Author Q&A

Hello readers!
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic taking place, I wanted to do something special for my loyal readers and followers!  So I put out opportunities to ask questions, and have completed a full-length Q&A for your enjoyment!
I hope the questions below shed some light on my writing for you!

 

Q. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A. I think this very much depends on circumstances. Certain books and scenes have different impacts on my energy levels.

Q. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A. I definitely aim to be original.  I get that certain things sell better and are popular,  but I like to bring new adventures to life and consider different concepts.

Q. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A. Change literally EVERYTHING about the first three Hathin books!  Haha.  Look,  as my first book,  Hathin was a struggling piece.  If I could take the flare, experience and depth that thrive in Reborn and Rising (coming soon) and add it to the first three books, I’d be far more proud of them.

Q. How do you select the names of your characters?
A. This is one of the hardest things for me with each new character.  I sometimes name characters based on research of name meanings or symbolism.  In regards to the Hathin series,  all of the angels and vampire names are pulled from intense research into angel name meanings.  For example,  the final primary antagonist of the series is Samyaza, a fallen angel known for being one of the Watchers, or Grigori.  That is the exact role he plays in my books.

Q. How did you come up with Rouzzo Rascals?
A. I wanted something to shift focus on the children and a way to classify the books together.  After looking into cute words that indicate young tiny humans,  I finally settled on Rouzzo Rascals.

Q. What comes first, the plot or characters?
A. Actually,  it’s a healthy dose of both.  The general story idea comes first,  and the characters begin to form.   If there’s a lot involved in the plot, I’ll work together a chapter events outline so I know which primary events need to happen as the story progresses.  In other situations I just let the story fall into place page by page. 

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
A. Alright so I tend to get dialogue heavy and I’m very aware of it,  but cannot seem to shut my characters up!  Also, several of my books have characters named Jonathan,  or John.   For those who don’t know,  John is my middle name and has always been a staple I have used in my writing.

Q. Who is the author you most admire?
A. I know you want the name of authors who have influenced my writing (Douglas Adams, Eoin Colfer, Jay Asher, among others and Louis Sachar was a childhood inspiration), I have to say I’ve read writings of three close friends of mine (Sheila, Nicole,  Brooke)  who I really hope to see published someday.  They’re incredible writers.

Q. Where do you get your creativity/inspiration for your books?
A. As I said earlier,  music, people, and life experiences all play a major part in bringing my  books and characters to life.   As for creativity,  I have always felt a desire to create and manifest new stories.

Q. Why did you choose to start writing?
A. I really don’t know.  I have written stories my entire life.  It was an elementary school teacher had the class all make up stories and I just never stopped.

Q. How did you come up with ideas of each book?
A. The Perfect Fan was inspired my love for music and the inspiration of my mother encouraging and guiding me in my life.
Some Planets Aren’t so Close to Earth was inspired by my friend Chris and a song he wrote called S.P.A.C.E. – Which I actually did a vocal cover of.
The Hathin Series was my first take at horror,  gore, and supernatural themed writing.
Harry Flynnt was just me letting my ADHD metaphorically take over the pen.
Madison Avery was created to take me and my writing to a much darker place.
All of my book ideas came to me through different inspirations and experiences.

Q. Did you live some of these experiences?
A. Oh,  absolutely.  For example,  Damien in Euphoria miserably worked in a call center,  as I did at the time of writing that story.  Some of his friends mentioned early on in the book were inspired by my actual friends.
Also, The Perfect Fan had some inspiration from real life moments and experiences as well. 

Q. At what age do you really think you wanted to be a writer?
A. I had been writing books since I was in elementary and middle school. I’ve always enjoyed writing,  but didn’t know that I wanted to actually publish anything until I was about 21 years old.
I hope you all enjoyed this, and thank you so much for participating!
If you have a question you’d like to ask on the next Q&A, add it to the comments below!
Thanks again!

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The Hathin Series Gets an overhaul!

