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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Indie Author Interview: RW Reels

Indie Author Interview with RW Reels - Author of the Paranormal Thriller Metamorphosis - The Trey Parker Story.

When RW Reels was twelve years old, he announced to his Aunt Becky and Cousin Tony that he wanted to write a book. They stared at him in astonishment. The world of publishing was an enigma to simple country folks in Beaufort, North Carolina in 1982. These days he is achieving his dream with the ebook, a medium through which he can express his individuality without sacrificing his voice to expectations of marketability, popularity, and deadlines.

Interview with RW Reels

Author RW Reels
Author RW Reels
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
RW Reels: As a child, I would often spend hours listening to my grandmother tell stories about her childhood. The words resonated with me to the point I began capturing her adventures and mishaps into my writing. I felt a lesson could be learned by studying her past. It’s the magic of a story – the way it can literally pick you up and carry you to another place and time.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
The writing process for me consist of working out the story as much as I can in my head… often time lines and clever dialogue just seem to come from nowhere, so I quickly jot notes down. If I list one thing I want to happen, such as a person finding a gun, it may take me thousands of words to tell that point on paper. So I only have to write several major points down and I literally have my story.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
My workplace only consist of my laptop and a notebook. I sometimes find myself writing in the bed after my wife is asleep. I will often use my office on Saturday mornings when my wife is catching up on her shows. I find it difficult to write at a certain time each day unless I am editing or performing some sort of function. But if I am looking for creativity or inspiration, it comes when it pleases so I keep my laptop happy and am willing to working from anywhere. I remember when I discovered the ending to “The Trey Parker Story.” We were visiting family in Atlanta and at dinner, the ending just came to me. I was excited, I had to excuse myself from dinner and wrote a page worth of notes.

"[...] is allowing the characters to come alive in your imagination."

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
The easiest part of writing is allowing the characters to come alive in your imagination. If you had sufficiently thought them through, they will do things on their own, and rather than writing a story – you will find yourself revealing the story. The hardest part of writing is rewriting. You will always discover that a character couldn’t have done something because they didn’t know such and such at the time. And that you the author, has somehow managed to interfere with the story. This is why you always need other eyes…. I often read a story so much my eyes are immune to any typo on the page.

"It’s such a pleasure when a reader contacts me [...]"

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is being able to really experience the story. The characters often feel real and you find yourself rooting for them – or even crying for them. It’s such a pleasure when a reader contact me upset about something that has happened in the story. Then I know it was real for them as well – then I remind them to calm down because it’s fiction.

What inspired you to write the book Metamorphosis - The Trey Parker Story?
What inspired me to write the book is my fascination with the accounts of people that have had near-death experiences and have returned with uncanny abilities and knowledge. I find the spiritual implications exciting, like the stories of individuals that received organ transplants and picking up behavior from the donor. It’s definite proof of some sort of spiritual connection.

Metamorphosis - The Trey Parker Story (RW Reels)
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What makes your book special?
What makes the book special is that it’s not limited to one genre. There are elements of mystery and paranormal and romance. How boring our lives one be if it was only one genre. So in “The Trey Parker Story,” you find all emotions.

"[...] that writing a book is its own reward."

How would you describe the success of your book so far?
I realize that writing a book is its own reward. I have had a few reviews come in and look forward to more. Feedback from the readers are very important. I think the book was a success when I sold my first copy to non-family or friends. It was really special to see someone in the UK purchased a copy.

How long did it take it to write the book?
It took me about 18 months to write the story. The reason it took so long was that I got married and moved before I could finish. So job search and settling into a new home probably took a lot away. But I find it easy to write and plan to finish part 2 of the story by early 2016.

"Getting the first draft done is something special and should be celebrated."

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
For any new authors, my advice would be not to worry about every single turn and twist in a story. Ask yourself, what do you want your protagonists to do – then allow him/her to do it. Getting the first draft done is something special and should be celebrated.

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day job. After work, I often spend my time researching for my next story. I really enjoy chess and photography, so when I take a break from writing I will often edit photos I’ve taken.

How can readers connect with you?
Readers can email me at rwreels@yahoo.com or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheTreyParkerStory as well on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13334662.R_W_Reels

Thank you very much for the Interview, RW.

About the Book Metamorphosis - The Trey Parker Story

Metamorphosis - The Trey Parker Story (RW Reels)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Trey Parker is doubting the validity of what his parents and the church have always taught him about the power of faith. Within ten years, Trey’s father has abandoned the family, and Trey falls into dangerous behavior that results in his being shot. This near-death experience alters the course of his life.

He develops new abilities that he can use to heal others and to convince them of their worth, and though Trey feels propelled down this path, he embraces his new purpose wholeheartedly. His reconfigured destiny leads him to reconnect with his family, forge new, fulfilling friendships, and even to fall in love. However, surreptitious forces attempt to thwart Trey’s happiness and his goals. A police detective vows to uncover the details of the shooting and a former Special Forces Colonel is assigned by the government to collect information about Trey, an object of suspicion now that his brush with death has transformed him.

Both Detective Landis and Agent Frank Smith pursue professional and personal motives in discovering “the truth” behind Trey’s incident, and wrestle with antagonistic events and people—as well as their own backgrounds, belief systems, and flaws—throughout their investigations.

Ultimately, Trey Parker’s new altruistic role in the community causes trouble for him and for those he cares about. He must determine how to manage his metaphysical gifts, and when to listen to his own instinct in the process of fighting a corrupt system that threatens the most sacred rights of humanity.

Metamorphosis: The Trey Parker Story, the first novel in a three-part paranormal thriller series, will compel readers to question whether the life track they have been traveling is absolute and unchangeable, or whether the potential for greater influence lies within them, waiting to flourish.

Link to the Book

Link to the eBook Metamorphosis - The Trey Parker Story on Amazon

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