Thursday, September 26, 2019

Interview with Ross Victory Author of Views From the Cockpit

Ross Victory is an American Marketing professional, travel enthusiast, and author of the new memoir, Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son. He spent his early years collecting pens, notepads and interviewing himself in a tape recorder. With an acute awareness for his young age, he was eager to point out hypocrisies and character inconsistencies in children and adults through English assignments. He delighted in provoking a reaction from his English teachers with writing that seemed to wink and smile. 

He enjoys writing non-fiction and fiction projects--stories of captivating, complex characters expressed in all their dimensions usually on a path to self-discovery through suffering. After the loss of his father, Ross has married his love for writing to create a compelling memoir to inspire the world. Ross received his B.S. in Business Administration & Marketing Management.

Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son by Ross Victory is a memoir born from pain. Intimate journal entries morph into a phenomenal dialogue of tender father-son memories, loss, strength and turbulence in a young boy’s life on his journey into manhood. When the author discovers that his father is terminally ill and a victim of elder abuse, he embarks on a journey of reflection and discovery which soars and nosedives, chapter by chapter. Decorated in airplane analogies, with writing you can feel, Views from the Cockpit serves as a catalyst for readers to take perspective of their lives from the highest point. Views is a narrative that provides emotional assurance that readers’ unique experiences of pain, love and loss cannot be recreated or erased, but can be processed in order to not lose sight of their life journeys.


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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m an adventurer! I love flying 10,000 miles away alone to find inspiration and doing fun stuff like skydiving, bungy jumping, cave diving—anything that right at the edge of risk and reward. And of course I love writing!!! I write more than I read actually. I love writing songs, stories and developing characters and the evil and wonderful things that can happen to them. I also enjoy discussing spiritual and philosophical topics.

When did you start writing? 

I’ve been writing forever. My earliest memory is writing a scary story in 3rd or 4th grade that had impressed my teacher and pushed her to reach out to my parents. My book Views from the Cockpit is my first commercial project. I’ve written songs, poems and entered writing contests for decades.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life? 

This is my first commercial writing project. I’m excited to see what happens next. As far as personal development, this is surely a pivotal point of my life. The moment I decided to “give vulnerability a shot,” to own and to share my story with others in hopes that they had something to gain and honestly that my existence was valuable because of that.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

 I love extreme landscapes. If I could go anywhere, I would go to Antarctica to be surrounded by glaciers and icebergs in all directions. I haven’t been on a glacier. Pure white. Pure cold. I’m sure I’d be inspired there.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do? 

I would love to spend 4 extra hours song writing or recording music. It’s very therapeutic and I love vibing with some good music.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet? 

I think it would be cool for a story to be set in the middle of the ocean, maybe a story of merman and mermaid who are the last two creatures existing on Earth and explore the dynamic of the end, but also endless oceanic beauty.

Back to your present book, Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son, how did you publish it? 

I self-published with a global distribution deal through Ingram Spark. I decided that self-publishing was the best option for me since an editor recommended, I not waste any time with agents and publishers. It’s been fun! My input is in everything and a direct reflection of how I view myself and what I hope to accomplish. A publisher’s budget and administrative support would have been nice!

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research? 

No, I didn’t travel anywhere for research, but a lot of the international travel experiences that had already occurred were used as inspiration.

Why was writing Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son so important to you? 

Writing this book made me believe, and still makes believe, that although I have lost my dad, he now exists in a different form and has the ability to enter the hearts and minds of people around the world. This book also indicates my ability to believe in myself and my ability to see something (even deeply personal) all the way through. It’s my saving grace. I think it reads like it, too!

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is? 

I get the best ideas just interacting with people on street and listening to what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. There’s a lot of inspiration within reach. Ideas tend to come to me in nature, too. The beach, a desolate desert, a sprawling forest. I get a lot of descriptions for things in those environments.

Any final words? 

One step at a time! One word at a time! One sentence at a time! One life at a time! My dad—the original Mr. Victory who is the father behind Views from the Cockpit taught me to exist in my time zone and try not to compare myself to other journeys. I share that message with you!

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