Thursday, January 9, 2014

Author Interview – Rob Manary @robmanary

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

Early in the morning I get up and go out on my deck and the sun is just rising, there is dew on the grass, and the birds are just waking with me. There is such a sense of beauty and serenity, the day is unfolding and in the air is the clean promise of endless possibility. In that moment I find inspiration. Nonsense! I write erotic romance that little description should win me a few female fans though maybe? I should probably have worked the words “heaving” “undulating” or “thrusting” in there somewhere though.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My nephew sends me drunken messages on Facebook telling me how great my writing is and how I am making a difference in the world and that I should keep writing. I don’t think he has ever read anything I have written.

My Dad would support me in anything I did. If I told him I decided to become a cannibal he would be doing research on which wine goes best with human flesh, and which freezer had the biggest storage capacity. I know he hasn’t read anything I’ve written. He might have a harder time being so supportive if he read my work.

My first royalty check was for a little over a hundred dollars. Dad showed it to the neighbour and likely bragged about his “best-selling” writer son to all his friends. I would say I am lucky in that my family is, in their own way, very supportive.

Do you plan to publish more books?

I’ll be publishing the next two books in the Icarus trilogy. The second book “Icarus Ascendant” is nearly finished. Milo and David, members of St. Claire’s band who were only mentioned in the first book in passing, and not even named, demanded more attention in the second book, and were fleshed out a bit in “Icarus Ascendant”. I think I might tell their story in the future. I’m actually fairly certain they will have their own book. And, my fervent hope is that people will want to read it.

I expect to write the third Icarus book before the end of the year, and I’ve already got the outline of what I am sure will end up being an obscure and inaccessible work in mind. The working title is “Mason Christ”.

I definitely plan on publishing more books.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

I like to get twelve to fourteen hours a sleep a day. Sadly, that’s not a joke. When I’m writing, however, I get little sleep. I often get semi-manic and have to finish just one more sentence, just one more paragraph, just one more chapter. It’s like I am possessed by my characters and I can’t sleep until I tell the story they need told.

I will lay in bed with scenes playing like episodes in my head, and I am unable to sleep until I purge the visions, so I’ll get up and type until I am exhausted. Not entirely healthy I know.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

My soul mate. She is my harshest critic and my strongest supporter. When I write it is for her I write. She devours every word I set down and I don’t write nearly quickly enough for her voracious appetite. I play at being much more self confident than I actually am. I borrow a lot of my confidence from her. Without her I don’t think I would be nearly the writer I am.
You know who you are. Thank you.


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Genre – Erotic Romance

Rating – R

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