Interview with Bob Fields

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, my first story was a non fiction account of how, at age six I imagined myself as Captain Marvel. While on the school yard swing, I waited until the swing was at its highest point and, yelled SHAZAM, and jumped off. I landed on top of a second grade girl, and was punished by teh Nuns for a sexual attack.
What is your writing process?
I am not as disciplined as I should be. I don't have a schedule. I try to read as much as I write, I write every day, often for an hour, other times for two hours. If I am working on a piece I often am writing it in my head while driving or eating or working out side doing chores
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire
Describe your desk
Messy
How do you approach cover design?
I typically make a sketch of what I think the cover should say about the book.I Include any art work I want. Then I turn it over to a designer.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anything by John MacDonald or T.C Boyle. They are the best at descriptive narrative
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries, historical fiction, and ghost stories
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Face Book, email, Twitter, radio interviews, and library book signings..
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Houlton, Maine. I was not a good student. The influences for my writing comes from my military and business careers..
When did you first start writing?
2010, a memoir for my great granddaughter. It was called Letters to Lyla and sold very well. That was followed by a second memoir and several short stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The primary protagonists are Padgett Harvey, a young girl born of a Native American Mother (Maliseet tribe) and white father..and Sean Patrick McGuinness, an Irish boy from the same town who, like Padgett was from a poor family. Padgett's folks were murdered when she was 8, so she was forced to move to her grandparents home in sub standard housing close to the town dump..where Indians lived. When she was 12 her grandmother and uncle were killed in a fire, she was forced into foster care. She fared well, became valedictorian of her high school class, excelled in college, and became successful in New York as a financial analyst.
Sean Patrick, an Irish boy with alcoholic parents, lived in a poor part of Houlton called “Paddy Hollow”. He had good looks, commanding stature, blue eyes, and black hair with more curls than a Persian lamb. Those features, together with his natural athletic ability and out-going personality, helped him hone his entrepreneurial skills. He, as with Padgett, used these natural gifts to rise above his humble beginnings and become an icon in the world of business.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ease of publication. Exposure to multiple marketing outlets
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Promotion promotion promotion
What are you working on next?
A book of ghost stories, perhaps 20 of them 3000-7000 words each
Who are your favorite authors?
TC Boyle, Hemingway, MacDonald
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Promoting my books, volunteering for Trout in the classroom
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Kindle, Smashwords
Published 2015-03-18.
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Books by This Author

Rascal and Bandit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,380. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
Traveling to a wedding reception in Rome New York, Ron and Jane Barnes, residents of a log home located on a lake deep in the Adirondacks woods discovered two abandoned baby Raccoons. Ron and Jane rescued the baby raccoons and devoted the next few months nurturing them and preparing them for release to their natural home in the woods.
Memories from a Shoebox
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,490. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
“Memories from a Shoebox” relates a personal account of life rich in adventure and evocative detail. This Anthology touches essential fabric of life growing up in Northern Maine during the 1940s. Anyone interested in the history of this period, or seeks poignant proof that life in any generation is no mere accident, will relish every rollicking page of these homespun American stories
Предприниматель
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: Russian. Published: September 24, 2016 by Boris Seaweed. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Занимательная история о находчивом молодом человеке, нашедшем возможность неплохо заработать, оказав услугу своим сослуживцам во время летних лагерных сборов Национальной гвардии одного из штатов США.
The Entrepreneur
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,470. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
An entertaining tale of an opportunistic young man deployed with a Maine National Guard unit on summer combat maneuvers. The young man’s ingenuity, organization skills, and creativity endears him with his superiors; creating an opportunity to assume risk and develop an unexpected business opportunity.
Big Gene Little Gene
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Alternative history
Gene Ross, a ten-year-old US citizen, living on a small farm in Monticello, grew up in times when kids were taught to hate Germans. Although little Gene is quite frightened at the prospect of meeting the prisoners from Germany, he is amazed to learn how there is little or no difference at all between his people and the people from beyond. the enemy lines
Boys
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage, Nonfiction » Social Science » Customs & Traditions
Boys author Bob Fields depicts an accurate and vivid description of young adolescent males in the 1940's & early 1950's in rural Maine. Fields’ perceptive analysis of boy’s personality traits and how they influence their attitude toward life (and girls) is on target. The onset of testosterone further complicates boy’s views about girls and sets up conflict and confusion about sex.
Girls
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Coming of age
“GIRLS” explores the complexities of being a girl in the 1950's
Color Blind
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Social classes
Color Blind is an insightful account of racial issues in American society during the 1950's. Bob Fields does not write in a judgmental or moral voice but an honest, no sugar coating, straight forward voice telling it like it was. His story tells the stark, unspeakable, unspoken truth about the insidious attitudes permeating our culture such as racism, bigotry, discrimination, and intolererance
The Devil Tree
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A haunted tree, a black cat, murder of a young girl, the hanging of an innocent man, and a message from a Ouija Board overwhelm 4 teens at Evergreen Cemetery. A dark tale of reckless youth gone wild.
Rendezvous with Destiny
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,360. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
A well paced story about discrimination, love, murder, revenge and redemption and the ultimate understanding between people in small town America. The depth of research that went into the creation of Rendezvous with Destiny was evident in the compelling and authentic telling of the story. Fields is not hemmed in by the facts but rather uses those facts as a means of letting his imagination create
Terror at the Mausoleum
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,070. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Two teenagers encounter the Ghost of a Gypsy girl murdered and mutilated seventy years earlier. The Ghosts seeks the help of the teenagers in discovering the burial plot of her family members. A twisted tale of horror.
Ghosts of Evergreen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
Ghosts or spirits of Houlton's founders who reside in Evergreen cemetery appear to two local adolescent boys. The ghosts are not threatening, demonic, gruesome, grizzly, or have any intention of interfering with the teenagers' pursuits. Conversely, the ghosts eagerly interact with the youngsters and respond to all of their questions regarding the growth of their community, hardships suffered by
Albert the Horse Swiper
Price: Free! Words: 6,250. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Essay » Sociology
Albert Puller taught Woodrow Wilson’s daughter to ride a horse, rode a seventeen hand gelding over a 1920 sedan to inaugurate the horse coliseum at the NY State Fair grounds, worked the harness tracks in Saratoga Springs and Rutland Vermont,and worked with the horse who challenged the great John Braden in a match race
Letters to Lyla
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,210. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
The author writes of Houlton, its river and streams, and its colorful characters and special places much like Mark Twain introduced an entire nation to frontier life in Hannibal, Missouri, the mighty Mississippi River and unforgettable people like Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Jim and Injun Joe. Indeed there are chapters in "Letters" that touch on everyday life in rural north
Kilroy Was Here
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Nonfiction » History » American
Kilroy became the US super-GI who always got there first — wherever GI's went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places. It was said to be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arch de Triumph, and scrawled in the dust on the moon. It’s even on the World War Two memorial in Washington, DC; and said to be on Grants Tomb, the Lincoln Memorial, and o
Native American Herbal Remedies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
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Native American herbal remedies is the story of a young Maliseet Indian girl named Mary, living on a small reservation in Houlton, Maine, learned about natural cures. Before the white man came, her ancestors, used natural cures found in trees, herbs, and wild plants such as onion and milkweed to ease the pain or symptoms of their most common ailments.