Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Roderick Edwards is an adoptee who after 50 years found his birth family. This revelation sparked the “real” person inside him and he went from being a data analyst drone to writing books and doing art and designing elaborate gardens. I’ve written 4 books in less than 6 months and am eager to continue to write as many books as I can in the short 20-30 years of life I have left. The genre for the books range from a fictional tale of a man waking on a strange planet all alone to my autobiographic of the adoption reunion to a philosophical look at apparent coincidences to a hypothetical treatment of overthrown governments.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
How to Overthrow a Government is a hypothetical and historical look at sedition, treason, and rebellion. It details how these thoughts and actions have played out in history and how they could and are playing out in the present day. It is a dangerous book to even own much less read in a non-free society, so be aware.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Some people find that I am loose with “tenses”. I tend to write in a past-present-future tense that I call elastic tense.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I really like Isaac Asimov but most books I’ve read have been boring history books by dead Roman and Greek guys.
What are you working on now?
I am presently working on two books;
1) Excel for Everyone — instead of for “dummies”. It is a help book like never before.
2) The History and Future of Black People — yes you read that right. Stay tuned.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still trying to figure that out. I so much dislike mass marketing so I’ve been trying to do podcasts and promote via social media. It hasn’t blown the lid off of anything yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write a few short books and publish on Amazon or some other site. Consider these your trial books. You probably won’t even sell one. But this is just for you to understand the process before you invest in your life’s work.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just keep on keeping on. Yep, just that simple.
What are you reading now?
Reading? I’m a writer. Do you think I have time to read? LOL
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m trying to figure out new ways for people to interact with my writing. For example, the old method of endnotes is so yesterday. A quick link in the sentence seems better.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
4 blank journals and 50 pens. Hey, I’m a writer, not a reader.