Interview with Robert Petrie

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love life and know how much it has to offer, each new day brings a new adventure and I for one look forward to all experiences, good or bad. I embrace life and enjoy learning all it holds in its heart, for me getting out of bed each day is exciting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to learn new things, especially things about how our minds operate within this immense universe that we live in. We are powerful beings and learning to use that power is truly exciting. I also do plenty of exercise, either walking or running along the wonderful beach I am blessed to live near, it is best early in the morning when I have it to myself and the only sound I hear is the sea lapping the sand beneath my feet. I like to interact with people, so socialising is a big part of my weekend life, but my favourite of all ways to spend my time is with my wife and son, the rock my world.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Obviously Smashwords is a great resource for finding so many different books in so many different categories, but other than that I search online using certain keywords as I guess most people would do.
What is your writing process?
My writing process doesn't follow any real pattern, I believe in intuition and when an idea pops into my head, if it feels right in my heart then I will run with it. Inspiration may be triggered by a question someone might ask me, or something I hear or see, life has a lot to show us and I try my best to listen. I do tend to go at writing with a passion when I do get inspired and I can be at the keyboard for many hours at a time, I just key typing until there is nothing left in my head. It may not be the right way for everyone, but it works for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was "Stig of The Dump" by Clive King, I must have been around 9 or 10. It is a story about a young boy who befriends a cave boy who lives among the rubbish in a woodland dump, they embark on lots of adventures together. I guess the impact this had on me at that early age was how exciting life can be and that has carried on in my life to my adulthood. Another story I read around the same time was "Joby" by Stan Barstow, which had a similar impact.
How do you approach cover design?
That is a difficult one because I often have an idea as I am writing the book and make a note of it, and then when the book is finished and I am ready to work on the cover, I start to come up with what I think would be better ideas. After spending a lot of time working on creating the best design possible, I normally go back to my original idea. I guess I should use a professional in future.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Stig of the Dump, Clive King. It is a childhood memory thing, I loved this book as a kid.
2. Joby, Stan Barstow. Same reason as my first book.
3. The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield. I love this book, it is an adventure story with many a message about life and wisdom, truly an inspiring read. I would love to write a masterpiece like this one day.
4. The Road Less Travelled, M. Scott Peck. I got from this book exactly what the title describes, I have never walked the road that the majority walk and prefer to walk the road less travelled, this book confirmed my way of thinking.
5.Wisdom of the Ages, Wayne Dyer. I love Wayne Dyer as an author and gave read most of his books, but this one is some how very special. He uses poems and Philosophy from great thinkers of time gone by and explains the meaning and context of each, a wonderful book to keep close and refer to often.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually prefer to read from my laptop, but also love the Kindle, which is always the best option to take on holiday and read whilst relaxing by the pool.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in London, England. I guess the hustle and bustle of city life exposed me to a lot of different experiences and influences. I now live in a small seaside village in Wales and do find it a very different experience. Growing up in such a busy place has certainly given me a lot of life to share, yet my own personal growth has moved faster since leaving the big city. I guess the slower pace of life has given me more time to think and explore. My writing obviously draws from my experiences in London, but I now have time to write and share, which may never have happened had I stayed in the city. I can see life from two very different places which gives me more perspective with my writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believe we all have something to share, whether it be a personal story, an opinion or just pure fantasy. My work, your work or anyone's work might not be liked by everyone, but there are always people that will resonate with your story or views and may just plain like your fantasy. So get writing and get your work out there, that is it I guess, that is what motivated me. If my words can touch just one persons life, then it is worth me sharing them with the world.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
At this point I have only just published my first book on Smashwords. I will be publishing my second book in the next few days and so on. I will say though that it is such a great platform that I am very optimistic of my work getting some great exposure and look forward to getting more work completed. It motivates me to write more books, so I better go and get on with it. I will update this answer in the future as I progress with Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing and helping! That is my greatest joy, sharing what I have to offer the world with the idea of helping people improve their lives, or at least entertain them.
What do your fans mean to you?
What fans? I have no fans at the present time, but when I do their opinion is what will mean the most to me, because what they have to say is as important if not more so, than mine.
Published 2014-09-18.
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The 3 Facts of Life
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 35,900. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
There are 3 things in life that can bring you anything you desire, success, confidence, respect, peace of mind, love, happiness, contentment, recognition, fame, fortune or anything else, and you already have these 3 things at your disposal. ==>> Discover what these 3 things are and how to use them for anything you desire in life.
A Fabulous Life: How to Create Your Own Fabulous Life
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It will inspire, re-light your fire and help you conquer your world. A Fabulous Life does what it says on the cover, it will guide you through creating your own fabulous life and eliminate the stresses and strains of our modern world. Including a six step process designed for real success in any area of life.