Good morning my lovelies, and a very happy Saturday to you all! Today on Meet the Author, we’re talking to R. J. Eastwood…..
About Robert J. Emery (Pen Name R. J. Eastwood)
Member Directors Guild of America, American Association of Writers & Authors. The National Association of authors & Editors.
During his film and television career he has written, produced, and directed feature motion pictures and television documentaries and well as national television commercials and industrial films. He created and produced the award-winning ninety-one-episode television series The Directors, the most extensive examination of film directors and the behind-the-scenes making of feature films. His award-winning four-part mini-series, The Genocide Factor, played to rave reviews on PBS stations across the country, and his 2007 MSNBC documentary For God & Country: A Marine Sniper’s Story was honoured with both the National Headliner Award and the Cine Special Jury Award.
Mr. Emery, who writes novels under the pen name R. J. Eastwood, has won over seventy-five industry awards including seven years in a row at The New York Festivals, two Golden Eagles from The Chicago International Film & Television Festival, top honours at HoustonFest, and the Best Dramatic Feature Film at the Los Angeles Angel City Film Festival for his Lifetime Movie Channel feature film Swimming Upstream.
Mr. Emery’s 2017 novel, The Autopsy of Planet Earth, was awarded the 2017 Author’s Circle Novel of Excellence for Fiction, the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Award for Best Fiction, and the 2018 Book Talk Radio Book of the Year, and the 2019. His current novel, Midnight Black – The Purge was published in January of 2019 Pulp Den Award.
What inspired you to start writing?
This simply straight forward answer is, I just felt that I had to express myself through writing, first through screenplay, then through books
How many books have you written and published?
To date I have had seven books published, four non-fiction, three novels.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Sorry, I can’t just pick one, I’m proud of all of them.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I make sure that they are readily pronounceable.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Jade Miro in MIDNIGHT BLACK.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Truman Capote, “In Cold Blood.”
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
A short story when I was in the eighth grade.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I spent my entire adult career working as a writer/director/production in motion pictures and TV production.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Back to early Rome for sure.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Corny maybe, but my late parents.
What are your favourite things to do?
Write and travel
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Edit, edit, rewrite, rewrite.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
“1984 by George Orwell”
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Fifteen years following his imprisonment for committing a brutal revenge murder, former top DEA Agent Billy Russell is paroled five-years early to a world controlled by autocratic billionaires. Their greed driven and inept self-serving economic policies have left the world on the verge of moral and economic collapse leaving millions to face rampant poverty, crime, disease, and drug addiction.
As a condition of his parole, Billy is assigned to a secret government drug enforcement unit whose mission is to eliminate drug lords and peddlers without benefit of a trial. When approached by a secret movement planning the overthrow the authoritarian government, Billy joins them to end the demonic reign of tyranny only to become embroiled in the wildest conspiracy he could have ever imagined.
Where to buy: https://www.tinyurl.com/ycscpzaz
Where to find Robert online: Twitter
Thanks so much for your interview Robert. If anyone has any comments/questions then please, give him a shout.
Have a wonderful day!