MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ROUX CANTRELL
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Paranormal romance: The Enforcer series
Adult Romance/suspense: The Big Easy Murder series
Adult romance: The Gypsy Kings
Contemporary romance: Second chances
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The Enforcer series: The story takes place in a area called Port City. It takes you on a fast pace run following 13 immortal females that fight demons protecting the innocent in their world. When their leader Reign aids two Guardians in a battle she takes her family down a path they never saw coming. Its not everyday you save the gargoyle king.
This series came to be on a stormy cold day as I listened to Gin Wigmore on my iPod and I could see an entire story unfold. I began jotting down the story and when I looked up I had the first three chapters written.
The Big Easy Murder series: This series is based in New Orleans it follows Detective Sonny Delacroix and Jory Michaels as they chase down killers on the streets of the bug easy. Throw in new steamy relationships and a stalker, things get a little dicey in the city.
I came up with this story line on a motorcycle trip as I came across a church that had a couple cop cars out front and thought I wonder what happened in there..
Second chances is my sweet romance. It was crafted based on my day job as stylist and I thought about all the thing s that could happen to someone in a salon setting. As I wrote notes I thought about all the things that someone could loose if they lost their ability to do their job. This book does have two more coming out with in the next year.
The Gypsy kings: Is a MC series based in Romania. It came out of a story I wrote for an anthology based on an old German fairytale. This is what I call my dime store nouvelle series.
I came up with the idea of this series idea based on my clients and friends constantly telling me they didn’t have time to read. They always said “write me a story that has everything in it that I can read on my lunch break or when the kids are napping. Than I will read your books. So, I said what do my friends like…we ride motorcycles. I used that as my backstory. I choose to write this series based in a different country in hopes of bringing something new to my readers.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love the written word. I have been entranced with PNR since grade school. The other genres spur from that.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I do a ton of research. I have complete story boards with character descriptions, I know work schedules, cars they drive, clothes they wear, what their homes look like. For my PNR series I have an entire grid of the fictional city so I can know how long it takes to get from place to place.
For the big easy series I walk and drive the streets of New Orleans to know how the killers will travel and where they could kill their victims.
When I say I research I research LOL
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
The Enforcer series- Guarded is my fav at the moment.
The Big Easy- No Mercy
Second Chances I cry every time I read it. ( the whole thing is not a tear jerker)
There is only Gypsy in the Gypsy King series SOOO…
If I had to pick one book from all the stories I have written it would be a little short story called Jacks boots that is in the autism anthology Autism speaks which is still running.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
As I explained above my inspiration comes from all around. But, music influences my stories the most.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, all but Second Chances and Gypsy. Second Chances was never meant to be more than a single release but, readers want more. Gypsy has spawned the dime store idea.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My day starts with coffee and a board meeting with my BFF who also writes. We discuss our schedules. After that I set aside one hour every morning for posting on all social media sites and in promo groups. Four days a week I work as a stylist. I write five days a week, out of those five days two are eight hour writing days. The other three I write in the evening for a minimum of two hours. My weekends are for family unless I have a social media commitment.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
There are a few. Hunted is the third installment in the Enfocers. Deep in the bones is the third installment in The big easy. Fighing Chance is the follow up to Second Chances and Tabor is the second installment in the gypsy series. I also have three shorts coming out in anthologies. I stay incredibly busy with writing.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
My character names mean everything to me. They introduce themselves to me. Yes, I know you thing im a little odd, ask any author and most will tell you the same thing. I do have a notebook that is full of names that I have thought of and I will thumb through it until it screams at me.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Fluffing, I write in a dialogue format almost like a screen play. After that I go back in and fill in all the fluff. Such as what something or somewhere looks like, smells like. Add to the emotions of the characters.
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 them. I would love to learn how to make them. I use different apps to make simple videos to promo my books.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Publishing my first book. Its one thing to write a book, its another thing to hit the button and put it out for the world to read it. Its exposing your soul for all the world to see. Every one has the fear of failure, of ridicule.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to write stories that I love.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Looking back and laughing as I move on to the next story in my life. (Now a girl can dream about a book deal)
Have you always liked to write?
I have. I have always written poems and journaled.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t ever quit. Find someone you trust to be honest, to show you the ropes, to hold your hand and say its okay. But, remain always true to who you are.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would love to have a small bistro that served soups, salads, and sandwiches. Open for lunch only and would be takeout only.
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 them. I don’t respond to them. I use the bad one (not bragging) to remind myself to always strive to do better.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
All I really want to do is write. It is so hard getting everything done. The authors that can, man I give them props. . It’s taken me almost two years to get here and I now have a team of people that do the rest. I have a wonderful editor, formatter, proof readers, I have a few cover designers, my PA is top notch. I have a pimping team that do promo for me. Now, I still do as much as I can to promote myself and believe me it’s a lot. It’s just nice to know there’s people behind you willing to help.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
As I said I do write different genres. Balancing them for me is easy. Each one has its own place in the pecking order.
Where did your love of books come from?
Out of my hatred for English lit
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have many…Christen Feehan, J.R.Ward, Rebecca Zanetti, Nora Roberts, Ann Rice, Kristen Painter. It goes on and on. Indie authors are Delaney Foster, Elias Raven, Rosemary Willhide, Theresa Hissong, Alexandre Wiess, so many more.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Reign, she is the one character that I feel had the most of me in her. She shoots from the hip, doesn’t take crap and has a sense of humor and a love for movies and music.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Wipes me out.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Sex scenes and not having chocolate in the house when I’m writing.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
LOL…I don’t ever think about what the readers want. I write the stories the characters tell me to write. I hope readers like them. In the end I feel readers want a good solid story. Even if they get mad because you kill someone off or your romantic couple falls out of love as long as it’s a good solid story they will like you in the end. ( I could be totally wrong by the way)
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Delaney Foster has been my mentor since the beginning, we have been a team and a good one. She has taught me more than I can even tell you. She reminds me daily to always be true to myself first.
Diana Marie Dubios has been my friend since before either of us started writing and we help each other with story ideas and writers block
Elias Raven has been a rock for me teaching me more about self promotion and social media than I thought was possible
I’m also an SLP author partner which comes with an entire support system of authors, PAs, bloggers and marketing peeps.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
One hot mess (LOL)
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Question: If your were a book what would your blurb say about you?
Answer: There’s more to the cover than meets the eye…look inside and take a ride on the back of a motorcycle as it rides mountain roads, dive into the waves along the gulf coast, get stuck on top of a Ferris wheel and see the city from a different point of view, there’s all that and so much more waiting for you on the next page.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook author page:
Amazon author page:
Reader Group Gasoline Alley – https://www.facebook.com/groups/407727439623703/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️