MY NEW ROOMMATE
Written by: Rich Rubin
After four long years of college Tyler is excited to move on to the next part of his life. The part where there’s no more studying, no more essays to write, and most importantly more time to spend with his girlfriend Nicole. Unfortunately she has different plans for her future, none of which include Tyler. He’s angry, hurt, and blindsided when all of her stuff is moved out of their apartment the day after graduation. All he’s left with is a note saying it’s over.
In a span of less than twenty-four hours Tyler’s world takes a complete one hundred eighty degree turn from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. To top it off Nicole’s best friend is moving in as his new roommate.
Tyler’s heart is hurting, and one of the ways he finds helpful to mask his pain is making decisions he never would’ve even considered. What starts as one decision has led him down an unexpected path of questionable and manipulative life choices.
It will take a lot of soul searching, and a lot of support from his friends, to bring back the old Tyler.
About the Author: Rich Rubin
Rich is a self-published author from the Buffalo, NY area. He tries to make his characters seem real, while at the same time potentially putting them in unrealistic but still believable situations.
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What was the inspiration behind My New Roommate?
I was inspired to write My New Roommate by a situation a college friend of mine had many years ago. Of course, I embellished the story, but there is a small nugget that came from a real-life situation. My friend was all set to move in with her boyfriend when she discovered he was being unfaithful. She was heartbroken, ashamed, and embarrassed. She didn't want to move home with her parents and admit she was a failure. That's where the fictional part of my story kicks in.
How do you know your characters are believable?
I'd like to believe I've given enough thought to these characters to make their mannerisms authentic enough to come across as someone you'd run into socially, or that reminds you of someone.
How much time do you spend writing each day/week?
I try to write a little every day, even if only 100 - 300 words. I've found that's an attainable goal to hit if I write on my breaks and lunch at work. Ideally I'd shoot for 500 words or more per day.
What did your publishing process look like?
I've so far chosen to self publish, which puts a lot of the burden directly on my shoulders. I now have three books released and have grown my network of reviewers. I am learning with each book to give a generous lead time when contacting potential reviewers. I also try to stay active on social media, making connections, and exchanging ideas about my books.
Do you have any advice for writers who are yet to be published?
The best advice I can give is to just write. Don't worry about making it perfect because you can always edit later. Write your story now while it is fresh in your head. Additionally, I encourage new authors to begin building their presence online. Social media is a conversation, not a place to blast links to buy your books. Yes, you can post those links, but if that's all you do you will turn away your audience.