So just who is Jan Stryvant?
Jan Stryvant's Amazon Page
Current Books Available:
Valens Legacy Series:
Book 1: Black Friday
Book 2: Perfect Strangers
Book 3: Over Our Heads
Book 4: (No Title Yet)
Who is Jan Stryvant?
Me, John Van Stry.
Jan Stryvant (pronounced YON Strī-vant)
is my pen name.
Earlier this year (2017), I decided that I wanted to write
stuff that was different than what I had become known for. But I knew, from
experience, that there would be issues if I did so. My 'brand' avoids certain
themes, and yes, I avoid detailed sex scenes (because of certain advice from
back when I started out). So I told my fans on my blog
that I would be starting a second 'brand' under the name of 'Jan Stryvant'.
Yes, if you do a search, or even just look at the name, it
isn't all that hard to figure out, because I honestly never intended it to be.
It's just a different 'brand' from the same author (me). If you like the stuff
I write under one 'brand' you'll probably like the stuff under the other. Unless of course sex scenes bother you. Or
if the lack of them bothers you.
Also, I wanted to try and branch out more into LitRPG, because I'd been reading a lot of it and found that
I was really enjoying it. The Valens' Legacy series has some LitRPG aspects to it, as well as a fair bit of 'harem'.
Once it gets completed, I may write a more hardcore LitRPG/GameLit
story. Because as a genre, it's pretty cool (and I've played a LOT of RPG games,
including online ones).
So that's how I ended up with Jan Stryvant, because I wanted
to write something different, but I was afraid if I didn't separate it somehow,
there'd be issues and grief and all of that. Yes, maybe a smarter man could
have figured out a better way around it, but I didn't. I also didn't expect
things to go as well as they have for Jan Stryvant, but as writing the Valens
stories has been a blast, I'm kind of happy with it.
Is Sean a 'Mary-Sue'?
No. No more than any other character I've written, and
probably a lot less than some others. I always find it funny when people call a
character a 'Mary-Sue', most people don't even know
where the term comes from. The truth is, I'm trying to
write a character that you, the reader, will enjoy either empathizing with, or
enjoy the antics of. Saying that something is a 'Mary-Sue' implies that I'm
writing these stories for me.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I write these
stories for you, the reader. You guys
mean everything to me. Making you
folks happy is the highlight of my day; you're all really the best.
If you have any other questions, by all means drop me an email, and I will try answer them, when I can.