Interview with Bob Looker

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have been married for over 48 years to the most wonderful woman a man could ever have met. We have one son and one granddaughter. As well as my family life I have an allotment which, where I can, I spend an hour a day tending to it. I have joined Instagram at the insistence of my son and Skype on the demands of my granddaughter. She uses the Skype to ask me to come and collect her nan. I have 2 Facebook accounts and through them I have 'friends' across the world and in the last few years have made contact with many of my army friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Because my wife was having trouble holding a printed book I gave her a Kindle for Christmas. It was one of the best presents I have brought her (her words not mine). I must admit I'm not a great reader but I use both the Kindle and a Nook reader to preview my own books. Currently I am reading 'A Week Away'. This book is scheduled for publication in 2017.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first book I started to write and that was 'Jevington Jiggs'. It was from a sub plot of this story that my first published grew. I grew up in a small village in the Sussex Downs and stories of smuggling was rife. One in particular was about the leader of one of these gangs that was based in my village. I discovered a booklet about the history of my village and this inspired me to write. Growing up in a time where, as a young boy, I had the freedom to cycle all over the area and visit many other villages I have a good knowledge of the surrounding country side and it is from these memories that my first book ' The Virgins Wreath' came about. It tells of the work of the Customs Riding Officer, his apprentice Mark and the local smugglers. Not only does Mark learn about his trade but, thanks to the ferryman's daughter he discovers the joys of a woman's body but this brings about a lot of trouble.
What is your writing process?
I could best describe it as jumbled. I find the idea and write it down. If I am currently in full flow writing a book or two, it gets filed away in my Ideas folder. I must admit I flit about from book to book. I don't know if that is to avoid 'writers block' or what but it works for me. With my latest book(s) my idea was that the hero was a writer and someone copied his story and a film was made of it. I started to write this story and how he managed to find the 'writer' and take him to court. It was then that I had no idea what this original story was all about so I decided that it would be best if I wrote the story. At the same time I have 1 book with my editor and a further 3 children's books waiting to be edited.
How do you approach cover design?
At first I would look through my collection of photos and see if one suited but after working through an online writing course I discovered that I could get covers designed via websites. I found one and was very lucky to find that she worked on my wavelength as a result she designed the covers for my first 6 books in my 'Helen James' series of books. I give her the subtitle and the subject and she comes back with a design. I have only had to ask her to rework 1 of the covers more than twice. On the other hand I tried a different designer and after 5 attempts to get over to them what I wanted I cancelled the gig.
Published 2016-06-21.
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Books by This Author

Norma Andrews Murder in the Barn
Series: Norma Andrews FBI. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,850. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Norma Andrews had graduated from the FBI Academy at Quantico and assigned to the FBI Office in New York. Saturday morning she got a call from the Assistant Director. Norma was being sent back to Halam County, with Special Agent 'Lucky' Little, to investigate a murder at Jacobs farm. The Jacobs controlled a lot of Halam County, Norma was family so could get among them. Not 1 but 2 murders solved.
A Week Away
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,000. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
Simon and Joan go on a trekking holiday in the Scottish Highlands. The car breaks down and the sat-nav gets them lost. The next morning they set off but are chased by a man with a shotgun. They get lost in a cave system and discover a lost valley where a clan have been hiding for 300 years. Joan is captured and Simon fights for her release. They escape but are between both groups.
For the Love of Ann
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,650. Language: British English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Jay Maxwell loved his wife and her early demise, due to 'Post Code' medicine, was too much to bear. Being an ex soldier and knowing where an old arms dump, left over from WWII was located he decide to take his revenge on those he held responsible. As the deaths escalated the SAS were called in to track him down. Story told by the only reporter to gain access to him, Julian Knight.
Three Days
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,260. Language: British English. Published: July 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
The Top Secret WWII British Resistance movement had to stop the German Forces, which were gathering in France, from invading England. The Germans had sent saboteurs to Sussex ready to strike but they were seen by a member of an Auxiliary patrol. Over the next 3 days the patrols tracked the saboteurs down and destroyed them. Operation Sealion was cancelled.
The Pheasant
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,010. Language: British English. Published: July 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Adventure » General
“What did you do in the war granddad?” Simon asked. John Fintch had told no one that he was ‘The Pheasant’ the Top Secret leader of the British Resistance during WWII. It was time to tell what he actually did during the war so over the next few hours he told Simon how he was recruited, how he met his wife, the training and work as ‘The Pheasant’. He left out his personal battle with the SS.
The Long Walk Home
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,020. Language: British English. Published: July 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
When the Japanese invaded Burma the British Army had families of the 2 infantry Regiments that needed evacuating the 1,000 miles to Calcutta by train, river boat, trekked through the jungle & bus. The story is told by 7 year old Freddie who together with his mother endured the journey to safety. All this time his father was fighting the enemy and there was no way of keeping in contact with him.
The Virgins Wreath
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 141,950. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Smuggling in the late 18th century was rife. George Styles controlled all contraband entering via the River Cuckmere. Graham Johnson, the local Customs Officer, assisted by Mark captured a large consignment of contraband. When George went to retrieve his goods Mark was not on guard but in bed with Mrs Williams & his troubles with women started that night.