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Yes, for sure.  I know I will be in Phoenix, and as soon as we have dates I will get them up on facebook and my website.

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Tell us more about the book you're working on--you mentioned in your blog post, I think. Do you have a U.S. release date for it?

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Hi, R.J., a new author I need to check out. Your books send wonderful and I'll have to get one and read it. Thanks for being on the Forum here this week.

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becke_davis wrote:

Tell us more about the book you're working on--you mentioned in your blog post, I think. Do you have a U.S. release date for it?


I definitely felt a little paranoid after reading A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE. I count a book as good when I can't get it out of my mind, weeks after I read it!

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I have no real idea of the US release schedule, unfortunately.  I am not sure that the publisher has decided yet.  There is a backlist of books, as well as the new material that is being released in the UK.  I have just released the ninth here ('Bad Signs'), am releasing the tenth ('A Dark and Broken Heart') in May 2012, and right now I am working on the book for 2013 called 'The Devil and The River'; and that is a very strange voodoo-related murder mystery set in Mississippi in 1974, investigated by a Sheriff who is also a Vietnam veteran.

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Not at all!  A great pleasure to be here, and to be able to talk with you.

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Welcome R.J.

 

I just finished reading A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS. What a shocking ending! I didn't see that one coming. It is really a great book and should not be missed. It needs to be in everyone's to-be-read pile. 

 

I hope you enjoy your visit with us and I will definitely be checking out your other books. In fact, I have a copy of A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE and hope to start it tonight and finish reading it before the end of the week. 

Eadie - A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Eleanor Roosevelt
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rj_ellory wrote:

I have no real idea of the US release schedule, unfortunately.  I am not sure that the publisher has decided yet.  There is a backlist of books, as well as the new material that is being released in the UK.  I have just released the ninth here ('Bad Signs'), am releasing the tenth ('A Dark and Broken Heart') in May 2012, and right now I am working on the book for 2013 called 'The Devil and The River'; and that is a very strange voodoo-related murder mystery set in Mississippi in 1974, investigated by a Sheriff who is also a Vietnam veteran.


I just realized I neglected to tell you how to quote the post you're responding to. Click "reply" in the lower right corner, and when the new comment box opens click "quote" in the upper right. That should do it!

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What's your writing process, R.J. - do you plot everything out ahead of time, or do you write "organically?"

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Well, thank you Eadie.  That is really appreciated, and I am glad you were shocked at the end of the book!  I was too, actually, considering the fact that I had no idea who the culprit was until I wrote the end!  I hope you enjoy 'A Simple Act of Violence'.

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I definitely write 'organically'. I don't write a synopsis or a plan for the book, and I have no idea were it will end until I actually get there.  I start with a rough idea of the kind of novel I want to write, a definite idea of time period and location, but - more than anything - a clear concept of the kind of emotional response I am trying to evoke in the reader.  I am not hugely concerned that people remember the detals of plots and character names once they have finished one of my books, but - perhaps looking back on it - I would love to think that they can remember how the book made them feel.

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rj_ellory wrote:

I definitely write 'organically'. I don't write a synopsis or a plan for the book, and I have no idea were it will end until I actually get there.  I start with a rough idea of the kind of novel I want to write, a definite idea of time period and location, but - more than anything - a clear concept of the kind of emotional response I am trying to evoke in the reader.  I am not hugely concerned that people remember the detals of plots and character names once they have finished one of my books, but - perhaps looking back on it - I would love to think that they can remember how the book made them feel.


I'm terrible at remembering titles and I may forget aspects of the plot, but I always remember when I got a buzz from reading a book. The first clue is when I go online and try to find more books by the same author - as in your case!

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Hi R.J. - What books first got you interested in mysteries and thrillers? Did you always want to be a writer?

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Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle, in that order!  And no, I didn't always want to be a writer, but I knew I wanted to do something creative.  Music and photography (which I still do) were my first great passions, and then I started writing in my early twenties.

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Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle, in that order!  And no, I didn't always want to be a writer, but I knew I wanted to do something creative.  Music and photography (which I still do) were my first great passions, and then I started writing in my early twenties.


Oh, I love Enid Blyton! And I'm an Agatha Christie fan from way back - I have all of her books, some in multiple editions. Search her name on the boards here if you want to see some of our discussions about her.

 

I love to hear author's "call" stories. Would you tell us how you got the call that you'd sold your first book?

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Well, that is a very, very long story, but from the point I started writing to the point I got the 'call' was fifteen years, twenty-two novels, and over six hundred rejection letters.  It also included eight years of writing nothing, convinced that I 'didn't have what it took' to get published!  I still have twenty-two unpublished novels in my loft, and whether or not they will ever see the light of day has yet to be determined.  And my editor (then and now) battled for five months within his own publishing house to get the first book contracted, and his support was vindicated.  However, even after the first book was published, the CEO said that he doubted it would sell enough to justify another contract.  Now we are nine books in, and I am contracted for a further four.  So it all came out right in the end!  The call itself was in June 2002, from a phone kiosk in the centre of my hometown, and I found out that the editor who secured the book had even threatened to pay my advance on his credit card to get the thing in print! 

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rj_ellory, I must check out your books. I love the titles. How do you come up with them?

 

Do you have any favortie authors?

 

What do you like about writing mysteries?

 

I hope that you have a great visit.

 

Welcome to our forum.

 

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Well, that is a very, very long story, but from the point I started writing to the point I got the 'call' was fifteen years, twenty-two novels, and over six hundred rejection letters. 

 

You deserve an award for perseverance - which obviously paid off!!

 

It also included eight years of writing nothing, convinced that I 'didn't have what it took' to get published!  I still have twenty-two unpublished novels in my loft, and whether or not they will ever see the light of day has yet to be determined.  And my editor (then and now) battled for five months within his own publishing house to get the first book contracted, and his support was vindicated. 

 

I wonder how many great books we missed because no one wanted to take a chance on it.

 

However, even after the first book was published, the CEO said that he doubted it would sell enough to justify another contract.  Now we are nine books in, and I am contracted for a further four.  So it all came out right in the end! 

 

And I'm very glad it did!

 

The call itself was in June 2002, from a phone kiosk in the centre of my hometown, and I found out that the editor who secured the book had even threatened to pay my advance on his credit card to get the thing in print! 

 

I love it! 


 

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Hi R.J. - More questions for you. How has your life changed since you have become a multi-selling author? Since your books are so popular in England, does yoour publisher have plans do to a big promotional push here?