Balancing a career and writing
This is a quick shout out to let you know about an interview I did with Toronto based dark fiction writer, Mary Rajotte. Known for her atmospheric and creepy tales that explore myth, dream and nightmare, she’s very kindly taken time out of her hectic schedule to run this with me.
M. Rajotte introduction: “Spending 24 years so far pursuing his passion for writing, Rodger shares what got him started, how he maintains his focus, and how he balances the pressures of career versus creativity in the first part of this interview series.”
Q: What experiences inspired you to write?
DJR: I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was 19. It was 1989 and the Berlin Wall had just come down. Communism was collapsing, Capitalism and Democracy were striding hand in hand down the halls of the Military Industrial Complex towards the great Throne Room of Globalisation.
Meanwhile Cyberpunk was gaining ground as a much re-invigorated genre, after its earliest inception by Alfred Bester, thanks to the likes of William Gibson and characters like Max Headroom (both the music show and the TV series).
I was actually into the outre cosmic horror of H.P.Lovecraft at the time. My first novel was a God-awful mélange of 1920’s Cthulhu Mythos. I left my job of the moment to write it. That took me a year.
This coincided with a friendship of correspondence with Brian Lumley and a personal friendship with Denis MacEoin (aka Daniel Easterman and Jonathan Aycliffe): the messages were polite but clear –
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You should check out Mary Rajotte’s work on her website her, includes links to her published work which are well worth a read (and a spooky shudder): http://maryrajotte.com