About Russell A Mebane:
The author is an Army brat, who was born in Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, North Carolina on October 7th, 1977. He has lived on both coasts of the U.S., but has spent most of his life in the region of the U.S. known as “The South”. Thus if you ask the author where he is from, he will normally respond with either “everywhere” or “the South”.
Russell A Mebane is a Black Christian with socially conservative views, but, overall, has developed a cynical worldview that shows in his work. Through parental prodding the author has also developed pro-Black leanings that were sharpened and strengthened at his alma mater, Fisk University. Much of the author’s initial works were penned there.
Creatively-speaking, the author believes that a writer ultimately pulls from his own experiences and fantasies when writing stories. Thus it is the author’s belief that if one truly wants to understand a person, one should read their work.
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me? Well… tedium. Tedium and boredom inspire my mind to escape to far off lands and unique situations. What inspires my stories to be dark and violent? Well… I hate tedium and boredom. Thus I control my underlying rage by creating characters and settings and then mutilating and destroying them. It’s very therapeutic. I highly recommend it. That and laughing maniacally. It’s very liberating.
Tell us about your writing process.
I focus on the climax and then write around it. Climax, first. Then the build-up. Then the setting. Then the conclusion. You have to get the climax right. You have to be excited about it. If you’re not excited about the climax, your readers won’t be either.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not listen or talk to my characters. My characters are my creations and I am their god. They will do what I tell them or I will visit even more pain and suffering upon them than I already have. As a fiction writer, I merely document their agony for others to enjoy.
What advice would you give other writers?
When coming up with a title, be as vague and dishonest as possible. NO ONE wants to know the truth about your story before reading it. If you’re writing about cybernetic squirrels, DO NOT call it “Cyber-squirrels”. You should be vague and dishonest. You should call the book “The Gathering of Trees”. I tried to have an honest title once. It blew up in my face. I’ve had WAY more success being vague and dishonest with my titles.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have issues with rejection, so I self-published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As technology advances, authors will stop writing books and just direct their own movies. I mean, why wait for Hollywood to screw up your story. Not to mention, no one really respects you as an author unless your story’s been turned into a movie or a TV show. Cut out the middle man.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: dark satire, speculative fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.