New Year, New Site, New Name, New Book!

Written by Ryan R. Campbell

Ryan R. Campbell is an International Book Awards finalist, the founder of the Writescast Network, and the co-founder of Kill Your Darlings Candle Company.

Posted on January 5, 2021

Filed under And Ampersand | News

Noticing a trend? Yeah, 2021 is all about new. I’m excited to welcome you to the new, share with you my new pen name, and introduce you to my first new release since 2019.

That’s right: you’re getting (at least) one new book from me in 2021.

Before we get to the book, let’s learn more about the site and this new pen name of mine, shall we?

The New Author Site




The new homepage for

With a new pen name and new books on the horizon, I thought it fitting that my author site undergo a substantial makeover as well. With a site that now places an emphasis on my work as an author while also remaining scroll friendly and visually consistent, I think you’ll find the site far more navigable.

In other words, we’ve decluttered, and decluttering is good. It’s very, very good.

That said, you may find a broken link or two from time to time. If this happens, please let me know through my contact page. I’d love to correct anything I might have missed as soon as possible!

What’s in a Pen Name?

I’ve been torn for some time between my speculative work as R.R. Campbell (namely, the EMPATHY sci-fi saga) and the more contemporary side of the bookshelf that comes more naturally to me. As a result, I found myself writing a great deal of contemporary and upmarket fiction before finding myself unsure what, exactly, to do with it.

That’s where Ryan R. Campbell comes in.

Going forward, I’ll be publishing contemporary or upmarket fiction as Ryan R. Campbell, with speculative fiction in the vein of the EMPATHY sci-fi saga remaining under the R.R. Campbell pen name.

So, what will Ryan R. Campbell be publishing in 2021?

Coming in April 2021: And Ampersand

Meet And Ampersand: Short Stories on Endings and Beginnings (of a Sort), which will be published by Cedarbrook Books on April 12th, 2021.

And Ampersand is a collection of short fiction written over the course of the last decade. It elevates feel over form, brevity over breadth, and, at times, rhythm over reason—all in the name of exploring the connection between beginning and end, the links between life, death, and rebirth.

This collection marks my first foray into independent publishing, and I’m looking forward to publishing a number of titles from my extensive back catalog under the Cedarbrook Books name in 2021 and beyond.

And Ampersand: the Blurb

Your death comes on slowly, while elsewhere, a nameless man fakes his own. Encased in glass, a young man navigates a world meant for those beyond. A mudslide washes away a once romantic weekend, and a childhood swim drowns all illusion of innocence.

These are but some of the tales in And Ampersand: Short Stories of Endings and Beginnings (of a Sort). In this collection of flash fiction, short stories, and freeform prose, International Book Awards finalist R.R. Campbell returns as Ryan R. Campbell to juxtapose genesis and resolution, to bask in the beauty of rebirth in the most unexpected of places and at the most unexpected of times.

Born of the author’s own reinvention and oft-inspired by true events, And Ampersand is the perfect pocket companion for any reader who’s ever tussled with the tie between inception and end.

Preorders Available Now!

And here’s the kicker: And Ampersand is now available for preorder from your preferred e-book retailer. Simply follow the link below to your site of choice, and And Ampersand will be delivered to your Kindle or other e-reading device on April 12th.


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