An Interview With Roy Huff
Roy Huff is a Hawaii-based best-selling author, peer-reviewed research scientist, and teacher. After overcoming significant childhood adversity, he moved to the islands and hasn’t looked back. He’s since earned five degrees, trained on geostationary satellites for NASA’s GOES-R Proving Ground, and written numerous bestsellers. He stumbled into writing, but what he didn’t stumble into is his love for all things science fiction and fantasy. Later, he contributed a series of fiction and non-fiction books as well as widely shared posts on how to design life on your terms. Despite early challenges, he embraces optimism, science, and creativity. He makes Hawaii his home, where he creates new worlds with the stroke of a pen and hopes you’ll come along for the amazing ride. I recently had the opportunity to do an interview with him, and I am so excited to share his answers with you.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Writing wasn’t something I grew up wanting to do. It happened by accident when I was working on my fourth and fifth degree. I had to write a creative paper for an English class, and one of the students who read the paper said she wanted to read a whole book on Everville. That became my first book and series.
What does your fantasy writing process look like? What do you find the most effective? What do you find the most difficult?
I used to marathon write. Now I write in smaller doses but more frequently. Typically, I write in the morning after my daily journaling. I write in quiet, without distractions while drinking coffee. I also tend to write new content in the morning and edit in the afternoon.
What is one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
It’s never good enough, so you have to be willing to have the courage to publish. You must be committed to improving, and it helps to get comfortable with rejection and negative reviews and feedback.
What is your best worldbuilding tip?
Include all the senses. Read what others have written, and practice your craft.
How many books have you written?
I’ve published four fiction and one nonfiction. That number will be up to five fiction on July 2 nd , and six fiction likely in August. I also have a first draft of the final book in the Everville series. At the moment of this interview, I’ve published five books in total and written seven. I’m currently working on my eighth book.
Can you tell us about your latest project? What inspired you to write it?
I’m currently expected to publish a time travel book, Seven Rules of Time Travel, in mid to late July. Additionally, I just put out the books 1-4 box set of Everville. The Everville series started from that single creative writing paper. But the time travel book has a lot to do with my love for both science fiction and fantasy.
I grew up in very challenging circumstances. Both my father and grandfather died young under tragic circumstances. I struggled under abuse and poverty for much of my childhood. Fantasy and books were an escape. Thinking about escaping into other worlds or being able to have knowledge of the future and do things over again was a way to cope with ongoing trauma.
Who is your favorite author and why?
That’s a question I cannot answer. It’s like asking what’s my favorite food or place to visit. There are so many, and singling out one would not do the others justice. I’m big on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, George Orwell, and others.
How do you market your books? How much interaction do you have with your readers?
I engage fans on Twitter @realroyhuff and Facebook. I also have a mailing list, where I email fans periodically about projects and interesting facts and interests in my life at https://www.royhuff.net I also do periodic promotions, like the massive June 18 th Free Kindle promo of Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone and the 99 cents Kindle Countdown Deal for Everville books 1-4 boxed set. I will be taking top spots on Amazon, so be there or be square.
What words of wisdom do you have for young people who want to start writing their first book?
Show up, publish, iterate. Read what others have done. Find a mentor if possible. Develop constructive habits and a routine. Reflect on your routine. Find ways to focus and strive to improve that focus. If you get stuck, write anything, but keep writing. Don’t let others tell you whether you should write to market or write what you want. You can do both. Do what you want to do. Even if you don’t’ believe in yourself, have the courage to show up and write anyway. Everyone starts somewhere. Some people may believe it talent, but talent is just skill. And skill can be developed with deliberate practice, reflection, and mentorship.
Check out Roy Huff’s books, and follow him on social media!
Instagram & Twitter @realroyhuff
Promotions This Week!
Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone: Free (June 18-June 22)
Everville Boxed Set Books 1-4: 99 cents (US & UK, June 18-24)
Everville: The Fall of BrackenboneAmazon
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Amazon US paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0988936461/
Everville Books 1-4 Boxed Set
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