Ryan Byrnes was born to a military family that frequently relocated across the Midwest, turning the prairies of North Dakota, Ohio, and Illinois into a home.
His first historical fiction novel, Royal Beauty Bright, won a gold medal in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for a Foreword Reviews 2019 INDIE Book of the Year Award.
His short stories have been published in magazines and journals such as Pembroke Magazine, Italian America, and Sketch.
He recently graduated college and is working on more short stories and a new novel. Mr. Byrnes' current writing interests are inspired by his family’s past in Sicily, Tunisia, and Ireland, and also speculative fiction about the intersection of medicine and religion.
His favorite books include Our Souls at Night, Swamplandia!, Interpreter of Maladies, The Grapes of Wrath, and The God of Small Things.
When he is not writing fiction, he volunteers with local nonprofits and hikes.