Interview with Roger Schultz

Describe your desk
Uhhh. Just about anywhere. Sorry, I don't really have a desk in my house. I've got a table, a counter top, a couch, the bed; all places I've hung out while writing my books. Maybe if I become rich and famous, I'll buy one of those stereotypical desks and fill it with all kinds of knickknacks, but it's not really my style (if I have one).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mostly in Idaho, and mostly by myself. You would think with half a dozen brothers and sister, I would have lived in a house full of kids, but I'm the youngest by far and they were all out of the house by the time I could form a coherent sentence. As a consequence, I had a lot of time to myself, so I filled it with a steady diet of reading, bad movies, and imagination.
When did you first start writing?
In school. I think I won one contest for a short story or two, but I didn't really do any writing until one of my close family members started. I wrote my first book for her as a way to have something in common. She's probably better than I am, but you can be the judge when she publishes.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about a young girl named Rayne. Her mother named her Rayne because she likes rain, but her daughter was unique and deserved a name to match. She had a great life and two parents that loved her, until they were killed when their ship crash landed on a distant planet. The book begins at the end of her fight for survival on the planet by herself as she is repeatedly stalked, ambushed and attacked by an alien race. Fortunately, she has a lot of firepower at her disposal, but she doesn't survive the three year fight for survival unscathed. There's something left inside her she has to control and there are people who want what she has and their willing to kidnap her to get it. Thankfully, she has some friends who help her along the way and become the family she lost.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My close family member motivated me to write. She had been writing a lot of her own stories and I thought it would be fun to write one for her. It turned out so well, I thought I'd share it with some friends. They liked it so much, they suggested I publish. I hope everyone likes it as much as my friends did.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided a ton of resources on how to properly edit and format my book. My books early versions were completely lacking in this area, but a detailed read of all their suggestions really helped me put out a more polished and professional look.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy? Makes me sound like I'm jumping up and down in a field of daisies. I do like creating a good character. You know you've hit the nail on the head when everyone thinks their favorite character is dead and they begin sending you hate mail. Fortunately, I'm the god of my universe, so I can resurrect them and stop the threats of violence.
What do your fans mean to you?
Hahahaha. Okay, sorry. The whole concept of having fans is completely alien to me. I've been hated and feared for most of my life for what I do for a living. I don't want to generate any negative feelings, so I'll leave you guessing.
What are you working on next?
Book two, Rayne Again. It's actually finished, but I need to finish the formatting and editing. The cover art is done and I'm really happy with it. My artistic talent is hit and miss. Sometimes I'm great. Other times...not so much. If you visit my Deviantart or Facebook pages, you can see what I mean.

After that, book three! Acid Rayne. I just started and its going to be a while before its finished.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien was my first, but...zzzz...a person can only take so much description before passing out. Asimov was good, but really deep...almost as bad as reading Homer. Terry Pratchett is awesome, as is Terry Brooks, Diana Rowland, Joel Shepherd, Lilith Saintcrow, Kate Locke, Kim Harrison, and a million other authors I've read over the years. When I'm not writing myself, I'm devouring other peoples stuff, often times a book every three days. I've been known to polish a full novel off in a day (helps me forget my real job).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast. I love pancakes. Seriously, I like to sleep in as much as the next person, but I also love the action life has to offer. I need a constant feed of adrenaline to stay happy. I run, I workout, I shoot guns, and I fly over mountain trails at horribly dangerous speeds. Life is a lot funner with your eyes wide open.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run, I workout, I ride dirt bikes, I shoot guns. If you can get an adrenaline buzz doing it, I'm there.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm afraid to say, I do judge a book by its cover. Make sure you pay good money for your cover art. If its cool, I'll probably read it.
What is your writing process?
I have to see it in my head before I write it. I'll often times start with an outline, to get the story straight, but ultimately, I visualize before a write. When I write conversations, I get just the dialog on paper as quick as I can and then come back and fill it in with the appropriate description.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure. It was a really long time ago,but I think it was The Hobbit. It was my first introduction to fantasy and I really liked it. That book pretty much determined the rest of my reading career.
How do you approach cover design?
I try and keep it simple, which has more to do with my skill level than anything. As I've said, I'm hit and miss with my artistic talent. Sometimes I'm good...other times...not so much. If I ever go for something complex, I'll contract it out. There are some crazy good artists out there.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and fantasy for the most part. I'll do a little historical fiction and military stuff from time to time, but I read to escape and I'd prefer not to read anything remotely close to real life. My job sucks and when I come home I want to completely disappear in another world.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook. It was a present from my mom. Thanks mom.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This is it, actually. I started another one once and got as far as the first sentence.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There's no way I could pick out five. I've read thousands and liked most of them. My favorite five are usually the last five I've read. Let's go with that for now. 1. Cinder 2. Scarlet 3. Cress 4. Bloody Jack Series (way more than five all by itself) 5. The Witch with No Name.
Published 2015-01-30.
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Books by This Author

Death Rayne: Resurrection
Series: The Rayne Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 92,510. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The exciting conclusion of the Rayne Chronicles, Death Rayne. Follow Echo Elite as they deal with Rayne's loss and fight off Tau Ceti incursions that have suddenly become more focused. Meanwhile, Vlad hasn't given up hope. He's certain Rayne is alive and he'll cross the universe to bring her back; alone if he has to.
Acid Rayne
Series: The Rayne Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,400. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Studying to be a dance student didn't work out, so Rayne takes the only course open to her, being a mercenary for Lexington Tactical. Follow Rayne as she fights terrorists hell bent on blowing up the city, avoids Dr. Gault who'll do anything to learn her secrets, and a cute boy who won't take 'no' for an answer. All while fighting for headspace with a T80 combat AI.
Rayne Again
Series: The Rayne Chronicles, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 71,660. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Rayne is doing her best to adjust to normal life, but when her friends go MIA on their latest mission she can't sit idly by and wait for someone else to go to the rescue.
Series: The Rayne Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 95,850. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Rayne has been fighting for her life on a distant planet with no hope of rescue. When help finally arrives, it becomes a mixed blessing, because something is not right in her head. Psychological trauma, rage, and bitterness are the least of her worries as she fights for control over her mind and for her freedom from the forces that seek to contain her.