Interview with Glenn Lazar Roberts

Published 2020-06-14.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I currently have several books in the pipeline. Two are novels including one satire about a down-to-earth guy who decides he's Not Gonna Take It Anymore. The other is a horror novel about a young man who must keep the exact same change in each pocket or very bad things will happen. To find out more, consider supporting my work at Writing books is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Believe it or not, corporate publishers are not lined up to publish comedic works, especially social satires that have fun with Social Justice Warriors like Maggie, the Radiated Lesbian Nun. Many sites have banned me completely. Also in the works is a non-fiction work (I prefer the word 'faction') analyzing the phenomenon of Political Correctness. Not yet completed.

For background about me and my writing, you can hear a radio interview from 2017 at .
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The Political Correctness of the publishing industry.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm just beginning with Smashwords. As they say about the French Revolution, it's too soon to tell.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to speak truth. I don't any other place where that is still allowed.
What do your fans mean to you?
I just hope that a few people understand my writing and appreciate the time, effort, knowledge, and linguistic skill required to produce a coherent social satire or whopping good sci-fi or horror novel. There are always layers of meaning beneath my writing that are perhaps not immediately apparent to casual readers who may leap to wrong conclusions.
What are you working on next?
See my answer to the first question.
Who are your favorite authors?
One is Mervyn Peake who wrote the Gormenghast series. Anyone who can write an entire page just describing the rolls of flesh in an obese person has real talent. Peake had a profound feel for the English language. I tried to emulate his style in my book The Selk King.

Another is Robert Shea & Roberts Anton Wilson, the pair who wrote The Illuminatus Trilogy. Ignoring Point Of View, something that is important only for novices, they could spend over a page listing the names of exotic rock groups scheduled to attend a climactic festival. I emulated this in my book The Warriors when I took an entire page describing the crazy names of roller derby gangs that rule the mean streets of Los Angeles.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Getting to write and study instead of going to work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Translating Russian and Arabic and Shorthand and writing the next strangest book you've never read.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance.
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Books by This Author

Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,820. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
On the planet Maalstrom, Flores of the Turlicum Clan battles rivals in the ancient City of Ven and discovers a secret entrance to the forbidden Temple where he falls in love with the priestess Amina, the most beautiful gila of the Three Valleys. Heroic fantasy in the tradition of Robert E. Howard & Edgar Rice Burroughs, from Equus Publishing.
The Selk King
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 150,910. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Flores of the Turlicum pursues his lost love Amina across the alien planet Maalstrom to the Island of the Sun-God. In another plot with unexpected twists, Flores discovers the Black Pillar and climbs its spiral ramp from the nether-world to the selks’ glass city in the clouds, further unfolding the mysterious relationships that link Maalstrom’s bizarre inhabitants. Maalstrom Series, Book 2.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The hurricane party went well--until someone locked the doors. Now biologist Carmen Niles must lead her friends through an underground maze, triggering a deadly scheme to sabotage a medical research center's experiments.