Hello folks, let me introduce you to Rich Chambers from Canada, who is one of my fellow authors at Rogue Phoenix Press. Rich has a new book, and that's what we're talking about.
1) Hello there Rich! Would you like to tell us something about yourself?
I am 45 years old and live in Langley BC Canada. My wife and I have been
married for 15 years and have two wonderful boys aged 11 and 8. Iwork at
Simon Fraser University in Burnaby as an Accreditation LiaisonOfficer, where
I spend most of days writing official university reports. I have a
Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Humanities.
I am a
avid musician and have written, recorded, and produced a couple of CD's. My
most successful song has been a cover of the Snow Miser/Heat Miser song from
the stop animation cartoon "The Year Without a Santa Claus." Since 2005, I
have sold over 13 000 copies of this song via itunes and Amazon. I also am a
big sports fan. I watch and play hockey and am also a pretty avid jogger.
But, my most favourite past-time is definitely time with my family.
2) And something about your upcoming release?
I am very very excited about the release of my novel 18. I first started
writing this novel years ago on my lunch hours at my job, which was then at a
local community college. I took a pen and notepad and would sit outside near
a fountain in the summer months and in the college cafeteria in the winter
months. It was a slow and methodical process as a result, but it worked well
for me. It allowed me to ponder over my characters and to edit, edit, and
edit some more until I was comfortable with how my characters had developed.
This was of the utmost importance for me because 18 is a character driven
novel and not plot driven. I wanted to capture that true feeling of the "no
man's land" that lays some where between childhood and adulthood for all of
us. 18 is about one young man and his friends trying to figure out where
their lives are headed as they graduate from high school with the societal
expectations that tell them they should have their whole life planned out and
figured out from this point forward --- and of course, as soon as anyone
figures out the answer to this question, I sure would appreciate them letting
me know what it is! ;-)
3) Is this your first book, or have you other publications?
18 is my first novel. I have to say that I
am very grateful for Rogue Phoenix having the confidence in this novel to
publish it. I realize now that a character driven novel is not necessarily
the best novel for a first time author to write, but when I first tackled the
whole idea of this novel, it just felt so natural to go this route. I am
currently working on my second novel, which is completely plot driven. It
has ghosts, demons, and religious cults. It is turning out to be a very
fun and crazy ride. I can't wait to see how it all turns out, once I
finally decide on which characters will double cross who etc..
4) Have you always wanted to be an author?
have always wanted to write a novel, which I believe is a sentiment shared
with just about every author out there. It has always been something on my
bucket list to do. I never used to believe that I could do it, but like many
things in this life, it just takes a commitment to the process, and then the
realization that you just need to take one small step at a time in a very
consistent and committed way. Once this commitment takes place, before you
know it, you are into it and going. And once you get to a certain point,
there is no turning back. The creation of a novel truly is a wonderfully
5. How do you see your future in writing?
Boy, my future as a writer ... I have not given it
a lot of thought actually. I write because I love to. If somewhere along the
way, I could actually make a living writing, I would be completely floored.
It would be like being given the key to the chocolate factory and told that I
could eat as much as I want without every gaining any weight. I am very
proud of 18. Very very proud. If it sells then I will be super happy, but
no less proud. If it doesn't sell one copy, I will not be disappointed
and still no less proud. This represents my mind set when it comes
to writing. As I tackle my second novel, I want to write a plot driven
novel that twists and turns, and maybe scares people a little bit. I want
to write something that I am proud to say that I have written, which is
my true goal as a writer. I am only one novel out of the gate, but so far
the goal has been met :-)
Available from Rogue Phoenix Press!