Author Archives: chrisryanwrites

About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.

Testing, Testing….

I have had months of problems with publishing on this blog and very little time to work to correct it (happy problem: writing deadlines! Yay!) So here’s a test post and a reminder: I am a husband and father first, … Continue reading

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Go Bráth (‘Til Doomsday) A Mallory and Gunner Short Story By Christopher Ryan

“They cheered their own deaths.” Detective Frank Mallory spat out the words like the poison they were. “They thought it was part of the parade.” Detective Alberto “Gunner” Gennaro, his partner in the Major Case Squad, tried to ease the … Continue reading

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Will America Reclaim Our System of Checks and Balances?

(I know I just stated in my last post that I want to do less politics, but I really have to get this off my chest.) Right now, if we are honest, we must acknowledge that we are a Divided … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Away Awhile, Rebuilding

I haven’t posted since mid-summer when I gushed about U2. Been rebuilding. This blog now appears on my new website, Worth a look, if I do say so myself. Been rebuilding my social media presence, too. Much more Instagram, … Continue reading

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U2 Uses Mysterious Brush With Death to Defend the Idea of America 

My wife, known here and on my social media as the goddess, has saved my life yet again; she took me to the U2 Innocence and Experience Tour 2018 five times. Yeah, five concerts, same band, same show. Five times … Continue reading

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Writing podcast – new episode

I do a podcast with Blackjack creator Alex Simmons about writing and related topics. This episode is about finding the time to write even when your schedule is exhausting. I hope this is helpful.

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Do the Accusations Against Junot Díaz Negate His Work or Prove the Extent of His Trauma?

Junot Díaz, who, in a recent issue of the New Yorker, wrote openly for the first time about the ongoing effects of his being raped twice when he was eight, has now been reportedly accused by women of sexual aggression. … Continue reading

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