Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Roy Murry author of The Audubon Caper, Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith, Homeless in Homestead, and Sixty Days to the End of the USA, as We Know it.
Hi Roy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
It’s better if your readers check out my LinkedIn, if they care to read more about me.
What were you like at school?
I was mostly a friendly introvert to those who knew me. Some called me R. Marcus Aurelius after the Roman Empire; I am a real person to my friends.
Were you good at English?
Not that I remember. I did read a lot, and the library was my second home, so guess it was pretty good. I did graduate college with a minor in it.
Which writers inspire you?
My first enjoyment was reading Mark Twain, then Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ian Fleming. I liked the intrigue and adventures.
What are you working on at the minute?
Soon my chapbook of poetry will come out, and I am thinking through a detective novel which I hope to finish by the end 2017.
Where can we buy or see them?
All my endeavors are on Amazon. I just have one book in Barnes and Nobles’ stores.
What genre are your books?
I am an eclectic writer. I have written a creative nonfiction autobiography, The Audubon Caper; a fiction The Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith; a fictional expose Homeless in Homestead; and a political commentary Sixty Days….
Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character from your book The Audubon Caper?
How much research do you do?
In my previous books and the poetry, I wrote, came from adapted personal experiences. The fictional detective story I am writing I am doing much research to place the events in proper perspective near a Sanctuary City, USA.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
My poetry book is in collaboration with an incredible artist that will give my poems an added character and understanding for the reader.
When did you choose to become a writer?
I always wrote a journal of my readings that turned into my blog where I write reviews each week. Well, you know that because I reviewed one of your books. LOL.
Why do you write?
I enjoy the adventure.
What made you decide to sit down and start something?
I wanted to tell my thrilling experience defying all odds against the NYC mob in The Audubon Caper. It’s funny what happened. I wrote 500 pages then went to advance writing school (Long Range Writing in Connecticut) via internet and mail, cutting it down to 300 pages. I worked with a renowned editor, paying the price, and ended up with 160 thrilling pages, according to my teacher, my editor, and all who have given it five-star reviews which continues to happen.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
At present, I am a part-time writer. However, I am always writing and communicating by pen and on the internet, as Social Media Director of American Indian Veterans Memorial, Inc.
Do you have a particular time to write or how is your day structured?
Early in the morning I sit at my computer, four to five am o’clock; I start until I a decide it’s time to quit. I don’t think of page or word count. I go with the flow.
Do you work using an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
Yes, I outline on a yellow pad using a pen. Then I think about where I am going; go to sleep at night with the thought, and then get up and write.
How do you say you’ve evolved creatively?
Well, it looks like I am moving along nicely on my path. I have gone from creative non-fiction to fiction about what I know to fiction as to what I perceive to know.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Lately, the research I am doing for my detective novel. I just read Sherlock Holmes’ Adventures for the millionth time to understand the ‘who, what, where, why, and how’ I want my detective to solve the crime I have devised.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
It only happens when the world interrupts my thinking. LOL.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
I am not going there, since I like writing about different subjects.
For your reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Either is good for me. Lately, I prefer my Kindle.
Do you proofread/edit all your books or do you get someone to do that for you?
If I have the money, I use a professional editor. If not, I’ll wait and see.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes. I have tried a different way to get a cover for each of my books. I’ll get it right someday.
How have you published your books?
Small Independents published my first two books. I sold more of each than they did, so I decided to go Indie on my last two – better sales and income. If a Traditional came along with advertising money to spend, I would listen if they handed me a check.
How do you market your books?
All four of my books are promoted by me, using my blog where I review and promote other authors novels which I do free. Many of them and their followers have purchased my books.
Why did you choose this route?
One: It gives me pleasure to read and review others’ novels. Two: I sell books. And Three: I meet great people who can tell a story.
Would you or do you use a PR agency?
At this point in my endeavor, no need.
What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
I do daily promotion.
What do you do to get book reviews?
I review others which works out well for me
Which social network worked best for you in marketing?
I do a review of a book; promote that book; people come to my blog (Over 1.6 million click/views); they see my bio, and they buy my books. I do this using Twitter (Socialjukebox), Facebook, Goodreads, and now Pinterest.
Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
Nope. Do not have the time. What I am doing works for me. Remember, I have a full-time job.
Did you get interviewed by local news/radio for your book launch?
I got one review in the Miami Herald, a presentation on a radio station in England, a blog radio interview, and a news mention when I was at the Miami Book Fair in 2012. That was promoting The Audubon Caper. Since then, there has been none.
Why do you think that other well-written books just don’t sell?
Money is not backing their promotion. There are too many books with very few outlets that help unknown authors who write excellently.
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
It’s a good idea, but you need money to do that. I need my money to live.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your book/s?
Give me a thousand dollars, and I’ll do it. You need to say goodbye to your money unless the trailer goes viral selling books. No ROI until you sell five hundred books with a book profit of two dollars each.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Never, you want to read; you pay. I pay for all I review.
Did you format your book?
Last two, I formatted for CreateSpace/Amazon. My first two, the publishers did the work.
In what formats is your book available?
All but last is in book form, and all are eBook formatted.
How do you relax?
I read, play around on the internet, watch American Football, play golf, and drink a few at my local watering hole.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
My mantra is “Healthy, Wealthy, Wise.” It gets me to deep thinking sleep also.
What is your favorite positive saying?
“God’s health, wealth, and wisdom are circulating life. His health, wealth, and wisdom flow to me in avalanches of abundance. All my needs, desires, and goals are met instantaneously for I am one with God” My God is the universal law.
What is your favorite book and why?
They are books – too many to note. I would say the one I am reading at the moment or I wouldn’t be reading it.
What is your favorite quote?
“I think this is the beginning of a great relationship.” I apply this philosophy to everyone and everything unless something goes wrong.
What is your favorite film and why?
Casablanca is one film I have watched many times. The acting and writing are superb. And the song keeps playing in my head.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
One of my novels will be on the NY Times Best Sellers List. LOL.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Ernest Hemingway would be interesting to converse with about war, which we both have confronted; the changing world, which we each lived through; and to discuss why history is not comprehended.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Remember to edit, edit, and edit until you are happy with your final product.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?