Q: What program do you write your first drafts in? Why?
I use Microsoft WORD. It’s an older version. It’s what I have so it’s what I use.
Q: You're in line at the grocery store and the answer to your writing conundrum leaps into your head in vivid color and detail. Will it make it to your manuscript? How do you capture ideas when you are away from the keyboard?
Q: What is your stance on adverbs?
Sometimes they are needed, other times not so much. I play it by ear and if I go overboard, hopefully, the editor will rein me in.
Q: Writers: if you've created a private eye, tough guy/gal or spy, why not tell us a little about your characters?
In the first story, SNOW FALLS, Snow interrupts an assassination attempt and gets involved in tracking down the hired killer and the client who hired her.
You can learn more about Snow Falls at Bookxy here.
Also, check out the amazing cover art by Dennis Calero.
Snow Falls is now available at Amazon, Amazon UK, and Amazon Canada.
About The Ruby Files:
GANGSTERS & GUNMOLLS
It was the 1930s and America was locked in the grip of the Great Depression. Gangsters controlled the major cities while outlaws roamed the rural back country. It
|Bobby and Sean|
Created by pulp masters, Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor, Rick Ruby echoes the tales of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe while offering up his own brand of two-fisted action. Joined by fellow pulp smiths Andrew Salmon and William Patrick Maynard, these modern scribes of purple prose present a quartet of tales to delight any true lover of private eye fiction. Covers by Mark Wheatley. Vol. 1 interior illustrations by Rob Moran. Vol. 2 interior illustrations by Nik Poliwko.
You can learn more about Rick Ruby and The Ruby Files here.
I’m currently scripting a graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Rice
Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse Comics, going over editor notes on the Ghost Gal novel for Raven's Head Press, and making notes on two other projects on deck and ready to go. There never seems to be a shortage of work.
Not really a fan. Nothing against the books themselves. Just not the type of stuff I like to read on a regular basis, but I’ve read a few. Stephen King’s On Writing and J. Michael Strazynski’s The Complete Book of Scriptwriting are a couple I have enjoyed.
Q: When an unplanned new character arrives on the page of your current work in progress, do you point to the door and demand it leave? Give it a chapter or two to see what it wants? Or sit perfectly still and make no sudden movements
I usually write the character and watch to see if he or she really fits. If so, then the character stays. If not, well, there’s the door. Ha! Ha! On one of the novels I’ve been working on around other deadlines, I started a new chapter and needed to get away from my main characters for a bit to break up the pace. I started writing a chapter that introduced not one, but two new characters. It was a great scene and one of the characters tied in beautifully, but at the end of it, I wasn’t sure about the other. Was he a one off or was he more important to the story? It was two chapters later when I realized his connection to one of the main characters and it all clicked into place as though it had been planned from the beginning.
Q: What is the appeal of writing the Green Hornet and Kato?
I like the characters. They're fun. That was the foremost reason to do it for me.
Another aspect is that these characters come with a pre-existing fanbase, which means getting my work in front of potential new readers that might
A bonus to all of that was that working on existing popular characters like The Green Hornet and Kato brought with it press. I did a number of interviews as a result of working on the two GH books I provided stories for, which helped promote my other work.
Of the three volumes Moonstone published, I have stories in two of the Green Hornet anthologies-- Green Hornet Casefiles and Green Hornet Still At Large.
Sure. I'd listen and if it felt right, I'd certainly give it a go.
Granted, I am not only self-publishing, and I do very little of that because I don’t enjoy doing the production side of things.
Not really. I do have friends who are writers and sometimes I bounce questions or problems off of them.
Q: Sometime we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Sometime we're upset with something in our lives ... but we still write. Emotion and creativity come are often two sides of the same coin. Do your moods show up in your manuscript? Does your usually sweet main character suddenly become a harpy or a bully when you're feeling off?
Q: What's your number, that number of book sales that means success to you?
I don’t have a specific number in mind. Sales are obviously important, but how I measure success is not solely based on sales.
Q: At this moment, what is your favorite thing about being a writer?
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