Sunday, February 24, 2013

Author Interview – James Robinson Jr.

at 12:30 AM



What are your goals as a writer? Like the Army motto, I want to be the best writer I can be. I want to continue to hone my style and branch out into other genres. For me, writing is hard work and I want to keep writing and stay viable and fresh. My immediate goal is to get my sales up and to get more reviews—more reviews will eventually lead to more sales.

Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor? I’ve never really had a mentor until recently. Kathy Shoop—a fellow author who has had a great deal of success selling her books—has helped to guide me through the difficult process of book selling in today’s market.

How did you come up with your title?It’s been so long since I undertook this project that I can’t really remember exactly how I came up with the title. I remember I was working with a gentleman who runs a local Pittsburgh publishing company who was the first to publish the book. The two of us came up with the definitive title.

Why did you choose to write this particular book? It seemed like a natural. I was reaching middle age and the story about my ill-fitting jeans came to me and seemed like I could center the book around that idea. Everything grew from there.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Writing this book taught me a lot about writing and a lot about myself. It taught me that I have the perseverance to stay with a project for 15 years and see it through to its conclusion—to make a book a book as good as it can be. When I was first picked up by an agent to represent the book it was nowhere near ready to be published—the book wasn’t mature enough and I wasn’t mature enough as a person to make it good enough. With each edit, I thought the book was good enough but it took until 2012 to really get it right.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? There is no such thing as writer’s block just writers who don’t feel like writing for the time being.

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Genre – NonFiction Memoir

Rating – PG

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