Interview with Roly Andrews

Published 2015-05-08.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being in that oh so rare space, were everything comes easy and you can watch the words dance across the screen and take on their own lives, fills me with great joy. Equally though, what gives me the greatest satisfaction is the feeling you get when you get something down, even when your head and heart are struggling - but you stick at it, you get it down and done and it isn't half bad!
What do your fans mean to you?
My wife and daughter are currently my only fans - and they are the most important things in my life!
What are you working on next?
Currently tossing that up - should I write the sequel 'Return of the Water Deer now or wait'? Perhaps I should move onto 2 or 3 other planes which are in a holding pattern and currently circling the airport.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have an eclectic range of favourites from all genres of writing. But my all time favourites are:

Haruki Murakami
A.K. Grant
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Supporting people living with disabilities into employment fills my life with enormous satisfaction and in no way cannot be considered as a chore or job. I love my profession and look forward to every Monday morning when the alarm goes off. Of course, then I get to come home to two of the most wonderful women which means life is never boring!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Getting up into the mountains - away on my own, fishing, time spent with family. Taking full advantage of the wonderful Nelson climate and environs.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Random browsing - my fingers lead the way!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was a short story - about a British soldier serving the empire in the NZ Wars. Injured in battle - he was brought back to health by a beautiful wahine (young maori maiden) . He falls in love - she doesn't - and they part the best of enemies!
What is your writing process?
A to Z -with no letters between!

Seriously it is high risk stuff and not recommended. I write the prologue first then I write the ending.

Everything in between is an after thought - I love the freedom and risk of having a starting point and a destination and then working out the road map to get there.

Obviously I have a few ideas of what I want to include - and I know what I want to say - but largely the plot is living and breathing construct.
How do you approach cover design?
I am completely untalented in this field - and purchase the service of self publish pre made covers
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was much younger my mother gave me a book on ancient legends - and I remember turning on the light when I was supposed to be asleep and reading stories about the Minator and the like, then having nightmares all night!
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Books by This Author

Return of the Water Deer
Series: The Iju Trilogy. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 103,760. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: April 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Return of the Water Deer is the second part of the Iju Trilogy and the exciting sequel to The cry of the Kuaka. Love or country, this is the choice three men face. Kang Dae is a man trapped behind the communist curtain of North Korea. Two sworn enemies compete and try their best to deny his quest to reunite with the love of his life, Choon Hee.
Baikonur Bitch - 2022 Edition
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 49,790. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: February 27, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Baikonur Bitch is an eclectic collation of short fiction, dreamt up by a restless mind, from a man who should have better things to do. From stories of benign banality to mystical enlightenment, from a crime-solving dog to a nasty piece of carrot cake, Baikonur Bitch is a journey of insidious nonsense driven by an overactive imagination and a need to reduce brain clutter
The Cry of the Kuaka
Series: The Iju Trilogy. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 95,510. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
From rural Korea, to the brothels and POW camps of Yokohama, to the United Sates and the Southern Alps of NZ; then ultimately climaxing at Cape Reinga, this is a story of endurance, honour and shame. Set against the Japanese annexation of Korea, WW2 and the Korean War, it is a story of the modern world: a world without boundary; a world where culture and identity confuse and collide.