by author T.K. Geering
I've got a right coup this week. He's not only an author, but also runs a publishing house and is a star of TV.
Here we go then...ROD GLENN - WRITER, PUBLISHER, AND TV SUPER STAR
Q. Hi Rod, please tell us all about yourself.
A. Rod is an author and actor from Newcastle upon Tyne. Novels include the best-selling Sinema series and TV roles include, Ripper Street, The Hippopotamus, The Hollow Crown, Wolfblood and Bill.
Q. In what part of the country do you live?
A. I still live in Newcastle, but do a lot of travelling depending upon my filming schedule.
Q. As you know I come from the South of England and I’ve always considered Northerners a friendly bunch, but in your experience do you consider there are a lot of differences between Northerners and Southerners?
A. The media like to create barriers and division, but no, in my experience there are lovely people everywhere (and a few bad eggs too, unfortunately!).
Q. Have you any hobbies? (No! you can’t mention that one lol)
A. I don’t know what you mean! ;) I’ve always been a keen fitness fanatic – weight-training, boxing and rock climbing being three favourites. I’m also a big reader and film fanatic (one of the reasons Han Whitman (Sinema) is as well.
Q. What do you do to chill out?
A. If I’m not reading or watching a film, I tend to listen to music with a bottle of red wine or whisky.
TK: Mmm music and red wine. I'm there.
Q. Is there a day job?
A. As well as the writing and acting, I also run Wild Wolf Publishing, which involves submissions, editing, formatting, promotion etc.
Q. Tell us about your books, Rod. When did you first start writing? How many have you completed? Is there a work in progress?
A. I started writing in High School and completed the first draft of my first novel not long after (that novel, The King of America took another 15 years or so to get published). I now have 6 published novels and short stories in several anthologies. I have just released the sixth novel (The Fortress) and currently have a busy filming schedule, so taking a little break from writing at the moment. I don’t tend to stay away from writing for more than a few months though, so I’ll be back at it before the end of the year.
Q. If you could have any animal from time immemorial as a pet for long freezing days and nights, what would you choose and why?
A. I would have a wolf. I have always loved wolves and have a wolf tattoo on my right bicep. They have so many qualities that I admire including strength and loyalty.
Q. A fantasy holiday is offered to you with all expenses paid … where would you choose to go? One drawback - you can only take five items in total with you and you can’t buy anything extra when you get there. What would you take?
A. I would go into space and would take my ipod and the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe. That’s all I’d need. Clothes optional!
Q. As a publisher, writer and TV star, how do you fit in everything with your day-to-day life?
A. Lots of careful planning and then lots of running around like a headless chicken when things don’t go to plan (as so often happens!).
Q. Overall how do you feel you are best able to support your Wolfite writers?
A. Wolfites are part of a great community who all help each other out and I like to think that I help by bringing that community together and also spreading the word through my Facebook and Twitter following.
Q. Favourite meal (hot and cold)
A. I like FOOD! So tough question, but it would probably have to be a home-cooked roast dinner.
Q. Favourite drink (hot and cold)
A. Single malt Scotch whisky and coffee
Q. Have you any tips or hints you’ve found that were successful for you in promotion of your work?
A. You need to engage with readers and reviewers through blogs and social media. Through engagement, you can get reviews and the more reviews you get the more chance of new readers taking a chance on your work.
Q. What are your favourite genres to read and write? Do you actually get time to read now?
A. A writer always needs to find time to read – there is a danger that you will stagnate as a writer if you stop reading. I read many genres (also important) – horror, sci-fi, comedy, historical, thrillers etc, but horror will probably always hold a special place in my heart as that is what got me into reading in the first place. I don’t have a favourite genre to write in – I concentrate more on the story and the characters in that story and then the genre/pigeon-holing comes later as it develops.
TK: Very good advice there Rod, thank you.
Q. You’ve set up a fictitious publishing house using FB writer friends to help run it. What would you name it? Who would you choose to run the different departments? As the owner, how would you ensure the FB staff achieved success for you?
A. I already have a publishing house and several FB friends do actually help me with it! J Monique helps with submissions, Poppet creates covers and several others help with promotion.
Q. If you were given the chance to star in any popular long running TV series which part would you like to play?
A. I would love to play a Northern warrior in Game of Thrones. I auditioned for a role in it a couple of seasons ago, but was unsuccessful. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it!!! If the casting director is reading this – please give me another chance!!!
TK: Point me in his direction and I'll 'duff him up' until he submits sunshine.
Q. I was told that my Erasmus series would be suitable for a TV adaptation. Which of your books do you think would make suitable material for TV?
A. As a huge film fanatic, my writing style has always been described as cinematic, so I would like to think they would all be suitable for TV or film adaptations. The Sinema series would of course be my first choice (the screenplay has already been adapted) with The Killing Moon being a close second (a post-apocalyptic Northern England would be great to see).
Q. Finally Rod please tell us about your vast acting career.
A. There’s too many to list, but some include World War Z, Fury, The Monuments Men, Macbeth, Bill, The Fairy Flag, Ripper Street, Vera, Wolfblood, Bliss!, The Hollow Crown, The Hippopotamus, National Treasure and many short films.
Did I also say he's my publisher? No? Well there ya go.
Check out the videos if you want to see some diverse acting skills.
Amazon Author Page
Rod Glenn Showreel 1
Rod Glenn Showreel 2
Wild Wolf Publishing
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Rod Glenn Twitter