*Imagine this is being read by Morgan Freeman*
A native of Virginia, Riley Tune originally wanted to be an actor. Sadly, he never made it to the big screen...or small screen...or even a local play. Instead, he became something else. A creator of worlds...a purveyor of stories infused with magic and might...in short, a writer. Years later he published his debut series, Warper. A fantasy about teleporting assassins hired to kill an immortal. Badass right? He then found success with his third novel, a superhero series. Within urban fantasy, he created a name and fanbase with over 300 audio reviews for the series. He has told many that he just loves to tell a story and that spelling and grammar aren’t his strong points. This statement is usually followed by a compliment to his editor. He is a lover of video games, a lifter of weights, and pizza aficionado that currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
- When did you start writing? About four years ago. I originally wanted to be an actor. Now here I am, mostly because I just wanted to tell a good story.
- When did you first decide that you wanted to publish your writing? I have always wanted people to read my work. It took a long time for me to get to this point though.
- What made you choose the indie route of publishing? Up until now, I wanted to be traditionally published, but that takes a long time. The hunt for agents is a long and stressful process. That time spent could be used writing. So self published it was.
- Where do you find your inspiration with writing? Oddly, from other stories. I usually write what I can't find on the bookshelf or what I think would be a cool concept. That's how the Warper series was born. The "teleportation fantasy" selection was very slim.
- Is there any specific book that you attribute to helping inspire you on your current work in progress? All fantasy I find inspiring. Everything from the epic fantasy that the world knows, to the self published fantasy writer that I came across by chance. I think Brandon Sanderson is a great example of a fantasy writer. Much of what he writes, isn't really an original concept, but he writes it in a original way of his own. That's what makes it so gripping.
- Where did your main character come from? How did you create them? The main character is always there. Playing around in my head as I continued to create their world. I usually have a general idea of what they look like, and I then just find pictures from google as a reference while I write.
- Is there any one song that you would put with your main character? Not really.
- If you were stuck writing in one genre for the rest of your life, what genre would it be and why? Fantasy! Fantasy! Fantasy! There are almost no rules in fantasy, unless you make them up yourself. Like a magic system or something like that. Fantasy all the way.
- What is your favorite part of writing? Favorite part is the outline process as I see it come together, and then I also love the writing part of it, naturally. Fun fact, I hate editing. Many writers do. I'm great at telling the story, but grammar issues and punctuation can be a downer.
- Recommend three books or series that you absolutely love! The Jumper series is very good. It was the only series I could find with teleportation in it. Any series by Brandon Sanderson, and one of my favorite series I'm reading right now by a self published writer is the Kid Sensation series. Very fun reads all of them.