Hey everyone!  As I’ve shifted my focus for finishing up The Hathin Series with the upcoming title, Hathin Rising, the first four books in the series are seeing a beautiful cosmetic overhaul.

In celebration of the upcoming new and final look for the series,  I’m proud to reveal a free font you can use for your computer!

Download it here!

Plus, don’t forget to get your free Hathin e-book!

from all available outlets

including Amazon KindleApple iBookstoreBarnes & Noble Nook, and Lulu for PC!

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The Death of Madison Avery Is Coming

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The Death of Madison Avery is coming, and it will take you to the edge.

Trigger warnings embedded into promotions as my newest book, The Death of Madison Avery, details graphic scenes of sex and violence.  Rape, torture, murder, abduction…  it all pours through the pages of this late May release.

Leading up to the release, I posted several promotional text images as you can see a couple examples of below.
I hope you’re excited, as this book goes darker and more explicit than any title I’ve ever released before.

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Giveaways, Announcements, and More!

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Alright, loyal readers!  I won’t make you weed out the giveaway here – if you want to enter to win a free signed copy of my book, Euphoria, just interact with THIS POST . Be sure that you are a (FREE) member of the group, Books by David J. Rouzzo.

Now, let’s talk HUGE NEWS!  While my books have embraced most market formats (Paperback, hardcover, and e-book), there was one format still left to pursue.

I am very pleased to announce that my books are heading to audio-book formats!
Plans and contracts have already been rolled out for It’s Me, DeathThe Well Strategized and Thoroughly Thought Out Self Destruction of Harry Flynntand Some Planets Aren’t so Close to Earth!

But, that’s not all.  Fans of Some Planets likely already know that the book was influenced by a song (S.P.A.C.E. – Some Planets Aren’t so Close to Earthby Broken Canvas.  I am so excited to announce that not only will a version of that song be released with yours truly singing the vocals and Chris of Broken Canvas on guitar, but Chris Parlamas (Broken Canvas) will also be narrating the audio-book of Some Planets.  

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This is a very exciting time, and I am very happy to make these announcements to you all.  Here’s looking to a great year!

The Death of Madison Avery – Cover Reveal

After months of contemplation over the direction I want to take the story of Madison Avery, I have found my path.  I know where the story will go, and what this poor girl is going to go through.  After talking to my girlfriend about this, and about the book itself,  she helped me to figure out the direction to go with for the cover art.  I immediately got to work and now, I am pleased to reveal the cover of my upcoming book, The Death of Madison Avery.  While most of my books have a limit to the explicit content, language and so on, this book will consist of some darker content and bend my usual rules.

I hope you’ll all enjoy it, regardless (or possibly even because) of this change.

As for the cover,  here it is!

 

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Are you excited for this book?

Some Planets, S.P.A.C.E. (Music and Reading)

Years ago, a friend of mine wrote and performed a song he called “S.P.A.C.E. – Some Planets Aren’t so Close to Earth”.
 
I enjoyed the song so much and when I asked him what it was about, he answered “Two people who love each other but live on different planets.”
 
This had me so intrigued and captivated that I couldn’t help but imagine what would have brought them together, and then separated them for such a love to exist and maintain that way… With his permission, I began writing a book by the same title. “Some Planets Aren’t so Close to Earth” became a book of conspiracy, adventure, and an unstoppable love. I even have eventual plans for a follow-up story titled after Simeon Soul Charger’s song “Europa’s Garden”.
 
Today, Broken Canvas has released his most recent recording of S.P.A.C.E., and I want to share it with all of you.
 
 
 
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Ready for 2019!

The 12 Deals of Christmas have come to an end, and I wanted to thank you all for the ongoing support!  2018 was a great year, with the releases of It’s Me, DeathThe Perfect Fanand the successful introduction to Rouzzo Rascals Publications with the launch of my first children’s book, What’s Inside My Christmas Gift? 

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I am very excited to bring more of my creations to life in 2019.  Thank you all once again for bringing in the new year with me!

Between now and New Years day, go and check out the fireworks over at www.davidjrouzzo.com!