Interview with Bob Cornell

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
To be blessed with two endeavors, as I, is probably asking way too much. However,I have. They are writing and inventing. So consequently when I'm not writing I am following the other.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock wakes me and it is so easy to roll in the opposite direction and return to the land of slumber. But, I know that I have been issued another day to be creative, so I don't.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical non-fiction and non-fiction books with the lives of Presidents of the United States as their subject matter.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Barnes and Noble's Nook
When did you first start writing?
In 1997.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be completely honest, I became an independent author because I apparently didn't meet the requirements of the traditional literary agent.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has help me believe in me as a writer, and judged my writing on its quality.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share my message.
What are you working on next?
I chiefly write about assassinations. The project I am currently working on is the assassination of President William McKinley.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I have attained the status of having fans they mean everything to me because without them there would be nothing. As innovative as Smashwords is, without the reader our efforts would amount to zip.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Steinbbeck, D. H. Lawrence and many others I haven't yet read.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly through Smashwords.com.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Affirmative. It was a book about resilient floor tile. Several books had been written on the subject, but they weren't very good. I did a great deal of research and I believe improved on what was out there. To further clarify the reasoning behind writing the book. I spent 35 years in my own janitorial business maintaining the stuff.
What is your writing process?
Rewrite, rewrite and rewrite.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It had something to do with Jane. I don't remember what that something was, but I do remember that I fell madly in love with her.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave it in the hands of a professional.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Using a blog to familiarize the reader with my works and using a platform especially in the social media.
Describe your desk
I would like to say it is neat and clean and the epitome of organization, but is the epitome of clutter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A fact of life is that if you have a dad who is a promising young salesman you move around a lot. Before graduating from high school I had lived in eight cities. The problem was that I was too young to appreciate what I saw. i.e. the missions of California or the cathedrals of Notre Dame University. I hope to fill this void in my mature years which obviously affects my writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Who is responsible for McKinley's death and the description of life in America during the 1890's and 1900.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Of mice and men" is a prime example of the reduction of clutter. I consider Stienbeck's book the one book that written for the reader.Remember, at that time agents were reluctant to represent any work less than 140,000 words and this book has only 105 pages. "Lady Chattilier's' Lover" because of Lawrence's attention to detail (which at times is a bit much). "The Animal Farm" b/o Orwells use of metaphors to describe a political doctrine.
Published 2013-12-18.
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Books by This Author

A Stroll Through The Village Known As Pinkville
By Bob Cornell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
The theme of this book is the My Lai Massacre and whether, according to the definition of massacre, it was a massacre at all. It also covers the travesty of the trial of Lt. Wm. Calley. He was only a lowly platoon leader egregiously carrying out his orders in a search and destroy mission. But, if he was given orders someone up the chain of command knew full well the situation.
Abe
By Bob Cornell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,290. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
This book covers the intricate details of the Abraham Lincoln assassination and who we feel was responsible for his death. ( a hint: it was not Booth as he simply pulled the trigger) It also covers interesting facts that you might not have known and a smidgen of history about the Civil War.
Warren
By Bob Cornell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
The body of this text covers the life and pre-mature death of Warren Harding. He achieved prominence in 1920, when he was elected President of the United States. His death was untimely, and is veiled in mystique, primarily because Mrs. Harding would not allow an autopsy. We want to share our conclusion with you to see if you agree.
Transport me to Fantasyland
By Bob Cornell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,440. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
This book is an anthology of several humorous, yet pointed short stories. It is a good read for those who need a diversion.
Questions About Flooring You Were Afraid To Ask.
By Bob Cornell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,990. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This book incorporates a great deal of technical information. It was not composed for the general reading public. However it was put together for members of the janitorial industry and the many retailers who employ either in house janitorial staffs or contract their floor maintenance. For these individuals the rewards in reading this book are great. Read and enjoy your knowledge improvement.
What my mother wished my daddy hadn't told me
By Bob Cornell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,040. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2011. Category: Fiction
This book consists of a number of short, humorous anthologies that have been compiled for your reading enjoyment.
The Israelite and Your Freedoms
By Bob Cornell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,660. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
The subject of this book is probably someone you have never heard of. And yet he is in the same category as Washington, the two Adams (John and Sam), Franklin, Morris, Madison and Jefferson. This man was a forefather of America. Our book covers his life and times from his birthplace in Poland through the revolutionary contest we had with Britain.
Where Were You? The assassination of JFK.
By Bob Cornell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,720. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
By taking a slightly different approach to the assassination of John F. Kennedy we have discovered serveral heretofore undisclosed facts. Facts that we would like to share with you in order that you digest them and reach your own conclusion. This event is nearly 50 years old and it still has tremendous impact upon current political events.
And Bobby Makes Two
By Bob Cornell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,790. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A different slant on the RFK assassination. We feel the masterminds behind the JFK assassination were also behind the RFK assassination. A David Morales was present at both events and we feel this is sufficient to tie both events together. Morales has publicly admitted that he was part of the group that killed JFK. If elected president, RFK said he would bring the JFK death to justice.