Interview with Robin Storey

What is your writing process?
I'm in between a pantser (plotting as you go) and a planner. I don't need to have the story plotted out scene by scene, but I like to have an overall roadmap of where I'm heading and how I'm going to get there. I've found Story Engineering by Larry Brooks very helpful for this.
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 I was a compulsive reader as a child. Curled up in a chair engrossed in a book was my favourite activity. (still is!) I devoured all of Enid Blyton's adventure books - Secret Seven etc - the Bobbsey Twins and classics such as the Narnia books by CS Lewis, pretty much anything that took me into an entirely different world. When I was ten, I won a prize in a writing competition - 25 paperback books that I could choose myself from a catalogue. I poured over it for days - I was in heaven!
What do you read for pleasure?
I love books that make me laugh, so David Sedaris is a favourite author, and if they tell a good story that keeps me riveted in the process, even better. That's why I like comedy crime and Christopher Brookmyre and Colin Bateman are my favourite authors in that genre. I also enjoy memoirs if they're well written and I like books of short stories as well - they're good to dip into when you don't feel like reading a novel.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, which I love because it's so transportable. I have to admit, I like e-books and print books equally - you can't beat a print book for smell and touch, but my Kindle is great for travel.
Describe your desk
My desk pays homage to the adage - An untidy desk means a creative mind. (You've never heard that adage? Really?) I have a tidy-up every now and then and feel very virtuous for all of half a day until it gets messy again. I've come to accept that I just don't have an inner 'neat freak' that I can channel. I was always getting into trouble at boarding school at room inspection time. I'd organize my drawers so the layer of clothes on top looked tidy, but underneath everything was chaos - and I was invariably sprung! I haven't learnt much since then!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing stories as soon as I learnt to write - so I guess, about 7. I've done all sorts of writing over the years, including freelance writing and copywriting. And there were many years - such as my single 'partying' years and later when I had children when I didn't write at all. But nowadays if I was prevented from writing I'd feel as if someone had cut off a limb - it's like an itch that I have to scratch.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had submitted both my books - How Not To Commit Murder and Perfect Sex - to traditional print publishers, but they hadn't expressed any interest in publishing them, so I decided to take the plunge and do it myself. It has been such a steep learning curve - not only the publishing, but the marketing - but I'm so glad I did. When people tell me how much they've enjoyed reading my books, it's such a great feeling and makes it all worthwhile.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create a story totally from my imagination - weaving all the characters and scenes and ideas floating around in my mind together to form a story or a novel, which then takes on an identity of its own. That's the greatest satisfaction - though the process involves a lot of agony as well.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on another comedy crime novel, with the working title of My Beautiful Obsession. It's about a man with an anxiety disorder who finds that committing crimes relieves his anxiety - which of course, creates other problems.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm a night owl, so getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle at the best of times! However, it helps that I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, where the weather is glorious most of the time, and even when it's not, it's still beautiful.

And the fact that if I don't get out of bed and earn some money, I'll starve.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I'm into healthy living (it's the mortality thing we baby boomers are going through) so I go to the gym and I also enjoy bushwalking. (Aussie term for hiking). I feel a bit of a fraud for saying that, though, as I haven't been bushwalking for months due to my busy writing schedule this year. I also like baking and I'm experimenting with gluten-free and Paleo recipes - a work in progress.

It goes without saying that I always have a book on the go - sometimes two or three. And I also enjoy dining out, going to the movies and chilling out at the beach, which is five minutes drive from my home.
Published 2013-10-04.
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Books by This Author

Making The Breast Of It: Breast Cancer Stories of Humour and Joy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,520. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Women's health
When author Robin Storey first heard the words, ‘you have breast cancer,’ she burst into tears. But she couldn’t help finding the humorous side as she underwent treatment, collecting frank and funny stories along the way from other breast cancer survivors. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to feel positive and uplifted, you’ll love this frank, amusing memoir.
Comedy Shorts - Humorous Fiction Short Stories - Four Comedy Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 20,640. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
SLEUTHING FOR BEGINNERS: Angela decides to play detective when her neighbour dies suddenly. A PEACEFUL DEATH: George is visited by the Angel of Death, who makes some unusual demands. A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND: Ali sets out to find her dead uncle's secret, ill-gotten fortune. THE MUSE: Esther is a struggling writer until she meets her muse, who turns her world upside down.
Perfect Sex
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,320. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Forty-something divorcee and writer Susie Hamilton joins an internet dating agency – under the guise of professional research for a book. With her hyped-up profile she attracts a horde of admirers and the result is plenty of material for her book, but her love life is a series of mishaps and disasters. Will Susie find her Mr Perfect or will she have to make do with Mr-As-Good-As-It-Gets?
How Not To Commit Murder
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,180. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Career conman Reuben Littlejohn is determined to go straight this time after his release from prison, with the help of his new wife. But he hadn't counted on stumbling across a plot to kill his parole officer Lucy, with whom he is madly in lust. Or being blackmailed into becoming an accomplice to her murder. Can he save his own life as well as Lucy's - without his wife finding out?