Today, I’m happy to introduce brand-new author and all-around awesome person, RK Close, who is probably bouncing off the walls with excitement as her very first book is being released one week today.
So without further ado, let’s get this party started!
Your first novel Red Night – Vampire Files Trilogy #1 comes out in May 10, 2016 and it’s about a young private investigator who stumbles upon a mysterious vampire named Adam. With a supernatural serial killer on the loose, Samantha must adapt to a world where vampires are real and love is dangerous. What was the hardest part of writing Red Night?
Writing Red Night came easily—so much so that it shocked me. You see, Red Night was the first thing I’ve ever attempted to write…EVER. I failed miserably at writing family Christmas letters. I’ve always dreamed of being a writer but in the way you dream of doing something with little to no chance of reaching it, like being a movie star, rock star, president or maybe an astronaut. But I guess the most difficult part of writing for me is editing. I can write and write and write, but editing is something I must force myself to do. *big sigh*
What inspired you to start this novel?
Like I said, being an author has always appealed to me as the best career you could have. Of course I romanticized it to great lengths, imagining myself living in a rundown but functioning villa in Italy where wrote all day and threw lovely parties at night. That still sounds wonderful, but I’ve realized that even without the setting I love to write. It feeds my creative side like nothing else.
Why did you choose to write about vampires?
I’ve been a fan of the paranormal for as long as I can remember. I first fell in love with the conflicting emotional side of vampires by reading Anne Rice in my early twenties. I fell in love with her vampires first. They were so deep and were constantly battling their nature and what they remembered of their humanity. They were beautiful, violent and tragic all at once. Her writing pulled me into a world that felt real even when it couldn’t be. I still love vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies. The idea of these creatures living along side of us and us not knowing makes for fantastic stories with endless ideas and situations.
Who is your favourite character?
That’s difficult to say. If I had to pick, it would be Samantha, but I really love so many of the characters in my stories. Even Zachariah, the villain. He has such a tragic past that I want to weep for what he became. He’s beautiful, tragic and horrifying at the same time.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Editing! And second guessing myself. Writing is the fun stuff but editing is the bane of my existence as a writer. I’m a terrible speller and my grammar is embarrassing. This may be another reason that I never attempted to write. I was always afraid for people to read anything I put to print—fearing ridicule and rejection, I didn’t even try. Makes me sad that I didn’t give myself the chance sooner. All the stories I could have written… *sigh*
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about being a writer?
That you must wear many hats as a writer. You must write, edit, network and market yourself and your story. You may be the most skilled author around but if you don’t do all of those other tasks, nobody will ever read your stories because they won’t be able to find them.
I enjoy the networking the most. I’ve met so many wonderful authors and readers that I would never have known if I never posted that first chapter to Wattpad, November 20, 2014. That one brave act (believe me when I say it took everything in me to hit the publish button) has changed my future. Now it’s filled with stories—written and unwritten, and many new adventures and new friends.
What is your writing schedule/process?
Right now it’s extremely helter-skelter. There is no organization to it but I’m hoping to get a routine set soon. If my only responsibility was writing, it would be easy but I have an active and busy family of five to manage and they still require most of my time. I finally reached the point where I began calling myself a writer but truthfully, I’m a wife and mother first, many other things in between and an author last. It’s bittersweet because I wouldn’t trade one for the other. Balance is key and I’m still learning how that works.
Plenty of people think writing isn’t a real job. Have you ever encountered any such negative attitudes?
A little. Most of my family and friends have been really supportive, especially when I got the news that I’d be published. Prior to that, few people even knew that I had written a novel much less that it would be published.
I’m sure those opinions are out there but nobody has said anything to me so I’ll be thankfully ignorant and blissfully happy.
Do you ever encounter writer’s block?
I don’t think I’ve experienced writers block yet. It may be too early to tell but I have little trouble coming up with what to write. A bigger hurdle for me is time and time management. I’m not a very organized person.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love to spend time with family and friends, reading, traveling to just about anywhere, painting, cycling, CrossFit (when my back is better), and hiking.
Do you have any favorite authors or influences?
Professionally – Many from over the years but my favorite currently is Karen Marie Moning and the Fever Series.
On Wattpad – Leila Adams, Juliet Lyons, Bella Higgin (seriously) and Lynn Santiago to name a few.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently wrapping up Red Moon, book 2 in the Vampire Files Trilogy and I’ve begun the prequel to the trilogy during Camp NaNoWriMo. I don’t think I’ll reach my goal but it helped me get started. I’d like to publish Red Moon before the end of 2016 but I’ll have to see how editing goes.