Ryan, thirty-three and originally from Doncaster, settled in Barnsley back in 1998 to do a degree in Media Studies. Following his degree he set up a non-profit film company up and went on to write and direct a feature film called Tales From Nowhere set in Rotherham which has a limited release in cinemas in 2005. He also directed the video for Barnsley band Lyca Sleep’s (now Exit Calm) track Sold Me a Ride. Ryan started to pen his first novel, Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven’t Killed Yet in 2008 and slowly developed it over four years. He released it independently on Kindle and paperback and since then it has gained a lot of five-star reviews on amazon, has started to sell well in USA and reached #3 in the comedy/crime genre charts on Amazon.
His new novel, Tomorrow’s Chip Paper is scheduled for an April 5th and is a of sorts, in that it does feature a lot of the main characters from the first novel, but is an entirely different story, featuring many new character too.
Will Thunder, one half of television’s highest paid comedy duo Thunder & Lightning, is being held hostage in his own home by a masked woman with evidence that Thunder is a paedophile, rapist and murderer. She’s streaming his torture live to the world and giving the public the chance to decide his fate, and they love it. Crowds are gathering outside and if she doesn’t kill him, they will.
Every channel has its own angle on the story, and they’re not holding back. But who is she? Is she working alone? How is it that she has all of the evidence of Will Thunder’s depravity? And how the hell has he been getting away with it for so long? All very valid questions, but they need answering quickly because today’s news is very much Tomorrow’s Chip Paper.
Faces old and new explode onto the page in the second novel by Ryan Bracha, author of the best selling Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven’t Killed Yet.
Ryan said ‘the experience of releasing a book and seeing how people respond to my work was brilliant. The follow up has only taken me six months to write. I’m already mentally writing my third novel, a surreal comedy, which is a total departure from the first two, and is tentatively called The Three Friends of Barry Smith.’
I asked Ryan about some of the authors and artists that have influenced his writing. ‘My favourite authors are Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk and Chris Brookmyre, but I’m also influenced by the early films of the Coen Brothers, David Fincher and bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Modest Mouse. I think it does show in my writing, but I’d like to think I’m a decent writer with good ideas in my own right, and hope that eventually I can give up the day job, and spend days on end in my slippers.’
TOMORROW’S CHIP PAPER WILL BE RELEASED THIS APRIL.
STRANGERS ARE JUST FRIENDS YOU HAVEN’T KILLED YET IS STILL AVAILABLE TO BUY FOR KINDLE AT £1.53 OR ON PAPERBACK FOR £6.29 FROM AMAZON.
Well I certainly wish him all the best and it’s brilliant to hear about a local writer making strides in the world of publishing, as one day I too would like to release my own book and hearing about Ryan’s brilliant experience definitely makes me want to make a try of it.