Please help me welcome Author David J. Rouzzo to my blog today.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
– I live in Massillon, Ohio with my girlfriend and children. Between the two of us, we have a total of 9 children. I have a dog, a cat, a rabbit, chickens and ducks. I have been writing since grade school and have several published titles available with more on the way.
What do you do when you are not writing?
– When I’m not writing, working, or spending time with my family, I am usually watching movies or television or sitting on my porch enjoying a cup of coffee.
Do you have a day job as well?
– Yes, I work marketing for Activision, a video game production company.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
– I have been writing most of my life. My first book was published in 2008.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
– I write in several fiction genres. The Hathin Series tells of vampires, angels, demons and more. The Well Strategized and Thoroughly Thought Out Self Destruction of Harry Flynnt tells of your average guy, down on his luck and finding a way to turn his life around. This story is told in a comical rambling narrative influenced by the likes of Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. Some Planets Aren’t So Close to Earth tells the conspiracy-filled science fiction tale of a man with realistic dreams of a girl who soon discovers that she is very much real. Euphoria is my best-selling adventure story that tells of a man who finds his way into a new world full of mysterious creatures and plenty of excitement – something his life was once lacking. It’s Me, Death tells several stories directly narrated by Death itself, and features stories submitted by fans. This is my newest release.
Where do you get your ideas?
– They just come to me. I often find myself getting the idea for a story while working on another. I suppose I just never allowed my imagination to die. Some people long for adventure and pursue it in the world, but my books are for those who long for adventure and pursue it in their soul.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
– Absolutely! At times, I had stopped writing for upwards of a full year. When stress or depression kick in, I can find myself struggling to focus. Lately, I’ve gotten a better handle on my life and it has helped me to overcome many obstacles. I also find it better at times to simply step away from a book for a day or two and let the mind rest.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
– I tend to just write as I go, but there have been times I’ve outlined books first. It truly just depends on how easily the ideas come to me and how necessary certain details may be.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
– Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as I mentioned earlier, played a big part in how I wrote one of my books (which I do have a follow up planned for). I enjoyed reading and always enjoy great poetry or story-telling, but I try not to allow too much outside influence in my own stories.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
– I think the biggest challenge was doing the research, developing an understanding for formatting and knowing what my real options were.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
– In 2017 and the first half of 2018, I made all the changes to my earlier releases that I felt were necessary. I had updated editing done, changed the cover art to make the books more enticing, and improved the overall story if necessary.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
– Marketing books can be challenging these days. If it isn’t being pushed by a major publisher (which is almost impossible to acquire now), then it doesn’t become a trend. If it isn’t a trend, the average person doesn’t try it very easily. It takes a lot of hard work and promotion to get people to check out my work – but most who have end up purchasing every single book. It’s all a matter of pushing, on-stop.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
– I am happy to say that I have published every book I’ve written so far.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
– This month, my newest release is It’s Me, Death. A preview of this book can be viewed over on my website at http://www.davidjrouzzo.com/? but what I like to point out with this book is its innovative format. It’s Me, Death features several submitted stories/memories/letters from fans all over the world discussing their personal experiences with death. The rest of the story takes on the perspective of Death itself, talking about its experiences and encounters with other entities, such as Life, Love, and Nature.
The book is now available in all formats from my website. It is also available through all major bookstores and shopping outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Kobo).This December I’ll be releasing another book titled The Perfect Fan.
This tells the life story of a man named Jonathan as he grows up and finds a passion for music. With the unrelenting support and encouragement from his mother during the hardest moments of his life, he grows to develop an understanding of the world around him that only music can cure. This story is shaping up to be something quite beautiful and I am proud of the direction it is taking. It is dedicated to my own mother, who helped me through hard times in my own life. She is currently at war with cancer and my hopes are that this book can bring a little shine to take on the darkness she’s up against.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
– In my upcoming release this December, The Perfect Fan includes a lot of influence inspired by events that occurred in my own life, or in the lives of people I know. As the main character experiences relationships, deaths and other struggles, the way I have felt during such situations or that I’ve seen others handle them made an impact on how the story goes.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
– This depends on the book we’re discussing. If it’s The Perfect Fan, then I haven’t quite made it through that entire story yet, so it’s too early to say. If it’s It’s Me, Death then it’s honestly the final chapter. For Euphoria, it was when I introduced the new world of Euphoria and described it in detail. There’s just something really refreshing about describing a brand-new world.
How did you come up with the title?
– The Perfect Fan was named because it’s what I call my mother. It’s Me, Death was given that title because the story is told by Death, and because that is how Death is addressed later in the story. Euphoria got its name based off the definition of the word and the purpose of the world I created in that book. Some Planets Aren’t So Close to Earth received its name from the song that inspired the story. I can’t recall how I came up with the name of the Hathin character for those stories.
What project are you working on now?
– I am currently writing the last batch of chapters for The Perfect Fan so that it can get through editing in time for a December release. The cover art is already done.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
– The Perfect Fan will be available in December, just in time for Christmas!