Interview with R. G. Roy

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing stories since a tender age of about 6. I've been writing seriously since I graduated university in 2010.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northern Ontario in a city of 50,000 people. It is the foundation of who I am and thus the foundation of my writing.
What other things influence your writing?
Hayao Miyazaki's work. He has such a gentle way of telling a story about a heavy topic and the combination of that with such beautiful animation fills me with awe.

Living life! Personal struggles and experiences alter my perception and give me ideas.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I thoroughly enjoy writing fantasy because I feel like I have the most freedom to be silly.
What do you write about?
I'm a speculative fiction author and I like writing hybrid stories. Some of the things my stories contain include aliens, romance/sex, roller derby, monsters, martial arts, magic, horror, fantasy, and sci-fi.
What's the story behind your current work-in-progress?
The Page & The Magician is about overcoming obstacles whether they were placed in your path by someone else or whether you are a self-sabotager. Only by facing challenges do we grow and become the best version of ourselves.
What are you working on next?
I'm editing my first novel, The Page & The Magician. It's an urban fantasy romance set in Ottawa, Ontario. Josy is a divorced woman who is rebuilding her life. She would prefer it be quiet, normal, and boring, but that's just not in the cards for her. There's magic inside her and it's coming out whether she wants it to or not.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Drawing, playing an instrument, learning a language, watching Netflix, knitting, sewing, attending writing and nerdy conferences, doing martial arts, skating, playing board/card games, reading, and crafting.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Harry Potter Series. J. K. Rowling tells the story in a whimsical way that enchanted me immediately. There is much depth in the series as evidenced by a plethora of university level courses focused on the books.
2. The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper because it has all the intensity of a Dan Brown novel with less predictability.
3. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. Really I love all her stuff, but I really enjoyed the Mayfair Witch series. She has such a sensual command of the English language.
4. I enjoy Neil Gaiman, but to pick just one? Stardust perhaps.
5. The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. No matter how many times I read it, there's always more to learn from it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, Dan Brown, Marie Bilodeau, Neil Gaiman, S. M. Carriere, J. K. Rowling, Andrew Pyper, Hayden Trenholm
Published 2016-03-08.
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Books by This Author

The Third Wheel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Eager to see old friends, Kacie rushes to a party in the country alone. She soon becomes unable to tell what's real and paranoia engulfs her. "The Third Wheel" is a tale about the hazards of altered perception.