Author Spotlight: R.K. Fultz
November 11, 2019 • News
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
RF: It was happenstance! My ex-husband had just started in a new band, and I met one of the other wives. She was sitting there one night while the guys were playing, and I noticed she was feverishly writing. I asked her what she was working on, and she told me she had started a writers’ group and also writing a book. She enjoyed working on her project while watching her husband play music. I got up the nerve to tell her I had always wanted to write a book, especially romance. She was ecstatic to hear this revelation and invited me to join her on an upcoming writer’s retreat. I told her I wasn’t an actual writer. She said to me the group was for all levels, and it would be a safe place to learn if I wanted to take the next step and write my first book. I attended the retreat, and it changed my life. I met some fantastic people, and they gave me the courage to pursue my passion.
I wanted to pursue writing because of my Mom. She caught me sneaking her romance novels before I hit middle school. We formed a lasting bond over romance and reading. I would daydream story ideas but never had the confidence or courage to write any of them down until after attending the writing retreat.
CJC: What hurdles have your overcome while striving towards your goals?
RF: This past year has been the hardest of my life. I faced multiple surgeries, losing my mother to Dementia, injuries from a major car accident, and finally, my marriage ending. I am learning to be a single parent and figuring out who I am in this new world. The one therapy I had over this past year was my writing. It gave me an outlet for my feelings and a constant that I could control. I have made beautiful connections because of my book. This world of creativity is mending my broken pieces.
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
RF: Bar Girl– Book One in Love’s Last Stand series is my favorite because it is my first novel. I have started book two in the series, and that book is called Another Round. The expected publish date is early 2020.
CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
RF: I would give the advice to just write your words down. That was the great advice they gave me at the retreat. To get out of your head and not worry about grammar or sentence structure. You have the tools and ability to edit later. The biggest thing is to get your idea and story down. I put my dream off my whole life because I feared people would see that I wasn’t equipped to write a book. It took me meeting the right people who provided support and encouragement. They started in my shoes. If you can find a writing group or attend a writer’s retreat. Find your tribe.
CJC: Favorite motto?
RF: Go to bed with dreams; wake up with a purpose.
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?
RF: I will go old school first. My Mom and I shared a love of Catherine Anderson. We would swap books and talk storylines and love of characters. The current author that inspires me is Amy Daws. Her stories are fresh and edgy. I love how she gives you the right amount of tension and steam between her main characters. The best part is Amy’s humor. I love to follow her on Instagram or Facebook. She is hysterical, and it is all her, and I hope to one day be that comfortable in my skin.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
RF: My writing process is mostly emotions. I create an outline and then the rest is by heart and gut. I love to listen to music while I write. There may be a scented candle or an open window with the sound of rain outside. I am off in my head from that point on. I write best at home. I know a lot of other authors hit their local coffee shop and write, but I do best at home with just me and my moods. I set up my atmosphere with how I feel that day, the hour or minute.
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
I am working on Another Round–Book Two of Love’s Last Stand Series. It picks up where Bar Girl ended. I hope to finish and be ready to publish in early 2020. My goal for the end of the year is to register for upcoming book signings and increase my social media presence.
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
RF: Last year I was sitting with my Mom while she was in the hospital. It was during a rough patch, and I looked for inspiration for my cover design while she was sleeping. I stumbled upon CJC Photography through a link on BT Urruela Facebook page. I was a big fan of BT and never dreamed I would have him on my first cover. As great as it is to have BT and Racheal Baltes on my cover, the big win for me is making a connection and becoming friends with Christopher Correia. The opportunity to speak and comment on photographs is beyond exciting. He is a true professional, and I feel lucky that I made a connection last year. He has continued to show support to me as an author and friend.
Thank you so much Rachel for featuring BT, Rachael, and I on this project. It was a pleasure working with you.
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