JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Roy Huff, author of Everville: The Rise of Mallory
With the help of his college friends, Owen Sage has won another battle in Everville. The rise of Mallory presents a new insidious evil that needs to be stopped. Owen must now find answers to questions that continue to arise in both dimensions.
Owen’s search for the truth will lead him to new journeys and reveal surprising insights about himself and his friends at Easton Falls University. New creatures will be uncovered and old friends will prove invaluable in the epic journey that that has only just begun.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Everville: The Rise of Mallory”?
Roy Huff: “Everville: The Rise of Mallory” is book three in an epic/urban fantasy series that originally started out as a three page college writing paper. I was encouraged by other classmates to turn the paper into a book, and after the first few chapters, I decided it would be a series.
I’ve drawn from my life experiences and love of scifi/fantasy as creative inspiration.
JP: What sets “Everville: The Rise of Mallory” apart from other books in the same genre?
RGH: I believe “Everville: The Rise of Mallory” has depth and purpose. It’s fantasy in the classic sense with a strong moral tale that is interwoven into the story.
The protagonist is a true hero, but it’s his actions and choices that really separate this story from other books in the same genre.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “Everville: The Rise of Mallory” getting out to the public?
RGH: The most important parts of getting the word out about my books is patience and a willingness to spend significant time marketing using an all of the above approach.
It takes more time to market than to write. That’s the secret.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “Everville: The Rise of Mallory”?
RGH: From start to finish it was about six months for the last two books, compared to two years with the first, but actually writing time is significantly less.
Life has a way and getting in the way. Setting aside the time to write is always a challenge. As a working professional, I write on my days off and vacation time.
JP: What’s next for Roy Huff?
RGH: I will most likely write a stand alone futuristic scifi novel, which I will pitch to an agent. I expect to be done before the end of the Summer, then I will continue working on book 4 in the Everville series. I hope to have to fourth book out sometime between August and November of 2014.
I’m planning on doing a minimum of two books a year in the Everville series, but I am also planning on starting a new series that I will write concurrently.