Russell Brooks is a former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the 4×100 meter relay. He has written several essays on his blog, The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. His debut novel, Pandora’s Succession, has received rave reviews from book reviewers, espionage and from thriller fans. Unsavory Delicacies and the recently released thriller, Chill Run, have also been well received by thriller and mystery fans. Russell currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.
What inspires you to write?
I daydream a lot. I don’t look for stories, they tend to come to me. It may be after a conversation I overheard, or a hot news topic. When that happens, I write out my ideas until I have a story.
Tell us about your writing process.
It all begins with an idea. I’ll then explore that idea by listing all the subject matter which can emanate from it. Once I have that list, I’ll spend as much time as possible researching the subject matter. Once the research is complete, I can then proceed in writing a plausible story. If the story involves science, police, or martial arts, I’ll contact experts in each of these fields who can help me write and content edit the scenes which involve those areas. If I’m stuck, I’ll write down chapter summaries on index cards as a guide. Spending hours in front of a computer tires the eyes, and dulls my concentration. Switching to index cards is an excellent recovery method.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ll go as far as conducting an interview with each of my characters sometimes. But I’ve found that an excellent way to get to know your characters is to put them in different situations. The last time I did that, I was surprised how the characters wrote the story for me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be patient, persevere, and passionate. The payoff will follow.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always publish my own books because I like to own the rights to them. I was recently offered a chance to sign on with a small publisher. I may consider that route because it would tremendously cut production costs.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s hard to say at this point.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
thriller, mystery, suspense
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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