Interview with Rob J Meijer

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was young my creativity found an outlet mainly in pencil drawings. Later I started using much of my spare time on writing software and technical documents and tech blogs. It took a trip to West Africa where, deprived of a computer I certainly found myself starting to write a story on my Android phone. I discovered that most elements of the story had already been floating trough my mind for many years. All I had to do was connect the dots. I discovered that in fact I had been writing fiction for years without actual writing it down.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a writing process. Most of it happens in my mind. I create wild and first apparently unrelated speculations and ideas. If at one point in time two such pieces of the puzzle certainly magically seem to fit after all I know its time to put something down in a draft document. I'll end up interleaving days of writing with weeks of not writing a single letter.
How do you approach cover design?
With something of an artistic background (I used to be quite skilled at making pencil drawings) I first thought I could create my own cover art. Unfortunately however my style of writing is quite different from my drawing style and I really don't have a good feel for working with typography. I really want to learn how to design my own covers in the future. In the mean time I'll need hire a talented and experienced cover designer instead. Maybe I'll stick with it in the future, but I'll be sure to give designing my own an other try one day.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer an e-paper device over led based devices. My old e-reader is giving me some issues though with DRM content that makes me have to use led based devices for reading books with DRM. Basically my e-book reader would require an MS-Windows PC to load DRM content on it and I haven't owned an MS-Windows PC for many years. This is also one of the reasons that I'm oposed to using DRM on any of my publications. DRM is an absolute mess and its a pitty more authors don't trust their fans enough to release their books as e-book without DRM on it.
Describe your desk
My desk is a narrow and long black desk. When I sit behind my desk I sit on a large grey gym ball. My PC setup is rather vertical. I use a vertical mouse and have my screen set up in portrait orientation. Next to my PC stuff, there is always a large bottle of diet coke on my desk and a few piles of old printouts and a few scratchpads.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me the greatest joy lies in the idea that the worlds I create in my mind become more real if I share them. Writing is the first step in sharing these worlds.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a short story that describes the discovery of a different type of moon landing conspiracy. The story looks at the scenario where the 1969 Apollo 11 mission did make it to the moon but never actually made it back to earth. Like my first two shorts, the story combines mythology with science fiction.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Trudi Canavan, and Frank Herbert.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Multi author anthologies are a great way to discover interesting e-book short story authors. I don't usual buy books from indy authors I don't know personally unless I stumbled into a short story published in an anthology or if they were suggested to me by one of my friends.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are:

1) Der Golem by Gustav Meyrink
2) La Peste by Albert Camus
3) Roverandom by Tolkin
4) The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan
5) Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

I really can't tell why I love these books so much. Each is brilliant in its own unique way.
When did you first start writing?
Fiction in 2013 while visiting West Africa.
Published 2015-01-16.
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Books by This Author

Ragnarok Conspiracy
Price: $2.38 USD. (Free!) Words: 89,660. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The Copyright Wars, started by a quantum-blockchain-heist, have ended with the creation of the dangerous Debrisphere, so has the age of communication, as has the age of both conventional and cryptocurrency. In the post-war world where printing-base is the new currency, a young forensic scientist travels to the moon setting out to once and for all debunk moon landing hoax conspiracy theories.
Ethereal Pixie Rings Of Mercy: OpenDyslexic Edition
Series: Tales of shrouded history: OpenDyslexic editions. You set the price! Words: 8,370. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is a special version of "Ethereal Pixie Rings Of Mercy" aimed specifically at cognitive impaired readers. If you don't suffer from any form of dyslexia, please purchase the regular edition instead.
Ethereal Pixie Rings Of Mercy
Series: Tales of shrouded history, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
When hyper-intelligent mathematician David is forced to confront his own mortality, his coveted manuscript on the ‘Proof of absence paradox’ threatens to die with him. Desperate to salvage his life’s work, he realizes that his exceptional mentee and protégé, Naila, could hold the key to the salvation of his manuscript and theorem—but their strained relationship may not allow for that.
Orussian Quarantine: OpenDyslexic Edition
Series: Tales of shrouded history: OpenDyslexic editions, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 11,160. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This is a special version of "Orussian Quarantine" aimed specificaly at cognitive impaired readers. If you don't suffer from any form of dyslexia, please purchase the regular edition instead.
Atheist Afterlife
You set the price! Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
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This is a limited distribution re-publication the original release of the e-book later released with the alternate title "Ethereal Pixie-rings of Mercy" with original artwork by Keith Draws.
Orussian Quarantine
Series: Tales of shrouded history, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 10,420. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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The Orussians had found a way to harness the power of labor by engineering ant-monkeys, a hard-working and loyal slave species—until the uprising. Having manipulated the genes of her own pet ant-monkey,and granting him free will,bioscientist Uriëlla has grievously breached the code of conduct.These events lead to a struggle of biblical proportions which promises to forever alter Orus civilization.