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About Me

Athena Ryals is the award-winning, Colorado-based author of the Honor Bound series. Her short fiction and poetry have been featured in Erato, Z Publishing's Colorado's Emerging Writers and America's Emerging Poets, and High Grade

Honor Bound: Book 1 is a Reader's Favorite Awards 5-star book and the winner of the Red Ribbon Award with The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. 

Honor Bound: Book 2 is the Silver Medalist for the LGBTQIA category of the Reader View's Literary Awards.


She is currently working on Honor Bound: Book 3, set to release in 2021. Honor Bound: Book 4, Honor Bound: Book 5, and Vera, a prequel to Honor Bound, are currently in the works.


She graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering. While she was there, she took every writing elective available to her. When she was laid off of her engineering job in 2015, she had to start a new career, this time in EMS. 


A writing challenge in September of 2019 threw her back into writing and she has not stopped since. 


She works on an ambulance as a paramedic. She lives with her husband and a bird who thinks he runs the place.