So just who is Jan Stryvant?


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Current Books Available:

Valens Legacy Series:

Book 1: Black Friday

Book 2: Perfect Strangers

Book 3: Over Our Heads

Book 4: Head Down

Book 5: When It Falls

Book 6: Stand On It

Second Arc

Book 7: Vegas Rules

Book 8: Desperate Measures

Book 9: Secret Treaties

Book 10: It Ain't Easy

Book 11: Red Skies

Third Arc

Book 12: Demon Days

Book 13: Simple Things

Book 14: Trying Times

Book 15: Firestarter

Book 16: Times Like These

Book 17: No Regrets


Other Books:




Who is Jan Stryvant?


Short answer:

Me, John Van Stry.

Jan Stryvant (pronounced YON Strī-vant) is my pen name.


Longer answer:

Early in 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.