Interview with R.L. Nielsen

What motivated you to become an indie author?
There is only so much rejection a writer can take. After endless submitting to publishing houses and editors, many who were not professional to even send a form rejection letter, I sought out the indie author route.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in the stories I'm creating and finding myself at the end.
What are you working on next?
A highly food oriented story about a serial killer.
What do your fans mean to you?
About the only fans I seem to have is the heater by my legs in winter and the one blowing cool air on my face in the summer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee, definitely good coffee inspires me to get out of bed. After that, I'm pretty much up for the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking the dog, swimming, cooking and graphic art to pay the bills.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Luck and sometimes bad luck at that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In an eighth grade type class I wrote about my fear of thunder and lightening as a child and how I overcame it. Growing up a little backward, the family used the word fream of lightening, a child's mixture of frame and stream. At the time I never realized it was not a real word. To this day fream still sound better when describing lightening and the thunder that follows.
What is your writing process?
Stare at the screen for a while, (hours some days) course over the notes and story plan then throw it all out and just write.
Describe your desk
A contemporary aniline died, oak table in desperate need of refinishing. It also serves as the dinner table although the computer has to be pushed aside each night. Other than that it's my lap during those nights when the writing bug has thoroughly infested my attempt at sleep.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I'm a graphic artist, I try to create a cover that relates to the story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an old kindle my partner gave to me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Roy, Utah. A godforsaken small, oppressed town where most creative children were beaten into submission. Like few others from small towns, I escaped and thrive, happily, in the real world.
When did you first start writing?
When I learned how to string a sentence together. Early on, I wrote stories to entertain the neighbors and friends, anything to break the boredom.
Published 2017-12-12.
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Books by This Author

Red Giant
Series: Frostbite, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 119,460. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » General
Natalie Piersson is on the verge of discovering that humankind is no longer the apex predator on earth. What she unleashes could destroy us all or make us gods.
Frostbite
Series: Frostbite, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,000. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » General
In the mountains outside Buckland, Alaska, mind-controlling creatures are attacking the crew on an oil-drilling site. Some they cocoon, others they eat. The attacks are just beginning...The fate of mankind is about to change forever.