Interview with Roderick Edwards

What are your main literary influences?
I read a lot of references books actually. As a youth, I'd read dictionaries and encyclopedias as if they were story books. But as for authors, I like Isaac Asimov, John Sladek, old dead Latin and Greek guys, all "sacred" books like the Bible and Guru Granth. So, my inspiration comes from unlikely sources.
When did you first start writing?
I have written short stories as long as I can remember. I have loads of spiral binders and handwritten books full of stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
TOGETHERMORE: Rejection and Reunion is an autobiographic about my adoption and reunion with my birth family. The book was written at a great cost as many people have stopped being my friend for including parts of their lives in my story. However, a person does not live in a vacuum. Other people's lives will intersect our own and become part of our stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Editors often edit out the heart of a story. For example, I have a habit of writing in what I call "fluid-tense" where I may use past, present and future tense in the same paragraph. Most editors would attempt to correct this, but for me it captures the fluid or flow of time. I don;t always do it, but when I do, I intended it to be that way. Independent publishing gives the author more control over content much like when a musician controls their own "record label".
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm still waiting to see the benefit. I was hopeful that the wider distribution would allow me to break into different markets and audiences but so far the reception is just not there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Completing the project. I despise proof-reading and use a screen reader to help me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have fans? If I did, I am very interested in how my writing personally affects them.
What are you working on next?
As of Sept 2019 I am working on a book called THE UNIVERSE: Of Religions and None. It should be completed by Oct 2019 but most likely only available on Amazon unless Smashwords proves more conducive to my efforts.
Published 2019-09-24.
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Books by This Author

Togethermore: Rejection and Reunion
You set the price! Words: 29,190. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Parenting » Adoption
After 50 years in virtual amnesia, a man wakes to a new world after finding his birth family. Come discover with him how to fit back into an origin that was not his but becomes immediately familiar and necessary. It is a human story about more than adoption but about human belonging and living over existing. It is an autobiographic that intersects multiple lives. Unlike any book you've ever read