I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve spent some of my life living other places, yet I always seem to come back here.
I’ve been writing off and on since I was six. Into the Realm: The Chronicles of Carter Blake is my first published novel.
What inspires you to write?
Everything inspires me. Movies, T.V. shows, books, conversations, my over active imagination, video games, politics, etc. I have no shortage of ideas for things to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a visual seat of the pants writer. I don’t plan things out. Tried it once, and the story died right there. Instead, I get a mental image and then transform it into a “movie” in my head. Next, I start up Word, and type.
Sometimes, when I get stuck, I like to go on long hikes. This allows me to empty my head of extraneous thoughts and the story returns with a vengeance. After a particularly long hike, I’ve returned to my laptop and churned out 6K to 7K words.
There are few changes from what I “see” to what is put on the screen.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
To answer this type of question, I like to use my Disqus profile:
“I sit in the dimly lit pub with a pint of ale, puffing on my dragonweed, and wait for the next weary traveler to sit, and pay me to chronicle their tale. The World Nexus is a grand place to hear many a strange, and unusual tale.Pull yourself up to the fire, Folken, and maybe we’ll meet someone with a tale to share. Don’t forget to ask the waitstaff to keep your Elven meade topped off. Listenin’ can be a thirsty business.”
That’s what I see myself as, A Chronicler of Tales.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you know. As in, what do you read? Do you read a ton of romance? A shipload of science fiction? A treasure trove of fantasy? Well, that is what you write. That genre you read, is the genre you’ll be most successful in.
Also, folks will tell you that the hardest part is writing the first draft or subsequent ones. Other will say editing is the hardest part. Me? I’ll tell you the hardest part of writing has been procrastination. Doesn’t matter what part of the process I’m in, procrastination always kicks my butt.
Finally, get yourself at least one writing buddy. Someone to try to keep you on track and to critique your work as you go. Naturally, you’ll do the same for them. You’ll both find your work getting better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
There’s this book called “Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should: Updated Second Edition” by David Gaughran. After I read it, I decided to try my hand at publishing on Amazon. He made several persuasive arguments for doing so.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is going to be bright. Digital is here to stay. I think maybe in another 15-20 years, the market for physical books will shrink significantly, but I’m certain it will never fade completely.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I write fantasy, its sub-genres, and erotica.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To R.w.Foster Page On Amazon