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Roz Russell Interview - The Process

We are continuing the Roz Russell Interview. She is the author of Murder Once Removed, located in the Albuquerque / Santa Fe area of New Mexico.

Q. SO FAR, the three best things Iíve heard about the book are:

ďI never guessed.Ē (Music to a mystery writerís ears!)
ďDo you have another book coming out with these same characters?Ē Answer Ė YES.
The third question is usually:

Q. ďHow did you come up with the title?Ē

Well, Iíll tell you. Jessicaís mentor, Joe Taylor, is murdered while investigating a murder that happened three years ago in Santa Fe. The original victim was a wealthy art dealer named Michael Lange. Now, Jessica is convinced that the same killer murdered both men. Sheís determined to solve Taylorís murder, but she realizes that in order to do that, she must first solve the original murder of Lange. In short, she needs to solve a ďMurder Once RemovedĒ.

Q. What are some of the milestones/drawbacks to the whole process of becoming a published author?

Well, starting out to write a novel is somewhat of an insane proposition that authors are compelled to engage in, even if they hate it. They sit down at their computers every day and pound out something even if itís gibberish.

While Iíve never hated the process, I donít always love it either. It can be lonely, it can be frustrating, it can be hours of staring into space because nothing is coming together. And, yes, Iíve written lots of gibberish in my day. Itís like some really scary voice is whispering in your ear, ďFEAR THE BLANK PAGE.Ē

But when your characters are speaking to you, when the dialogue is literally dancing across the page as if under its own volition; then writing is a thrilling experience. When youíre in the middle of one of these periods, you couldnít leave your work if your house was on fire.

Getting your work published is quite another matter. When I first started trying to find an outlet for my novel, I contacted several agents. I was told that most agents donít take on new unpublished authors. So I contacted several publishers. Yep, you guessed it. I was told that they donít read manuscripts from authors who are not represented by literary agents. Talk about a catch-22.

I had all but given up the whole dream of finally seeing my book in print until I discovered Amazonís CreateSpace and Kindle Direct. Iím not saying this route was without its share of complications and delays, but the bottom line is the team at Amazon made it happen. For which I am eternally grateful.

Her website is www.rozrussellauthor.com

You can read the first part of this two-part interview by clicking on this link:

Roz Russell Interview - The Inspiration

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