Scattered Leaves – Author Interview – Richard Roach

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scattered-leaves1Join Richard Roach, author of the suspense/mystery novel, Scattered Leaves (Multi-Media, September ’08), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in November on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

About The Author:
Suspense/Mystery author Richard Roach was born in 1931 in Galveston, Texas. Short stories of his have been published in Man’s Story 2, Happy 2007, Vol. 20 and Bibliophilos 2006, Vol. 42. His first novel, Scattered Leaves, hit the book stores on September 1, ’08, and his second novel, Scattered Money, will be published in 2009. You can visit his website at

About the Book:
When Ben McCord comes home from a business trip to find his young wife raped and murdered, he starts out on a journey of death and destruction.

Clues lead him to a dark world of drugs and violence in action that spans Texas, Colorado, and the Mexican border. McCord hooks up with a beautiful doctor, who was also victimized by members of the same drug cartel, and together they track down the killers, surviving bloody confrontations, and ending with a suspenseful climax in the Big Thicket of Texas.

Hi Richard,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Paperback Writer, (PBW): Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

Richard Roach: RR: Back in 1974 I had an overwhelming itch to write and my imagination supplied the first of many drafts of SCATTERED LEAVES.
PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
RR: First, I get a rough idea of the beginning, afterwards it’s pretty much free-wheeling.

PBW: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
RR: Normally, no not exactly.

PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
RR: Yes. I mold them to fit the story but this isn’t true of the protagonist. They come before the story begins.

PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
RR: No. It’s hard for me to imagine anyone could fit the characters they use in their stories.

PBW: What is your most favorite part about this book?
RR: The action scenes; particularly when PJ and Ben are working together getting the best of the bad guys.

PBW: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
RR: About twenty-six years after the first draft was complete.

PBW: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
RR: The constant demand to write publisher after publisher with out any apparent sign of success drummed on my nerves like the throbbing of an abscessed tooth.

PBW: What has been the best part about being published?
RR: That’s a good question. I’ve been so busy writing, I haven’t thought about it. I believe I would say the finished product—the book itself. I had a wonderful editor that greased the pages of the final draft and made for easy reading.

PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
RR: Remember to be careful, carry a weapon, be on the lookout at all times for bad guys, and support your local police. They need your help.

PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?
RR: I have three written in the SCATTERED series at this time and several others. Yes, I write all the time.

PBW: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
RR: I’m just starting, but I have high hopes.

PBW: Where can readers find a copy of your book?

PBW: Do you have a website for readers to go to?
RR: They can go to this website,

Thank you, Richard for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

It has been my pleasure.

SCATTERED LEAVES VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 officially begin on November 3 and end on November 26. You can visit Richard’s blog stops at in November to find out more about his latest book!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available. The winner(s) will be announced on November 30!

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