Recently I had the chance to catch up with Australian indie writer Raphael Farmer. He writes YA, romance, and fantasy novels. Raphael has many talents aside from writing, including film making and photography. You can find his free ebook, Carried Away, here.
1) For our readers who might not know you, can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Raphael Farmer, I’m from Australia, and I am a Young Adult Male/Male Romance author. I enjoy writing love stories between young men but also stories of which happen to have gay young males as the protagonists. My favourite genres are fantasy and action adventure.
2) What does the term “indie author” mean to you?
It means working hard to get to where you want. When you’re an indie author, there is more to be done in order to get your name out there in the world. Sometimes you work really hard for very little reward but it also gives an idea of whether or not the life of an author is meant for you.
3) Why did you choose the form of publishing that you did?
At the moment, my first eBook, Carried Away, is available on digital platforms for free. I chose this way first because it is a great way to get my name out there and give people a preview of what I can do. Eventually, I do hope to find a publishing house and spread my wings even further. It’ll take a lot of hard work but if putting Carried Away out there as an eBook is anything to go by, I can’t wait to keep at it.
4) What kind of books do you like to read?
Anything by Stephen King will get my attention. He is my favourite author and his writing inspires me greatly. I also love comic books, especially long graphic novels. I also read some light Japanese novels as I find the form fascinating. And if we’re going by genre specifically, I love fantasy, action adventure, romance and crime thrillers. I don’t mind the odd biography here and there as well.
5) What kind of books do you like to write?
That’s a tough one. I love having romance in my stories but I also love stories with magic and warriors in them. I think the best way for me to answer this is to say that I love writing stories with a lot of action and with a lot of heart.
6) Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t let other people bring you down. It bothers a lot of people to see someone they know go for what they want, especially if what they want is to achieve their dreams. It does not matter what people think of what you’re doing as a writer. If you feel alive when you write, then keep doing it.
7) What would you say is the most rewarding part of being an author?
I’m a storyteller. To know that your stories are out there for people to read and experience is an amazing feeling. And if people send you messages or tell you that they have enjoyed the read and the experience? Well, be prepared to be overwhelmed by how happy it makes you feel.
8) What is your favorite book?
The Shining by Stephen King is one of my favourites. The story takes you in so many places, sometimes it is scary, sometimes it is disgusting and sometimes it is a punch to the heart. At its core, this story is about a father and his son. It is one of the rare books that has made me bawl my eyes out.
9) How did you get into reading/writing?
When I was eleven years old, I started drawing my own comics. I do not have an illustrator’s hand and therefore it was awful. But I loved it. I kept thinking of stories in my head at the time and one day, I started writing them out at the computer. I wrote web series (TV series written for online reading), fanfiction and original fiction. I was testing out various ways to tell a story. I wrote in prose and script mostly and engaged in discussions on message boards online. My summer holidays were mostly about writing as much as I could. It was awesome.
10) Who are some of your favorite authors? Anyone we should be on the lookout for?
Holden Sheppard is an author to be on the lookout for. He has already published a few eBooks and is also a Young Adult author. His writing is excellent and sharp. Definitely check him out.