THE DEVIL’S GATE TEASER #1
The Devil’s Gate promises to be an breathtaking experience for the literature world!! Please join us on Rue Volley’s fanpages, website and here on NERD GIRL OFFICIAL for teasers and specials until the Release Date in April!!!
Rue Volley was born in February of 1970 in Lima Ohio. She has 3 sisters and one brother and is the oldest of her siblings. She spent her early years in Catholic Schools, her twenties and early thirties travelling the world in a band and modeling. When she turned 40 she penned her first novel, Blood & Light, and since that time has produced over 40 books. 8 novels and the rest novelettes and shorts. She specializes in paranormal adult fiction and horror erotica. Rue expanded into film in 2014 with her screenplay “Hellhound” based on her bestselling series. She is also the head of Creative Design and Marketing with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, and co-owns Lovebites, an Independent Film Company specializing in Dark Fantasy films.
Q. Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?
I was born in Lima, Ohio in February of 1970. I grew up going to Catholic schools and I would say the schooling influenced my writing more than the area did. Seeing that I usually write about angels and demons. I moved after I graduated, to the east coast, and lived in NYC on and off for years.
Q. Tell us your latest news??
Well, the short film that we did on Hellhound is being added to IMDb and should be live on there soon. We are currently negotiating investors for a full length film. My writing schedule is heavier this year than usual. I am focusing on novels, instead of shorts. So, my books will come out at a slower pace than usual. I am excited to announce that I will be at UtopYa this year, I am bringing Caitlin Kelley and Tyler Thomas, who starred in Hellhound, with me. They had travelled with me to Augusta, Maine last August, and it was a blast. So expect to see us all set up there showing the short film and handing out swag to fans.
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I started storytelling when I was seven years old. That was the year my dad left us. I think it was a way of coping with it. I told story after story to younger sister, not only to entertain her but to let my imagination run free. The funny thing was is that even then I would just add on to the original storyline, so even at seven I was a serial writer at heart. Then as I got older I lost that spark and it did not get reignited until my high school year and my creative writing class. My teacher was amazing. She was all about the art of telling a story and to this day I use her formula and remember her words. She went on to teach to at Stanford, which I always found to be interesting. I was also a school librarian, and I took advantage of the time given to me there to read as much as I could. My first book was Catcher in the Rye and it blew up from there. Then, after I graduated I forgot about writing in that form, but I did get signed with a band and the writing came back in the way of songs. So I guess my storytelling was condensed to shorter lines and trying to have a beginning, a middle and an end for commercially based songs. I did this for over a decade and then when the band ended I simply moved on and started working in retail. I ended up as an area manager and training employees on selling, loss prevention, visuals and customer service. Then in 2010 the spark returned and I sat down after my 40th birthday party and jotted down the first three pages of the Blood & Light Vampire series and five years later I have written seven novels, six novellas and around 32 shorts for various box sets, anthologies and my own box set collections. My inspiration remains the same as it was when I was seven years old. It’s for the love of storytelling.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Catcher in the Rye, Interview with a Vampire, On the Road, Naked Lunch. Those books all played a huge roll in who I am today. As far as serious influence, well I am a movie junkie and I take most of my real inspiration from that and series. My biggest influences being David Lynch and Quintin Tarantino. I also love Supernatural, 30 days of Night, Cowboy Bebop and the list could go on forever with those. I am not saying that books did not shape me, I just tend to write as if you are watching a series or a movie, so the visual part for me in important as well as the character development.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
My characters haunt me. I swear that they are all dead and just wanting their stories to be told. Seeing that I am a medium, that is probably true. ***wink***
Q. What motivates you to write?
My muse, she is relentless and won’t let me sleep.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing?
Letting a huge series go. What I mean is not actually finishing it, the finishing part is not hard to me. It is letting the characters and world go in that final book. Its heart wrenching and I feel as if I am going to a funeral and burying my closest friends. To me, that’s the battle.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Every single time I write a book I learn, the day I stop learning I will quit.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
Most of my ideas are dreams that I have.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
I think at first they all thought it may just be a hobby, but when I became a bestselling author and was able to quit my retail job, and pay bills with my sales, well, I think they realized that this was actually my career now. A career that I will always be grateful for.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
There is a lot that could be said, but here is the most important stuff to know. First, it cost money to be an author. It just does, so save up money for promotion and marketing before you release a book. Edit, edit, edit and edit some more. Your book will never be perfect, but get it shined up that best that you can before you release it. Study up on what you need to do to sell it. You don’t have to submit your stuff to traditional companies to be a real author. In fact you don’t even have to be signed. You can be self-published and find massive amounts of success on your own, but just know that it will take money and tons of time to do that. Ignore anyone with a negative attitude. I mean, walk away from them. Anyone like that does not have your best interest at heart and they will drag you down. The best thing to do is just stay upbeat, surround yourself with people who inspire and lift you up. You will see who really does this as you grow in your career and you have to make adjustments. Anyway, other than that, write. Write as often as you possibly can and do not edit while you write. Slam that draft out and THEN go back and clean it up. Get the idea out first.
Q. What book are you reading now?
Right now I am reading my comics again. The big one is Gotham at Midnight. If you love supernatural stories and X-Files style investigating, then you will love it too.
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