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Please welcome R.L. King as part of the DEAD HEART book tour! (Does this book look delicious or what? Well, delicious might not be the best word, but, well, YUM! And you have a chance to win it … stay tuned!)

R.L. King: The Duality of Writers

Hello Sarah,

First, let me humbly thank you for having me on your website, I am honored to be talking with such an accomplished author today. You are an inspiration to all us new writers, and after reading your About page, I wonder just how you get it all done? At the risk of sounding like I just escaped the mental asylum, I will tell you how I get it all done.

When I began writing Dead Heart, I divided myself into two parts. One half is the man who goes to work everyday, comes home and fixes everything that the kids broke that day, and the other is R.L. King, paranormal writer at large. Is it multiple personalities? I don’t think so, but if it is, I think all writers have it to some extent.

It is the reason R.L. King is on the book cover and not my real name. I think it is like when Stephen King was writing as Richard Bachman. The stories have the Stephen King trademark horror, but the writing is different, a good example is Richard Bachman uses adverbs where Stephen King avoids them.

For me, writing stories can only happen late at night. I like to get started right at midnight. By then the house is quiet, and I am virtually distraction free. It is my happy place. I go into my garage converted to a man-cave and when I shut the door, turn on the music, the world melts away and R.L. King goes to work on the keyboard.

I have told people that I tried to think of a good story, but it didn’t work out. So I tried to think of a writer that was much smarter than me, and try to think about what he would write, and so R.L. King was born. Sometimes they chuckle, others give me a confused stare, and a few wonder if I might really be crazy.

On a personal note, I like the separation. I am not comfortable speaking to large groups, and I tend to shy away from the spotlight. But R.L. King is full of confidence and loves any attention or publicity he can get. If this makes me crazy, then I should tell you that I have noticed the same behavior in “normal” people, like when you see someone from high school and you notice you start swearing more like you did back then when you thought it was cool.

Maybe I am justifying my own duality of writers, but I don’t think I am alone on this. I would be interested in reading the comments from both readers and writers that both agree and disagree completely. So my question is this, which side are you on?


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Dead Heart

Would you give someone your own beating heart so they may live?

That is the question Doctor Paul Vieyra will have to ask himself as his world comes crashing down around him, and the ghost of those who died on his operating table haunt his mind.

When Dr. Vieyra sister’s heart begins to fail and her life fade away, a new heart or surgery are her only chances for survival—a chance no doctor is willing to take. Dr. Vieyra will risk everything he has and more for his sister. He will need the help of both old and new friends along with his mental ghosts if he is going to overcome the incredible obstacles that stand in his way.

The clock is ticking. Will he be able to save his sister’s dead heart? What is he willing to risk?

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R.L. King

R.L. King was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, in 1978. King grew up in a poor mountain town. He and his family lived in an old school bus and shared an outhouse. They did not have a television until Reagan was re-elected.

King is the author of Two Bad Men (2005), Parallel You (2006), and Dead Heart (2007). These novels were created at the request of his friend who needed something good to read. King also published two short stories in 2010, for publishing credentials: The Tell-Tale Soul and The Water-Grave Redemption.

R.L. King currently resides in Oklahoma City, and works in the precious metals industry. He continues to write as late as he can most nights.

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