Interview with Rex Owens

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to watch the story unfold as I write. I don't use an outline because I find that confining. I have a broad sweep of the story arc and plot through to the conclusion. As I write scenes develop and each scene contributes to the story. While I give myself weekly word goals I find that I don't need them but I know they give me a target.
What do your fans mean to you?
The purpose of writing is to have readers. I like to meet with my readers at any time, any place. I've met with readers in a library at a book club, at a reader's home for a book club, at a coffee shop, at an independent bookstore, at Irish festivals and even at a brew pub. It is these interactions with readers that give me energy and the drive to keep writing. This is my encore career and the one I've always been meant for.
What are you working on next?
Right now most of my time is spent marketing the second book in the Murphy series, Out of Darkness. The series will be a trilogy and I'm working on what themes I will write about in the third book. I don't intend to begin writing the draft manuscript of the third book until early 2016.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a host of favorite authors including: Ray Bradbury, Kent Haruf, Anita Shreve, Edna O'Brien, Joan Vinge, Frank McCourt, Richard Russo, Tim O'Brien, Margaret George, John Steinbeck, Wallace Stegner, Marshall Cook, Seamus Heaney, Jane Hamilton etc. etc. I read many genres, except non-fiction.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I like to work, I love to create, I like to let my imagination lead me to discover where I'm going and how the journey unfolds.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a volunteer. I am serve on threeBoards; our local civic theater, the Friends of the local library, and our regional library organization. One day a week I volunteer at the local senior center. I am the leader for two book groups and I'm a member of another book group.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember submitting a story for a competition in high school but sadly don't recall it any longer.
What is your writing process?
I give myself a weekly word goal and write it on the calendar. At the end of the week I write on the calendar how many words I've actually written. I spend a great deal of time researching facts and historical context because of of my novels are historical fiction. I like to write in our local coffee show, all the background noise and conversations actually help me concentrate. I also don't mind the occasional interruption and the hot, dark roast coffee keeps me alert.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not good at cover design. For both of my books I've hired professional book cover designers. I start with a concept that I share with the designer and then let them do their magic.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything but non-fiction.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Author presentations at book stores, Irish fests, libraries, book clubs.
Published 2015-06-29.
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Books by This Author

Murphy's Troubles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,710. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Based on the history of The Troubles, Murphy's Troubles explores themes of betrayal, loyalty and atonement.
Out of Darkness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,570. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
A story of one man's journey to wipe clean the guilt and remorse he carries because of his IRA activities during The Troubles and come out of the darkness.