Interview with Robert Run

What do you read for pleasure?
I like a good story. I don't even care that it's a vague answer. I like deep analogy, I read a lot of CS Lewis when I was a kid. By the time I was in High School I'd read everything Bradbury had written up to that point.

I get into poetry. I do like awkward prose. I like to be challenged with abstract ideas, where sometimes you have to think a bit before the images the writer uses make sense in the context.

Anything without humor is too unreal for me. While I consider myself an Impressionist, if there is no humor, it's not close enough to reality. That's where I draw the line on impression.
What is your writing process?
I have a story in mind before I write something. I don't fly totally blind. I get my brain into a relaxed state and become as lucid as possible. Then, it's mostly like stream of consciousness within the parameters of the story. At that point I have to figure out what I'm trying to tell myself and get that into a form that others can hopefully make heads or tails of.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get into the energy that comes with focus. I also enjoy what I learn about myself. One sees things in one's own writing that is not always in the forefront of consciousness. I learn alot about what's happening "back there" when I write.
Describe your desk
Clear at the front and loaded with accessories at the back. Clips and post its and all kinds of pens and highlighters. No books, too distracting.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the 60's and 70's. There were books all over the house because I had five older siblings. There was no shortage of educational material around the house.
When did you first start writing?
I was in fourth grade when I realized this was a thing in my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The mythology of free-enterprise, our policy being unfriendly to small businesses and all the special treatment the mega-companies get. Then we have to bail the megas out and give them tax-dollars because they are not so great at their gigs. Then they influence the govt. to suppress new thinking and innovation so they don't have to compete honestly.
What do your fans mean to you?
The people who have read me to this point are my friends and family. I think the world of them. They have in some ways supported me through this effort. If I get any new fans I'll be stoked.
What are you working on next?
1. Marketing this book
2. Compiling my Anthology called "I am Your New Television: Ok, you can Stop Thinking Now.
3. My next novel, which is simmering in the back.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A friend gave me a really great book by Christopher Moore called "Fluke". I really enjoyed the book and I realized I had some books in me as well. So the point was to get to it in any way possible.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have no idea. I'm learning. This is my first long-form book and I have never really tried hard to market anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
If I can't have a print book, I use a good old fashioned laptop. I can read everything on it. Looking forward to getting a tablet for reading on the road though.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I like the ease of use and having it be a "one stop shop". When the point is to get your book done and be a writer, it's discouraging that there are so many obstacles and finding a publisher is nearly impossible. They have solved that process. I also like the high formatting standards, even though it's totally unfun to do it myself.
Published 2016-03-28.
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