“I have never, for some reason, come out and said that I am an author.”

A snippet from my most recent interview. One of my favorites, and very special to me, as I get to share a bit about Like Shards of Glass, with one of the first reviewers I’ve ever contacted 🙂

Full Interview -> Rabid Reader’s Reviews Interview

RR: What about you would surprise fans of your work? shards promo heart surgery copy

 

R.H.R.:I think people would find it surprising that when I am out and about, and someone asks me what I do for a living, I never say I am an author. I don’t think I’ve ever said that. I may have said that I have written books and short stories, but I have never, for some reason, come out and said that I am an author. Why? I have no idea!!!! 

 

RR: You write incredibly dark characters in a broad range of impossible situations. What draws you to that theme?

R.H.R.: Great question. It’s true; I do tend to create dark characters. Sometimes, I try to figure it out, and a few times, I’ve said to myself, “Okay, this is going to be a happily ever after story.” But it just doesn’t happen. My books always take a dark turn. For some reason, I find it much more cathartic, and as if I am fulfilling my purpose, when I write about something that is real, raw, gritty and needs to be uncovered—things that are dark, and require illumination and awareness. When it comes to things to which we are blind, I like to create stories that are eye-opening—things that are familiar yet distant. I think that these past two years, I’ve realized that deep down, this is my purpose.

 

RR: We’ve talked before about how I find some of your characters very much based in the darker side of reality. Do you draw these people from your own experience?

R.H.R.: In a way, yes, they are art imitating life. Are the stories my life? No. But nearly all of us have felt such immense all-consuming pain that we’ve wondered how we were going to get up out of bed in the morning. I think that this shows that, when it comes to emotions, hurt, anger, rage, losing control—we are all more connected than we realize. 

Full Interview with Rabid Reader’s Reviews

 

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2 comments
  1. Can totally relate to this Isola: “For some reason, I find it much more cathartic, and as if I am fulfilling my purpose, when I write about something that is real, raw, gritty and needs to be uncovered—things that are dark, and require illumination and awareness.”

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