Meet an author: Renée Topper

 

Today i bring you an indie author with a prized book Pigment a mystery thriller, let’s know her a little more.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

I’m a creative producer and an award-winning and bestselling author. As a storyteller, I’ve crafted for the big screen, the little screen, books, the stage, in speeches, press, marketing and advertising communications. I’m especially compelled to create and share stories that examine the human condition and have a positive impact. In addition to novels and videos, I’ve helped shape and tell stories for individuals and brands including Buzz Aldrin, Time Warner Inc., Comcast, Toyota, JBL, DuPont, and more.

I founded Story Matter as a creative lab in 2011. There I lead teams to craft stories that reflect the human condition, tales that are mindful and meaningful, stories that matter.

 

What would you say is your more iconic novel and why?

PIGMENT: The Limbs of the Mukuyu Tree Book 1. It’s my debut novel and it addresses a real and present issue in today’s world. It has also garnered the LYRA Award for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller and is a finalist in the International Book Awards Cross-Genre category. I’m publishing my second novel in November, SUNSET BLUES, the first in a noir-ish detective series that looks at human trafficking in Los Angeles, among other issues.

 

Which writers inspire you?

Oh, so many! Here are several: Salman Rushdie, Naguib Mahfouz, Toni Morrison, Peter Quinn, John Steinbeck, James Joyce, Toni Morrison, Alice Sebold, J.K. Rowling

 

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

No. I’ve had the pleasure of consulting on and editing works by other authors. I have co-written screenplays and that is a wonderful experience. I’d imagine with the right pairing up, a collaboration on a novel could be fun and fruitful.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always been a storyteller. As I wee child I was very enamored with post-its. They were the perfect size on which for me to write my first books…once I knew how to write words.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I am a writer as well as a creative producer working in many forms, so I keep a balance between the two aspects of storytelling.

 

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? 

Before I wrote novels, I wrote stage and screenplays, plot is essential for most of my stories. There’s a freedom in knowing that the creative train has tracks on which to glide.

 

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 

I look to reviewers who are well regarded in the genre of the book and submit to them. I also welcome reviews from readers.

 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and all works aren’t for everyone. I respect that. I’m grateful when people take the time to give an author who is unknown to them a shot. This helps identify the audience for future titles. I’m grateful for all reviews and I am glad that my debut title PIGMENT has found some kind words and ratings more than not.

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Visit www.StoryMatter.com. There is an email list you can sign up for there, as well as links to all social presences. I’m also on Goodreads and have Author pages on Bookbub, Amazon, Smashwords, Scribl and more.

 

 

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