Dax Rigby, War Correspondent – author interview – John Rosenman

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Dax Rigby Book Tour

Join John Rosenman, author of the sci-fi romantic adventure novel, Dax Rigby, War Correspondent (MuseItUpPublishing, September 2011), as he virtually tours the blogosphere from December 5 – 16, 2011 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!


About John Rosenman

John recently retired as an English professor at Norfolk State University where he designed and taught a course in how to write Science fiction and Fantasy. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Horror Writers Association and has published approximately 350 stories in places such as Weird Tales, Whitley Strieber’s Aliens, Fangoria, Galaxy, The Age of Wonders, and the Hot Blood anthology series. John has published twenty books, including SF action/romantic adventure novels such as Beyond Those Distant Stars and Speaker of the Shakk (Mundania Press), A Senseless Act of Beauty (Crossroad Press), and Alien Dreams (Drollerie Press and Crossroad Press). Shorter books include A Mingling of Souls and Music Man (XoXo Publishing), Here Be Dragons (Eternal Press), The Voice of Many Waters (Blue Leaf Publications), Green in Our Souls (Damnation Books), and Bagonoun’s Wonderful Songbird and Childhood’s Day (Gypsy Shadow Publishing). Recent developments: MuseItUp Publishing published two novels, Dark Wizard and Dax Rigby, War Correspondent. Another SF novel, Inspector of the Cross, will appear in February. MuseItUp Publishing also published More Stately Mansions and The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes, and it will release Steam Heat, a tale of erotic horror in December.

Readers can visit John at his website, www.johnrosenman.com, and other sites:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1164323809 and . . .



About Dax Rigby, War Correspondent

As WWIII rages on Earth, War Correspondent Dax Rigby travels to the savage planet Arcadia to investigate and report on the Western Alliance’s mission there. Soon, he fights not only to save two intelligent alien species from extinction, but also to rescue a dying human outpost threatened by a mysterious disease.

Facing assassination attempts, seduction from a passionate pilot, and his own mysterious powers of resurrection, Dax struggles to maintain his loyalties and complete his mission. The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance. Will he find a way to redefine both his identity and his destiny in time?





Q:  Biggest Pet Peeve about the writing life.


John: It’s so hard to make my fiction as good as it should be.  I revise, I revise, I revise, often with editorial help, but perfection or even near-perfection lies far away.  Like William Faulkner, “Ultimately I abandon the story in despair.”  Or because the editor’s deadline has arrived.


I have to mention another peeve.  Well, two, which are related.  Rejection, especially repeated rejections for a story or novel I feel is great, and waiting interminably for an editor or publisher to reply only to have them finally reject it.  I have to remember that they have a right to their own opinions, and maybe I didn’t capture their slant closely enough.



Q:  Nicest rejection you’ve ever received?


John: I received a rejection online.  End of story, so I submitted the tale elsewhere.  A few months later, what do I get in the mail?  A copy of the magazine with my story nicely presented in it, plus a check.  A neat surprise, totally unexpected.  As I told the editor, “Rejections aren’t what they used to be.”


I’ve also received rejections where the editor praised the story, sometimes effusively.  “Gosh, this is a great story because it has all these wonderful features.”  On these occasions, sometimes the story isn’t right for the magazine, or is too long, or they already have something too much like it.  Recently, a story just missed the cut, partly because it was too long, but the publisher wanted to take it as a separate e-book.



Q:  What are a few of your favorite genres and why?


John: I love Science Fiction because it’s the largest genre and contains and cross-breeds with all the others.  You can have a little bit of science, or a lot.  You can have science fantasy, science-fiction horror, religious or spiritual science fiction, you-name-it.  Science fiction is also the most imaginatively rich of all the genres.  After all, they do call it Speculative Fiction.  Within Science Fiction, there are many mansions indeed and anything’s possible.But I like other genres, too.  I grew up with mysteries and detective novels, especially the novels of Ellery Queen.  I also like thrillers and suspense novels, such as Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and anything by Lisa Gardner.  I like all these for different reasons.  I think life is ultimately a mystery, and we are detectives trying to solve it and answer its secrets.  So my science-fiction action-adventure romance novels are also detective and mystery stories.  Somebody got killed and somebody did it.  Who and why?  The hero in Dax Rigby, War Correspondent learns there’s a conspiracy, a sinister plot.  What is that plot, and who devised it?  As for thrillers and suspense novels, they have mysteries, too.  You hope the good people will prevail, and you’re drawn in and kept there as a reader because you like the characters, such as Jack Reacher, who’s quirky and odd but guided by integrity and a strong moral code.


And did I mention Horror?  Technically, it may not be a genre, but I can lose myself in it forever.  I especially love subtle, creepy, atmospheric horror, the kind that grows on you in unexpected ways.



Q:  Do you have a writer’s studio? Describe it for us and what is the view you see from the window?


I have a cluttered den.  Floor to ceiling bookshelves with the books jammed in two rows deep.  Behind the computer on my desk, I have over a dozen covers of my books mounted.  I look forward to the day I buy a color printer and have them all in color!  Above the covers is an object I’ve had for nearly forty years.  It’s two feet wide and consists of an eagle holding a sign.  The sign says “Captain’s Quarters” with a red anchor in the middle.


Ah, the view.  To my left, I have a scenic view of my neighbor’s flat roof.  You may think there’s no room for inspiration there, but one day I looked out the window and saw vertical stacks of roofing placed neatly on the roof.  In the days that followed, I saw no workers. What the heck were the stacks for?  Soon, my neighbor’s roof inspired a story of alien invasion, which was published in Voluted Tales.  In “Casualties of the War,” my neighbor’s roof is much more interesting.



Q:  Have you ever abandoned any books/novels in progress?


Yes, the sequel to my novel, Beyond Those Distant Stars.  I tried twice, but it broke down because those in my writers group saw plausibility and other problems.  Recently, though, I started Star Warrior for a third time.  Why?  Stella, the cyborg savior of humanity, keeps after me to tell the rest of her story.  I tell you, my fictional creation gives me no rest!  Also, I sense there’s a great story here, one perhaps even better than in the first novel.


Wish me luck, and please check out Beyond Those Distant Stars at Mundania Press’s site or on Amazon.


Q:  Advice for the audience, first time authors, those choosing the writing life.


Don’t do it unless it’s intrinsically important to you.  If you only want quick praise and no criticism, you probably won’t make it, and you won’t feel fulfilled or achieve your full potential.  You should want to make your writing as good as you can, which means multiple revisions and listening to criticism.  Join a critique writers group consisting mainly of fellow authors who are honest in their assessment of your work, but not cruel, people who try to help you improve what you’ve written.  Future writers, please remember that good writing is hard work, perhaps the hardest there is.


Be persistent.  Be persistent.  Be persistent.  Keep at your goal and try not to let rejection hurt your feelings or self-esteem too much.  Rejection is part of the writing experience, and it will probably never go away.  Remember that great masterpieces were rejected again and again and again and ultimately triumphed.  Tell yourself that however small, every change you make to a manuscript makes it better.


Read a lot.  Read, read, read.  Read the good and the bad, the literary and the mass market best seller (sometimes they are the same.)  Get out of your house or office and take risks, travel and broaden yourself.  Fall in love and fall out of love.  Perhaps above all, be willing to take chances and give your imagination free rein, even if folks laugh at you and think you’re stupid.  At the same time, retain a critical eye and an ability to laugh at yourself and start over.



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