About R Weir:
R Weir is an IT Professional by day, Author by night, and first and foremost a husband and father living in Colorado. Enjoying the outdoors, travelling in a Motorhome and riding motorcycles are his hobbies. His first short story eBook on Amazon “The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card” has received excellent reviews and downloads, with the follow-up novel “Tracking a Shadow” now available on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback.
What inspires you to write?
I’m ask that a lot and I’m not certain. I’ve always had an active imagination since childhood. Thoughts and ideas are always rolling around in my head. So it sort of a way to get them out of my brain so it won’t explode. 🙂
Tell us about your writing process.
I do some outlining, but mostly I’m pants writer and as I write I go where the story takes me. I also write in clusters, where I can sit down and write several thousand words very quickly. I use MS Word and Scrivener for outlining
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them, but since I write in 1st person I am my main character Jarvis Mann while I’ve writing. So it’s a little bit like acting where I fill his shoes. It’s his eyes that see what is happening and his reactions to what is going on around him.
What advice would you give other writers?
Try to write as much as you can, even if it’s bad, get it out. When you have ideas write them down somehow. And stick with it if you’re dedicated in being a writer because it will take time to establish a fame base.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Amazon is the biggest seller of eBook in the world. No matter their tactics or what you think of them, you have to use them. They have great and easy to use tools to self-publish. And the same is true of Createspace. The only bad thing is there are so many books on Amazon it’s easy to get buried under all the other books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Well it’s eBooks for certain and Indie authors will soon rule. Traditional publishing still has it’s place but to a lesser degree. Beyond that it’s hard to say. The only thing that concerns me is the pricing on eBooks has gotten so low it’s really hard to make a living at it and I believe that most writers would like to write full time. But economics won’t allow it for most.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Mystery/Detective/Crime
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print