JEFFREY G. ROBERTS author of In the Shadow of the House of God, Cherries in Winter, and many more.
The Burning Willow Press authors wish to help you celebrate the best month of the year, October. How you may ask? By giving you a different author from the ranks each day with in-depth answers to questions that our staff have decided to ask them. Many will be generic, others not so much. Let’s get to know the authors of BWP! Oh, and did we forget to mention… the staff there are all authors too so they have decided to chime in with some answers of their own.
So first, when did you realize that the voices in your head were telling you to write stories or go mad with all that stuck in your head?
While at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona – 1969-1974
I know many writers who jump in all different genres, so what is your favorite to write?
Probably science fiction/fantasy.
Currently, there are over a million books that I want to read… and some I have in the past I wish I had written myself, do you have any that you read that you thought about and said, I wish I had written that book?
Yes, The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
What is your favorite book not written by you? See that question is not the same as the other one above… to follow up, what was your favorite book that you wrote?
One of my favorites was The Guns of the South, by Harry Turtledove. My favorite book that I wrote? Probably my latest – In the Shadow of the House of God.
When the muse is off doing their own thing instead of pushing you to write, albeit by gunpoint at times, what is your favorite time-waster?
What is the one thing that you must do to get into a writing mood? For me, it is listening to 80’s hair metal.
Maybe ethereal music, like new age mood music.
Is editing your story just part of the job or does it literally kill a part of you to “kill your children” as it has been said? What about making revisions?
Editing to omit certain parts is torture; editing to ADD extra text is much more pleasurable.
When you read a book by another author do you ever look at it and criticize it or edit it in your head as the way you would have done it yourself?
What would you like to be chiseled into your headstone?
I leave with a heavy heart but a clear conscience. (I was going to say “I’d like to be buried face down so the world can kiss my ass”, but I didn’t think the powers that be would approve!)
What was your favorite candy to get at Halloween as a kid?
Chocolate bars, like Hershey’s or Nestles.
What is your favorite Halloween ritual? And if you do not do that… what is your favorite Halloween movie?
My ritual is to decorate my home inside, and my front door. And of course, watching Charlie Brown’s It’s the Great Pumpkin.
Beach, Mountains, Country, City? And follow up… favorite season… just a hint here… you should say, Autumn.
Autumn in Vermont – which is on my bucket list.
I know my “To Be Read” list is never ending and grows daily… how is yours? And do you prefer paperbacks or e-books? Notice I did not ask about audio?
I prefer to hold my books, so I prefer paperbacks. I have such little time to read, as I’m totally preoccupied with the promotion of my existing novels. Ironic, isn’t it?
If you could not be an author then what would you be?
All things being equal? A rocket scientist with NASA.
What was your childhood ideal job to be as an adult?
Same as above.
Cats, dogs, both, other?
Advice in one sentence to a new author who is not published yet?
Alcohol. Or in my case – doughnuts.
Do your siblings or other family members support your choice to write horror? Fantasy? Erotica… if you do? SCI-FI? Other genres?
Sadly, they do not. Why? You’ll have to ask them.
If you had written a sex scene in your book, would you be embarrassed to have your mom read it?
You mean if I had “written” a sex scene; yes, I’d be very embarrassed.
(Editor’s note: There was a typo on the original question and it seems that Jeffrey caught it for us. Thanks, Jeffrey. We owe you one!)
In your day of writing… do you push through it all day or do you take mental breaks?
Do you ever get to travel as an author? Do conventions? What have you learned in those endeavors?
No, can’t afford it.
Book signings? Necessary evil even for the introvert?
I’d love to do them!
Are there any horror or thriller novelist that you admired when you were younger?
Probably H.P. Lovecraft.
While writing, has any of your own stories given you nightmares?
No, not that I can recall.
Have you ever had any supernatural experiences? If so, have you ever used it as source material?
Yes, I believe I have. But I’ve yet to use them as source material.
When writing a novel, do you have an intended audience (i.e. adult or young adult)?
Not really, no. Whoever wants to read my work is fine with me.
I cannot live without Chapstick. What is one comfort item that you must have?
Baby oil and baby powder. Yeah, I know it sounds silly.
What is your ideal writing space?
My living room couch, or at my desk.
What was your favorite Halloween costume?
I went as a nudist once. When everyone said that I was dressed, I told them that yes, but I’m naked under my clothes.
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