Meet Roy Blomstrom ...
How long have you been a member of NOWW?
I’ve been a member for about fifteen years.
What do you normally write?
I try to write in all genres – everything from standard prose and poetry to experimental forms, to theatrical modes, to song.
Do you have a favourite book or favourite author?
No favourite author. Favourites always get in my way when I want to write. They’re like Facebook and Twitter.
Let’s get to know you a bit better. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you found your way to writing:
I began writing seriously in grade three when I wrote a story about Peter Parrot who flew through a window of the Empire State Building. In grades six through seven I was the class reader – the kid who read novels to the other students for half an hour each Friday so that the teacher could get her grading done. Ideas don’t really come to me; I have to go get them, but that’s more than half the fun. Words of wisdom: ask yourself who your reader is, what’s new about the story you’re telling, and when you’ve finished a piece . . . recognize that you’ve not.
Tell us a bit about your writing and your writing style.
I don’t do one thing at a time. The major emphasis this month has been the editing of a novel, proofing and improving a ten-minute play, assembling poetry for a possible submission, and thinking about new places to send stuff out. I’m constantly googling and doing research on things that interest me (Oh, look! Something shiny!)
Who has inspired and impacted your writing?
I don’t get inspired. I do get competitive. Favourite book? Right now it’s the Swedish/English dictionary, but after I blink, it’ll be something else. I also don’t have favourite writers. Before I start to write, though, I find myself always wondering what people like to read about.
Can we see you at any upcoming NOWW events?
I’ll be at some of the events. Not sure which.
Where can we learn more about you and your writing?
I do have a website, but it’s out of date and goofy. It was set up to test out a new way of handling high school English education. The best way to find out about me is to say hello.
And to end things off, tell us something surprising about yourself!
I play recorder, banjo, and violin – all of them badly (not so surprising to those who have heard me play) – and I sing.