Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Roderick Edwards: Editing & formatting. I do everything myself.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
Roderick Edwards: Most of them do but even so, your family is unlikely to read all your books. It’s your thing, not theirs.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Roderick Edwards: Be even more observant of human behavior.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Roderick Edwards: My books are purposely designed to be 2 hour audio books so they are 100-150 pages. However, the time it takes to write depends on the content. Being a former data analyst, I’m a stickler for accuracy and quality so my research for many of my books slows the process. It could take 6 months.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Roderick Edwards: Whether a writer believes in it or not, it is a real thing. I try to write organically, that means I don’t force myself to sit down and write X amount of hours a day. This allows my writing to be less susceptible to writer’s block.
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Roderick Edwards: When they have published 2 or more books perhaps, but in reality, you are a writer because you like to write even if just on fast-food napkins. LOL
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Roderick Edwards: I suppose an author is different from a writer in that a writer can and often does write different material than only books, such as blogs or pointed tweets on Twitter. LOL
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Roderick Edwards: It is what it is. Some of my writing I expect negative feedback, especially in a world full of people who get offended at pictures on pancake and rice boxes.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Roderick Edwards: Editing and formatting and the feeling of déjà vu.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Roderick Edwards: I’ve been writing since I could put pen to paper but perhaps the question is when did I consider myself a writer? Again, being published is not the only thing that makes a person a writer, but I’ve been published since 2017.
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Roderick Edwards: Do not consider your first book as your grand opus but rather your “get your feet wet” throw away book. This is the book you’re learning how to do all the formatting and editing. If you invest your heart into this book, you might be disappointed and write no more.
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Roderick Edwards: Genuineness. If a story is forced, it becomes obvious to the reader.
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Roderick Edwards: The plot. The characters are elements of the overall story.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Roderick Edwards: It depends. Many of my books are non-fiction so the plot and characters are true accounts and people. I merely need to retell the story in a way that is interesting.
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Roderick Edwards: After 2 books were published.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Roderick Edwards: To connect to readers and other authors. I do not want to do slick marketing schemes.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Roderick Edwards: The favorite part is getting reviews, even negative reviews. The least favorite is realizing there was a typo AFTER I publish.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Roderick Edwards: Are you an artsy type? If not, you might want to consider hiring a book designer. Otherwise, give it a try. This is the era where you can do it all.
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Roderick Edwards: 8 so far. My favorite is called THE UNIVERSE because it explains my thought process and worldview. Reading this book will help a reader understand me as a person.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Roderick Edwards: While I consider myself an amateur historian, so I do know quite a bit about history, as a data analyst I want my presentation to be as accurate as possible yet not sound too dry. I have a difficult time balancing that and may instead come off more dramatic.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Roderick Edwards: I especially liked describing what I believe “heaven” to be like. Read the book to find out. LOL
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Roderick Edwards: Not all books have characters, but I guess I see myself as one of the droplets. Read the book to find out. LOL
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Roderick Edwards: Yes, I’d like to expand on the After-Life part of the Universe. While it is obviously subjective, I believe it will be as plausible as any claim.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Roderick Edwards: Funny? That is a perception, but I think it is funny that every morning, the rooster I own comes to my screened in porch demanding I wait no longer and go feed him. He will run as fast as he can to the place, I store the food and he sounds like a turkey as he gobbles it down.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Roderick Edwards: I’m an adoptee that was left to die in a hospital at birth. I see the world more as an observer that has been rejected by it rather than a participant. I’m not bitter, just not engaged with it. As for what I hate about the world, I dislike that while we live in the information age, we seem to be even more deluded than when humans only had rumor and superstition as guides.
THE UNIVERSE: Of Every Religion & None
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