Interview with Rick Rossing

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over. I was born on an Air Force base in Louisiana, so my parents told me. I was too young to remember it. We've lived in California, South Dakota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Connecticut. Those locations tend to pop up in the settings for my stories. The people I've met along the way have probably influenced me more than the geographic locations, and their personalities find their way into the characters I write.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything! Next question...
I like to read sci-fi and fantasy, though there is the occasional historical novel. When I was a child, I used to read encyclopedia articles for fun. Yeah, I was a weird kid, but I loved finding things out.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There are far too many to narrow down, but I can probably name five book series I enjoyed. I've always been a big fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, and The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R.Tolkien. Another Lewis series that many might not be as familiar with is his Space Trilogy. More recently, I've come to love Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, The Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, and the Codex Alera series, also by Jim Butcher. See? I told you there were too many to narrow down!
Why are they my favorites? I love the story telling, world building, and the excitement of them.
Very seldom have I begun reading a book that I didn't like.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Butcher, Robert A. Heinlein, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffrey, just to name a few.
When did you first start writing?
I took the NaNoWriMo challenge. That's National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in thirty days, starting November 1. I took the challenge in 2011 and won! I have not stopped writing since. My first story, A Time to Build, has been rewritten, polished up, edited, and became my first-ever published book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
When I can pry it from my wife's fingers, we have a Barnes & Noble Nook. If I can't. then it's my laptop. Eventually, I would love to get a tablet or iPad as well.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I have little index cards scattered around, some with doodles, others folded into odd shapes, and some with actual (gasp) notes on them. When I'm thinking, I like to play with things, so there are plenty of objects for my hands to play with. I have a set of headphones so I can listen to music if the room gets too distracting.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have a friend who calls creative writing, "giving names to the voices in your head, and building a place for them to live." I like imagining scenarios and coming up with ways my characters would deal with them. I like having control over the world, so that injustices are made right, people get to have their voices heard, and the good guys win, even if they suffer loss along the way.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Book are worthless if they are not being read. I want to hear from you, how your liked the story, how it changed your life, or maybe answer your questions about the characters, places, and technologies in the story.
What are you working on next?
The Umea Bakearen series isn't finished yet. Only the first book is published. The second one is in editing, and the third is still being written. There will be a fourth. Possibly a fifth.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to cook. I also create wallets, bags, and other crafts out of duct tape. Since the creations tend to fill up the house, I sell them at craft fairs.
I also thoroughly enjoy video games, especially Skyrim.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often I just browse the catalog, though I also search for certain genres and situations. It's a fun process.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It ended, unfortunately, with "and then I woke up!"
Published 2013-10-08.
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Books by This Author

A Time To Mourn: The Umea Bakearen Book Two
Series: The Umea Bakearen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 169,840. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Five years ago, Earth entered the Galactic Union and the Polaran War began. Now, Wayne Freed, Earth's Umea Bakearen, is trying to find a way to end the war. Digging through historical records, he discovers something that will change...everything.
A Time to Build: The Umea Bakearen, Book One
Series: The Umea Bakearen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,360. Language: American English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Wayne Freed learns that he was born on another world, and that as long as he remains alive, Earth will not be destroyed. So why does it seem that someone wants him dead?