Interview with R. Burrow

When did you first start writing?
I began writing little stories on the typewriter when I was four years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Addiction, Methadone, childhood masturbation (the "primal addiction"), being chemically-controlled, lacking power and control over your own life.
Who are your favorite authors?
William S. Burroughs, John Steinbeck, Jerry Kozinsky, Freud.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I joined Smashwords a number of days ago; I don't know if it will contribute to my success or not.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans mean everything to me. They are the reasons I write. If I had no readers, I wouldn't bother writing. Readers. Giving something to them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The entire project, having a project to work on until completion. Having others appreciate and gain something from it, even if it's only entertainment. But I always strive for that depth, reality, coming alive, the enrichment of characters, and purpose. I also enjoy editing as well, perfecting my art, writing and re-writing over and over again.
What are you working on next?
The next book (though I'm still working and finishing the present book) will complete the trilogy - the story of Jill's life up to the present.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. The stories I wrote as a child were thrown out, with the exception of some that were saved by my mother.
I actually wrote a full-length manuscript when I was 14-15, called, "Why Is It So Funny?" but unfortunately, there were only a few copies in existence. Some were given away, some just somehow disappeared. I'm sick over it, but there's nothing I can do - unless someone comes forward with a copy!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have no other choice.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Cock Robin" was one of the first books my mother read to me. It made me angry and sad. I used to hit the picture of the Cuckoo Bird. But it didn't help.
What do you read for pleasure?
News.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have read only a handful of books from a diskette .exe file, and this was a long time ago.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I gave away most of my paperback copies for free, and donated to libraries and bookstores, mailed copies to friends and associates. People give the copies to their friends to read, and the book gets around. Almost every employee on the 4th floor of ECMC owns a copy of, "The Tree Outside The Window."
Describe your desk
Semi-messy. I can't seem to get it organized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Buffalo, NY, a city I can't say I like very much. And the people and places that I've known - the lowest and most unfortunate individuals, aspects. and situations in this area. All I needed was the presence of a computer
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being with my son, taking care of my pets and the house, taking online classes, and going to the gym.
What is your writing process?
Years ago, my writer teacher told me the following, and this is what I do: dig the clay from the ground (write down everything important and everything you want to say, it doesn't matter if it's a mass of words), then you begin to mold and shape the clay, including giving it a structure (which is supposedly difficult, but I haven't had trouble with it), and after you've edited and edited and edited and edited, you can decorate it and make it pretty, then at some point you have to consider it finished - you can't work on it forever. You have now molded the clay from the ground into a beautiful statue.
How do you approach cover design?
A mental image forms and I go with that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I read a lot about it, and decided to try it out.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing, looking for something that interests me.
Published 2015-12-08.
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Books by This Author

Short Stories
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 40,430. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A collection of 25 short stories, written over a substantial period of time. Some of the stories are very sad, some will make you laugh. Some stories are longer than others. Includes, "My Escape From The Psychiatric Unit," "Get Out Of My Grape Factory," and "Jill's Job."
In Handcuffs
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 81,730. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
"In Handcuffs" refers to addiction to Methadone, often beginning with the primal addiction (masturbation), and leading to addiction to heroin, and other opiates or painkillers. The book is chiefly about the Methadone clinic, where you are chemically controlled, and go through a difficult and grueling process, with no promise of ever getting off methadone.
The Tree Outside The Window
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 58,250. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental illness
A young girl battles schizophrenia and the mental health system. It is a book of hope; that the will and spirit can overcome a mind ravaged by mental illness.