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Monday, May 20, 2013

Author Interview – Richard Flores IV

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Any writer who claims to never have writer’s block is a liar.  That may not be true, but I know most of us get it.  I get it a lot and in various degrees.  The easier block to deal with is the “what comes next?” block.  This I can usually solve by just continuing to type what the character does that day until I hit a positive line of thought and build on it.  I can edit out the boring stuff later.  The full-fledged, “I don’t know what to do” block is very hard for me.  I just have to walk away and let it come to me when the time is right.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Without a doubt fatherhood is my proudest accomplishment.  There is something that changes in you when you become a father.  The world looks different.  You see things in your life differently.  Suddenly the brand new car doesn’t seem so important.  Besides there are few accomplishments in life that can continue to give you a feeling of pride and success like being a father can.  Each time my children accomplish something new in their lives, so do I.  It really is the best thing life has to offer.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? The most challenging part is what those outside the writing world think is the easy part, coming up with an idea.  People seem to think that everything that pops into their head is going to be the next novel.  But taking that fleeting idea and growing it into a novel takes a lot of work.  What keeps the reader turning pages?  An idea is a spark.  Just as a spark doesn’t warm a room, an idea doesn’t make a story.

How long have you been writing? Altogether, I’ve been writing for sixteen years.  But really writing passionately it has only been two years.

What inspires you to write and why? Starting out my kids inspired me.  Simply because I wanted them to see that they too should reach for their dreams.  But now, the people who read what I write also inspire me to write more.  I tell stories because I want others to hear (or in this case see) them.  As long as there are people who like what I write, I’ll keep writing.

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Genre – Science Fiction

Rating – PG13 to R (Language)

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