Interview with R. Addams

What do your fans mean to you?
When I commenced writing I guess my aim was to tell the stories as I see them, without too much regard to fans.
As a consequence, because my first novel 'Chaloaw Stew' is a little rough and raw, and uses language which may not be entirely acceptable in the US, I have possibly alienated myself with a lot of potential fans.
That said, I feel my novel is true to the idiom in the geographical location in which it is set.
In fact, friends from Maryland who have visited Australia and who have experienced the Australian culture and language first hand, love the novel and accept that it is truly typical of the region.
So, in answer to the basic question, having a lot of fans would be great, and something which every author desires but I believe I need to balance that with the need to tell my stories in the manner suited to their location.
What are you working on next?
I have several manuscripts in the pipeline.
The next to be published will be "Seeking Skye," a sometimes tongue in cheek story about an aging amateur sleuth who is helping solve the case of a missing teenager, Skye Burrows. The investigative methods used by the sleuth (Poppa Roy) and unusual, mystical and sometimes questionable but he achieves results in what turns out to be a convoluted series of events.
This could be classed as a Cosy Crime - it is less rough and raw than Chaloaw Stew, with minimal bad language.
I am also writing a prequel to Chaloaw Stew, a novel introducing Chris Johnson, when she was working on cases in Sydney and in Queensland, Australia, "I am Chris!!!" should be out in a few months.
Getting away from the crime genre, I have been working on a manuscript which has three different themes, all running concurrently. The first describes my life while managing a large construction project in West Africa. The second is about slavery in Ghana, and is told in a series of dreams or nightmares and the third is a series of email communications between my wife (back in Australia) and me, centering on local Australian domestic issues.
That novel (will probably be called Elmina Dreaming or something similar) has a long way to go before it will be completed
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite author for many years has been Stephen King
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a studio in the back garden and I like nothing better than to go into my little part of the world and to lose myself in my writing
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The house I live in is an old timber cottage which has been extended several times over the years. It now has two separate living areas, the equivalent of five bedrooms, two bathrooms and three toilets.
Being an old house, there always seems to be some repair work to be done and I tend to do the work myself, as a form of therapy and also to save money
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Echoes of ElMina is the first story I began writing, not long after I returned to Australia, from Africa
However I did not complete it until quite recently but instead wrote and published Chaloaw Stew, Seeking Skye and Etropole.
What is your writing process?
Unfortunately I am not very well disciplined and tend to write spasmodically. I tend to get to a point then put the work to one side, thinking about it from time to time until I arrive at a new aspect to the plot
I tend not to work to a pre-determined skeleton and prefer to let each book write itself
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Difficult question. Probably the first serious book was Stephen King's Cujo and his style and ability to tell a story certainly impressed me
How do you approach cover design?
I tend to find a picture which interests me, usually a free download from the internet. Then I use MS Paint to add titles etc
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Cujo, It, Gerald's Game, Rose Madder and Eyes of the Dragon. These 5 books show the depths of Stephen King's ability as a writer - something I hope one day to emulate
What do you read for pleasure?
Since I have been writing and continually re-reading my own work, I tend not to read other peoples' work
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an early model Kindle reader, with no back-light
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The most success I have had is with me appearing personally and discussing my life and my books
Describe your desk
My desk, or perhaps desks is a better description, consist of a small wooden desk and a large wooden fold-up table. I have two computers, a 24" monitor, a printer and a lot of mess. I tend to accumulate paperwork and pile it up, only tidying my desks infrequently.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Adelaide, then worked in Melbourne, other parts of Australia, Qatar, Bulgaria and Ghana, all on large construction projects. The travel and experiences in other countries and cultures have influenced my writing. For example, Etropole is set in Bulgaria and my new book, Echoes of ElMina is set in Ghana
What's the story behind your latest book?
Detective Chris Johnson first appeared in the novel Chaloaw Stew, published in 2015, when she was part of a team investigating the apparent abduction of backpackers from the streets of Byron Bay, Australia.
'I am Chris' describes an earlier phase in her career and centres on her assignment to a special police squad established to investigate and prosecute a Mr Big of the Sydney, Australia underworld.
The squad may use somewhat unorthodox methods, unfettered by the normal police regulations and procedures, something to which Chris takes to with gusto
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After a career in the construction industry, in many parts of the world, I needed an outlet for my drive and initiative and took to writing fiction.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I find Smashwords a very comfortable format to use, and my sales have been better than those on other sites
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my completed work on line and receiving praise from those who read it
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally seek reviews and make a judgement based on those
When did you first start writing?
I have always written technical documents as part of my professional career, firstly when preparing bid proposals for potential projects and later when preparing reports and procedural documents as a Site Project Manager.
Upon retirement from the construction industry I applied these same writing skills to fiction
Published 2018-09-15.
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Books by This Author

I am Chris!!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,560. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
'I am Chris!!' depicts a period in the life of Detective Chris Johnson, is assigned to a special police squad, established to investigate and prosecute a Mr Big of the underworld in Sydney, Australia. A feature of the squad is that they may employ unorthodox methods, without adhering to regulation police procedures and regulations, something which she takes to enthusiastically.
Nimbin Rocks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,950. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Poppa Roy is asked to help in the search for a missing teenager. Using his special method of investigation, he is able to determine that she is safe but that she is being held against her will. It is determined that the girl is being held in the town of Nimbin, a centre of counter-culture in New South Wales, Australia, and by a previously unknown cult, which is based on Wiccan beliefs.
Echoes of ElMina
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,110. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Echoes of ElMina involves slavery in West Africa, as seen through the eyes of Poppa Roy and his friends. It is gruesome in places, as was slavery and there is a degree of magic and mysticism
Etropole
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,070. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A quaint and quirky cosy crime set in Bulgaria as Poppa Roy helps investigate the disappearance of a couple from Ballina, Australia
Seeking Skye - A Poppa Roy Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,100. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction
A cute and cozy crime novel, set in Australia, with a hint of romance and just a dash of mysticism. Seeking Skye follows the adventures of Poppa Roy Addams, a retired construction manager and sometimes amateur sleuth Poppa Roy uses mystical and unorthodox methods to search for clues to help him in his investigations, but the clues are often unclear and even confusing.
Chaloaw Stew (Nothing Ever Happens In Alstonville)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,550. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Chaloaw Stew is set in the Byron Bay area of New South Wales, Australia, where five young girls, all visitors to the town, disappear over a seven day period. The local police team is supplemented by two specialist officers from Sydney and, with their direction and impetus, the investigation gathers momentum, culminating in an unexpected conclusion, after some twists and turns along the way.