RJ Palmer has written a novel called Birthright, and reviewers say the concept for the story is intriguing and unique. I decided to ask RJ some questions about this unique story.
Where did the idea for Birthright come from?
The idea for Birthright came from sheer unadulterated boredom and a desire to step outside of myself and be someone else. That might sound a little off my rocker but it works and it turned into something more than I thought it would. Among my favorite quotes about writing comes from E.L. Doctorow who said, Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. I think it really applies and I can really relate.
When did you first start writing?
I didn’t start to seriously pursue writing as a career until I was in my early twenties. Until then, I was largely aimless and justified it by saying that there were a lot of seniors in college that didn’t know what they wanted to do as a career. Then I sat down with a book idea, started writing and Birthright came out and I discovered just how incredibly exhausting and rewarding writing was. I couldn’t talk to anyone without going through the thesaurus in my head and hearing every word they said and coming up with as many synonyms as I could. Honestly folks, it was a little bit autistic or OCD.
What is your favorite book and why?
I don’t have a favorite book because I generally love books as a rule. The line from the song How do you Solve a Problem Like Maria in The Sound of Music where the nuns sing, How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? goes through my head and seems to make perfect sense. How can I possibly give a definitive answer when I don’t really have one? I could name off favorite authors but to name off a favorite book is completely impossible for me.
What’s up next for you?
Right now, I have a novel called Sins of the Father in the works and I’ve learned recently that my son wants to follow in my footsteps and be a writer. Nothing could make a mother more proud and I’ve started bouncing around the idea of he and I writing some children’s books which is fitting since he’s ten and autistic and a lot of children’s books aim at helping explain to kids what’s going on in the world around them. There are a lot of things that he and I can write together and I would love to make that happen for him. If anyone has some advice or suggestions about writing children’s books, it would be most helpful because I’ve become rather adept at writing a work with the intention of it being in an ebook format but I have no experience whatsoever with all the steps that go with writing children’s books.
Thanks RJ for stopping by. I wish you the best of luck!