Interview with Robert Rand

What are your optimal working conditions?
When you consider that I wrote the majority of my manuscripts while incarcerated, I am able to write almost anywhere as long as I have a pen and paper. I am now writing directly on the computer, which is much easier, but my desk is rickety and small, located in our bedroom and in poor light.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Yorba Linda, California. It is a bedroom community in North Orange County. It was a place that people thought was safe. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't safe. I was beaten, raped and left for dead by a neighbor when I was ten years old. That trauma led to my drug addiction, which led to my incarceration, which years later, led to my writing. Everything happens for a reason I am told. But I think that is just something people say when they can't find anything meaningful to say. I am happy in my life today, But I would drop that horror as a child if I could.
When did you first start writing?
I began fiddling around with writing in about 1990 while in prison. The books that we had to read were in such disrepair that most were missing a good portion of the endings. I would write my own endings to whatever book I had and attach it to the book before passing it on to the next guy. I received quite a bit of praise for my imaginative twists to the books we had all read over and over again.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This latest book is the first time I am collaborating with another writer. I am very fortunate to have a writer as talented as Mike Wells to be my partner. He has brought my skills to an entirely different level and taught me a great deal about th process of writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After completing my first manuscript in 2000, the writing bug was in me. I made the typical hundreds of attempts to find an agent, without success. Now, its like, to hell with them. I know that I have a good story, I publish it myself, and I don't have to grovel with an agent who takes a chunk of the money.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding answers to my personal problems. I am able to give any issue to a character and allow the character to resolve the problem then apply it to my own life. Cheaper than therapy.
Published 2014-09-24.
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Books by This Author

A Family Betrayal, The Rourk Family Saga, Book III
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 68,080. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Sullivan Rourk faces the worst betrayal he has ever known! This time it comes from one of his most beloved family members! In order to put the betrayal right, Lisa Rourk must step up and act in Rourk tradition! She has to form her own cadre of trusted confidants to help her find the justice that must be met out! From Las Vegas to Atlantic City to Florida and into California, the ride excites!
Seattle Under Siege, An Allie and Jeremy Branson Detective Novel
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 38,260. Language: American English. Published: July 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A Kidnapping becomes the catalyst for a master manipulator to take control of the situation and begin the most horrific series of domestic terror crimes the United States has ever seen.
Las Vegas Demons (The Rourk family Saga, Book II)
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 115,160. Language: American English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Sullivan Rourk takes on a new job in Sin City as the manager of the aging Pearl Dust Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. As he is being introduced to the press at a casino news conference, his wife and daughter are being attacked in their new home! April Rourk is savagely beaten as white supremacist gang members kidnap eleven year old Lisa Rourk. For Sullivan, the hunt is just beginning.
Criminal Option (The Rourk Family Saga, Vol. I)
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 83,870. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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Sullivan Rourk makes an ambitious and daring takeover of the Desert Pueblo Indian casino. Once he is in control, he discovers that the previous manager was partnered with the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang and that they were laundering money through the casino. The gang forces Rourk to consider a criminal option or face the possible death of his family.
With Mother's Approval: The Seattle Police Hunt a Serial Killer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,940. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When the Seattle Police Department bumbles the investigation of a serial killer who has brutally taken the lives of five women, Detectives Allie and Jeremy Branson take over the case. The husband and wife team work out of the King County Sheriff Department's Violent Crime Unit and have one of the best track records in the country. But this time around, the Bransons are tested to their limits.