It is Monday! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Roger bray for taking the time to answer my questions. Next time I think I’m going to throw in a silly question; such as if you were a tree what kind of tree would you be?🌴
A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.
But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.
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Author Bio – I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.
Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.
Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.
So here we are, two books published and another on track.
Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.
Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/rogerbray22
Q & A
1. Have you always wanted to be an author?
I have always enjoyed writing. From short stories to magazine articles. I wouldn’t say I aspired to be an author mainly due to self doubt of my ability. When I did try I found wonderful release from those doubts when I realised the self evident; it is my story and I can take it anywhere I desire. Some early ideas petered out, while others morphed into a different direction and entered my books.
2. Are there any authors you consider inspirations?
My favourite authors are:
Robert Harris – I always find something new in his style. He isn’t bound by genre so each book is new and different.
Tom Sharpe – A master in satire and comedy who can turn the most mundane in the most absurd.
Sebastian Faulks – I first read Birdsong and was enthralled by his descriptions and the simplicity of the tale and yet.
Louis de Bernières – Like many other people I found Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to be completely entertaining, funny, deep and told a little known story.
3. Where is your favorite place to write your books?
My favourite place to write would be a small Schloß on the edge of the Schwarzwald. Sitting in the courtyard of an evening before having a couple of local beers while looking across the river valley below
In reality I write in my study of where ever I am living at the time, currently a little south of Brisbane in Queensland.
Actually the Schloß would be rubbish for writing as I would be all over the view and drinking local beer, and very little writing would get done. My wife would have to lock me in a room with no window and only let me out on the completion of 10,000 words a day, while she slid slices of cold pizza under the door.
4. In your current book The Picture who is your favorite character and why?
The most obvious answer to that is the main character, Ben Davis. But one of the characters I put a lot of thought into was that of Joe Fleming. He is a gruff, down to earth Yorkshireman who lives life to his own rules. He is focussed and determined but also honest and moral. He believes in being forthright and open in his dealings with people and he is loyal to friends but does not suffer fools gladly. He doesn’t make a big appearance in the book but his art and determination is a key catalyst in the storyline. I based the look of Joe on the actor Nic Frost as he appeared in the film Paul.
5. How long did it take you to write this book? How many hours do you spend a day writing?
I find my writing is better if I write in blocks of a few days. I feel I can immerse myself in the story a little easier that way. I try to set days aside and then try to write for as many hours as I can before I run out of ideas. That is not always possible but I still try to spend three or four hours at a time writing on consecutive days as a poor substitute for my preferred method. The Picture took me about 12 months to write but I could have written it much quicker given the right circumstances.
6. What is your favorite spoiler free scene in this book?
The main character, Ben Davis, has reached a point in his life where he is content but has regrets. During the arc of the story he is able to remedy some of those regrets. He also feels he has missed the boat as far as finding love and companionship but a friendship develops into something he had always sought, but for reasons, never achieved. I put a lot of thought into a chapter where Ben and the lady in question go on a first date and both find a connection they didn’t expect and a growing relationship develops. Neither expected what happens, but embrace it unreservedly.
I would like to thank you for inviting me on your blog, I had so much fun answering your questions