For my summer interview, I have the awesome R-R Varg, a romance writer specialising in shounen ai and talented manga artist, and I’m so looking forward to her debut release in 2018. She currently lives in Northern Sweden with three creative cats and a fiery dragon – okay I added that part, her dragon is super-cute.
Your background as an manga artist and writer is so interesting so when did you decide to become a writer?
For as long as I can remember I have always loved storytelling. When we had to write short stories in school, around 22 years ago, I also discovered the joys of storytelling by the written word. I had read before then but I hadn’t known that I could tell stories about my characters in that way as well. Since then I have been writing, but I sadly haven’t finished any first drafts until recently.
Awesome, I’m so looking forward to your debut novella in 2018. To help aspiring writers and those with writer’s block could you share where do your ideas come from?
My brain. Sometimes it’s something that clicks when I’m discussing controversial/interesting subjects with my sister. I presume that I have been inspired by something that has happened, an interaction between people that I have seen or it’s something that I have read or watched in a movie/series/manga.
Do you live a romantic life?
Well, not currently. I haven’t found anyone to share my life with yet and I suppose that is one reason for me to write about romance. My real tastes of romance have been sour. I’d like to see how my characters lives will end up. I’ll keep throwing lemons at them, hopefully they will learn how to make lemonade.
Regarding marketing and promoting books, do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Yes, if you have more than one book. Obviously. And only if it’s ebooks. If I’ve understood it right the ranks of Amazon books are based on downloads. If something is free of course more people will download it and that will get your book higher up in rank. Which will give your book more exposure. Which will get you even more downloads and if people like your book they will look at your other books which they might then actually buy. However I also think that you should only have your books out for free for a promotion or an event because otherwise people will expect your books to be for free. We don’t want people believing that they should get things for free. Now do we?
My feelings exactly but I guess that is current situation. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing as far as content?
It depends on my mood or the story at hand. But descriptions is mostly my nemesis. I need to become better at it. How to achieve that I’m not certain. But I know that I have to try. My characters does not want to live in a vacuum. Another thing I find awkward to write is sex. As I’m asexual, I don’t have any interest in it. But sex sells, mostly, so I’ll see what I can do about that.
I also find descriptions challenging, and regarding sex, I’ll let my readers be the judge of that. It’s been wonderful having you today. Thank you, R-R.
You can connect with R-R. Varg on her website http://rin-rins.net, Twitter https://twitter.com/RinRinWrote or @RinRinWrote, Facebook and Instagram and get more details on her debut novella from the Scrambled collection series, self-published in 2018.