Today I have a lovely interview with Author Riley Tune. I am so pleased that I have been able to find new and exciting interviews with various authors. I hope you enjoy this interview and small insight into the authors mind.
Hi Riley, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
The beginning is likely the best place to start. I got into writing by accident. I originally wanted to be an actor, and thought it would be a good idea to learn to read / write movie scripts. That was all she wrote for me. From that point on, I had the writing bug.
So, what have you written? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Three fantasy novels. I went the self pub route, but my current project will be shopped around to agents. I even purchased a fancy box to save my rejection letters. I have a computer full of random short stories that will never be published, though.
Where can we buy or see them?
All on amazon, and the easiest way is through my website. Insert shameless plug. www.rileytune.weebly.com That may change in the future because I’m looking into hardcover options. All of my work is also in audio format.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
I love to write about the “anti hero” that is conflicted. My first two novels revolve around the exploits of an assassin that can teleport. He hates killing, but has to do so to retain his powers. He, and his mentor, are hired to kill an immortal. My other series (superhero novel), has a main character that is half hero, and half villain.
What genre are your books?
I practice the idea of writing what you love to read. Fantasy / Scifi all the way for me.
What draws you to this genre?
I’ve always loved fantasy. The rules can always be changed. Your imagination is the only thing that can limit your characters. Want a talking dog? No problem. Magic that can only be wielded by people who have had near death experiences? No biggie. Literally anything!
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Good question. I’m not really picky on that, but I would lean towards people that aren’t dominating the industry. That means no to The Rock. That guy will do anything.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers? If not, is this something you would consider?
I haven’t but would embrace it big time. It’s on my bucket list as a writer. A fantasy / romance would be super fun to write.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Tricky question. I write about one and a half hours a day. Every morning from 5:00 AM to 6:30 AM. Despite that, I have a full-time job in software sales. So I’m in the middle. I envy people who can write full-time without limits.
Where do your ideas come from?
For me, it varies. My first novel idea came because I couldn’t find many stories about teleportation in fantasy. Slowly, Warper was created. Other times I read books, and think how I would have done things differently.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?
Oh I outline like a mofo. World-building is a major part in fantasy. Usually takes me about three months to get everything in order. I’ve read several novels that were written on the fly, and they were awesome, so it can be done. Just not by me.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
The depth of my work continues to grow. When I first started it was hard to write 60,000 words. Now I can knock out 80,000 with ease and still have over a quarter of the book left.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
What works for me is a break. I take a week off (super hard to do when you write daily) and just let my mind drift to other things. I’ll play games, hit the gym more that week, or watch Netflix. God how I love Netflix. These always work for me, but the hard part is knowing when to admit I have writer’s block.
How did you find self-publishing?
I enjoy the freedom. I write when I want, how I want, on what I want. I’m not forced to write about what is trendy or anything like that. Downside, it’s expensive. Everything from cover work, editing, marketing, and formatting is all out of pocket. That sucks.
Is traditional publishing still the dream?
It is. I think deep down, every writer kind of wants to have those bragging rights. That “they picked me” moment. The pros and cons are there still. You lose a good amount of freedom in the writing, and unless you have some mind blowing material you won’t suddenly be rich.
What’s the best advice you’d give to writers?
I have a few pointers I think writers should live by. First, tell YOUR story. Even if it reminds you of something you read once before. Tell it anyway. Second, do it one word at a time. Some days I sit down and can hit my goal of 3,000 words. Other days I can only do 50, but I take pride in that 50. Third, bad reviews happen. Don’t sweat it. Even Harry Potter has one star reviews. Lastly, spend the money when needed. If you’re self published invest in a quality cover, and editing. My editing, spelling, and punctuation pretty much suck, but I tell a good story. Editors will save you much embarrassment in the future.