Interview with Dale L. Roberts

Published 2015-07-25.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading is one of my favorite things and I usually go for the books that strike my mood. I will typically do a general search on Amazon of the category that I enjoy most and search for anything in the free category. There are a lot of great self-published authors and this is one of the ways I find some of the best authors in the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to travel with my wife, Kelli, play with my cat Izzie, noodle around on my guitar, listen to music and exercise.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been writing as long as I can remember, so it's hard to say what I wrote first. When I really think about it, I was watching Saturday morning cartoons and there was a big free toy shopping spree at Toys R Us. I was so fascinated by that idea and I wanted badly to win that contest for a shopping spree. So, I wrote a story about a boy that finds an alien and they both win the opportunity to do the shopping spree. Through that story, I was able to live my dream. Of course, that's what reading and writing is good for - getting to live a dream.
What is your writing process?
My writing process goes from idea to outline. Then I break that outline down into bite-sized chunks and give myself a rough word count I'm shooting for in a chapter. I then write the easiest parts of a book first, and that varies from one book to the next. If a chapter requires research, I will do it AFTER I have completed my rough draft. After the rough draft is complete, I go through a quick read through, then send it to an editor. Usually, I go through about 2 rounds of edits before I decide to release a book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
This is a real tough question because I cannot recall the first book I ever read. The first book I read may well be "Green Eggs & Ham" by Dr. Seuss. If I were to point to a book that had the most impact early on in my development, it would be "The Tommyknockers" by Stephen King. That was the first long form book that I read and inspired me to become a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I always hire out from a few different cover designers. It really depends on the type of book I'm going for. My health and fitness book covers are done by someone on Fiverr, but I'm starting to transition over to a graphic design artist named Erica Angel of Erica Is Creative. My favorite covers are eye-catching, font-based and simple.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1 - "Have A Nice Day" by Mick Foley - This is the most brilliantly written autobiography and gave me a true appreciation for the professional wrestling business. Mick is an excellent author and is underrated.
2 - "You'll See It When You Believe It" by Wayne Dyer - I had a rough patch in my life and Wayne Dyer's books were strongly influential. This book opened my mind to living my dreams and explore life.
3 - "The Dark Tower" by Stephen King - The entire Dark Tower series is a masterful work and paints an unusual landscape that really immersed me in a different world. King's works are excellent on a bad day, but the Dark Tower series is simply incomparable.
4 - "Combat Conditioning" by Matt Furey - Simple, straight and to-the-point is how Furey presents his books. I saw Matt Furey put on a clinic in March 2000 at the Arnold Expo in Columbus, Ohio. I was fascinated with his presentation and my brother picked up this book that I ended up claiming as my own. I have literally worn out the binding in this book. Furey is responsible for truly inspiring me to become physically fit.
5 - "Infinity" by Nico Laeser - I stumbled over Nico in a Facebook writer's group and we agreed to read each other's books. So, I went into it expecting very little, but in return I got an AMAZING story. Nico is, in my opinion, the best self-published author you will find today. The story is masterfully written with superior character development and an ever-expanding story line that has zero predictability. Do yourself a favor...get this man's book, you will NOT be disappointed.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything that strikes my fancy at the moment. Some of my favorite niches are health and fitness, horror and self-help books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on the Kindle app on my phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I get great results by posting in Facebook groups relevant to my books topic. Find a group that interests you, then join it. Once you are in the group, interact with everyone and when it comes time for your book release, people are receptive to what you are offering.
Describe your desk
I work at my breakfast bar because I'm able to stand up and stay focused. When my legs tire out, I'll put up a bar stool, but will only sit long enough to rest. My best writing comes when I'm standing; I just feel like I get the flow of thought much better when I'm standing. (I'm literally standing right now and typing the answer to these questions)
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