1. Tell me one thing about little Richy Wood that, looking back now, you think was proof that one day you’d be a writer.
I loved stories of all kinds when I was younger. Even at an early age I wondered what went into creating a story from the imagination—and I’d try it on my own.
Plus, as a kid, I always hated waiting for the next “Hardy Boy” book, so I’d try and create my own in the interim. Frank and Joe hardy were probably glad I wasn’t writing their stories as they ended up in far more trouble in my tales than in Franklyn W Dixon’s.
All those fantasy stories about magic have this throw-away line about “magic can’t be known/used in front of ‘normal’ people. I started off with the idea—“What if non-magical folks started figuring out what was going on?” And the series started from there.
3. Name two people from all of history you’d love to take to the pub, and one you’d avoid like the plague (or punch his/her lights out.)
I’d love to go drinking with Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. Avoid? YOU know the real answer to this one, but I’ll pick Adolf Hitler because he was a serious Jackwagon.
4. What was the biggest surprise in this whole writing/publishing game?
How supportive and open to questions professionals in the business are. Once I started to connect with writers, editors and the like via social media, everyone was VERY patient with my newbie questions and either answered them directly or pointed me to helpful resources. It’s been a wonderful experience—and I was expecting a lot less.
5. Give me one sentence, no more than a dozen words, of wisdom you’ve learned since you decided to write TPF.
I have ten words left…
6. Your favorite place to be/One place you never want to be again.
My favorite place to be is anywhere with my partner, Tina. Never again? Hong Kong. Long story.
7. You get to name one person who had been the biggest influence on you as a writer, only one, from any point in your life, whether you know them or not. Why?
Oh bugger. I can pick only ONE? Well, I’ll say my parents (two people, one partnership) who encouraged me to do what I enjoy.
8. You have an unlimited amount of time and money: Where are we going drinking?
Ireland. We are going to every bloody pub in the 36 counties.
Back to your host: I bet you can tell I had fun with this interview. The book’s better. Go get it!
R.B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy. His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, is now available from Pfoxchase Publishing. Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series and is host of The Word Count podcast.
R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, his dog Jack, three cats and various other critters that visit from time to time.
Find him on his blog: http://www.rbwood.com
Feel free to contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org