Normally I blog about writing techniques, but occasionally I will do an author’s interview. Today I am interviewing myself as I just published my first novel with T&R Independent Books, our own publishing company.
So with no further delay let’s get started. As interviewer I will be Ron.
Ron: Welcome to Writer’s World. Should I call you R. Frederick?
Frederick: Some people drop the R and just call me Frederick. So that is OK.
Ron: As I stated you just published with T&R. Briefly tell us about your company.
Frederick: T&R Independent Books was founded by myself and my wife in 2014 for the sole purpose of publishing our books. In the past two years it has evolved to not only publishing but providing inexpensive training course in writing plus a free directory of Christian authors with links to Amazon.
Ron: But it is still primarily for publishing your books?
Frederick: Yes. We have already published two of my books: So You Want To Write? and now Perished: The World That Was. We plan on publishing my wife’s (Tress) debut novel later this year.
Ron: I understand Perished is actually a republishing of the book. Walk us through that if you could.
Frederick: Earlier this year I bought back the publishing rights to the original Perished. Once that was done, I set about reformatting and rewriting the book. So while the Title is the same, there have been a few changes in content. It also has a different cover.
The reason for doing this is two-fold: 1) When first written I didn’t expect it to be a series, which it became. 2) T&R exists to publish our books and it only makes sense to have all the series books under one imprint.
That is why I plan on rewriting The Rise of Shem. Since I will be changing the title as well as content, I don’t plan on repurchasing the rights.
As for Perished, the book covers world history from Creation to the Flood. It tells the story behind the story. I think fans, both current and future, will enjoy this book because it is slightly different than the original yet still brings the Bible alive.
Ron: You mentioned world history. Does that mean historical fiction?
Frederick: Yes. It is also action and adventure as well as Christian fiction.
Ron: Where do you write from?
Frederick: My wife and I live in Port Charlotte, Florida full time.
Ron: Briefly, what led up to this book?
Frederick: Aside from the launching of T&R, I have wished I could rewrite the book. But it was owned by America Star, the publisher. It wasn’t a major rewrite, but I felt it would be a stronger novel. As for the original, I have long had a deep affection for Biblical history. In this world of confusing, humanistic explanations of life, the Bible stands out as the sole authority on early history. Putting that history into a fictional story that remains true to the facts enables me to give people an alternative to the mythical beliefs of modern science.
Ron: What was the timeframe for writing this version?
Frederick: I bought the rights at the end of August and republished on October 12th. So about a month and a half.
Ron: That’s fast. You must have been busy.
Frederick: Very. But I enjoyed it.
Ron: What is your platform?
Frederick: That remains a work in progress, but generally I write this blog and make use of Social Media. I also plan on reaching out for more interviews and reviews.
Ron: What’s next?
Frederick: I’m real excited about my next book. It will actually serve as a bridge between Perished and Shem. It will focus primarily on Noah’s Ark, including during the Flood. After that comes the rewrite of the Rise of Shem, plus I have another in the series called Abraham. So I have a busy future.
Ron: Where can interested readers get your book?
Frederick: Create Space Estore and Amazon.com for the print, and the Ebook is available at Amazon.com only.
I might also add that I will be looking for reviewers probably through Goodreads, although interested readers can contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org. I will provide a PDF version to them, although buying it through Amazon would give more weight to their review.
For our readers I am planning on doing future interviews with upcoming and established authors. I will try to give you advance notice.
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books. For more information on him visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured.