Smashwords has given me many forums for my memoir which I hope will do a better job in publicizing my memoir.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I thought my memoir would be compelling and inspirational. It is a real life, triumphant, against-all-odds book. 1. Everyone likes the down and out person to succeed…in this memoir you will be inspired to feel good and you know what, because this is the real stuff, your glow will last today and the next…2.We all have our demons…you didn’t quite satisfy the boss today, family discords…In this memoir you will immediately feel the courage Robert Emmett derives from the support his family and friends pour onto him. A life lesson you will appreciate…When you fall, when you fail…muster up your courage, get up and fight. Lean on your family and friends…they will be there. Learn to make things happen…a habit often attributed to Robert Emmett. 3. Don’t like books that have too much flourish…you wonder if the author is entertaining himself with his own erudition. Or there are so many flashbacks that you get confused. The memoir is written in a straightforward and simple style with grace and warmth…you won’t get tired of reading…rather you will be entertained because of its style…like having a great glass of wine and talking to a close friend. 4. There isn’t a hint of despair, no maudlin outbursts, no tears, no ‘woe is me’. Rather, Robert Emmett casts his memoir in humor, irreverence and wit…with true life recollections. He consistently does quite the opposite when confronted with a painful challenge. Be a champion of your own spirit. 5. When you make a perfect strike on a golf ball…you know it…you can feel it. The ball will dance after it hits the green. This memoir, “Three Quick Steps“, will dance for you: you will succeed: you will be at peace with yourself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I wrote this memoir, it covered many years of my life. It gave me the opportunity to renew contact with many friends who I had not contacted in a long time. My youngest grandson, Isaiah, read the memoir and gave an excellent book report in his school.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Sandford, Nelson DeMille, Winston Churchill and Stephen Hawking.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hope for the future.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Winemaking, enjoying my wife and friends, swimming and fantasy football.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords and Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it is "Three Quick Steps".
What is your writing process?
I write an outline first, then a draft to get all my thoughts together and I then proof read by myself and others to the point of exhaustion.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read but one of my favorites is "Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
How do you approach cover design?
I gave some ideas (like the tennis player throwing his crutches away) and then had a professional do the cover.
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