Interview of K. J. Rollinson
Q. Did you pick your genre or did it pick you?
A. The ‘Fallyn’ trilogy picked me. I used to go to an art class, and a friend had drawn a picture of a very proud dragon. I wrote a 500-word story for her, and the trilogy grew from there.
Q. Do you write in multiple genres or just one.
A. Multiple genres.
Q. How much time do you devote to writing per day?
A. Usually between 4/5 hours per day. I get up at about 4/5am each morning. By the time I have read/answered my emails, sometimes do a blog, written at least 1,000 words per day on any book I am writing, 4/5 hours has gone by.
Q. What have you published so far?
A. ‘Fallyn and the Dragons, Fallyn in the Forbidden Land, Fallyn and the Sea Dragons’ (Fantasy Books) ‘The Rode to Justice, (John Rode, 1st grade detective, murder stories)
Q. Has your method of writing changed over the course of publishing your books.
A. No the method is the same. I still publish through Wordplay Publishing. I think my writing has improved book by book.
Q. Where do you see yourself a year from now?
A. Still writing, I hope. If I am not a success (which we all want to be) I will still carry on writing because I love it.
Q. Did you self-publish, go the traditional way, or do both?
A. Only self-published with the help of Wordplay Publishing. I had heard so many people say they had been rejected by publishers – and usually you still have to do your own promotion – that I decided to go down the route of self-publishing.
Q. Which method did you prefer.
A. I haven’t used any method other than self-publishing so I cannot comment from personal experience.
Q. Of the books that you have written, do you have a favourite. Why?
A. Each one is my favourite when I am writing it. It is my baby at the time. I treat my books like children, and like having children you should not have a favourite. If you had asked the question Do you have a favourite character(s) I would have answered yes, and gone onto explain why.
Q. Why did you become a writer?
A. I have always enjoyed writing since I was a child – short stories, poems. As I got older I dreamt of being published, and when self-publishing came along the dream became a reality.
Q. Who is your target audience.
A. For the ‘Fallyn’ trilogy anyone who enjoys fantasy books. But I have just asked the publisher to add the ‘Young Adult’ category on Amazon because I read in the Writing Magazine that ‘Young Adult’ books were increasing. For the murder book – anyone who enjoys crime. It is suitably categorized on Amazon. I stress in the book the protagonist, John Rode, seeks justice. In one story he says, ‘This is a court of law, not a court of justice.’
Q. What are you working on now?
A. I am really excited about my latest project. The Wordplay Writers’ Forum, of which I am a member here in Spain, has devised a 5-year competition, now in its second year, open to anyone, details found at http://www.WordplayPublishing.com
A founder member of Wordplay died a few years ago called Ian. He always said that he had never read book where the main character was called Ian. So the main character has to be called Ian, and into social issues. Apart from these criteria the book can be on any subject. My character goes to a little country in East Africa that has been torn by wars and famine to help. My book is called, ‘A Man called Ian’, (a working title at the moment, but it is growing on me).
I have just completed ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’ aimed at a target audience of 6 – 10 years old, to be published for Christmas 2014.
Q. What makes you different from other writers in your genre?
A. With regard to my Fallyn books, I have always felt St George and the Dragon, gave dragons a bad press, seen as an enemy to be slaughtered. My dragons have individual characters and can talk between themselves and understand what humans say to them. They can be funny, intelligent – all are very loyal to the main protagonists, except for the occasional ‘baddy’ dragon (you have to have one or two of those, don’t you?).