MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR BOB VILLORIA!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Bob Villoria – pen name – R.M.Villoria
Mostly Horror mystery, suspense and paranormal.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I began writing down story ideas years ago as they would simply “come to me”.
Each Volume is a collection of those stories.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Have always enjoyed horror stories and I suppose it was just natural.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Each story involved doing some sort of research in that area. Case in point would be for a story I am working on right now where I have spent hours (at all hours) in hospital ER’s and nursing stations.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Simply put, they are the product of years and years of saving synopsis that I’ve kept.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I like Vol One better than Vol Two. I think I pushed my production date somewhat with a self-imposed completion date. Several people pre-paid for Vol Two and so I felt a little rushed to get it done. I won’t do that again.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Again, it’s simply ideas that pop into my head.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Was it always meant to become a series?
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Typically I like to write well into the night when there are no distractions, only quiet, although an occasional coyote calling out in the night certainly doesn’t hurt to keep the juices flowing. I’ve never imposed a daily writing goal as I sit down and write as the story unfolds in my mind. I may go days even weeks between writing.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The third Volume of the series… Tales from the Mind Field Volume Three
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
No, not up to this point. They are all just random.
Where do your ideas come from?
The “Mind Field”
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I thought about Sci-Fi, but it would have to include some horror of sorts.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Distractions like FB, PBS, pretty girls walking by…
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I had a trailer once, though it was much too big to put my books on…oh…you meant…, yeah, I believe in them and have toyed with doing one.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My kids…oh…again you meant book-wise. So far my story SHADOWS.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
If one is successful and is making a living at it, I suppose the freedom it allows, otherwise, if you’re a struggling author, it is simply seeing your work out there.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ten years older, ten years wiser, and hopefully living off the fruits of my labor.
Have you always liked to write?
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never give up.
If you didn’t like writing books or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I have been a radio DJ and have even had my own radio show, so I guess I’d want to be back in radio.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I do and I appreciate all of them; good or bad. If they are bad but genuinely constructive…I learn from them.
What is your least favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
As an independent author, I spend a great deal of time on marketing & promotion. I now do the same for other authors to try and make ends meet.
What are you working on now?
Trying to secure a literary agent who can promote for me.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Excerpt from THE ROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL…
I was standing there looking into the glass case where a myriad of delicious looking meats was arranged while he tended to another customer. As I waited, I heard the distinct sound of a repeating thud of a cleaver as someone in the back room was apparently chopping meat on a butcher’s block when it occurred to me that the sound was strangely familiar. Though they were muffled and distant, they sounded eerily the same as the ones I had heard several times during the night while laying in my bed at home. My thoughts were interrupted by the butcher addressing me,
“Can I help you, young man?”
Excerpt from THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW…
As he entered the bedroom, he saw Roger slowly moving a detection light over the sheets next to the body.
“Okay, Roger, What have we got here?” he asked.
“Well, there are no signs of trauma, no injuries to the body that I can see at this time. It appears as though our victim suffered a massive heart attack. Maybe from having a little too much sex. There are some signs of semen next to and on the body.”
Slowly walking around the bed, Barcley noticed something.
“What’s this here Doc?”
Roger looked across the body to the area Barcley was pointing to. Walking to the other side of the bed Roger looked closely at what appeared to be small pieces of alabaster laying on the sheet next to the victims arm. He grabbed his tweezers from his bag and lifting one small piece, held it up to the daylight and turned it from one side to the other. One side was a grayish color while the other was closer to a flesh tone. Looking up at the ceiling, he said,
“I have no idea what this is. It’s the same stuff I found under his fingernails though. It isn’t spackle that’s for sure”
He took a small clear zip-lock type bag from his kit and placed the tiny piece of material into it for later analysis. Just then, one of Roger’s assistants who was photographing the room spoke as he pointed a finger at Barckley’s foot.,
“Detective, look there by your foot, almost under the bed there’s a scarf or something”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
It’s not hard since they all have an element of mystery or shock to them.
Where did your love of books come from?
Reading at a very early age.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Dean Koontz, Stephen King
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Emma Holcomb. She’s just so wonderfully twisted though plagued with a horrible memory of something.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
When the juices start flowing, I get completely energized. I could write all night until dawn and have from time to time.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I’d have to say noisy distractions and yet, I can sometimes sit at Starbucks and write and write and…
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what comes out and hope that readers enjoy it. So far, based on the reviews, it’s working.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have many “friends” on SM platforms and their input is often quite valuable to me.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Sorry, won’t answer that at this time. That work is in the process though.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Can’t say at this point. Haven’t done enough interviews I guess.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorBobVilloria
On Twitter @rmvcard
Or at my website at http://www.rmvilloria.com
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for the opportunity.