A word with author R.L. Facre

  1. A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
    1. Inept, I really don’t think that is true for everyone that writes. In this case, it is somewhat true for me. Sometimes I would much rather write to escape the world, than be somewhere interacting socially. This is only because I feel like there is so much judgement these days. In my writing, I can sometimes write the world in accordance to the way I want it to be; rather than what it may actually be.
  2. Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?
    1. I have known some writers when I was in college that were sticklers for grammar. These individuals were the English majors, so grammar was their strength. That is what Editors are for, in my opinion.
  3. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
    1. I would honestly say “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. Seriously, I thought that was an imaginatively creative story by Nicholas Sparks. It was creatively developing storyline, something I had read or seen in the adapted movie version before.
  4. How important is research to you when writing a book?
    1. Research is an especially important part of the process to me. I want the story to seem authenticate, you can’t do that if certain elements of the story are extremely off base.
  5. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
    1. I have never used a typewriter, it seems to be outdated now. I would love to use a typewriter. Yet, a computer works simply fine for me.
  6. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
    1. I used to play sports, basketball was my first love. I took a creative writing class when I was in college. That is when I found an interest in writing. However, it is what the power of written word can do that draws my interest. I find writing to be one of the ways I can disseminate a powerful message through a relevant story.
  7. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
    1. I can think of so many ideas when I am away from my laptop. Yet, when I sit down, my mind goes blank. I just have to sit and start writing until the ideas flow.
  8. Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
    1. Not exactly, I just write as much as a can each time I can. I would sit down and type an entire book if I could.
  9. Writers are often associated with loner tendencies;is there any truth to that?
    1. I think that it really depends on the author. I find that I tend to have some loner tendencies, I’m not sure why? I just prefer to be alone away from everyone at times.
  10. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
    1. I usually try to plan out the entire story before I start writing. The story can change during the process.
  11. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
    1. I think trying to create interesting dialogue, and developing the plot is the hardest part about writing. I often fear that my story is going to bore readers. I also fear that sometimes including something that is not typical will drive away readers, like foreign language.
  12. Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?
    1. I usually plan out my story before writing. Having something to reference usually nullifies writer’s block.
  13. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
    1. I think having substance is the most important part of a book. I think that readers want a good story at the end of the day.
  14. What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
    1. I think that short titles are more rememberable to readers, and a good cover draws them in.
  15. Do you attend literary lunches or events?
    1. I have never been to one. I would love to go to one of Author Angie Thomas’ literary lunches.
  16. DO you enjoy theatre? Would you ever like one of your stories to be turned into a play?
    1. I have not had the chance to go to a live play. I would love to go to play. That would be awesome to see one of my stories turned into a play.
  17. How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?
    1. I am regularly active on social media. I don’t think that it changes the way that I write. I usually use social media to help me draw inspiration. I think it depends on what a person is looking at on social media.
  18. Do you think translating books into languages other than their origin forces the intended essence away?
    1. I think it depends on the translation. Computer translation can do that for sure. But if the translator has a great grasps of both languages, nothing should be lost.
  19. Do you prefer being intoxicated to write? Or would you rather write sober?
    1. I have never written anything intoxicated. I have a challenging time writing when I am sleepy. I can’t imagine writing anything but dribble if I was intoxicated.
  20. Have you ever made a fake account to interact with fans over comments online to get some insights?
    1. I don’t think doing that would be constructive. There are other ways to get some insight. Doing that might actually hurt the writer in my opinion.
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