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OKAY, and now for the interview. Introducing Mr. Ray Melnik, author of The Room and To Your Own Self Be True!
Interview conducted by me, Sassy Brit.
SB: First can you tell me more about yourself, the writer behind To Your Own Self Be True.
RM: Thank you, Sassy, for the opportunity to talk about my story.
After winning awards for fictional writing in High School, I went to college to study literature. After a couple of years I was presented with an offer to join a rock band and it was a little bit too appealing to pass up at the time. I was the lead singer in original bands and directed my writing toward lyrics for a time. After a few years in a group called the Fine Malibus, the guitar player, Steve Stevens went on to join Billy Idol and I opened a recording studio in New York and also began writing pro audio columns for a music trade magazine. I continued writing technical articles when I moved into my career as a network architect. I have an insatiable appetite for science and reason so fictional writing was a great vehicle to explore all of it.
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
Now that I have begun to write fiction again, I have many more stories I would like to tell and other than a few essays and short stories, it will be novels moving forward.
SB: Do your characters appear to come out of nowhere, or do you spend hours creating their lives?
My lead players are written out in much more detail. In my first novel, The Room, I gave the protagonist my love for science and reason and in To Your Own Self Be True, his daughter, Kaela is a chip off the old block, but I added quirks. Once I have these outlines, it’s easy to know how they will react to any situation they are faced with.
SB: Do you write 'as and when' you can fit it in, or have a set time schedule? Have you any routines to get you in the mood to write?
RM: I live in upstate New York with 2 hour train rides each way to work in New York City each weekday. I write mostly in the mornings, but I also travel at times for business. It’s a great option to have on 12 and 13 hour flights to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Those are the undisturbed times. I write other times, but life seems to more often get in the way.
SB: What are you reading now? Do you prefer one genre over another?
SB: I see from your website you are musically talented, and as you have already skimmed on this subject may I ask you to elaborate a little, perhaps share one experience about these adventures with our readers?
SB: Oh, I love it! Click on the photos for a bigger picture, everyone! Thank you for sharing those with us. Now, where can our readers buy your books? I'll try to calm down whilst you answer.
Added by Sassy: And through your website!
SB: Finally, if you could name one book, which changed your life (not one you have written yourself) what would it be and why?
SB: That's quite profound! Thank you, Ray, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this with me. It's been a pleasure, and I look forward to hearing how any further novels are progressing.
RM: For a brief time while promoting, I’m writing a few essays and short stories. I posted the first essay on my site. Like the prologues, essays are a satisfying rant about the absurdities I find hard to understand. It helps as new characters are developed for the next novel and I’m currently tossing a few story ideas around. I’ll start in the next month or so. Thank you as well, for a review with depth. You understood the philosophical underpinnings and much of what I hoped a reader would take away from the story. Cheers.
SB: Cheers, Ray! (Very British -- is that not?) I'll keep an eye out for them, or maybe two. I rather like a good rant. :)
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