Interview with I.R. Roberts

What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of supernatural, science fiction and action.
When did you first start writing?
You know, everyone starts writing in school. When we started writing because it's fun is a tricky one to remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was reading a science fiction book that inspired me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm not sure. I think it's just a relief for me to write whatever I'm thinking down.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, so far I have very few. But the fans that I have support me a lot, and I'm grateful.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, that's a hard one. I think Jim Butcher, Stephanie Meyer, and James Dashner are awesome... even though I'm not very happy with James Dashner as of now because of how the Maze Runner series ended up. We also like John Flanagan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Probably the fact that I get to sleep again in a couple of hours! (And video games... oh, and food. Bacon, bacon, bacon.)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Volunteering, drawing, hanging with friends, reading, sports, or video games.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
We don't read ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. "Fishing at Clown Lake," and "Tory, the Dog."
What is your writing process?
Idea, plan, write, edit, publish, repeat.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Nope. When I was little, I hated reading, because I doubted myself. That's probably why..
How do you approach cover design?
It's hard, it really is. I have the perfect picture in mind, but end up with something completely different. So I just have to have an open mind when making a cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Warriors series, by Erin Hunter, because it's so imaginative and fun to read. The Dresden Files, because who doesn't need a good laugh? Plus it keeps me on my toes.
Umm.. the Weather Wardens, because those books are awesome and also keep me on my toes until the end. Maze Runner, because I'm a sucker for action.

Ranger's Apprentice book 1-4 by John Flanagan and the Death Cure by James Dashner.
Do you ever feel pressured when writing a book?
Actually, yes. Sometimes I'll be writing a story, and it feels very forced, very unnatural. That's when I need to take a deep breath and think for a long moment. I might even listen to a song like Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. Then I'll go back to what I was writing and ask myself if it's worth the stress. If yes, I find a method that's less stressing. If no, then I don't worry about it.
What are you working on next?
We are working on a book that the boy came up with. It's called "Hacking Life," but as we write it we may think of another name, depending on how the story ends up.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence you?
I grew up in Oregon. I look around, and I find ignorance of people everywhere. For example, I once heard someone comment that Muslims must be evil because ISIS is. Seriously, people?
So I am a bit more cautious of what I say than some people I know.
What motivated you to become an author?
I have no clue and he says it's my fault.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I published a book through them, and made an accomplishment I thought I'd never make.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't do any e-reading except on, so. . . Paper for me!
What advice would you give to people who wish to be authors?
First, read! I picked up on most things by reading. It shows you what good paragraph looks like, and gives you the chance to notice things like quotations. One day, I was reading, and I noticed that every time a character said something, there were quotations a round the words.

Also, don't be afraid to dream and explore! Ideas are what inspires a book in the first place!
Well, that's all the questions we have right now. Thank you for answering the questions given!
Of course!
Published 2015-06-23.
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