Interview with Robert Edward

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I treat everyday as the day I'm going to get absolutely everything done. But writing, marketing, launching a book can't be done in a day. So in the end, I am driven to finish whatever I did not get finished yesterday.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am currently finishing up college and trying to figure out what I am doing with my life. I tend to mull over my future while I am flying around the southwest in a little rental plane, camping, or taking my long bike rides.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes actually. I think I was 7 years old. It was called Star Fleet. The story is about a human explorer fleet comes across alien life for the first time. The aliens don't seem to like humans very much and attack the fleet. My characters must eject from the ship before it explodes, forcing them to land on a strange planet where they try to fight off the aliens.

A few years later the hit video game "Halo" comes out...now I'm not saying they stole the story line from my first grade story, but I am saying it's sketch.
What is your writing process?
Steps:
1. Become lost in thought
2. Experience a rush of excitement from cool idea
3. Think of how the idea fits into the story and make sure it's feasible.
4. Write it down
5. Love what I wrote
6. Hate what I wrote
7. Allow self doubt to creep into psyche
8. Question what I am doing with my life
9. Come to conclusion that I am a moron
10. Tell myself that I am at the very least, passable as a human being.
11. Rewrite the entire thing I wrote.
12. Like it again
13. Come back a few weeks later and think its crap, and rewrite it before anyone sees it.
14. Come to conclusion that its good enough.
15. Drink coffee
16. repeat....
Describe your desk
Lets see if you can figure out my riddle:

My desk is somewhat squishy,
My desk is also near me.
My desk takes me everywhere.

Answer (the words are backwards so you can't flick your eye down and easily see it)

ym ksed si ym sgel
What's the story behind your latest book?
My family moved from Texas to Scottsdale Arizona when I was in high school. If you don't know Scottsdale is infamous for its incredibly fake and undercutting people. Now, I'm from Texas so I did not like this one bit. These people really affected me and how I see humanity, because it seemed that people would do anything to get ahead.

So in reality my book is about the American ideal to succeed and rise higher within the ranks of society, put into overdrive...but not too far off really.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the next book of The Phoenix Cycle series! The next book will be much longer than the first one allowing the story to expand and new characters to appear and develop.
Published 2013-12-27.
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