About Raymond F. Klein:
I am a first time author and my novel is titled, "The Interstellar Police Force, Book One: The Historic Mission." This science fiction-action-comedy is currently available on Amazon.
I live in Wesley Chapel, Florida which is about thirty minutes north of Tampa and I work for the ABC-TV affiliate, WFTS.
What inspires you to write?
Well, the inspiration for this three book series came to me in a song that was playing on the radio as I was driving home one day. The song was "Smack My Bitch Up" by the English electronic punk band The Prodigy. Yeah, I know. Funny how the brain works.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Well, there are a slew. Dean Koontz if I'm looking for a good Twilight Zone experience. Jeffery Deaver for a twist ending that you were not expecting. Dennis Lehane and John Grisham for great story telling.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don't really have much of a writing process. I will sit down in front of my computer and write when the inspiration hits. Or if I am driving and a thought comes to me I'll record the idea on my Voice Memos app on my phone. I think I have two pages worth voice memos.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Funny, I do kind of let them go their know way. On several occasions as I was writing, the story would unfolded on it's own. Without me pre-writing, looking back at notes or even forethought. The scenarios just played out as I wrote. Like I was watching my characters in a movie playing in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
One piece of advise I always turn to is a quote I found from Ray Bradbury, "One thousand words a day." It really does work!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I finished Book One and after it was edited a couple of times I started to send it out to literary agents and publishers. A few expressed interest but eventually said that it wasn't a good fit for their agencies. Which was just a nice way to say, "Thanks, but no thanks." So, after about two years of this I decided on self-publishing through Amazon. And I'm glad I did! It was an easy and good experience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don't think the big book publishers are going away anytime soon. Newspapers maybe, but not the book publishers. But, I personally think self-publishing is as good as finding a publisher. Now, that being said, self-published authors have to do much more work in promoting their books to get them in front of readers.
What genres do you write?: Right now it's science fiction.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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