Interview with Rex Bromfield

Why on earth would you ever quit the film business?
The film business is not what people think it is. It's driven by finance and fear. Producers and distributors say they want new and original ideas, but if you come up with something new and original, they hide and won't take your calls. As long as I agreed to do what they knew how to sell I was doing well. I'm one of the very few people who ran away from the circus and went back home to work on something serious. Now, if it's wrong, I know who's responsible.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I used to write screenplays. I actually got to direct three of them. My IMDB link:
My most rewarding work as a director was in children's television. I also worked for a while in Hollywood as a script doctor. I learned that a lot of really good ideas go down the tubes because they don't match the popular markets. Getting my ideas out to the public as motion pictures was going to take more time that I had. I greatly appreciate the input of people who understand what I am trying to do. The movie business is rife with fools and thieves. I decided that the only way to have control over my own ideas was to write them instead.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That would be at 5:00 AM. Sometimes earlier. It's the time of day when everyone else is unconscious and the world is at peace. Most of my remaining brain cells are scrubbed clean by sleep and I'm nineteen again. That may not be inspiration exactly, but it's why I get up in the morning. I go out on the balcony to make sure it's all still there, then I get to work in the dark.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've always worked for the audience. The reader. Not a producer, a publisher, an agent or any particular current market trend. For me joy comes from learning that someone found my work fun or useful and that they are looking for more. A great deal of joy also comes from exciting new ideas that demand attention.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nice question. Just when I'd managed to forget it.
What is your writing process?
I rough out main characters and plot from voluminous hand-written notes. I cobble this all together into a structured outline. Then, ignoring the outline almost immediately, I start somewhere in the middle with my favorite scene. In six months I have a first draft that is a total train wreck, but I have something to fix. Fixing is a lot easier than coming up with the story in the first place.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot of non fiction. Lisa Randall wowed me with her book 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'. The last fiction novel I read was 'The Swimmer' by the German author Zsuzsa Bánk. A fabulously haunting and melancholy piece of work. I love the work of Kurt Vonnegut. He's funny and serious at the same time. William Burroughs' mysterious poems carry a lot of weight for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Aside from playing piano, I wander the streets. I go shopping. I've perfected a technique whereby I stand close to a clutch of people (usually women) and appear to be a stupid man looking for his wife (not far off the mark, though it should read 'a stupid man looking for a wife'.) I become invisible to them so I can listen in on their conversations. It is very real dialogue spoken by very real people about very real things.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I do vividly remember reading Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle' when I was fifteen or so. That for me was a pretty dramatic experience. Likewise 'Crime and Punishment'. Hmmm... now that I think of it, perhaps 'Exodus' was the first real novel I read.
How do you approach cover design?
With caution. Many of the one sheets (posters) for my movies were made by professional advertising design teams. I hated most of them, but they seemed to work. So far I have done all of my book and story covers myself. I try to come up with something that the reader will want to go back and look at half way through the story. I probably require the assistance of a proper designer.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love struggling through texts on particle physics or cosmology-stuff that I have to read several times before realizing that I don't understand it one bit.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have my second buggy Kobo. They were pretty good about replacing the first. Let's say it has personality (and great battery life) I look at the fabulous new tablets then get sticker shock then go back home to work.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. The most popular thing I've written so far is a short story called 'Fat Pat'. (free download here on Smashwords) It's about a teen aged girl who refuses to go to school because she thinks she's fat (she's not). If I put a price on it people may not see it. I think it struck a chord with mothers who were confronting this problem with their daughters.
Describe your desk
Can't see my desk. Too littered with notes, books and magazines. There's a chocolate bar down there somewhere, too, but I'll be damned if I can find it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I didn't grow up. I struggle each day to keep from growing up.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest novel is called 'At Large'. It's about fat people hiding from the law because it's become illegal to be fat. It's a lot more interesting and much funnier than it sounds. I learned, a long time ago when I made a movie about a blind man falling in love (Dan Aykroyd), that you can make fun of things that aren't funny as long as you make fun of everyone equally and your heroes and villains are real people.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided a way for me to make my stories available to a great many people through various promotions and distribution channels.
Published 2015-03-26.
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 83,660. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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