A Story About Her Music

Zachary Ryan Author Interview

Ride follows two estranged sisters who are brought back together after the death of their mother and are forced to face the past they tried to leave behind. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

The biggest inspiration for this story was the music of Lana Del Rey. I have always been a huge of hers, and I wanted to write a story about her music. She had her sister in her video for Music To Watch Boys to, and I thought about having this sister relationship. They’re complete opposites of each other, and I truly believed that was what was beautiful for the both of them. I wanted them to be able to rely on each other and realize that they have faults the other one considers a strength. 

What was your inspiration for the characters and their relationship?

I think a common thing lately in my novels is being able to realize that your actions can influence someone for years to come. Alayna and Morgan’s parents had caused this ripple effect in their own tragic lives that bleed into Alayna and Morgan. I wanted to show how even something so small could be so huge for someone else. 

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Cause and Effect was a huge one. Like I said in the characters and their relationships with others. That became a huge driving force in this novel. Plus, I wanted to talk about forgiveness. I wanted you to be able to forgive those who have destroyed you or hurt you. 

What is the next book that you’re working on and when can your fans expect it out?

My next novel is Something Scandalous, Treacherous, and Black. It’s a campy, sassy wedding book. It’s going to be out at the end of March. 

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Inspired by the music of Lana Del Rey.
Sisters, Alayna and Morgan, are reunited through grief. When Morgan returns home to Annapolis, MD after the death of their mother. However, despite the solemn circumstances at play, the two siblings can’t avoid reopening old familial wounds. Both had dreams of fame and fortune, but each one took separate paths.
Alayna, was well on her way towards becoming a famous singer. While Morgan, spurred on by what she felt was rejection at the hands of her mother, moved to Los Angeles to make movies. Only one sister’s career would endure though. As Alayna, supposedly her mother’s favorite, had her dreams unceremoniously undercut by her mom’s vituperative ways. A cycle of abuse she had to suffer alone, when Morgan absconded to Hollywood.
Alayna feels her sister abandoned her. And even as her husband Noah routinely pushes for her to renew her musical aspirations, Alayna also doesn’t want to dash her father’s hopes for grandchildren; and starting a family. Despite the latter abandoning her, and her sister when they were just teens. Meantime, after venturing out into the world and making a name for herself. Morgan, upon returning home, struggles with the omnipresent hole in her heart over her father’s departure years ago.
A sense of loss, compounded by having lost two separate lovers to drugs, and suicide back in LA. Additionally, Morgan also clashes with her sister over having never left town. A choice Morgan feels resulted in her becoming coddled, and inhibited her personal growth. Can these two sister’s put both their past, and present pain behind them, in order to pave the way for their future as a family?

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