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13 Jun

Starting from the sound of coyotes howling into an author and social media publicist. Hear the story of R. M. Villoria…

JR: Tell us about yourself, and how would you describe yourself?
BV: Many of you have known me as a business owner, Personal & Business Development Coach, Social Media Publicist and radio DJ over the past 45+ years. Although I’m going kicking and screaming into retirement, I guess I have to accept it. Not that I really want to mind you, but circumstances dictate that I do.
Back in 1992, I was living in Lake Tahoe with my family having left L.A. 2 years earlier and was doing some consulting at the time. I was laying in bed one night when I heard in the woods across from where we lived, the sound of coyotes howling. I thought it was so cool but more importantly, it seemed to open a floodgate of story ideas and so I sat down and over the next twelve months cranked out two novels and accompanying screenplays. I literally couldn’t stop the story lines from coming and I had to write down brief synopsis for all the future stories I would write. I didn’t do anything with them at the time as “Life” has a tendency to go on while we’re busy making other plans. Fortunately, I had already gotten some very credible validation for my works and it inspired me to say to myself, “I’ll get back to this soon”
Raising children, remodeling our new home, taking care of parents who we moved in with us, working in radio, moving to Las Vegas, opening a new business, selling that business, moving back up to the Tahoe area, starting yet two more businesses and working in radio again took me all the way to 2013 when we moved back to Las Vegas once again. I’ve finally gotten back to my writing. Wasn’t sure if it would “flow” like before but sure enough, it has and so, here we go again and I’m loving it!

JR: When did you first realise you want to be a writer?
BV: Early 60’s

JR: Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?
BV: Formal education can’t hurt, but for many, including myself, it can just come to you.

JR: Are you a full-time author?
BV: Yes, full-time author and social media publicist.

JR: What is the greatest lesson you have learned and/or greatest achievement you have reached as a writer?
BV: Lesson – Patience   Achievement – Becoming published

JR: Do you have habits in writing? Any specific time and/or place to write?
BV: I enjoy writing late at night into the middle of the night.

JR: How long do you normally finish writing a book? What is the hardest part in the process?
BV: As long as it takes. Hardest part?…distractions.

JR: Do you have professional editors to furnish your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?
BV: I have an accomplished editor, and advice?…edit, edit, edit.

JR: How do you think you have evolved creatively?
BV: I’ve gotten better at disciplining myself.

JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?
BV: Yes. I walk away giving it time to refocus.

JR: How do you involve in promoting your books?
BV: Doing all my own marketing. Would like to have someone else do it

JR: Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing?
BV: Traditional would be fantastic although it’s a very difficult endeavor. Self-publishing can eventually lead to that, however.

tales from the mind fieldJR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?
BV: One published, second about to be published and have enough short stories for many more.

JR: What genre that you normally write?
BV: Horror, Mystery, Suspense

JR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one?
BV: My “books” are collections of short stories and to date, I believe Shadows or In the Name of the Father is the best.

JR: Any other works in progress?
BV: Yes. Vol Two is about to come out. Starting Vol Three. Also, have a full suspense novel titled Extinction in the works.

JR: What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?
BV: Never think that your work is not worthy. “Sticktoitiveness” is essential.

JR: How can readers discover more about you and your works?
BV: By both visiting my author website (www.rmvilloria.com) and buying my books.

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