Author Interview #30, with science fiction/psychological thriller writer, RJ Palmer!
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Hi RJ! Describe yourself in 5 words:
Wife and mother of three.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
Birthright is a science fiction and psychological thriller with surreal overtones.
“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…” intoned the soft, sonorous voice of the preacher reciting the timeless last prayer, jerking her abruptly from her sweet memories of a bright and happy past and depositing her unceremoniously back into the present and the bleak, lonely future that yawned before her.
Dragging her eyes down again to the cold marble headstone that stood stark reminder at the foot of the grave she whispered, “Goodbye, Raine,” and turned away, burying her girlhood dreams with the love of her life.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
My absolute favorite, most respected author is Dean Koontz bar none. The following is from a series of his about Odd Thomas and is among my favorite of his collections:
“MY NAME IS ODD THOMAS, THOUGH IN THIS AGE WHEN fame is the altar at which most people worship, I am not sure why you should care who I am or that I exist.
I am not a celebrity. I am not the child of a celebrity. I have never been married to, never been abused by, and never provided a kidney for transplantation into any celebrity. Furthermore, I have no desire to be a celebrity.”
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
The two are impossible to compare because honestly they’re about as alike as night and day. Both of them revolve around my work though one is far easier and more natural to me. The writing just happens from my point of view while the publication process has to be well thought out and planned accordingly.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
If it evokes emotion, even if that emotion is negative it has to have something going for it because one thing you don’t want in writing is ambivalence. In both the writing and the reading there has to be emotion else a story falls flat and since I’m a bit of a melodramatic soul, it has to have spice and flavor.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Be true to who you are because I know that the easiest trap into which you can fall is becoming so involved in trying to please everyone else that you lose sight of the love of writing that got you started in the first place. I’m not saying disregard constructive criticism or refuse to listen to sage advice, I’m saying don’t try to be the most popular author out there, be you and the rest will fall into place.
Great advice! Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:
My Blog: http://rjpalmer.blogspot.com
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Much thanks to RJ Palmer for stopping by! Be sure to check out her blog for more info about her and the sci-fi thriller, Birthright ;)