IndieView with R. J. Norgard, author of Trophy Kill

The outline becomes my working document as I write and is fluid – nothing is sacrosanct. Now he shares a rundown apartment above an Anchorage coffee shop, burying his sorrows in cheap beer. The first contains the chapter number. Overall, I think it’s hugely important to read a lot and to read a wide variety of genres and styles. Along the way, he keeps asking why Molly had to die and holding himself responsible for her death. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? But once the job turns deadly, he’ll have to sort through a mountain of clues to solve this case – and confront his own demons in the process. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Defying conventional wisdom, I created the cover myself because, a) I had the technical ability to do it, and, b) I knew exactly what I wanted, had carefully studied the market, and was confident I could pull it off. Get your copy of   Trophy Kill from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I first started working on it in about 2008. I had originally intended to go the traditional route of submitting Trophy Kill to agents and editors. Upon retirement, he’d continued to hold monthly meetings with local writers, serving as both mentor and friend. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I think there is a kind of osmosis that takes place. Big mistake. Put together a comprehensive marketing plan 4-6 months before your book launch. Do you outline? One good place is Publisher’s Weekly. Sharing a rundown apartment above an Anchorage, Alaska coffee shop with a cat named Priscilla, he dulls his bitter memories with cheap beer and sarcasm. I head up a local volunteer group that restored and relocated my hometown’s historic lighthouse, and am involved in our county historical society. I create a chapter outline in table format with four columns. It’s nice to sell books but, ultimately, aspire to write a book that you can be proud of. However, as I was completing the book, I had a chance conversation with Larry Smith, founder of Bottom Dog Press in Huron, Ohio. I jumped at the chance. Revise – revise – revise. in the state, Sidney hasn’t been the same since the tragic death of his wife, Molly. Where did you get the idea from? Write every day and read voraciously. I was so focused on getting Trophy Kill completed and sailing on its way that I had no real marketing plan. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? About You
Where did you grow up? That’s the one element of design you should never skimp on. No, not unless I happen to be in a coffee shop when I’m writing. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I think every writer should, above all, strive to tell a good story. The writer inhales the language and hopeful exhales something that’s worth reading. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Unless you meet these specific criteria, I would recommend strongly against it. Port Clinton, Ohio, a town on the shores of Lake Erie. The second column provides space for a brief description of the chapter. Parker is someone whose writing I have admired. In a novel length work with over a dozen characters and several sub-plots, my outline is an essential tool for managing the plotting and arc of my story. The last column is labeled “Remarks” and typically includes notes about major plot points, the need to plant a clue in a specific place, or perhaps a comment about a certain character. I haven’t yet, but I may do that in the future. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I love his tight dialog and the way he used short chapters to move the story forward. Where do you live now? Dialog came pretty easily, too, and having spent 21 years in Alaska, including eight years as a private investigator, I was comfortable laying down the setting for the characters to inhabit. I usually begin a daily session by reading everything I’ve written up to that point and then keep going until I stop. The cover will make or break your book. I’d known Larry for the better part of a decade. Don’t rush it. Also check out the video for   Trophy Kill on YouTube. Army counterintelligence officer, featuring Anchorage private investigator Sidney Reed. We all know how important it is for writers to read. It was idyllic. Kirkus is good, too, if you can afford it. Once the top P.I. So, yes, I pretty much winged it. But his supposed simple surveillance doesn’t go quite as planned, and soon he’s dragged head-first into a two-year-old mystery centered around a hunting trip gone awry. Once I figured that out, I was able to trim five or six thousand words off my manuscript. Do you listen to music while you write? I enjoy writing mystery stories and we have two very precocious female black cats. I think mine came out pretty well. When he’s offered a bundle of cash for a simple surveillance job, Sidney sees a chance to finally put the broken pieces of his life back together. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I think he had a direct influence on the way I wanted to write first-person fiction. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Much later, when I was up in Alaska, I thought of a way I could use that same idea for a crime committed in the Alaska wilderness. When did you start writing the book? I think there is a kind of osmosis that takes place. Norgard – 27 September 2019
The Back Flap
Private investigator Sidney Reed hasn’t been the same since the tragic death of his wife, Molly. Having music playing in the background doesn’t necessarily bother me but I don’t think I need it, either. This and succeeding installments in the Sidney Reed Mystery Series feature the Sidney slowly coming to terms with loss as he struggles to regain his footing in a world he knows intimately yet struggles to understand. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? About five years in all. A typical summer day was spent swimming and romping in the sand. About the book
What is the book about? I don’t know if this is something that has plagued other first-time novelists, but in my early drafts I found I tended to over explain things. If so can you please describe it? Some are, to a greater or lesser extent, borrowed from people I know or have known. It’s about an Alaska private investigator named Sidney Reed. Make your book the best it can be. I remembered reading a short story in the 1960’s remarkable for the most unusual way in which the killer covered up his crime. So, I learned the hard way that having a marketing plan is essential. Some are entirely fictitious. He’d been following the progress of my novel right along and, knowing of my plans to seek out a traditional publisher, Larry offered to publish the book under an imprint of Bottom Dog Press, even though, despite having published over 200 titles, he’d never put out a mystery before. In the hard-boiled tradition of Raymond Chandler, Trophy Kill is the first in a bold new series of Alaskan mysteries by R.J. End of Interview:
For more from R.J. R.J. Overall, I think it’s hugely important to read a lot and to read a wide variety of genres and styles. A few miles from where I grew up. How long did it take you to write it? Norgard, a former private investigator and U.S. I found writing in the first person to be a natural fit for me. Another column charts time: What day of the week or time of day does the action take place? Eventually I realized readers don’t want everything explained to them, they want to figure things out for themselves. Norgard, visit his website and follow him on Facebook. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Do everything you can to get your name out there. It’s the kind of thing that comes with experience. I think it’s an important distinction. I write when I can, as much as I can. I edit as I go and again when I’m finished. From a marketing standpoint, I’m trying to get mystery fans to notice my work. When I look back now at some of the things I wrote five years ago, I have to shake my head and smile. Don’t get discouraged. Keep going until you realize your dream. What would you like readers to know about you? Trophy Kill is the first installment in the Sidney Reed Mystery Series. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? When he’s offered a bundle of cash for a simple surveillance job, Sidney sees a chance to put the broken pieces of his life back together. Do you have a target reader? The writer inhales the language and hopeful exhales something that’s worth reading. In the mystery genre, the late Robert B. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Back then he was heading up the Firelands Writing Center at Bowling Green State University’s Firelands Campus, in addition to being a respected publisher. Send your manuscript out for review to as many reviewers as you can. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? What came easily? You can write the Great American Novel, but if you can’t get it in front of readers, no one is ever going to know about it. My target reader is someone who enjoys a good story with interesting characters whom he or she can relate to in some way, as separate and distinct from my target audience, which is people who enjoy a good mystery. Using Alaska’s beautiful and unforgiving landscape as his palette, Norgard paints a tough yet sympathetic protagonist with a razor-sharp wit, along with a rich cast of supporting characters, to create a striking portrait of crime and passion in the 49th state.