January went too fast! Lots going on in my life, but I did want to continue with my author interviews.
This month is Rin Kaito or R-R. Varg, a 35-year-old shounen ai writer living in a small apartment in northern Sweden together with 4 cats and a dragon.
Storytelling has always been R-R’s major hobby, but it was not until recently that a sudden realization hit R-R. Getting published turned into more than just a childhood dream, it’s about to become a reality.
Look forward R-R’s debut novella from the Scrambled collection series, it will be self-published in 2018.
It’s going to be fabulous! Can’t wait!
Visit R-R’s information hub at: http://rin-rins.net
Do you ever get Writer’s Block, and do you have any tips for getting through it?
To me writers block is what happens when I am not interested enough in the story anymore. I drop the story and work on something else. Until I get bored with that story and go onto something else. Eventually I’ll trip over the first story again, feel inspired by it and return to write on it. If that does not work I go and do something else. Like playing computer games, drawing, reading, watching movies or hanging with my sister. My characters will eventually come out of the wood works when I do stuff that they enjoy doing.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I’m biased. I only see disadvantages with being traditionally published. Some say that it’s easier being traditionally published because then you won’t have to do your own marketing. However I’ve heard traditionally published authors complain that they are now expected to do their own share of marketing. People say that traditional publishers have way better paper book distribution. I know of companies that will distribute my paper copies for me and I know how to get my books into book stores and libraries. The only advantage I can think of for being traditionally published is that it still bestows some kind of status upon the person that the traditional publisher have chosen. You are the chosen one. Lol. Sorry.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Well, the only bad reviews are the vicious ones. Those who just wants to be mean. Even if reviews are negative they can be used to make later works even better. If they bother to write what it was that they didn’t like.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Listen to people, experience life, ponder it. Read a lot and ponder that. Then sit down and write and write a lot. Don’t stop writing. Have someone comment on your stories and then ponder that.
Do you think true Alpha males exist in real life?
Well, considering the fact that there are real live people out there that people are ready to follow at the drop of a hat. Yes, I do believe that there are alpha males, charismatic leaders, out there. I’m not sure true Alpha males exists, though. I haven’t even seen a true fictional one so why should there exist one in real life?