I'm Roy Hayes, a novelist and a retired ad agency guy. I've created award-winning billboards as well as magazine ads, posters, commercials.
But at the very center of my heart I've always been a novelist, and my favorite genre is the sophisticated thriller.
The nouvelle vague film director Claude Chabrol said it best:
"I like using the thriller genre ... to distract people, to interest them, perhaps to make them think ... perhaps to make them a little less naïve."
I was born a very long time ago, probably too long ago, and there's some chance I've done more things than most other people you can name.
I'm a member of The Authors Guild and an original member of International Thriller Writers.
My advertisements - from billboards to TV commercials - have pulled in millions of dollars for clients. And my op-ed pieces, photos, and wilderness and offbeat adventure-travel articles have appeared in two dozen major metro dailies around the country.
For other news about my disreputable past, go to my website and click on "an interesting life." Among other things you'll see why I was cashiered from the Cub Scouts at age nine (punching out the Den Mother's rotten son), how I rescued Rudolf Friml's widow, and why I refused to rescue King Umberto from Sonny Tufts.
I don't shy away from voicing my opinions about writing, and I imagine a lot of people will disagree with me - particularly the academic sorts at one end and the hairy-chested macho-heroics writers at the other.
Overall, I suppose you could say I'm not a poster boy for the status quo. I've travelled Frost's road to the beat of Thoreau's drummer.* Other than admitting I'm a compulsive reader and a compulsive writer, I don't know what else I can add.
* Errrmmmm ... in case you've forgotten ...
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away."