Interview with Dustin Rhodes

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, John Jakes, Frank Peretti
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The prospect of discovering and learning new things
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read and watch movies/TV Series when I am not writing. I also will go for walks.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I do a search for stories that share the same subject matter I am interested in. For example I look for Horror stories and thrillers that peak my interests.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a horror short story called The Butcher. It was about a psycho in a good neighborhood preying on the young kids. In response a few of the neighbor kids banned together and combatted this evil man.
What is your writing process?
I start with a single idea. Usually it comes to me either in a dream or during one of my walks. I then visualize the people involved with this idea. Once I have the characters set in my mind I sit down and start writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading completely was a book called A Murder for her Majesty. I was so impressed by the story that I couldn't put it down. I remember thinking that I wanted to be an author like this person.
How do you approach cover design?
I get a general idea of what I want to see and then I ask a friend to design something for me. I'm not an artist.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. It - The story was compelling and the underlying theme of eternal friendship and promises speaks to me emotionally
2. Lord of the Rings - The large amount of information in these books makes me want to learn more each time I read them
3. Harry Potter books - These books speak to the inner child in me. I love the fantasy element mixed with mature issues
4. Hangman's Curse - This book inspires me to keep faith in God as well as intrigues me with the elaborate mystery of the story
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - This was one of the books that inspired me to read more. The detailed manner in which Mark Twain describes the characters and political situations is inspiring and thought provoking.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read Stephen King's It and The Lord of the Rings books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Nook my mother gave me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Since this will be the first time I have marketed anything I have written I can not truthfully answer this question.
Describe your desk
My desk shifts between being immaculate and cluttered. It all depends on what project I am working on at the moment.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot growing up. So I can't say that anyplace was my hometown. However, I spent more time in Excelsior Springs, Missouri and Apache Junction, Arizona. The ecosystems of these two locations have made such an impression on me that I find the woodsy areas of Missouri and the deserts of Arizona the best locations to set my books. They are simple and eternal to me.
When did you first start writing?
I was ten years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was in a dark place financially and felt trapped in the rut I was in. That led to the idea of a young college student being trapped in a nightmare that wasn't a dream, it was reality.
Published 2015-03-30.
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