Christopher Ryan's tenth novel is titled A Simple Revolt. For his master's thesis, City of Woe, which he published independently under his Seamus and Nunzio Productions, LLC, he received his MA and the English Prize for Outstanding Merit in Literary Studies from Rutgers University. The Independent Book Publishers Association awarded theBookcast.com's first-ever Book of Extraordinary Quality and Best New Voice (fiction) accolades for the debut work. Detectives Mallory and Gunner appear in City of Woe, as well as its sequel City of Pain and a prequel collection of short stories, City of Sin. City of Love, his modern urban re-interpretation of Dante's The Divine Comedy, is now in the works.
He has also authored a young adult novel, Genius High, and is currently working on the sequel, Perfect. He's also working on a series of illustrated children's detective books called The Ferguson Files. He's also authored pieces for the collection Shooters and the novels Ransom for a Dead King, Dark End of the Rainbow, and Driven, all starring Alex Simmons' African-American soldier-of-fortune Blackjack. Chris worked as a crime and politics writer in the Bronx for eight years, garnering awards such as Best News Columnist (NYS Newspaper Association), Journalist of the Year (Children Are Precious), and the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service, among others.
He also received awards for playwriting (from the Bronx Council on the Arts) and screenplay (a T.W. Award). Nods as a top 10% then top 100 Nicholl's Fellowship finalist, as well as a Wharton Award). He was also a founder member and chief writer of the Salsoul Comedy Troupe, where he contributed over 30 original sketches and performed as a cast member and stand-up comedian. Chris has appeared onstage and in the Feenix Films films Lock, Load, Love (which he also co-wrote and produced), Nicky Newark, and Clandestine (for which he also earned another producer credit), as well as in his screenwriting/directing debut, Zombies of New Milford.
He is a senior English, Journalism, Creative Writing, and Theatre teacher at Hackensack High School, where he also served as president of the union. He has also served on the Board of Education of New Milford. With his wife and twin sons, he lives in northern New Jersey.