Interview with Rusty Blackwood

When did you first start writing?
I first began to write as a child, but didn't become a professional writer until 2001.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am a hopeless romantic. I still believe in ever lasting love, and a true soul mate for everyone. I have always adored Paris and have had an affinity to that beautiful city for as long as I can remember. When I decided to write 'Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary' I borrowed from my idealistic view of romance, set it in my favorite city, and went from there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believe an author should be allowed to obtain total rights and direction of the work they diligently strive to bring to fruition, without the need to sign them away to a publisher in return for a publishing contract. There is still no guarantee of success with a standard House, and you still have to do your main marketing. When you choose the independent route, you still have to do your own marketing, but you maintain all rights to your work. I feel this is extremely important, and the main reason why I choose to remain an indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me it is to watch the characters I bring to life play out the story I have set them in.
What are you working on next?
I am presently working on a new fictional romance/drama entitled 'Willow's Walk' which I hope to publish in the late spring of 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love expressive writing, and writers who achieve this in their work. Though romance is my favorite genre to write, I tend to be eclectic in my written choices, and it is the same with authors who I read. I have always loved children's authors Lucy Maude Montgomery, Laura Ingalls-Wilder, and adult authors Margaret Mitchell, V C Andrews, Danielle Steel, and Stephen King.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To me each day is like a fresh open canvas where anything is possible to appear upon it. I look forward to the mystery of it, and take whatever comes my way in the best way that I can.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Keeping up with media coverage of my work and promotion of it. There's always something needing to be done and areas requiring attention. I spend a lot of time conversing with my marketing rep and publicist, and doing whatever I can to keep putting one foot in front of the other with regard to the business. When I finally get time to myself, I love to spend it with my family, and my friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That's a long way back to think about, but I do remember one in which my best girlfriend and I were walking home from school in a torrent rainstorm. Nothing spectacular by way of plot or substance, but it was expressively written.
What is your writing process?
I write what I feel within a story I choose to tell. If I don't feel the emotion, regardless of what that might be, I can't write it. I feel that the reader can tell if the writer is simply writing words for the sake of content, or whether the words they write truly have meaning within them as they are being put down, expressing the way the writer feels at that moment. Of course one has to derive a plot, what you want to write about, and the assortment of characters the story calls for. I don't know what works for other writers, but that is what works for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That would be Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I adore horses, always have. I can remember feeling so swept away by the beautiful, yet heart-wrenching story that was being told from the horse's mouth, in this case, Black Beauty. If a horse could actually verbalize their feelings, as well as their experiences, then the way this story is told would be exactly the way they would tell it. I found it mesmerizing, and extremely well executed.
How do you approach cover design?
For me it has to grab an intended reader's eye, but it must also capture the total essence of the story. Often times a cover can be far too busy with color and action that in my view pulls the eye away from the story it is representing within its cover. Often times the more simplistic it is, the better it is.
Published 2013-11-26.
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Books by This Author

Passions In Paris - Revelations Of A Lost Diary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 313,980. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
The story centers on two star-crossed soul mates, heroine Joy Wychmere, and hero Cullen Malone, and is told through an old diary, that of which is discovered following Joy's death by her grandchildren who have gathered at her home to help plan her memorial. The book begins and ends in the year 2040, but the main story that the diary reveals takes place in Paris at the dawn of the 21st. Century.