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There is no official ‘Writer-X’ or ‘The Rod…’ merchandise available yet, though you can feel free to stop by Rod’s Amazon page and pick up a copy of The Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir.
How can I find out if you're going to be doing any book signings or appearances?
Rod does not have any book signings or appearances scheduled at this time.
How do I join your fan club?
There is no official Rod R. Garcia fan club. If you would like to keep abreast of official Rod R. Garcia news, we recommend you sign up for the newsletter or his Twitter Feed.
What is your religion?
Rod is a Christian.
What is your email address?
Messages can be forwarded to Rod at QA@RodRGarcia.com . While Rod does try to keep up with the questions; he is unable to respond to all of them personally.
When is your birthday?
March 11th, 1968
What is your political affiliation?
Rod is very middle of the road in his beliefs, though he leans slightly towards the conservative side, and has been a registered Republican since he was first able to vote.
Do you have a Facebook page?
The Official Facebook Page for Rod R. Garcia is available here. This page is managed by RodRGarcia.com.
What are your thoughts on censorship and book banning?
You can read Rod’s essay on this topic here.
Why did you become a writer?
Because when the good lord made me, he made me a story-teller. Plain and Simple. I’ve found that I adapt well to many tasks, and can learn almost anything, but writing has always made me the happiest. Well, truth be told, being a dad tops the list by a long-shot, but since fatherhood doesn’t come with a paycheck, (quite the opposite in fact), I chose my second favorite thing in the world as a career… Imagine my surprise when I learned that it doesn’t pay much more than parenting…
Where do you get your ideas?
Hmmm… Good question… God? The Ether? The Channeling of a Parallel Universe? Simple Observation? I’m not always certain… but I can tell you one thing; my High School Creative Writing Teacher, Sid Waller, started each class session with two words, “What If?”. I find that even today, those two words are as good a starting point as they were to an impressionable seventeen year old kid back in 1986.
Do you accept story ideas?
No, I don’t. I already have a back-log of about ninety books in my computer, so I think it’s safe to say that I have already bitten off more than I’ll ever be able to completely chew.
Will you read my manuscript and tell me what you think?
I, personally cannot. This is purely for legal reasons. I choose to stay clear of any plagiarism mishaps, or hurt feelings, so instead I differ you to the good folks at EpiphanyMill Publishing.
Can you give me some writing tips?
Sorry, but Rod doesn’t provide individualized writing tips.
Do you teach any courses or seminars?
Though Rod used to teach screenwriting, he no longer teaches any writing classes, and has no immediate plans to do so.
Is it true that there might never be a sequel to 'The Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir'?
Yes. Please refer to Rod’s blog entry entitled ‘BLOODLIES: The Birth of a Deception‘ for details.
Is it true that you plan to offer a Rating-System for your books?
Yes. I have many exciting projects renting space in my imagination, and while some are child and young adult-friendly, many others are not. A breakdown of my books, and their respective ratings can be found here.
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