Monday, April 18, 2011
Diversion Press Welcomes Ryan Nemeth, author of I Can Make Out With Any Girl Here
I was inspired by looking back on my day's as a college student...which I did while I was still a college student. I just thought that college was such a weird world to live in-- it has very little to do with real life, in many ways. I thought it would be funny and interesting to explore that world with this story.
Your book is different from a lot of the other books published by DP and this was a reason that we developed the Yellow Snow line. I guess you could say that in some ways, your book has body slammed the DP reader population. J Any comments on that?
I am happy to hear that it stands out! I never want to write anything that blends in or seems too much like anything else. Woo hoo! But, body slams hurt, so I am sorry for that.
Speaking of body slammed, we heard a rumor that you and your book have been making a splash in the world of wrestling. Is there any truth to this gossip?
Canadian professional wrestler Lance Storm, a former WWE champion, read my book and posted a positive review of it on his website. I was excited that it made him laugh, because as wrestling fans know, he can be quite serious sometimes... Also, http://www.dolphziggler.com/ did an interview with me about the book. That was cool, because Ziggler recently became World Champion, and I think reading my book probably had something to do with it!
As for me, the last few months have been very busy and exciting: I was offered a developmental contract with WWE and am currently training in their developmental system (Florida Championship Wrestling) in Tampa, FL. Hopefully my writing career and my sports entertainment career will blossom together!
Is there a take away message in this book?
I think Donny, the character in the book, makes a lot of foolish decisions and doesn't completely think things through, and he faces consequences for that. You know how we can learn from others' mistakes? Well, Donny is a perfect example of that. The main thing I want readers to learn is that setting fetal pigs on fire will NEVER lead to a good outcome.
This book obviously would be a good read for college students or those thinking about college. Any college advice? Any life advice?
Before you go to college, you should definitely get a copy of my book. Maybe 2 or 3, in case you lose it. Enjoy college because it will be over before you know it, and you will probably realize too late that life after college is quite lame.
Yellow Snow is a new imprint for Diversion Press and your book is the first on this imprint. What kind of books do you envision that would pair nicely with your book under this imprint?
Unique books that stand out. Books that may make you uncomfortable while at the same time entertaining you.
How did you develop the characters for the book?
I took people I knew and changed them, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in big ways. But everything in it is somewhat based on or drawn from reality.
What is one major challenge that you faced when writing this book?
I was writing it while finishing grad school, so I regularly put writing in front of studying. Staying focused on my school work was a big challenge, because writing the book was just so much fun!
What are the best and worst parts of being a published author?
The best part is looking at a copy of the book and seeing your name on it. That is really awesome. It's something no one can ever take away-- that book was published. You can't unpublish it! The worst part? When people want free copies, or want to buy copies from me. I wrote it, I don't sell them!
What would you like potential readers to know?
You can do anything. You really can. I have been told "you won't make it" or "you can't do that" so many times that it doesn't even mean anything to me anymore. But I got this book published. I mean you can really do anything as long as you work hard for it. I know that sounds simple and unoriginal-- but it's true!
Donny led us to believe that he will be continuing school at Kuhlman. Will we be reading about Donny’s second year in college?
You just have to wait and see! I am working on something new... I'm just not going to tell you what it is yet, though.