beaumont and visit as often as I would like, but there is a possibility of coming back here in a few years for a few years, so I guess Beaumont will probably show up in another story.”

Stephan Malick is a freelance writer.


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