Today, I’m happy to have Mr. Roy Dimond answering his selected five questions. Roy and I met via cyber-space when we published with the same small press, Grey Gate Media, LLC. I recently left GG and ventured out on my own, but I still keep in touch with many authors I met through them.
Please take time to read the answers to Roy’s chosen five questions. He’s lived an interesting life, and his description of where he lives will make you want to pack up and head there ASAP!
Also take a moment to leave a comment. This month, one lucky commenter will win a $10 Amazon gift card!
I’ve had the privilege of reading The Rubicon Effect and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thriller with lots of twists and turns!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have had the good fortune to travel and have seen many fascinating places. Walked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, visited an Onsen in a small village in the Japanese Alps, strolled slack-jawed through a pristine valley with uncountable waterfalls in Switzerland, lived in cave homes on Santorini in Greece, and high rises in Tokyo. I have seen unimaginable poverty as well as wealth that was equally depressing.
But the place that I would live is without a doubt exactly where I am now. In a log home with my wife on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. In a small place called Garden Bay. Why? Because of the quiet, the peace, the tranquility, the wildlife, my friends and neighbors and the security. The larger area is called Pender Harbour and it is nicknamed, Venice of the North, but locals just call it, “Penderdise.”
What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time…besides writing?
Wait! There is spare time after writing? What is this concept of which you speak? This, “spare time?” If you are alluding to the time when I am not typing, then I am thinking about my novels. That is when I spend time walking around the four lakes that are scattered near my home. I access one lake from a secret trail built by the community so we can go swimming without being contaminated by, “tourists.” I access the other lakes by enjoying long hikes in the forest where I pass massive old growth trees and can look in almost any direction knowing that beyond my little community there are many hundreds of miles before civilization again intrudes. So if “free time,” means contemplating novels and not actually writing novels, then hiking is how I spend that time.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
We used it for the cover of our book, Saving Our Pennys…
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. ‘ Collette.
Why? Because I think so many people miss what a great life is happening around them all the time.
Do you write in silence or listen to music?
Silence. Absolute silence. Why destroy perfection? Not my writing, the unspoiled silence. That non-sound, that I believe a person has to mature and grow into, to fully appreciate, that emptiness where thoughts can be heard, analyzed, and understood, is perfection. The nothingness where characters are formed and they can be heard telling you their story. Ah blessed silence.
If you could be a character from one of your books, who would it be and why?
Without a doubt the protagonist in, The Singing Bowl. He is a monk who belongs to a monastery that has just been destroyed. He and the other monks are each given a quest to fulfill and then they are scattered to the winds. If they complete their quests they will meet again. For so many reasons, I think that this is the journey we are all taking. We are born and grow and then scatter, but if we live a good life, I think there is a chance we will meet again.
This character is gifted with the quest to find a book lost to the world and I again believe that is what all those people wondering into brick and mortar stores, or the ether world of e books, they are all looking for that one book that will give them days and weeks of experiencing another life.
The fact that he travels from a small village in Tibet called Sakya, to Katmandu, Istanbul, Alexandria, and on around the world, is also something that obviously fits in well with my own wanderlust.