It’s always interesting to me that we still mostly think of women as those who create poetry. Many people even forget that I, myself, have two poetry collections out (well, 1.5 as the is a mix of poems and drabbles but whatever, splitting hairs!). Ronald J. Murray is doing his best to get people to think of the male dark poetry writers as well and I’m super excited to have him join me today!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try to write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Ronald: When it comes to writing fiction, my process looks a lot different than when I’ve talked about it in previous features and interviews now that I am a father to an infant. Where I used to sit at my laptop for a few hours per day, aiming to get at least two-thousand words on the page, I now take advantage of nap-time. Occasionally, I will sacrifice sleep. These days, I’m satisfied with whatever amount of words I can get written when I can.
Downloading and familiarizing myself with Scrivener has been a huge help. The useful organization tools in that app allow me to jump around with my ideas, and the sync feature makes it easy to pick up where I left off on my phone when I go outside to smoke.
My writing process has remained the same with poetry. Writing poetry pours out of me wherever I am. It comes in bursts. And I just pop open my notepad app and get it out of me so I can edit them when I have the time.
Steve: If you started a series and for some reason had to have another author finish it, who would you choose?
Ronald: I’d like to answer this question with Neil Gaiman. He is my favorite writer. However, I’d have to choose somebody that I could trust would treat my projects with care and dedication. So, I’d have to say the choice is between my three closest friends in this field, Gwendolyn Kiste, Sara Tantlinger, and Nelson W. Pyles. They’re all exceptionally talented and driven writers whose passion bleeds from their words.
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
Ronald: My latest release is Lost Letters to a Lover’s Carcass. It’s a poetry collection essentially narrating my grieving process after the explosive end of a rather tumultuous, decade-long romantic relationship through metaphor and dramatics. It may or may not help someone else that is or has experienced abuse in various forms and the pain of losing someone they were trauma-bonded to.
Shortly, I’ll be releasing a new poetry collection titled In All the Ways, a Drowning from which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. The collection illustrates the experience of intense emotions triggered by many things in life: events of the past, present, and potential future, love, perspective shifts through self-transformation, and more.
Lastly, if things go right, I’ll have a short fiction collection out in the future. It’ll include some stories that have been previously published and further revised for this collection, as well as some new work.
Steve: Bonus Question! If they made a movie about your life, what actor or actress would you suggest they get to play you?
Ronald: Johnny Depp, who has been my favorite actor for decades, is too old to play me in a movie. I can’t think of anyone else that could capture my personality so flawlessly.
Great acting choice! I could definitely see him playing you!
Thank you again, Ronald!
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