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An Interview with Robert Raymond — Joannes Rhino - Bali Online Editor " />
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04 Jul

Starting with a used electric IBM into all nights writing of satisfaction, meet Robert Raymond…


JR: Tell us about yourself. What made you decide to start writing something? What or who influences you?

RR: While I was stationed at Fort Stewart Georgia for my last year before discharge, I picked up a book at the library. Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. I loved that book and then and there, I decided I’d give writing a try. I did not know how to type, and so I went to night school on the base. I banged away until I learned the key board. I was only making typos every other word. I found a junk shop in Savanna and I bought a very used Royal typewriter. I continued to bang away on it in the evenings.


JR: Do you have any formal education in creative writing? Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?

RR: When I was discharged from the army, thanks to the GI Bill I signed up for a course from Famous Writers School out of Connecticut and I graduated a year later. I thought that I was ready to write my first book. I came up with a story idea and I typed into the night.

My neighbor who was a typewriter repair man sold me a used electric IBM. It was a very large machine. I began typing. What a pleasure that machine was. When I removed the typewritten page it was full of typos. I got out my bottle of white-out and I typed over my mistakes. Next I reinserted the page, lining it up just so and I typed over the white-out and when I finished I removed the paper and I looked at it. It looked horrible.

Try as I did long into many nights I continued to make typo’s. I just could not send a manuscript that looked that bad to anyone and so finally, I had to quit typing. I wrote long hand. Then years later the computer came along. Thank God for the computer!

Many authors have never took a writing course, but you can bet they have studied countless books. Both Fiction and how to books. My best advice is to keep reading and studying and write everyday.


JR: Are you a full-time author? Do you have other activities as main source of income? How do you organise your schedule and time in writing a book?

RR: I have been getting up at three o’clock in the morning for more than ten years to write undisturbed. During some of those years I was going to work at seven-thirty in the morning to earn a living.


JR: What made you decide to start writing something? What or who influences you?

RR: People often ask me how I get ideas for my stories. When I’m watching or listening to the news or when I’m researching or talking with my girl friend complaining or surprised at what I’ve heard, something clicks and I have another great idea for a novel.


JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?

RR: A few words about writers block. I never have it. My muse starts running and I try to keep up. I’ve heard that if you suffer from writers block you should just start typing. I do not know if that works, but if I suffered from writers block, I’d give that a try.


Poison Fruit: The Master's SonsJR: Do you have professional designer to design the cover and/or interior of your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

RR: Book covers. I use on line cover artists on Fiverr. Usually I give them a hint about what I think might make a good cover, but I let them do their thing and usually I like the book covers that they design for me and it does not cost me a fortune.


JR: How do you involve in promoting your books? Any marketing technique you can share?

RR: I self publish on Amazon and Smashwords and I plan to use some of the others in the future. Most traditional publishers want you to do all or most of the marketing anyway.


JR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?

RR: I have three books published and I shall publish ‘The Forest Club’ this month, Years ago I wrote eight novels and the Forest Club was one of them. I recently edited and I rewrote it on my computer.


Famine to Civil War: An Irish SagaJR: What genre that you normally write, and what draws you to this genre? Do you always write in the same genre

RR: I do not limit myself to a certain genre. I know that it is considered wise to work in just one genre, but when I get an idea that I want to explore I do not care what genre it is, as long as it satisfies me.


JR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one? And what do you think readers will find most appealing about this book? What’s the “real story” behind this book?

RR: Good question. I have a couple of Historical Fiction titles, ‘Poison Fruit’ and ‘Famine to Civil War’. I really like ‘Poison Fruit’ because it is really quiet different. It is a colorful story with many characters, love and tragedy, revenge and a wonderful surprise ending.

I have just started a new book yesterday and I am researching and coming up with ideas and logging them into my computer. I’m really excited about this new book. I believe that I am going to make it a series of three books.


JR: How can readers discover more about you and your works?

RR: If you’d like to check out some of my books you can find them on Amazon Books or Goodreads or Facebook.


 Robert Raymond