Brian Rouff On 5 Things You Need To Be A Successful Author or Writer
Writing is rewriting. Whether you’re with Simon & Schuster, your own imprint or somewhere in between, writing is a collaborative effort. That means you’ll work with one or more editors, layout people, cover designers and myriad others with a common goal — to make your book the best it can be.
As part of my interview series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Rouff. Author Brian Rouff has flourished in media and advertising, working since 2003 as managing partner at Imagine Communications, a Las Vegas-based firm serving clients worldwide. Decades spent crafting targeted content was also the perfect training for writing novels, and Rouff has produced three authentic, gripping novels set in Las Vegas. “Dice Angel” is a quirky mystery that lets readers see Las Vegas beyond the Strip; “Money Shot” follows an unhappy middle-aged man facing a million-dollar shot during halftime at an NCAA basketball tournament; and “The House Always Wins” is a ghost story based on an actual haunted house in Las Vegas.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?
I was born in Detroit, grew up in Southern California and moved to Las Vegas in 1981, which makes me a long-timer here. I’ve always been a writer; back in public school, it was the only subject I was good at. Plus, my parents and teachers gave me positive feedback, which helped keep me on track. Throughout much of my career, I’ve been fortunate to be able to monetize my craft, much of the time via freelancing, later as a principal in two marketing firms (currently at Imagine Communications). In the early 2000s, I got the itch to write a novel — the holy grail for many writers. I’d already been in Las Vegas for two decades and had notebooks full of ideas and observations. Spurred on by personal issues that made me more aware of my own mortality, I decided to go all-in. Despite all the challenges, or maybe because of them, I count it as one of the best decisions I’ve…