Interview with Robin Roughley

Who are your favorite authors?
This is an easy one for me, Uk author Phil Rickman comes top of the list,a writer who believes in the power of the character above all else.
I'm also a fan of Stephen King, Stuart McBride and Mark Billingham,
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Getting out of bed is the easy part,it's the rest of the day that causes the problems. That's why I write, it helps to focus the mind and allows me to lose myself for a few hours.If others enjoy my writing then that's the icing on the cake, if no one took an interest I would still be forced to sit at the computer and daydream.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing, there is always some character or plotline moving about inside my befuddled brain. Writing kind of takes you over it becomes an obsession.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Some have been recomended,others have simply grabbed my attention with a well written blurb.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first novel is on smashwords as a freebie, The Needle House was my first real stab at completing a novel,prior to that I concentrated on playwriting.
Since then I have written four in the D S Lasser series and I am working on a stand alone novel at the moment.
What is your writing process?
For me it's simple, I write two and a half thousand words a day, no more no less. As soon as I reach the target I go back and edit the days work. It took a lot of trial and error before I decided that this was the way forward for me.Of course other writers find their own ways of working,but this suits me fine. With the Needle House I wrote it straight through without any daily editing, BIG MISTAKE!!!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I tackled on my own was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what can I say it's the perfect story for children.This was quickly followed by The Wind in the Willows, after that there was no stopping me.
How do you approach cover design?
Well if I'm being honest, money or rather the lack of it has dictated the cover designs. The cover of the first Lasser novel The Needle House is actually a baking tray with an ornament from the house placed in front. It looks dire, but need must when the devil drives.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wow a tough one. This list could change on a daily basis,but here goes.
December- Phil Rickman, it deals with a paranormal rock band, sounds utterly naff but is the work of a master of suspence.
Charlie and the Choc Factory- This is the one that gave me a love of tall tales,and that's all writers do,we tell lies for a living.
The Witching Hour- Anne Rice- Another great storyteller, who uses emotions to wonderful effect.
The Outsiders- S E Hinton- Even though I come from the UK and this story is set in the US it still touched me deeply, I recognised the characters and empathised with their problems.
Stephen King- IT- This is a book I have dipped into several times,wonderful characters,great set pieces and it flows so well that you forget its over a thousand pages long.
What do you read for pleasure?
For the past couple of years I've read hardly anything,it's all been about getting my own stuff hammered into shape. Besides, in the past I have found reading when working on a novel of your own can mess with the thought process. Plus writing is more fun, you're the one who makes the characters move and act, you're the one who has the responsibility to make the story as powerful as possible and hope that your efforts are enough to grab a reader and drag them along for the ride.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle or straight to the laptop.It took me a while to get into reading from a screen, but even Ludites have to move with the times.
Published 2013-10-30.
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