Deanna: Luke, I'm honored to have you here so my readers can meet you, thank you! Writers are a busy group of individuals. What else do you do along with your writing?
Luke: I run two businesses and work as a nightclub bouncer on weekends. That’s my ‘social’ time; otherwise I tend to lock myself away from society too much.
Deanna: A bouncer who's also an author...interesting combination! So what do you do to relax?
Luke: I like to get to the gym – mainly just for weights these days, though I do try to get some boxing or kickboxing in whenever possible. I try not to knock myself out. My wife and I often go bike riding, and I like to catch up with friends for coffee whenever possible. Oh, and I travel around the world.
Deanna: As authors, we’ve sometimes been accused of being several people. How many personalities live in your mind?
Luke: Billions. I’m pretty sure there are various colonies, ranging from Neanderthal-like simians to extraterrestrials.
Deanna: I love your sense of humor, Luke! What is your strongest area in writing: plotting, character personality, dialogue, etc?
Luke: It’s my job as a writer to constantly work on every aspect of my style, and as such, I try not to focus so much on my strengths, which come easily, but rather work relentlessly on any weaknesses, something I’d be a fool to point out to anyone.
However, that said, it also depends on the book. For the Prometheus Wars books, I relied heavily on hardcore action, grabbing the reader by the throat from the very beginning and not letting go. For the Legacy Chronicles books, I’m focusing a lot on the complexities of the characters – I mean, I’m working with a new messiah raised by an abusive Bible fanatic faced with world annihilation, so he’s bound to have some issues.
Deanna: Can you work on more than one book at a time?
Luke: I prefer not to, unless they’re in the same series. Each book has a different rhythm and flow, and to jump from one to the other confuses my writing too much. As a writer you get to know your characters, and you walk the path they’re walking. To jump into too many pairs of shoes would be foolish.
Deanna: Since I work on only one book at a time, I understand that. How long does it take you to write a book?
Luke: That depends on a lot of factors, but for a 100K first draft it usually takes me about three months. Editing usually takes around the same, sometimes less.
Deanna: Editing is a grueling, necessary evil for us and we all go about if differently to come out with a final product. What is your editing process?
Luke: I usually run through the entire MS and rewrite each paragraph, adding or removing description, fact checking, thickening the depth of the scenes, rewording awkward passages, etc. After that I go through again, more as a reader, making sure everything runs seamlessly, looking for repetition, contradictions, or just downright stupidity. After that it goes off to my editor, and we back and forth until I’m happy. And finally it goes to my proof readers to pick up any tiny mistakes left over.
Deanna: What is your favorite way to connect with readers?
Luke: Definitely social media. I try to blog, but time restricts me too much, and I’m too much of a perfectionist to simply jot something down ‘on the run’. I have over 270000 followers on Twitter, have maxed out my friend list on Facebook, my fan page is ever expanding, plus there are all the other sites that I forget about right now.
Deanna: Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.
Luke: I sit down at the computer and write, no distractions, simply word after perfect word, annihilating my daily word count in no time.
And then do again the next day. I wake up, go to the computer, rub my weary eyes, look at emails, look at my book stats, look at Twitter, look at Facebook, and then curse that I’ve wasted an hour of my day.
So I knuckle down to write, smashing away at the keyboard for what seems forever, finally easing back and reviewing what I’ve written… only to realize it’s a jumbled pile of nonsense, delete the whole thing, and start all over again.
Deanna: Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?
Luke: I like to challenge my characters at every turn. I like to hurt them, torment them, force them through the wringer until they come out the other end a changed entity, something stronger than what began the story. Because, ultimately, that’s what life’s about.
Deanna: Luke, it's been a pleasure getting to know you! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us and allow me to introduce you to even more new readers who I hope have also enjoyed meeting you and will leave a comment or two. Readers, thank you for stopping by to learn more about Luke Romyn and what he writes!