Interview with R. P. Rush

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The flow. Starting a story, poem, etc. with absolutely no idea where it will lead.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get one, I'll holla back and let you know.
What are you working on next?
A few short stories, as well as finishing my second children's book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Grisham, Connolly, King, Gillian Flynn and of course Shel Silverstein. Shel's ability to write songs and poetry is second to none, in my opinion...'cept maybe for Tupac.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger. Not for art or writing, but literal, physical hunger.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, movies, meditating, eating, drinking, and occasionally practicing guitar.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I always gravitate towards suspense and thrillers first, then sports biographies next. Can't get enough of either.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No.
What is your writing process?
Sit down, open the Mac and start hitting keys. Eventually something will feel right, and when it does, hit 'Save Document'
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do. It was called 'The Kitten'. I read it for a junior high prose contest. It was dark and haunting. Been looking for it ever since and still can't find it.
How do you approach cover design?
I pay someone at Fiverr.com, and keep on fine tuning until it feels right.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'The Stand' - Stephen King
'Where The Sidewalk Ends' - Shel Silverstein
The Gunslinger Series - Stephen King (all 5000 plus pages)
'The Reapers' - John Connolly
'Outer Dark' - Cormac McCarthy

Loved them for different reasons, but they all kept me engaged. Can't put a price tag on that.
What do you read for pleasure?
Eat, drink, meditate, listen to music and read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Apple Ipad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Not really sure. I read the back cover synopsis, and if it intrigues me, I buy it.
Describe your desk
Clean, organized and uncluttered. I'll never understand how people can work effectively in a shitheap.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small Southeast Texas town immersed in a restrictive, controlling religion and family. This made me want to leave. Once leaving, I saw the world from a different perspective - a broader, more compassionate perspective. Once I started putting pen to paper, my new worldview had life and an avenue for expression.
When did you first start writing?
2010 is when I decided to get semi-serious, but I wrote a few shitty rap songs in junior high, and a couple of poems that I thought were earth-shattering in my mid-twenties.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's really just about me finally embracing and expressing my suppressed adolescence. Maybe now I can be more of a traditional adult.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Disdain for accepted practices and systems. 'Traditional' publishing would be great, but in my opinion, it takes too long, and requires too much waiting. I consider myself somewhat patient, but we ain't getting any younger. Saddle up and let's get this show on the road.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As this is my first foray into ebook publishing, I have not yet experienced financial success. But just completing something and putting it out there for the world to see is a major success in my book.
Do you drink? And if so, what is your drink of choice?
When I'm in a bourbon mood, Angel's Envy or Bulleit. Scotch is either Ardbeg (10 year) or Talisker Storm. Beer - Porters and stouts. Wine - Malbec or Cabernet
You seem to give no group a free pass in your writing. Why?
I both love and make fun everyone, including myself. There are no sacred cows and there damn sure ain't no holy ground when it comes to writing.
You are from the US. Have you traveled to any other countries?
Correction - I'm from Texas, and yes, I've lived in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and traveled in the UK, Europe (yes, I know the UK is part of Europe) Canada.
What is your recurring theme in your writing. What would you like the reader to understand about your work, though it may not be expressly stated?
Nothing. Take it at face value. I'm an open book, and hopefully my writing is too. If there is a point I wish to convey, I will state it directly. I do not deal in innuendo.
Any final thoughts?
Yes. Buy the book. Feel free to send positive feedback or objective criticism to rprushwriter@gmail.com
Published 2017-09-15.
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Books by This Author

Enter the Djinn
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Enter the Djinn is a refreshingly, dark, unique and humorous view of modern society. Highly recommended for adult readers that don't mind stepping outside of their comfort zones and releasing their inner twelve-year-old.
Id Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,790. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Combining inspirations from comedic greats like Andrew Dice Clay and Rudy Ray Moore, 'Id Poetry' writer R. P. Rush captures the irreverent, poetic humor of a bygone American era. With a Silverstein-ish feel and a heretic's convictions, Rush's 'Id Poetry' is both base and sophomoric, as well as complex and fiendishly twisted.