MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RUE VOLLEY🌛
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Rue Volley. Currently I’m writing in Young Adult Paranormal Romance. In the past, I’ve written in erotic mystery.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Well, I’ll focus on my current work. The book is called 13 Ways to Midnight. As most of my stories begin, this one was no different. It began with a dream I had about twin sisters, named Echo and Midnight Navarri.
Their parents are famous archaeologists and they’ve spent most of their young lives travelling the world while their mom and dad study the origins of humanity.
There is a terrible accident on their 13th dig and Midnight disappears without a trace.
Echo is unable to cope with the loss and she shipped off to a rainy town called Port Royal in Maine to live with her Aunt Luna.
She thinks that she’ll be able to find some normalcy there, but nothing is as it seems.
This is book one in the series. I’m currently finishing up the second novel.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I started out in Young Adult Paranormal almost a decade ago. I’ve always loved exploring vampires and other broken things.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I do research for each book that I write. This one has some foreign languages in it, complete with translations (mostly explained within the dialog).
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I usually write early in the day and stop before 3 pm. It’s a habit. I like to start early with a cup of coffee and a good night’s sleep. I write everything in our library. My husband was gracious enough to build one for us in the house that we own. I find it so inspirational.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have two books coming this year. The first is 13 Ways to Midnight (Book #2) The Midnight Saga and the second is Hellhound: Episode Two (Harmony Veil)
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I take great care in naming my characters. I want their names to be as important as the plot. I try to be original. Their names are a reflection of who they are and how I visualize them.
Where do your ideas come from?
That’s an excellent question. My mom always told me that I had the most vivid imagination in the world. I can’t argue with her.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I think the content editing takes the most out of me. I love all of the scenes but I know that they will not all survive. Luckily I’m a serial writer so I sometimes take specific scenes and save them for a later book and sometimes they simply get deleted, which can be heartbreaking. But in the end, I serve the story, it doesn’t serve me. I want to bring my very best effort to my fans. They most definitely deserve it. They helped me buy a home, a car, and hit the USA Today Bestsellers list. I owe them my gratitude.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love cinematic book trailers. I know not everyone can afford them but they can really sell a book. I’m a screenwriter by trade so of course I love visuals.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
13 Ways to Midnight, The Devil’s Gate Trilogy, and Hellhound.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Watching a reader get excited about the worlds you’ve created.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Living in Maine and still writing.
Have you always liked to write?
I don’t know if I ever liked it. It’s therapy for me.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Take your time and do it right. Edit your books, polish your plots, develop your characters. Save up your money and plan on spending a large amount on marketing. Being an author is a business and it should be treated as such. Be smart about your branding and pay close attention to who supports you. That’s your team.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d be making more films.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read a few of them. I appreciate the fact that people feel passionate enough to leave a review.
To be honest, I don’t get shaken by anything people have to say. They have their opinions, I have mine. I won’t stop writing just because a few people hate what I do but I can tell you that authors who attack their peers should be ashamed of themselves. They know how hard this life is and allowing their frustrations to influence how they treat others is unprofessional. Readers notice this type of behavior and tend to avoid buying from them.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
He pulled me against him with a heightened desperation that I shared. My fingers dug into the rain soaked fabric of his shirt that had molded to his skin. The hard muscles lurked beneath. I clung to him, nursing a dangerously persistent feeling of dread. I wanted to ignore it, lock it away, but one thing remained.
13 Ways to Midnight (Book #2)
©Rue Volley, 2017.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother. She always had a book in her hand.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Joshua Barrington (A Vampire’s Tale of Blood and Light) Thorn Vega (13 Ways to Midnight) Asher Tiberius Westbrook lll (13 Ways to Midnight) Luna Navarri (13 Ways to Midnight)
I love them all because I can’t control them.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Not setting a deadline.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Strange but true in the land of Rue.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Rue Volley is a USA Today Bestselling Author and award-winning screenwriter who is best known for 13 Ways to Midnight, Hellhound, The Devil’s Gate, and A Vampires Tale of Blood and Light.
She is accredited with two award-winning screenplays for film, Hellhound (original script, 2014) and Awakening (contributing screenwriter, 2015). IMDb: imdb.com/name/nm7043310/
Rue is represented by Gladys Gonzales Atwell, Publicist, and Sarah Davis Brandon, Publisher.
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