About Rick Haynes:
I was born way back in time and after a zillion reincarnations I think, I know who I am. I believe in having fun because life is too short to do anything else. And my motto.
LAUGH LOUD – LOVE ALWAYS – LIVE LONG
Up to now I have published one novella, Bolt Out Of The Blue, a family story with a hint of magic and an American twist. Also two collections of short stories and Drabbles have been published on Amazon. I used many different genres to entertain my readers.
But my real pasion is Medieval Fantasy and my first novel, Evil Never Dies, is due for release later this month (July 2015).
What inspires you to write?
I have always enjoyed writing a few snippets and short stories over the years, but after a number of operations in 3/4 years I became stir-crazy. Writing saved me from going bonkers and when a few people told me that they enjoyed my work – I was up and running.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am not a careful planner, not do I set specific times to write. So what do I do?
With medieval fantasy, I start with drawing a freehand map. As the tale progresses I add names, villages, rivers etc. To me this is essential because I can see my world developing before me. I have to be in the mood to write and if my mind is blank, I walk away, usually outside somewhere. And when the creative juices flow once more, off I go.
Up to now I have developed characters as I go. Choosing the right names is important, and I often ask for advice. And why not? Fellow authors are great at giving a second opinion. But for my next book I have and will continue to use a chart for each character and their individual traits.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I never talk to them, my wife would think I should be in the loony bin if I did. I do try to live their part in the story. How would they say that? What mannerism? Where would they be? Ec.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you are interested in; what you are passionate about. Only start writing when you want too.
Join a local writing club, the wealth of experience from the members will astonish you.
Read books in the same genre as yours and learn from that writer but turn the knowledge into your own words.
But the best advice is HAVE FUN and enjoy yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For me there was only the option of self-publishing with Amazon in the initial stages. I readily admit that I find it hard navigating around sites but I managed. And now Goodreads and Smashwords but I’d rather write any day. Your all probably more au fait with the technology than me so go gettum guys and gals.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The mighty Zon, needs a strong and powerful competitor. With any market, if one company dominates, then the user is abused. Amazon gave me the opportunity to self-publish and I am grateful but authors would receive a better deal all round if the competition was fierce.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Medieval fantasy, fantasy both contempoary and aged, Drabbles and short stories in whatever genre I fancy.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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