Interview with Author Darren Lee Floyd – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Darren Lee Floyd

Author Darren Lee Floyd is a writer and painter.  He has a B.A in Fine Art and founded the award winning independent publisher RazorBlade Press.

Tell me more about your latest book 

Oblivion Black is a post apocalyptic horror novel. It’s divided between the creation of a nuclear bunker in the 1960s/70s by an eccentric millionaire and then what happens to the contemporary residents.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book? 

Keeping my enthusiasm going and believing in the book! It sat on my hard drive for a year without me touching. I dragged myself back to it and was surprised that some of it was actually good! It didn’t feel like I’d written it! Then I had a wake up call when a friend of mine died which gave me a kick to finish the book. 

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

It’s been different with each book but I’m finding traditional publishers take a long time to make up their mind. 

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice? 

Interesting question because I’m a Buddhist and I suppose meditation and a spiritual practice gives you an empathy that you can bring into your writing, and you have to be inward looking to want to write and you need an empathy towards people, so yes it does have a spiritual element.

How many books have you written so far?

The Damage Done

Days and Nights

Match Day

Oblivion Black

Coming soon…Phantoms Inc and the Black Knight

What’s the best way to market your books? 

Bookbub and the usual social medias. I was very fortunate to be selected for one of their editor’s choices.

How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?

Hard, life got in the way, and I left it too long between books. Now that Oblivion Black has been successful it’s given me the boost I needed with some exciting opportunities and I should have my next book out at the end of this year. 

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Don’t just read your genre, read far and wide.  Set yourself a daily word count to hit and if possible go just above it.  Draft and draft again. Get as many eyes on your book as possible and accept constructive criticism. 

Learn to live with rejection but at the same time be able to pick yourself back up off the floor. 

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