What have you heard about Roy Freirich?
Welcome to my interview with the incredible Roy Freirich! Let’s see what he has to say about books and his writing experiences.
Hi Roy! Please introduce yourself and share 5 fun facts!
Hello! I live in Malibu, California with my wife Debrah (also a writer and an invaluable and tireless editor of my efforts).
5 jobs I have had:
After school: stocking shelves in a book warehouse.
Post-grad: construction worker. Fired.
Late 20’s and 30’s: song lyricist for Warner Brothers, EMI. Fired.
Later: screenwriter for DreamWorks, Fox Searchlight, Warner Brothers, Sony.
Novelist: Winged Creatures, Deprivation.
How did you begin your writing career?
As a pretentious, self-pitying teen poet.
What inspired you to write the book Deprivation?
My own issues with sleep deprivation. And the idea that we process trauma by re-experiencing it in disguised form when we dream. Without dreams, we’ll find other ways to re-enact these moments, even without realizing it, and so be driven by these past traumas to a greater extent in our waking lives.
What were the most challenging parts writing it?
Imagining the pain of relentless consciousness without respite — the way light became glare, sounds became noise. The impossibility of understanding each other as cognitive deficits set in. The resulting social breakdown into psychodrama and violence.
What were the most notable victories?
Finding the psychological truth of the story through personal excavation, and through my research into the effects of sleep deprivation. Finding a surprising but inevitable sequence of events— and particularly the courage and redemption, and the hope in the end.
What was the publishing process like for you?
The book is published by Meerkat Press. The publisher is Tricia Reeks, who personally oversaw every aspect of the process, from developmental and copy editing, to cover and interior design, jacket copy, collecting blurbs, marketing, promotion, audio book, and hand holding. I cannot imagine any advocate more attentive and generous than Tricia.
What do you enjoy the most about writing thriller novels?
Painting myself into corners and the epiphanies of how to escape them.
What are the most challenging parts?
See above answer…
How do you relate to the characters you’ve created?
They are sleep deprived, and generally all are some degree of uncertain, hapless, conflicted and struggling—the inevitable cost of earnest engagement with each other and the world.
How do you differ from them?
I see them all as better looking, with stories that represent completed action.
What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
Write a document with every thought allowed, no editing. Keep going, no structure, no order, just anything. At the same time, write an outline, as complete and detailed as you can make it, and stick to it—until the story contains too much predictability, feels cliché, or becomes less than entirely credible. If you’re honest with yourself (and who is, always?), you will encounter these problems quickly and dependably.
What goals do you have for the future in your writing career?
Improving my writing skills. Engaging with readers and learning from them. And completing my current work-in-progress.
What have you learned throughout your experiences as a writer?
That is a big question. Briefly (and each of these thoughts is worth a chapter in a book where I pretend to know what I’m talking about): always engage the senses from a character’s point of view in terms of sight, sound, smell, touch — put us in the moment. Have the humility to question every choice, and have a premise for every choice—every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, architecture. Signify in every way possible. Learn to read poetry. Be sure key events are inevitable and surprising. Be honest enough to admit you can be dishonest with yourself.
Any last thoughts to share about you or your book that your readers should know?
The connection between author and reader is an intimate one. Every reader who opens a book is taking a leap of faith, daring to trust, risking disappointment in any one of thousands of ways, and every author ought to be earnestly grateful for it.
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