Fear paralyzes us from going for things in our life: a career, a romance, a new friendship, and worst of all, our hopes and dreams. If you are not properly conditioned to handle rejections, rejection may cause you to rethink your actions and may lead to regret. Nothing worth doing is easy, and you will have to fight for your dreams. - From When Jonathan Cried For Me by Carter Lee.
Luke Romyn is an Australian author and bestselling horror novelist The Dark Path ISBN 978-1936222735 and Black Listed ISBN 978-0987214911. During the first interview, Luke revealed his past to us and the transformation of his life from destructive to constructive through his writing; in my second conversation with him, he revealed the mindset he has developed that has assisted him in overcoming his barriers.
Carter: What drives you on a daily basis to continue to do what you do?
Luke: I am a writer. It’s part of my nature, it just took me a while to realize it. I love writing and strive to succeed in it simply to have more people read my words. It’s not about the money and anyone who gets into writing to make money is in for a serious shock. You don’t simply write a book and then people start throwing money at you by the bucket-load. This is the hardest thing I could have ever imagined; not the writing, but everything that comes after. But the rewards are phenomenal. To have somebody read my work and like it enough to harangue me for more is beyond compare. This is what I’m here for, this is why I am.
Carter: You certainly look like the role of many of the characters in your book. Have you ever thought about acting?
Luke: I’d love to act, but writing is my passion and takes up all my time. I had someone compliment me greatly by saying I should try out for the role of Jack Reacher, which somehow went to Tom Cruise, but at this point in my life all my energy needs to be focused on getting my books out to my readers. I have two out already with another four already written. No rest for the wicked, that’s for sure.
Carter: You clearly are a busy individual. You just released Blacklisted, and you’re working on the release of Beyond Hades by the end of this year. Take us through a day in your life.
Luke: Unfortunately, my writing career is not yet at the point where it can sustain me financially. As such, I have to work most days in either my shops (DVD rental stores) or working as a bouncer in the biggest nightclub in Far North Queensland. I swore I would never go back to that kind of work, but my best friend asked me to help him out, and the extra money means I can take time off to work on my books a couple of days a week. Every moment of my waking existence when I’m not working revolves around my writing; be it networking on Twitter with my 160,000 followers, writing, editing my work, blogging, interviews, working on cover art, working on my website, and a partridge in a pear tree….
Everything at this point is up to me, and sometimes it’s a heavy burden; but it’s the choice I made, and I’m determined to see it through. I’ve gone down the road of having a publisher and an agent, and neither was the fairytale I imagined. So I’ve decided to take total control of my career and follow my own instincts, and right now they’re telling me that I need to get my work out to those who matter, not waste more time getting tangled up with people who often have other priorities. I’m able to focus on my books and have total control over the entire process—albeit with the help of an editing and proofreading crew to bring out the best possible product.
One day I hope to burden a large publishing house with these chores and focus on my writing, but right now I feel the chore is mine and mine alone. This is part of my path, and my readers will benefit from more books at cheaper prices as a result.
Carter: What can readers expect from Beyond Hades?
Luke: This book is like nothing they have ever read before, combining the beasts from Greek mythology with modern day action as two men battle through dimensions to close off a rift which threatens to engulf all of existence. The ancient stories weren’t merely fable but were based upon true events that occurred when two realities collided, and Earth was plunged into a war they couldn’t win on their own.
This book is by far the largest concept I’ve released to date and includes one of the most memorable characters I’ve ever unleashed upon a page. I think the world is about to finally realize I’ve arrived when Beyond Hades is finally unleashed, hopefully around April of this year.
Carter: Anything you would like to add?
Luke: I just want to thank everyone who has helped me along this twisted and bumpy road so far; my fans are phenomenal and their support means the world to me. Thanks also to you, Carter, for allowing me to ramble on like this for so long.
In the space around him, Luke Romyn has changed his life from tragedy to triumph, continuously going for his dreams and even achieving the accolade of best selling horror novelist. Even though he still hasn’t reached the plateau, he is reaching for where this can be his only career. Luke’s relentless determination, humble and gracious attitude, and continuous writing will no doubt lead him to that ultimate goal.
I closed the interview with Mr. Romyn with one last question.
Carter: Do you have a motto you live by?
Luke: Exercise your imagination.
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Carter Lee is the author of, When Jonathan Cried for Me, President of Innovative Social Dynamics LLC., is a professional speaker, and is the co-host of Really Genius Radio. To learn more about his media appearances, radio show, book, or to schedule an appearance or speaking engagement visit http://www.innovativesocialdynamics.com
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