R. Weir: Mystery, Detective, & Crime Author
Q: Tell us a little about why you decided to become an author:
A: I had an active imagination as a child, that has carried over into adulthood. I have stories running through my head and I need to get them on paper to get them out of my head. So in many ways it’s therapeutic.
Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?
A: I’ve not had any real writer’s block issues in my life. If anything if you are struggling, I say just write something, anything at all, even if it’s crap. That often can work you through those issues.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence for you as a writer and why?
A: Mostly it has been my wife and daughter. Because they have allowed me to continue my author journey through all its ups and downs. Without them I would have quit by now.
Q: Do you have a favorite author and if so, who?
A: Robert B Parker and Ian Fleming to this day I still enjoy. Their styles are different, yet wonderful to read.
Q: What is a usual writing day like for you?
A: It depends. Some days I write several thousand words and do that 6 or 7 days in a row. Then I might take time to work on marketing and interacting with people of social media.
Q: How has your experiences differed from your expectations prior to becoming a published author?
A: Mostly it comes down to marketing. I assumed I write a book, and people would buy it in droves, and make money at it. But there are so many people out there publishing it is hard to stand out among the crowd. Getting my name out and getting people to read my work is the hardest challenge I and most indie authors face.
Q: What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as an author?
A: Standing up and yelling at people to look at me I’m a author, please read my books. I’m more of an introvert, which is true of many authors. Breaking out of that shell and standing out in the crowd like I said above is difficult to me, but I’ve made great strides and do love talking to people one on one about me and my books.
Q: Do you have any regrets as an author?
A: I wished I’d learned a little more about the trials and tribulations of being an indie author before jumping in head first. I might have been better prepared with what all was involved and not had to work by the seat of my pants so much in the beginning.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
A: Riding my motorcycle and traveling around our great state of Colorado in our motorhome with my family.
Q: If you could go back and give yourself just one piece of advice in regards to writing, what would it be?
A: Listen and take advice from other authors and what they went through to get where they are.
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