Interview with R K Smith

What is your writing process?
I'm a morning person. If I haven't started by noon, it isn't going to happen! Usually, ideas percolate in my head for several days and then some morning I sit at the keyboard. Sometimes things emerge as imagined but frequently actions and people take on lives of their own and go somewhere unanticipated.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was much younger, life was hectic. I started writing a number of times but things got in the way and I never finished them. The first story I completed was called 'North Of Superior' and was accepted by a magazine.
How do your ideas develop?
Often, I think of a situation which allows the character to show or develop positive aspects of their personality. For example, I might imagine a situation such as being forced by necessity to wade through a swamp. That requires the character to have great determination and persistence. The story shows those characteristics and how the person came to have them.
What kind of reader would find your stories appealling?
My stories are positive and optimistic, but realistic, not so extreme as to stretch believability. They would appeal to people looking for characters who face and overcome their problems with strength and determination. I think we all like to read about people who have the kinds of characteristics we ourselves might like to show in similar situations. The stories are not preachy and I think people who are somewhat introspective would enjoy seeing how others face challenges.
Published 2015-01-11.
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Books by This Author

Erotophobia and Other Challenges
Price: Free! Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Irrational fears can be overwhelming but as Stephen discovers in Eorotophobia, they can lead to worse problems. Or challenges can be channeled, as the main character in A.D.D. P.I. discovers. He has Attention Deficit Disorder and his bouncing brain connects seemingly unrelated facts to solve mysteries. Other challenges simply make life complicated, as readers see in these short stories.
Slices Of Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,310. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
People are never boring, though they aren't vampires, TV megastars, or superheroes either. In one of these twenty short stories, a man recalls childhood tales which prevented him from becoming a bitter adult. In another, a girl reconnects with her grieving father after her mother's death. Positive and inspiring, these stories affirm human strength, creativity, and thoughtfulness.