MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RAYMOND G. NEWSOME
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Raymond G. Newsome and my adult series are supernatural thrillers.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Son of the World (Book One) came from the concept of what if there was a serial killer who used a ride sharing app similar to Uber as a means to find his victims. The original outline consisted of that idea and a list of victim’s names.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always had a special connection to the occult/supernatural/paranormal. I’ve studied so many different points of views and studies.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Most of the research has been a lifelong process. I just put it to use to create something I would want to read.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The first book was supposed to be about a serial killer then I had two characters turn up I had not planned. They were fallen angels. This changed everything. There were fallen angels trying to destroy humanity. You learn the killer had changed names several times but keeps the name Sullivan Arch. The name itself has a special meaning. He finds himself helping Archangels and werewolves to protect the world.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I’m still working on book four, but I love each book for different reasons. They are my way of working through different personal issues.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Son of the World was meant to be a solitary novel. The characters had other plans.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I work forty hours in three days at a nursing home. The other four days I spend doing things with family while coming up with new ideas for ads and writing. I normally write at night after everyone is asleep because I’m a night owl. I don’t set a daily writing goal because I tend to work on more than one project at a time so if I can’t focus on one, I switch.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The book closest to completion is a standalone serial killer novel. It’s a spinoff from my series and is in first person POV. The title is I am Brian.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
It might sound crazy but I don’t name my characters. They tell me their names.
Where do your ideas come from?
They come from random thoughts, dreams, and even my children.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I have projects lined up or started in several other genres. I also have a children’s series.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part is finding time. It’s a busy year with so much going on that I struggle to find time without being exhausted.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I find them interesting but I have not created one yet.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Beyond finishing an actual novel? I would say the response I received at a Comic Con I attended this year.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to create something. I get to tell the tales that have been begging to come out of my head. I love sharing those creations.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully through all of my planned projects. Haha. They tend to multiply faster than I can finish one novel.
Have you always liked to write?
The desire to write was there as a kid but I thought I couldn’t write well because my stories weren’t as funny or well received as some of the others. In middle school I discovered a darker realm and where I wrote best, the paranormal.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up on your craft or your love. You won’t get it right the first time or even the second. Just keep writing.
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 help others like I do at the nursing home.
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 the reviews. I take bad reviews with a grain of salt. No matter how many warnings I give people as to the nature of my books there will always be someone who won’t be satisfied.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a short story, I am Brian (I mentioned earlier), and book four of the Rise of the Fallen series.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I have a clip from Chapter Seven of I am Brian for you.
The gun turned back to Lori and her friend. I heard every word being said with the girls focused on the danger in front of them. He stepped closer to Lori with the pistol against her forehead. A screwdriver slammed into his temple.
Lori’s friend opened her mouth when their assailant dropped to the ground. I watched my aunt cover it before her coworker could scream. ‘What the hell, Brian?’
‘He threatened to hurt both of you. Did you expect me to let him do it?’
‘You killed him!’
‘He had a gun to your head!’
Lori removed her hand. ‘Please don’t make any noise. I have to figure out how to handle this.’
The girl was on the verge of a breakdown, but she found the strength to say, ‘Thank you.’
I smiled at her for a second before my attention returned to the body. ‘You’re thinking too hard about this. Both of you step back.’
I removed the screwdriver wiping it off with a rag. Keeping the man’s finger on the trigger I aimed for the temple. The gunshot tore through the hole. I maneuvered the arm and hand making it look like a suicide. I found another rag to wipe part of the gun.
Voices grew from the alley. I retreated into the darkness with my accomplices behind me. I stopped outside of our building. Blocks away from the corpse Lori slapped me. She hugged me tight whispering profanities in my ear.
‘We need to get inside, Brian.’
I nodded entering the jarred door. We paused when the girl behind us asked, ‘Can I stay with you for the night?’
Lori wrapped an arm around her. ‘Yeah, come on. Brian, this is Jennifer.’”
The detective looked at his watch. He raised his eyes to see the man’s stare again. “Is something wrong, officer?”
“No, I’m sorry. I’m just running close until the end of my shift.”
“You don’t have enough time to finish our conversation. You know that’s funny coming from you, Jackson. Last time I checked, you don’t go home to your wife of three years. You tend to tell her you have to work late before going to your girlfriend’s apartment over in the Seventh Ward.”
Detective Jackson jumped up knocking his chair backward. “What did you say, you son of a bitch?”
Lewis laughed. “Shut up or I’ll give you nothing. You don’t even know if it’s all true. I haven’t mentioned anything you can pin on me yet. I bet if you spoke to forensics, you have no proof that I killed anyone. Now sit down and let me finish my story.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre?
If you write in more than one, how do you balance them? They’re all so different and the characters are different so it’s easy to change from one project to another.
Where did your love of books come from?
I began reading at the age of four and was lucky enough to have teachers that encouraged it early on. My first grade really inspired me to read more, mainly due to the fact that anyone who read a book to the class got some M&Ms from a jar on her desk. I had a new book every day. She had to ask me to stop for a while so the other kids had a chance.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
It’s easier to name off authors: Anne Rice, Christopher Rice, Michael Romkey, Chuck Palahniuk, F. Paul Wilson, James Patterson, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Louis L’Amour. That’s naming a few.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Furcas has been a favorite. It’s such a complicated individual. Once I think I have him figured out, he surprises me.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends on the emotional tone of the chapter I’m working on.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Attention. I get distracted fairly easy.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what the voices tell me. I believe strong enough in my books that my readers will love them too.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Amanda Vint, a Romance author from the UK; Darren D. Lee, a Scifi/Fantasy writer from the USA, Willow Raine a Fantasy/Romance author from the USA are all incredible. We encourage each other in everything and they’re awesome if I have any questions.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I’m Sorry for the Mess
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for inviting me. Have a beautiful week.