Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Fire Inside & Better Together by Raymond Rose

Welcome to Author Raymond M. Rose.

Bio:

“All my life, I have been surrounded by stories. Whether it was my grandfather telling me tales of World War II, my grandmother of her trips to Europe, or my parents of their years before my sister and I were born, I was raised on stories. So, no wonder, that I became a storyteller myself.”

For the past fifteen years, I have been actively pursuing this life of a writer. In 1997, I left the comforts of Boyertown, PA for Chicago, IL and spent a year at Columbia College of Chicago as a Fiction Writing major. That was an amazing year. I learned a lot about how to be a writer, how to write, and how to feel good about myself in this chosen profession. Those teachings only fueled me in the years to come as I made my way into the world, into the corporate sector, into being an adult. I met a wonderful woman, got married, and moved back to Pennsylvania, intent to get published and provide a life for my family from my work. Now I am publishing with Christopher Williams Books and things are really starting to take off!

Interview:

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Living, I would invite Neil Gaiman (author of Sandman, American Gods), Stephen King (you know him), JK Rowling (her too), Patton Oswalt (geeky and funny), and Steven Spielberg (some filmmaker dude). I think, all in all, it would be a very fun conversation that riff from topic to topic.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Ah but I do have a superpower… only it is useless to use to fight crime. I have the ability to make someone laugh while they are eating or drinking. Only if I caught a criminal in the middle of a Monte Cristo would I be able to use my powers to actually fight crime.

What would your superhero name be?
The Masticator

What is one book everyone should read?
1984 – George Orwell. Consider it a cautionary tale

Night owl, or early bird?
Night Owl

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s. Especially with peanut butter.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because I want to send my kids to college.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I’d have to go with New York circa 1880-90s. I’ve always been fascinated by that time period (thanks Caleb Carr’s The Alienist).

What is your favorite Quote?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Oh yeah! Obviously, for Better Together, there’s a lot of me in Paul. But for The Fire Inside, I have less in common with Jack… although we do share a really bad temper. Every character, though, that I really get into has to have part of me in or this won’t work at all.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
I can’t tell because it’s something I will eventually release.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on the sequel to The Fire Inside right now (both are part of a larger series called Sidekicks), touching up a young adult book I wrote years (and years) ago, then starting to work on the book after Better Together. All the while, I have a comic book script I’m finishing and some screenplays I’m working on. Whew!

What was your favorite children’s book?
There’s a Monster at the End of This Book by Grover

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A bigger vehicle because we’re going to have three kids in a few months.

What do you do in your free time?
Yeah, I don’t really have much of that anymore. But when I do, write.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
I wake up when my kids yell loud enough to wake me up (they are like clockwork: 7-7:30), we have breakfast, I let them play while I try to get a little work done, we go to the library (or a playgroup), come home and have lunch, then, hopefully, a nap. About this time, my mom comes over and she watches the boys for the afternoon while I go to work or, if it’s Wednesday or Thursday, it’s the boys and I all day. If that’s the case, then we play in the afternoon, I make dinner, and when my wife is done with work, we eat. Not particularly exciting… but it’s the life we lead right now.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall. But, I have to admit, that when Spring does come, I usually greet it with open arms.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
My family is a motley collection of storytellers. It was inevitable.

What is your guilty pleasure?
George Michael. Not him per se but his music.

Favorite places to travel?
Right now, I really want to go to Scotland. Or Walt Disney World in Florida. I’m not exactly sure why other than the warmth and the ability to just relax and have fun.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Audrey Niffengger of The Time Travelers’ Wife. I would love to learn from her how to set up those perfect wonderful scenes that she writes. Just magic.

The Fire Inside – Mystery Sci/Fi (R rated)
Jack’s life isn’t the most exciting but it’s a life. One that he’s created over the past ten years to suit him. That is, until Bruce, Jack’s best friend comes to town. Bruce, a Federal Agent, is on an uber-secret mission to save the city. Instead, he’s murdered. Suddenly, Jack has no choice but to become what he was before: a crime-fighter.

Ten years ago, Jack and Bruce were Teen Protectors, costumed crime-fighters under the tutelage of their mentors, The Protectors. One night, a horrible battle erupted between superheroes and villains that left half of the city ruined and thousands dead. The government banned all superpowers and Jack, presumed dead, remained that way.

However, now, Bruce is dead and Jack sets out to solve his best friend’s murder. With the help of new allies (including a man who can turn invisible and a woman who can become pure information), villains old and new (including his ex-girlfriend) bent to stop him, Jack will walk a world he left – a world more complicated and dangerous than he ever knew – and find some answers.

Better Together – Contemporary Literature (PG-13)
Paul Rhoads, a successful horror novelist, has moved back to his hometown in Pennsylvania. Moving back home turns out to be more than just returning to his roots but starting up a relationship with his high school sweetheart, Annie. Annie, recently divorced, is the mother of a precious eight month old, Max. However, when Annie dies in a freak car accident, Paul finds himself catapulted into the role of father and decides to do something he would never have imagined himself doing: raise Max as his own.

Read Book Excerpts:
The Fire Inside:
http://christopherwilliamsbooks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/FireInsideExcerpt.pdf 
Better Together:

http://christopherwilliamsbooks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Better-Together-Excerpt.pdf
Giveaway Details:
There will be 3 winners
1 copy of The Fire Inside open to US & Canada
1 copy of Better Together open to US & Canada
Ebook of both The Fire Inside & Better Together open Internationally
Ends 5/10

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