Jerry Roth On The 5 Things You Need to Know to Become a Great Author
Read every genre: As a writer, you will always be drawn to a favorite category. But when it comes to reading, step out of your genre. You will be surprised how little, unexpected things will trickle into your “Work in Progress”.
As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jerry Roth. Roth is an award-winning author of Bottom Feeders, a bestseller from Sunbury Press. Following up this success, he released a psychological thriller, On the Tip of Her Tongue, and is releasing Throwing Shadows: A dark Collection through Brigids Gate Press. The author currently lives in a converted 1908 Catholic church in Ohio.)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?
From the first moment I could read a book myself, I knew I wanted to be a writer. One of my earliest writing creations was a handful of blank papers folded in half and stapled to make a spine. In this crude first book, my Uncle Mark helped me design simple “Star Wars” panels of Tie Fighters and X-Wing Fighters flying through the galaxy — along with dialogue bubbles saying dramatic words like, “Laugh now…but cry later,” Darth Vader said. It was in these handmade comics that I learned what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Years later, riding the bus back and forth to school, I soon became the kid that told stories about the movie trailers I saw on television — I wasn’t old enough to see these adult movies myself. Not seeing the movie didn’t stop me — far from it! I would just make up my version of what I thought the film would be like. It got to where my friends on the bus asked me to describe the plot of the latest film in theaters.
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
When my debut novel Bottom Feeders was released, I was very anxious about how it would be received. The most important aspect to me was whether it was going to be truly scary to others. My fears were laid to rest…