Interview with Robert E. Chaffee

Describe your desk
It's quite large. Largest one I ever had. When I bought it I had to take the door off the door frame and the trim to get it in the room I am using as a den.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in the small town of Griffith Indiana. Small at that time. I think there was only 3,000 people there. I left in September 1947 to enter military service. Was on a three year voluntary hitch. Eight days before I was to be discharged I found I had to pack my bags and move out. I was reassigned as I got Truman's year. Ended up in Korea.
When did you first start writing?
I often wrote numerous reports and instruction manuals for newly designed equipment in my professional work day, but as far as the novels I have published I think I started writing about the first of 2008.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Science fiction placed in the very far future. Title is The Asteroid Runner. Book will be finished by March 2014 and published as an e book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Price! I talked to many publishers and decided I didn't want a garage full of books, having to find someone to buy them and then send them out. One of the people I took a writers seminar with had boxes of books in an empty office she rented. I just didn't want that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just seeing the whole thing finished. I print the whole book out, punch it and put it in a three ring binder. I like reading and marking up as to how I should have written it. Even though I know your not suppose to do that.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ben Bova, Robin Cook, Jeferey Archer, and of course John Grisham.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was and still is a flash novel one page called Here. Not published anyplace. It was one of the monthly assignments in a writers critique group I was in.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I've been reading since I was four years old.
How do you approach cover design?
I generally ;look at a number of pictures from Big Stock Photos or somebody like that. I like the cover to somewhat match the story of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science Fiction, detective and some war stories. As long as the war stories are about aircraft. After being in two wars myself there are some war books I have no interest in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kimbel Fire.
What are you working on next?
My next book I think the will be titled THE KEY. Story about a guy who is unsuccessful with a girl he is parked with in lovers lane. He works at an auto dealership. He gets her cars vin number and has a key made. (it's her brothers car) He steals the car, hits someone and drives away. He parks the car at her house. The police arrest the brother , he's tried and sent to jail. She contacts a private investigator and finely prove he didn't do it. At least that's what I'm thinking. Haven't started on it yet.
Published 2013-12-09.
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Books by This Author

The Computer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,150. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Anthony Jordan has purchased a computer and finds it has the ability to talk to him and promises certain rewards provided he accomplishes certain tasks. Numerous people die seemingly from hallucinations. A computer company is investigated. Is this magic or run away technology?
Little Time Left
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,750. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The chief engineer of a mining manufacturing company is affronted by a Gnome who is only eight inches tall. He states he is on this planet with a mission and he need his help. Corruption within the company proves to be frustrating, the chief engineer is fired and they wonder if the mission will be successful as there is Little Time Left.