About R. J. Shively:
R.J. Shively is a lifelong fan of Detective Novels, Mystery thrillers, as well as Science Fiction Novels. A fan of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson, the story, Sherlock Holmes: The Time Machine is an attempt to bridge different genres of literature.
R.J. Shively is currently retired, living in western Michigan. Sherlock Holmes: The time Machine is his first novel.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy both reading and writing. I’ve read both good and bad stories. Some are so bad that I can’t see the need to waste valuable trees-paper in printing them. What inspired me to write was a personal observation…”my God, I could write better than this”. So, I accepted the challenge.
Tell us about your writing process.
I ask an obvious question: what would I do if I were Sherlock Holmes? what would be one of the most challenging puzzles that needed to be solved? How many scenario’s are there? Can there be more than one solution? Any number of ideas come about after I start with a basic premise.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes. I imagine being an invisible participant, sometimes playing the main character, or one of the support members of the story. I do this to see the story from different viewpoints.
What advice would you give other writers?
Trust your heat, your mind, and your instincts. They’re seldom wrong.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried publishing a historical novel, but I was told that I was 20 years too late. I discovered Kindle e-book publishing. It’s opened up a new world of possibilities. Now I can reach a global audience, knowing that there are people out there who can both like and enjoy what I’ve written.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think e-books are going to continue growing. The costs are minimal, and potential for growth is huge. Unless something better comes along, I only see it growing even more.
What genres do you write?: Detective, Mystery, Historical fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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