1. Please tell readers about your current book.
I actually have two.
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The Fire Inside is the first book in a series called Sidekicks. It's about a man named Jack who gets pulled back into the dangerous life he used to lead when his best friend is murdered. It's a sci/fi crime thriller that... well, as one reviewer said, “was hard to put down and was a constant page turner.”
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My other novel, Better Together, is a story about how Paul, a successful novelist, takes on the role of being single parent when his wife is killed in a car accident. It's a contemporary look at fatherhood, relationships, and the bond between a father and son, even when they are not blood. It was inspired by the birth of my sons.
2. Who or what inspires your writing?
In the case of Better Together, it was my children. I'd never thought about how becoming a father would change my writing until my first son was born and I found myself wanting to write about being a new dad. The germ of Better Together came from that strong need to try and explain this thing called fatherhood.
The Fire Inside came from wanting to write a comic book. I couldn't draw really well so I decided to try the idea of a comic book-style story in a novel format. And that idea just took off, letting me get into the nitty gritty of a group of people as they are drawn to each other and have to fight for what they believe is right.
I'm inspired by my wife, my boys, my family, people I see around me every day, stories of heroes fighting horrible diseases. A writer can't help but be shaped by the world around him.
3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I grew up around people telling stories. My pop-pop, my grandmother, my parents... everyone telling stories of when they were kids or when my sister and I were first born. I'd always toyed with the idea of writing a book someday but it wasn't until I entered college and found myself being utterly frustrated with my art classes, that another outlet for my artistic urges appeared: writing. It helped that I had a wonderful creative writing teacher who guided me through that stormy time in my life. Since then, I've thrown myself into my writing... and haven't really looked back.
4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
The Fire Inside took about five or six years. It started out as a screenplay, then, eventually, morphed into a novel. It's gone through many drafts, many rewrites, and many foul words of thrown at the computer. But, when all was said and done, I was happy with the finished product. It's a great leaping-off point for a massive series.
5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time to get some actual writing done. There are so many things going on in my life between family, getting word out about my books, and work (the job that, for now, pays some of the bills) that it's hard to find the time to just write.
6. Do you have any writing rituals?
Not anymore. Having two kids under the age of three makes any rituals pretty impossible. Mostly I write when I can.
7. Have you written anything else?
Oh yeah. If you check out some other links on my website (http://raymondmrose.tumblr.com), you'll find all kinds of links to screenplays, comic scripts, and other ideas. I love so many different mediums that I have a hard time just sticking to one of them.
8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Stop reading writing books. Honestly. I talk to so many writers who tell me about this writing book that they are reading. My response is always the same: if you spent more time writing than reading writing books, you'd learn a lot more. The best way to learn how to write is to write. And when the draft is done, give it to the people around you to read. Their feedback is going to help you. If you really want to read a book to learn how to write, then reread your favorite books and begin to deconstruct how the authors did what they did. They can teach you so much!
9. Who is your favorite Author?
Stephen King. No author's body of work has inspired, entertained, and taught me more than Mr. King's.
10. What is your favorite book?
Interestingly enough, although King is my favorite author, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is my favorite book. I love this book. Immensely. I've read and reread it numerous times, each time finding something new and wonderful. I aspire to write a book like Ms. Niffenegger someday.
11. What are you currently reading?
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I loved Hunger Games and am really excited to be starting this book. I just finished Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Amazing. If I had read that book as a teenager, it would have blown my mind away.
12. How do readers find out more about you?
They can check out my Tumblr site http://raymondmrose.tumblr.com/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raymond-Rose/156167557775194
Or my publisher, Christopher Williams Books, website: http://christopherwilliamsbooks.com
Genre: Sci/Fi, Mystery
Ten years ago, Jack and Bruce barely survived a battle royale between good and evil that left half of their city destroyed. Over the years, they’ve drifted apart – their lives going separate paths. Now Bruce is back in town looking for Jack’s help. Because what’s about to happen is worse than anything they could imagine!
Page Count (approx): 480
Publisher: Christopher Williams Books
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Genre: Contemporary Literature
Paul Rhoads, a successful horror novelist, has moved back to his hometown in Pennsylvania. Moving back home turns out to be more than just returning to his roots but starting up a relationship with his high school sweetheart, Annie. Annie, recently divorced, is the mother of a precious eight month old, Max. However, when Annie dies in a freak car accident, Paul finds himself catapulted into the role of father and decides to do something he would never have imagined himself doing: raise Max as his own.
Page Count (approx): 290
Publisher: Christopher Williams Books
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