Interview with Joannes Rhino, author of The Unseen Face, a psychology/suspense novel
Premier Press Publishing enjoyed interviewing Joannes Rhino, an Indonesian author of poetry and dark fiction. His latest novel, The Unseen Face is now out on Amazon. When asked to give us something unique about himself Joannes said, “I am a writer who doesn’t read much. I read only when I need to research about certain things to support my writing.”
Joannes Rhino was born in Indonesia, and educated at the local state school until graduation in 1998. After finished study in hospitality university, he was then employed by a financial company in his hometown. Having been working the same routine for years, he started to write novels to kill the time.
His first book, Etzhara, published in 2008 with Gramedia – the biggest traditional publishing company in Indonesia. Like most of authors, the first book is always related with personal life. Etzhara made him to be one of the best young writers under thirty at Khatulistiwa Literary Award in 2009.
What have you written?
I have written psychology/thriller novel, collection of poetry, music lyrics, and thousands of commercial articles for travel/food/properties/activities.
You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?
It’s a book of poetry, a sequel of my previous collection of poetry.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
All the characters in my books are related with me. They could be myself, my friends or someone I know in real life. Having said that, it is easier for me to feel the emotions of each character.
Why do you write?
I used to be a very quiet person, and tend to keep silent when it came to giving opinion about something. This situation inspired me to write because I wanted to be heard. My inspiration comes from my surroundings and personal life experiences. I think it is easier to express yourself based on what you see and feel.
When did you decide to become a writer?
It was my friend in high school who first spotted my writing talent, and so I thought how cool would it be to be a writer. And just like that, everything happened naturally after that.
How long does it usually take you to complete a book?
Honestly speaking, the writing process doesn’t take that long. No more than 6 months I normally get it done, roughly. However, the editing process takes a lot of time, money and efforts.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Normally memories and feelings. I mean, I am the kind of person who keeps track of what happened in the past.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
When it comes to write, I keep myself organize, and commit to write every night between 12AM until 4AM.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I am a good listener, and therefore people tend to enjoy sharing things with me. By things, I mean secrets, the ugly truth about something, their deepest thoughts, or anything. And with all this information stored in my head, it triggers my creativity to mix it up between one problems to another.
Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?
Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?
Some of my books are designed by the publishers’ graphic designer. But my last self-published book, The Unseen Face, was designed by Rachael Isaacson.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
I don’t have any specific technique to promote my works. I let the publishers do their job. I only give contribution in spreading words to my surroundings and social media.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Be yourself! Write only with your own writing style, not others. There is no bad writing. There’s just that, writing. Everyone has own style! Don’t be afraid to share what’s inside your head.
Where do your ideas come from?
A mix of my own personal experiences and my friends’
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest part is how to make the book a page turner right from the first page, because most of the times I got carry away by telling something so detail which is not important for the readers to know.
Which writers inspire you?
Sydney Sheldon, Paulo Coelho & Rhonda Byrne
Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school?
I don’t have any formal education in writing. Writing is in my blood, as simple as that. However, I am planning to take my master in creative writing. We’ll see.
What is your next project?
I am in the final stage of publishing a collection of poetry. This collection is a sequel of “As The Rest Come To My Heart”. It is centering in my feelings when I lost my mother 15 years ago, and the struggled in order to move on from the pain.
What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
My mom. I never had the chance to tell how much I love her, and I just want to say it.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
I always want to give proper education to the people in the remote areas.
Who inspires your writing?
Everything and everyone around me.
Do you have any pets to brag about?
I have a German Shepard, a Labrador and a Rottweiler.
Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite?
Paulo Coelho with “The Alchemist” and a motivational book by Rhonda Byrne “The Secret”. Those books really changed my perspective about life.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
Never limit your imagination. Let it flows naturally.
Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?
There are pros and cons for sure. But to be honest, I prefer having a traditional publisher to publish my books. The reason is simple, really. If they want to publish your book, means that they like it and they know the right market for your book. All you have to do is just sit and write. Shouldn’t that be what a writer is supposed to do?
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Websites: http://www.sethlestath.com and http://online-editor.net
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/joannesrhino