Interview with Roger Huntman

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was called the showdown. It was the same character as in Vampire Hotel. he just wasn't as fleshed out.
What is your writing process?
Coffee and a few spare hours. I never know what I'm going to type. I do know I never have had writer's block though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember that my first story impressed a couple of classmates and they had confidence I would make a good writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I hate cover design. Even though I have a minor in Art, I still am learning to manipulate images. I know as a reader I liked to see the characters on the cover. I guess I bring that into my design. I'm definitely looking to improve my covers and writing as time and sales allow.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Horror, role playing games and hot to books. How to because they are necessary for broke writers to fix their own stuff. Role playing books because I am an avid role-player. Horror because I LET myself get scared for the adrenaline rush.
What do you read for pleasure?
Comic books. I love comic books. I love Hemingway as well but comic books are where the real creative writers and storytellers are these days. that's why you see the movies making those stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't really have marketing techniques. I'm just a normal guy (okay a little strange) so I hope I can get some fans and go with word of moith as I improve my writing and tell better stories for you guys and gals.
Describe your desk
I have a storm trooper helmet and some spaceships on the side discs, a drone, pens, paper and of course a samurai sword sits beside it resting.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Norfolk Nebraska, Fremont Nebraska, South Sioux city Nebraska and a fair amount as a young adult in Minneapolis Minnesota. Moving around allowed me to not get too stuck in one small town. My main character has that as a fear in Vampire Hotel. I don't fear it but, I do enjoy my freedom.
When did you first start writing?
my writing started at 11 when I first started role-playing, I grew into acting in 10th grade at Fremont High School and South Sioux city High school and just stayed with as I wrote adventures for my weekly group to role-play. Finally I decided to put some of these stories into book form. Hopefully you all find them darkly humorous.
What's the story behind your latest book?
a man and his dog, a good man and his relationships, an average guy and how he can overcome the system that takes advantage of him. Wow I guess I have a lot of themes, please don't tell any Lit teachers, I might have to rethink what I said in the acknowledgements.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie is okay I'm okay with being picked up by the big boys for the next 3 books as well. I wrote all the query letters and agent letters and it wasn't getting anywhere. Everyone who read the book said it was good....sooo I decided to fly solo. Now I just need to find a wookie co-pilot.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far I haven't sold one copy so..... maybe that will change soo. but its exposure, lots of exposure and that is hard work. Way harder than writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
finishing and getting read a final product that came from my head. it means that when I'm dead and gone that there will be something I leave behind.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are the people I get to interact with at coffee shops and hang out with at conventions. nothing beats handing out with a latte' and exchanging ideas.
What are you working on next?
the sequel to Vampire Hotel it occurs three and a half years later. more fighting against the system and you get to see how the main characters have changed.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hemingway, Koontz, King, and Jimmy Buffet.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My day job. Without that I wouldn't eat or pay the electricity.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
working. Drinking coffee and gaming!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I hang out with other authors on facebook
Published 2014-01-23.
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