Meet Reese Galloway. He really likes magic.
I came across Reese when reviewing his books, Private Performance and Repeat Performance, books 1 and 2 in his Sleight of Hand Series. I have to say, that I’m not the biggest fan of magic, I can appreciate it, but I wouldn’t say that I’m super enthusiastic about it. I was, however, wondering how it would be incorporated into a romance. I’m glad that I picked it up. After reading his stories, I had some questions for him about how he got his ideas, and I’m grateful he took the time to answer. If you’re looking for my reviews of his stories, Private Performance and Repeat Performance, click here.
Author Interview – Reese Galloway
- What influenced you to write your first piece?
When I started my book, I was in love with someone I shouldn’t have been. Working on the book helped me work through my feelings for her.
- What do you do/how do you keep your creative muse happy?
I pursue a lot of non-writing hobbies. I indulge my curiosity on a variety of subjects, and try to learn a lot of different skills.
- What was the best reader feedback you’ve ever received?
I have a moment toward the end of Private Performance that I love, personally — but I wasn’t sure whether my writing captured the moment. So I had my friend Ava read it and asked her to tell me what she thought of the story. She disappeared into her room while I chilled on the couch with her husband, watching some basketball (go Thunder). When she got to that moment, she walked out of her room with a big smile on her face and said, “The candles…” And that was the proudest I’ve ever been of something I’ve written.
- What are your writing goals for the next year?
Another book in the Sleight of Hand series, for sure. I have another series too that I’ve been taking notes now for a while, but its tone will be very different from what I’ve written so far. So we’ll see about that one. I’d also like to blog more often.
- Where do you like to write?
I love to write while I’m eating, and I eat out a lot. So I’ll take a notebook with me to dinner. The change of scenery usually does me good.
- What are your favorite kinds of characters to write?
I love to write lovers who fit together perfectly. People with baggage, who help each other carry it or set it down.
- What made you decide to split your story, rather than writing it all at once?
I liked the idea of giving readers the chance to make a shorter commitment to a new romance author like me. Being able to read samples from Amazon is nice and all, but sometimes you need a bigger sample than what they give you. So I decided to write a novella that led into a longer novel.
- Your series, the “Sleight of Hand” series, features characters that are magicians by trade. What made you choose this profession for them?
Billionaires are big in romance novels right now. Rock stars too. But I don’t know the first thing about being a billionaire. And even though I like to play the drums, I wouldn’t exactly say I’m a rock star. But — I do know quite a bit about magic and magicians, and I was curious to see if readers would be interested in that. So far, the feedback has been really positive.
- What kind of research did you have to do for the series to make sure that you got the details right when explaining the different tricks?
I can actually do a lot of the effects I describe, though not as smoothly as Xander can. (On the other hand, I do a better pass than he does.) I’ve read a lot of books by the great magicians of the last century, and by their students. And I know a few professional magicians who’ve shown me a thing or two. The two big illusions Xander does at the end of the books, however… those are original. Maybe I’ll write down how to do those someday. But for now, I like having these secrets, just for me.
About the Author
Reese Galloway loves great magic tricks, animals and bars of fancy soaps. Actually, his soap obsession is getting a little out of control.