Monday, September 17, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Richard Rhys Jones

So this blog is basically all green, mommy, writing stuff but I try to have a variety of writers here, especially in genres I love. Which aren't necessarily mommy oriented chick lit, foo foo types of stuff. Oh sure I love my romance and urban fantasy novels- I also love mysteries.

But anyone who knows me well knows I love scary and anything vampire- by the time I was ten I had devoured every Dean Koontz, John Saul and Stephen King novel I could get my hands on.

So today I have an interview with a horror author, Richard Rhys Jones, Reggie to his friends,  - and his books should be on the must read list of any horror fan. 

Horror and vampires. You know you want to read it.

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Well, I'm in my mid forties and originally come from Colwyn Bay, a seaside town that sits between Rhyl and Llandudno on the north Wales coast. I left there aged 16 to join the army and sort of never went back. I now live in Lower Saxony, Germany with my wife, two kids and cat, Carlos.

My genre of choice is horror and my book, "The Division of the Damned" is out now on Amazon under my real name, Richard Rhys Jones.

Are you a parent?

We have two kids, a boy and a girl both aged fifteen, (a very difficult age, apparently).

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Yes. Very.

My wife works as well and because we live in a small village miles away from anywhere, we're constantly playing taxi driver for our two. I work shifts in a steel works, earlies, lates and nights on a seven days on, two days off rotation and the only time I really have to write is after late shift.

My routine is I come home from lates, around 2230, eat something and then when all are in bed, I write. I generally have nine days a month to write, which isn't a lot but will have to do until the kids leave home.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

The characters in my book are all named after my workmates. I still haven't told them yet either.

My book deals with vampires working for the Third Reich and the "heroes" are nearly all German. I was struggling with finding German names that didn't sound like they were straight out of a corny war stories compilation, and then I was blessed with a Eureka moment. I decided to simply use the names of my workmates and the German side of my family. I mixed the names up, there are no one-for-one copies, but they're still the names used by the men in my family and place of work.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I play the drums. Once a week I drive to our practice room and punish my drums in a Hardcore band. It's nothing serious, we're all shift working dads who simply haven't grown up and refuse to move on to playing the Blues.

I actually did play in a Blues band for nearly ten years, but there's no challenge there for a drummer. So when my workmate asked me to have a go at playing Hardcore I jumped at the chance.

It's all very garage level, we make no money with it, but I love playing it.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

Yes, Fantasy.

Actually, it's a lie to say that I haven't tried writing it, I have. On holiday in Spain a couple of years ago I managed to put down 23,000 words. However, I sort of lost steam and it's now sitting in the cellar of my hard drive, collecting cyberdust.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

I think if I have a favourite character, it's one called Rohleder. A survivor of a flame thrower attack, he's horribly scarred and very cynical. However, his mutilated outer shell conceals a very compassionate core and a comically dry outlook on life.

I had Rohleder fall in love, which was very hard for me to write as I generally stay away from such goings on when I read. The woman of his affections, a refugee who had witnessed the horror of the Eastern front herself, sees past the disfigurement and falls for the man inside. I'm quite proud of what I did there and I really feel that, regardless of how cheesy it may sound, I struck the right balance in their relationship. I won't put down what happens though.

What book are you reading now?

"The SS. A new history" by Adrian Weale. Very well written, very factual and for a Third Reich buff like myself, a must read.

What is in your to read pile?

Zinnman by Robert Craven and "SHARC" by Paul Rudd. They're both friends of mine so it's a must that I read their work A.S.A.P.

Thank you very much for having me here.

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Division of The Damned
By Richard Rhys Jones

Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing

Date of Publication: April 5, 2012

ISBN: 978-1475155433

Number of pages:298
Word Count: 90.000

Cover Artist: Chris Salmen

Blurb/Book Description:

It was a brilliant plan to win the war.

What if the Third Reich could own the night?

What if they had a Division of Vampires?

And if those Vampires didn't stop?

If they had plans to conquer the whole world?

Even Heinrich Himmler hadn't thought of that. But in Transylvania someone had. And on the Winter Solstice of 1944, the world would be at their mercy.

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1 comment:

R.R.Jones said...

Hi Wenona and thank you for having me on your Blog.
It's great that you're so open about what genres you present here, respect!
Reggie :-)