R. Addams

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
When I commenced writing I guess my aim was to tell the stories as I see them, without too much regard to fans.
As a consequence, because my first novel 'Chaloaw Stew' is a little rough and raw, and uses language which may not be entirely acceptable in the US, I have possibly alienated myself with a lot of potential fans.
That said, I feel my novel is true to the idiom in the geographical location in which it is set.
In fact, friends from Maryland who have visited Australia and who have experienced the Australian culture and language first hand, love the novel and accept that it is truly typical of the region.
So, in answer to the basic question, having a lot of fans would be great, and something which every author desires but I believe I need to balance that with the need to tell my stories in the manner suited to their location.
What are you working on next?
I have several manuscripts in the pipeline.
The next to be published will be "Seeking Skye," a sometimes tongue in cheek story about an aging amateur sleuth who is helping solve the case of a missing teenager, Skye Burrows. The investigative methods used by the sleuth (Poppa Roy) and unusual, mystical and sometimes questionable but he achieves results in what turns out to be a convoluted series of events.
This could be classed as a Cosy Crime - it is less rough and raw than Chaloaw Stew, with minimal bad language.
I am also writing a prequel to Chaloaw Stew, a novel introducing Chris Johnson, when she was working on cases in Sydney and in Queensland, Australia, "I am Chris!!!" should be out in a few months.
Getting away from the crime genre, I have been working on a manuscript which has three different themes, all running concurrently. The first describes my life while managing a large construction project in West Africa. The second is about slavery in Ghana, and is told in a series of dreams or nightmares and the third is a series of email communications between my wife (back in Australia) and me, centering on local Australian domestic issues.
That novel (will probably be called Elmina Dreaming or something similar) has a long way to go before it will be completed
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Books

Bounty Bond
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,210. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Take two islands in the Pacific Ocean, over 6,000 kilometres apart. What could they possibly have in common? Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands were both settled by survivors of the Bounty Mutiny which occurred over 200 years ago, so there is a historical bond between them and one which surfaces in the twenty-first century when a boat from New Zealand arrives on Norfolk Island carrying a dead body.
I am Chris!!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,560. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
'I am Chris!!' depicts a period in the life of Detective Chris Johnson, is assigned to a special police squad, established to investigate and prosecute a Mr Big of the underworld in Sydney, Australia. A feature of the squad is that they may employ unorthodox methods, without adhering to regulation police procedures and regulations, something which she takes to enthusiastically.
Nimbin Rocks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,950. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Poppa Roy is asked to help in the search for a missing teenager. Using his special method of investigation, he is able to determine that she is safe but that she is being held against her will. It is determined that the girl is being held in the town of Nimbin, a centre of counter-culture in New South Wales, Australia, and by a previously unknown cult, which is based on Wiccan beliefs.
Echoes of ElMina
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,110. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Echoes of ElMina involves slavery in West Africa, as seen through the eyes of Poppa Roy and his friends. It is gruesome in places, as was slavery and there is a degree of magic and mysticism
Etropole
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,070. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A quaint and quirky cosy crime set in Bulgaria as Poppa Roy helps investigate the disappearance of a couple from Ballina, Australia
Seeking Skye - A Poppa Roy Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,100. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction
A cute and cozy crime novel, set in Australia, with a hint of romance and just a dash of mysticism. Seeking Skye follows the adventures of Poppa Roy Addams, a retired construction manager and sometimes amateur sleuth Poppa Roy uses mystical and unorthodox methods to search for clues to help him in his investigations, but the clues are often unclear and even confusing.
Chaloaw Stew (Nothing Ever Happens In Alstonville)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,550. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Chaloaw Stew is set in the Byron Bay area of New South Wales, Australia, where five young girls, all visitors to the town, disappear over a seven day period. The local police team is supplemented by two specialist officers from Sydney and, with their direction and impetus, the investigation gathers momentum, culminating in an unexpected conclusion, after some twists and turns along the way.

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