Interview with Robert Kingsley

What's the story behind your latest book?
It is over 70 years ago now since the worst global war in history came to an end. The aftermath of this tragic conflict however, still influences our lives. And as the number of those who actively participated steadily dwindles, the memories of what really happened are disappearing with them. This is especially true about events in the lesser known areas such as South-East Asia and Australia. It is with those events in mind that I started writing my books. My idea is to use history as a framework for a story that will captivate my readers while conveying the feeling of what it was like to be caught up in a sudden war and its aftermath.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
First of all because of the incredible elitist mentality displayed by major publishers when they encounter an 'unproven' author. All aspiring authors must have that same pile of rejection slips, some of them even kindly worded, but all telling him that - if he cannot guarantee to sell 50.000 books in a month - he may take his business elsewhere...
Secondly because I now control the whole process, from the creative point of departure through production and marketing. With a much closer contact with my readers...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The absolute artistic and creative freedom, of seeing my story take shape and develop in unexpected and intriguing directions
How do you approach cover design?
A cover is a most important item. It should convey the feeling of what the reader will encounter when he starts reading the book. And of course it should be an invitation to buy the book.
When did you first start writing?
Long, long ago, when I just had left high-school and found that I could earn money by writing articles on aviation topics
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, a story about an American Air Force pilot on duty in Vietnam
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to name, but I very highly esteem authors like Charles Dickens, Georges Simenon, Graham Greene, Roald Dahl, James Clavell, John Steinbeck, James Michener, to name a few...
In the historical fiction genre, James Clavell inspires me most with his majestic series of “Shogun”, “Tai-Pan” and “Gai-Jin”. Another great historical fiction writer (in my opinion) is Anthony Grey with his “Peking” and “Saigon”. In the non-fiction category I admire Barbara Tuchman (“The Guns of August”, “Sand against the wind”) for her clear and penetrating descriptions of people’s agony, military and diplomatic blunders and official stupidity in general.
Published 2016-01-05.
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