Name Rue Volley
Age 46 going on immortal.
Where are you from My ghost likes to travel.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I was born in Lima, Ohio on February 25th, 1970. I have three sisters and one brother. I also have three nieces and three nephews. I don’t have any children of my own so I live vicariously through them. I’m happily married to my best friend and we just celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary. We purchased our first home last Summer. It was built in 1904 and is probably too big for the two of us, but we love it and I was able to build my dream library in it. I graduated with a 3.8 GPA and studied creative writing and business management.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m working on Hellhound (Episode One: Dead is Dead). This novel is based on the film adaptation of the original script for Hellhound, which was released in 2013, with Hot Ink Press. I unpublished the original books so that I could expand the storylines and utilize the film adaptation. I plan on releasing the first novel early 2017.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was five and decided to edit my Mother Goose book. I still have it and it makes me giggle. I studied creative writing in school, but I didn’t write my first novel until 2010. I’ve always had a deep love for storytelling and film. I’m also a huge graphic novel fan and I own about three-thousand comic books. I tend to write in this style because I always see my books on film.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not sure if I ever will. I consider myself a storyteller more than anything.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The death of my dad.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have written forty-six books. Every title comes to me about half way through the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is a message in every book that I write. I share truth in every one of them, you just have to be able to read between the lines.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Every book that I write has a small piece of me in it. I would have to say that my experiences in life play a huge part in every book that I’ve shared with the world. If I was writing purely fictional tales I would have to guess that the books would lack emotion and the reader wouldn’t be able to connect to the characters.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Catcher in the Rye.
Interview with a Vampire.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I can honestly say I don’t have a favorite. I enjoy each author for their talent. New authors to me right now include Ransom Riggs and Holly Black.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’ve treated it as a career for the last five years. Royalties go up and down so I wouldn’t tell anyone to quit their day job because most authors can’t live on royalties. (Unless you’re independently wealthy or have investors). I have neither, so I’m also a graphic artist and I run a clothing store. Sleep is optional.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would have written it this way the first time. My editing has changed. I used to release a lot of work that needed polishing. I don’t do that anymore.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I turned forty and had a mental breakdown. lol
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“Honestly, you don’t want to eat me. I eat terrible sh*t, like fast food. I’ll clog your arteries something fierce.” The pale faced demon cocked his hairless head and grinned at me. His black saliva oozed down his chin and dripped onto the hard asphalt. It bubbled and cracked like acid between his military style boots.
“Fine. Just fine! Could this day get any worse? Damn. First, I get killed, killed like dead, dead, well, not dead like you…with all the black ooze and flaky skin, honestly they have creams for that, but anyway, then Lucifer feels me up. Lucifer, you know, the devil, was all grab ass this and pinch that.” I shook my hands out in disgust.
“Master.” He hissed with conviction.
I rolled my eyes. “Don’t call him that, his ego is already huge.”
“Master!” He cried out into the night sky.
“Seriously, dial it down there, Nosferatu.”
He took a step toward me. “Master is good.”
I reached behind my back as he slowly approached me snapping his razor sharp teeth.
“I’ve got your master right here.” I lifted the gun and took dead aim between his soulless eyes.
He lunged forward.
“Tell that perv hi for me when you get there, mother fucker.”
~Halo Bay, Hellhound (Episode One: Dead is Dead) ©Rue Volley, 2016.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I can write standalones, but I prefer series. I love creating characters and intricate plotlines and I have a terrible time letting them end.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I don’t schedule very many book signings. I did travel to Maine last year, but it was for a charity event. Between my day job, creating covers, and writing, I don’t have a lot of time to do them.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design all of my own covers.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think the hardest thing about writing any book is editing the content.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn something with each book that I write. If I didn’t, I would stop writing.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
The promotional push starts as soon as you start writing your book. I know some people have strong opinions about marketing, but if you want to make money, you have to do it and do it well. I would also suggest saving up and starting a business account to handle everything that concerns your book/books. Be smart about your investments, investigate everything…including publishers, agents, publicists, blog tours, email blast sites and so on. Don’t just toss money at anything, create a business plan and be ready to adjust as you go. Not everything works for everyone, you have to be flexible. Pay attention to authors who do this for a living. Authors who hit top 100 (overall on Amazon, not in categories). Categories are great, I’m not dismissing those who rank in them, but top 100 on Amazon is where the large sales are. Keep an eye on that list and who is able to maintain it.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for supporting me. I know that I’ve grown over the years and I appreciate the fact that you chose to come along with me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Darkest part of the Forest by Holly Black.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
To kill a Mockingbird.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Cape on. Because we can all be heroes.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Our new home. I’m obsessed with the English garden that we’re planting. I just ordered 127 hedges to line our backyard. It should be a proper adventure. lol
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Stranger Things, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.L.D., @Midnight, Sherlock, Lucifer, Supernatural, X-Files, Hannibal, Firefly, Preacher.
Constantine, 30 Days of Night, Near Dark, Underworld, Alien (All), Harry Potter (All), LOTR, Pacific Rim, Army of Darkness, Star Wars (All), Star Trek (All), and so many more.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Chocolate, Red/Black/White, Too many to mention.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Rue Volley resides on Earth with her husband, Von Erik, and their two pug sons, Momo and Oshi. She is an award-winning author, graphic artist, and screenwriter. She is also the Creative/Marketing Director for CHBB Publishing, and co-owner of Lovebites Production Company, which specializes in Dark Fantasy Films.
Rue released her first film, Hellhound, in November of 2014 and her second film, Awakening, in July 2015.
Awakening won Best Short Film at Scarefest in September 2015.
Amazon author page: http://smarturl.it/RVamazonauthorpage
My book links.
The Devil’s Gate http://smarturl.it/TheDevilsGatebookone
Paper Dolls http://smarturl.it/PaperDolls
Blood & Light Vampire Series http://goo.gl/T26k8A
Finding Mia http://smarturl.it/FindingMia
Finding Chloe http://goo.gl/yKp4MZ
A Witch’s Tale http://smarturl.it/WitchsTale
Budget Crafts http://smarturl.it/budgetcrafts
One Bite https://goo.gl/JUs8vJ
Hellhound Origins https://goo.gl/j8iY35