Interview with Roger Golden Brown

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The flow. And joy is too simple of a word, I think. Most of my writing is me putting into words my take on what I experience. Then asking questions and wondering if there is another way to look at it. Checking myself for integrity. It is my way of getting a flow going that catalyzes my search for truth. So, maybe joy, but more bringing my heart and soul to the surface.
What do your fans mean to you?
Interesting question. As a yet to be discovered writer, the only fans I have are fans of me; not my writing. And they are my friends. And they mean everything to me. As I have grown older, I'm finding my dearest friends spread far and wide. I miss so many of them but still know the thread is there. Knowing that we could reunite and the belief in each other wouldn't be questioned is as good as it gets.
But let's imagine for a moment, people do begin to read my writings. It would mean a great deal to me that what I wrote resonated to them because I really feel I have some good stuff to offer. And maybe my words, my philosophy, and the truth as I see it are tipping the balance of the world a little to the better.
Who are your favorite authors?
In the realm of fiction, Tony Hillerman would have to be up there. I really like K.K. Beck. Her novels take place in the Pacific Northwest which is where I'm from and I can relate to them. Daphne du Maurier is excellent. Edward Marsten is a great story teller. He seems so free and easy the way he writes. And speaking of story tellers. An author who I started reading when I was a kid because my English mother had his books on our bookshelves, was Nevil Shute. Reading him, you just quietly slide into the character's world. Rumer Godden is special. I like the content of course but also her grammar. It is really goofy but it works. Conrad Richter is special; he really creates a mood. And my favorite book(s) of all time are the Lord of the Rings, so I must mention J. R. R. Tolkien. It doesn't get any better.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love riding my mountain bike. I've been riding since I was a kid. I know people who don't even have a bike and I can't imagine it. Biking keeps me young. Not because the exercise is good for me, although I'm sure it is. But because when I get on my bike I feel free and loose; I feel playful. And I have developed a passion for playing euro style board games. Spending quality time with friends while challenging my brain to make the most out of what I have in a make believe scenario.
What is your writing process?
As I said in an earlier answer, it's mostly flow of thoughts and feelings; at least at first, getting the words on the page. Much of my writing comes from 98 volumes of journals I have filled. I write for myself. But then, when I prepare my writings to be read by others I rework it. And as long as I can remember I have liked playing with words. Words have a kind of magical paradoxical quality about them. On one hand they are very important. The impact of words can help or hurt so much. On the other hand, they are just words. Knowing when and how to use them as satire or cryptically and knowing when and how to use them with sincerity is what's important.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of the Rings.
The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment
Leaves of Grass
Profound Simplicity
Golf in the Kingdom
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't e-read. I'm happy that you all do, but I don't. I like the old fashioned book reading.
Describe your desk
4' x 2'. Telephone (land line). Box of kleenex. Glass of water. Headphones. Lamp. Pad and pen. A bunch of notes needing attending. iMac.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Seattle. The first 5 years I lived in a quiet neighborhood in north Seattle. Then our family moved to a new house (built and designed by my father) in the woods 3 miles north of the city limits. We owned 3 acres and all the people around us owned acres of land. We could just see a glimpse of one other house through the trees from our house. We were on the side of a ravine with a creek in it. Our house was 1/3 of a mile off the paved road. I spent my childhood going places on trails. Even the name was perfect. The town was called Lake Forest Park. Growing up there influenced everything. My passion for nature and the earth was certainly shaped by those peaceful and natural surroundings.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing daily in my journals in 1975. July 5th, to be exact. I had just moved into a little cabin on the shore of San Juan Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington. The time was right for a Waldenesque start to my writing.
Published 2015-07-03.
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