Author Showcase- Roxanne Bland

419165_360302873993279_1557590480_n1) Tell us about yourself.

I’m a fugitive from reality, a dreamer. I’m always making up stories. It’s like I can’t help myself. Maybe it’s congenital or something.

2) What do you do when you are not writing? Day job?

If I’m not working at my day job as an attorney, I can usually be found dreaming up another story. That generally means the housework doesn’t get done.

3) How did you choose the genre you write in?

I don’t think I actually planned on writing in this genre. I’ve always liked werewolves, vampires, witches and so on, whether in horror or not. But then one day I got to thinking about how paranormals would go about hiding themselves from humans, what lies would they have to tell and things like that. So that was the genesis of my first book, THE UNDERGROUND. But I don’t necessarily want to stay with this genre. I’ve got an idea for a thriller I want to try out.

4) When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing on and off since I was a child (I won a prize), but I got serious about it in 2001.

5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?

We could be here all day, you know? Okay, let’s take a run at it. Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, James Tiptree, Jr., J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander King, Ursula K. LeGuin.

6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?

In THE UNDERGROUND, some of themes—betrayal, for instance—were based on my life experiences. Otherwise, they’re all imagination. My ideas come from what I see, hear and read. I just take it to another level, or in a different direction.

7) Planner or Panster?

Oh, pantser, definitely, though I’m experimenting with planning.

8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?542577_536404533049778_551401349_n

I don’t think I’ve received any really tough criticism as of yet. As for THE UNDERGROUND, people have said they don’t like my characters, they don’t like the sex, but no one has said they don’t like my writing—that it’s wooden, and so on. For me, that would be the toughest criticism. As for compliment, one reviewer wrote “It’s a fookin’ good book.” (Bookreview.com). That has to be my favorite.

9) Tell us about your book (s). Favorite thing? Hardest issue to overcome?

My favorite thing about THE UNDERGROUND is the short chapters, which makes for an easy read, in my opinion. The hardest thing was getting the voices right, so that the characters didn’t sound alike. I really had to think about that.

10) Advice for aspiring writers?

Read, read, read, and read. Read outside your genre. It helps you to grow as a writer, which brings us to my second piece of advice. Write, write, write, and write. Don’t worry if you think it’s crap, the point is to grow your writing muscles and keep them flexible. Finally, grow thick skin. Not everyone is going to like your book, and some will have disparaging things to say about it. Don’t take it personally.

11) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Besides buy THE UNDERGROUND, you mean? No, I’m just kidding. Actually, I’m not. Anyway, I thank all you good people for being out there today, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this talk as much as I have.

Links to the novel (s) that you would like to showcase:

http://blackrosepress.com/

http://www.amazon.com/The-Underground-ebook/dp/B00B6IVMBG/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370839946&sr=1-1&keywords=Roxanne+Bland

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