9 Questions with… Roma Gray

Roma Gray lives in Oregon with her three furry friends, Nicky, Cricket, and Roanoke.
She has an MBA in Technology Management and a Masters in Project Management.
Her book, Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon, an anthology of six trick-or-treat thrillers, is available at Amazon and most other book sellers for the introductory sale price of $1.99. She is currently working on her first novel, The Hunted Tribe, which is due out this September.

For information on Roma Gray and her upcoming projects, please visit Trick-or-Treat Thrillers.com at http://trickortreatthrillers.com/. On this site you will also see jokes and interviews with other writers, so please check it out.

9 Bridges: When you are writing do you feel more like you are being inspired by a muse, or driven by demons?
Roma Gray: By a muse. I write what makes me happy. Demons sneak into my work on occasion, but the muse always wins with me. Writing has to be fun or I couldn’t spend so much time on it.

9B: If you were alone on a desert isle with plenty of tinder for a fire handy what book would you want most to have with you and why?
RG: Relic. I LOVE that book! It has the perfect writing style (for the subject matter), the perfect pacing, the perfect subject matter. When I read that book I literally felt like I had been looking for that book my whole life. I read that book on average six times a year.

9B: True or not it is often said that there is nothing truly original. With that in mind who did you borrow from when developing your style?
RG:  Relic. See earlier answer.

9B: What is the best advice you have ever given or received about writing?
RG:To be successful, you only need to capture the interest of 1% of the reading market in the U.S. It occurred to me that meant 99% could hate my book and all would still be well with the universe. Since none of my friends or family would even read my stuff because they hated sci-fi and horror, it suddenly made everything feel ok.

9B: What tools do you use when you write?
RG: Writer’s log, excel word count sheet and Microsoft word. The first one acts as therapy and the second one keeps me on track. The last one, well, it is what it is.
9B: What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
RG: Editing. Very long and scary process. I’m getting better at it, though.

9B: What is your favorite part of the writing process
RG: Zero draft! This is when I just sit down and write and don’t correct stuff or look back. Fun, fun, fun! Even I don’t know where the story will go at that point.

9B: Everyone always talks about writers block but no one ever seems to do anything about it. What is your solution?
RG: I haven’t had writers block for years. Probably at least a decade. Seriously. That’s kind of weird, now that I think about it. So what is it exactly that I do? Hmmm. Well, just recently I had to come up with a dinosaur story. I just mentally threw out there the most obvious (and unintentionally stupid) example I could come up with. Then I thought, “What do I like and not like about this?” In the end I came up with five different ideas and the last one finally worked for me.

9B: Rock, Paper or Scissors?
RG: Paper (without paper, there never would have been books. Seriously, there’s really only one right answer here)

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