Interview with R.J. Hammond

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing, I would say, would be the sense of accomplishment. That I'm doing what I love to do. I haven't started
making the big bucks yet but hey, I love writing so if I make some money along the way will be a plus.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the reason I keep writing. They love my work so I give them more. Without fans, you'll be nothing. I love my fans even if it's just one fan or one million fans, I love them all the same and appreciate them.
What are you working on next?
I just finished the cover for my 2nd installment of Into the Soul of Darkness, The Demise of Men Book I. That was the final step before it went for sale on so it's available right now. As of now, I'm working on Book II for The Demise of Men.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Stephen King, love his books since I was ten. I love Louis L'Amour and his Flint series. He's not with us anymore but wherever he is I hope he's entertaining a crowd with his Flint books the way they entertained me growing up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time with my family and thinking of new plots for upcoming books. I love reading,
biking, soccer and watching movies. I love a good scary movie!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a screenplay called The Forsaken, which I shelved but I loved the idea and it was my first true push to tackle writing. I loved it and who knows, I might just take it down from the shelf one day and polish it up. Who knows.
What is your writing process?
I start with a great idea and build from there. A great idea is all it takes, the rest will work itself out so to speak. Once you start all else will follow and you end up writing something great and something your proud of.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Huckleberry Finn when I was 12 and loved it. That book took me back in time and I wanted to live like Huck lived free, simple, carefree. I knew that once you imagination is a vivid as how I imagined that book as I read then writing was for me, you must have a vivid imagination to write.
How do you approach cover design?
I want a cover to portray the story, and the lettering and such must also be and extension of the story. I use premade covers and sculpt it from there. I try to give the designers business as well. Hey, we all have to eat.
Describe your desk
My desk is clean for the most part. Try as I might to stay organized it seldom happens. I'm a clean person but I do have the off lazy days where coffee mugs remain where they are and half eaten toast are shoved off to the side. Typical writer I guess.
Published 2015-02-24.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.