This week’s guest post is an interview with Daniel Rumanos, author of the series Weird Adventures. Enjoy!
Q01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Absolutely, or more properly, a storyteller. I always did that, and was the grade-school Baron Munchausen!
Unfortunately, growing up in Baltimore, which is often (though erroneously) termed a “blue-collar city”, I did not get much impetus towards a literary career.
So I first became an entertainer, and being a stage magician/illusionist and carnival performer is another opportunity for storytelling.
Of course I did write my tales down in manuscript form, and when internet blogging came along I saw that as a forum for my fiction.
Q02 – What was the best piece of advice you received/read when you were starting out?
“Give this up. Nobody reads anymore.” But I like a challenge, and get no greater thrill than in proving cowards wrong. It just gave me the inspiration to look for alternative formats in which to present my work.
Q03 – What is your favourite genre to write?
My work is perhaps best described as Fantasy Espionage Thrillers. I find it best to just think of it all as pulp fiction while I am actually working on it. A hero, a sidekick, a villain, and a quest. Everything else is garnish.
Q04 – What is the title (or working title) of your current manuscript and can you tell us a little bit about it?
My series, The Weird Adventures of Daniel Rumanos or Adventures of Daemon-Star, continues and will be taking some shocking turns in the next several new stories.
I don’t want to give too much away for those who follow it regularly, but shall we just say I hope all of you are not too attached to planet Earth?
Q05 – How do you make time to write?
Just see it as any other sort of employment, even if you don’t have a boss over you telling you to get to work. Pretend you do!
Q06 – Are you a pantser or a planner?
I have a basic idea in mind where I want a story to go but let it find its own way there. They often surprise even me!
Q07 – Would you ever want to see a story of yours turned into a movie?
Absolutely! My series has become known as “The Paranormal James Bond”, so I think that sounds like it has film potential, hmmm? I don’t think it would have to be a big budget thing, however.
An independent film company could handle it, and it could definitely get a lot more attention than yet another “horror comedy” or “found footage” slasher film.
All it needs is good actors (and be sure to pay them before the special effects crew, eh?) and my usual PT Barnum-style publicity.
Q08 – What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Dealing with people who don’t realise I write fantasy fiction. Seriously, I get self-proclaimed “paranormal investigators” constantly telling me they have had “similar experiences”.
I don’t mean those who believe in the supernatural as a matter of faith, which is fine, but those who think such things are proven “scientific fact“.
I suppose that sort of thing is just a trend now, but it wasn’t when I was starting out, so it strikes me as rather odd that people accept such things as fact in this day and age.
I wouldn’t mind so much, if they then didn’t, when I explain to them that it is fiction, seem to take that as an insult and then proceed to warn me against writing about demons or ghosts or whatever. Apparently, they fear I might upset the “real” ones!
Q09 – How do you deal with writers block?
I can’t honestly say I’ve ever had that problem.
Q10 – What is the single best piece of advice you could give to new writers?
Do not over-edit or continually revise until your story loses all of its charm. Give yourself a deadline and stick to the determination of getting your work finished on time! Shakespeare had deadlines. So did Charles Dickens. Learn from the masters.
Q11 – Which authors inspire you?
HP Lovecraft, Ian Fleming, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, MR James, EF Benson, Thomas Bulfinch, The Brothers Grimm, The Arabian Nights. A mix of classic authors, pulp writers, and traditional legends and folk tales.
Q12 – Tells us why you love writing
It is an act of creation, something almost godlike. I don’t mean that in a way that should offend anybody’s religious beliefs. Quite the contrary, I think it is a good thing. But just to balance that, writers must remember to not take ourselves too seriously. The best fiction writers are always those who realise we are entertainers.
Connect with Daniel
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Big thanks to Daniel for coming onto this blog to guest post, I hope you all liked his interview. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them.
Do check out his social media pages and his Weird Adventures series!
I’ll be back on Friday with a blog of my own, so I do hope you will check back in 🙂
Have a great week and as always happy writing.