Interview with Jim Roberts

When did you first start writing?
I have been writing off and on ever since High School. I slowed somewhat in college, which I studied Theater Acting and Motion Picture Acting, Directing and Screenwriting. I began writing more several years ago when I started to feel more confident writing long narratives.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Olympus Rises is the first part of a series of books called "The Code of War". It's a sort of GI Joe-esque story that is basically everything I love about the Action/Adventure/Spy genre mashed together. As a lifetime spy/war buff, I always wanted to write something like this and dwelled on the concept for over a year before finally putting pen to paper.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a general fear of publishers (HA!). But seriously, it's more of a desire to get in on this remarkable boom that is affecting the entire book marketplace! The idea that people can immediately download an affordable book in less than ten seconds still astonishes me. I also love connecting with readers and hearing what they have to say about my work - that never gets old!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The idea of creating something very personal to you and hearing how much other people enjoy it as well. That is probably the greatest feeling in the world for me. The quiet, loneliness of writing is also something I wouldn't trade for the whole world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, mostly (Non-fiction, internet blogs, the news); Collecting old books and old video games; connecting with authors on Facebook; researching anything that interests me
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Long hours of surfing the net. Discovering Smashwords has brought to my attention the work of some truly amazing author's.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think so...It was a post-apocalyptic detective story I wrote in Grade Six. I know I wrote more before than, but can't remember. My teacher was angered by how depressing it was and threatened to fail me on the assignment if I didn't write something else. I thought it was good...
What is your writing process?
I come up with a concept, a pitch so to speak, then think about it for a day or two to see if it will work as a novel or short story or whatever. If it feels right, I begin planning. I take a fairly long time planning characters, as I believe all good stories come out of good characters. I also work hard to come up with awesome set pieces - memorable parts of the book that stick in you memory when it's over. When I can basically close my eyes and picture the entire book running together as a seamless movie, I know I am ready to start on the manuscript.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, the first story I ever read was Henry Huggins, by Beverly Cleary. A delightful little book that opened my eyes to the positive nature of reading. But the first story I read that truly impacted me was probably Lloyd Alexander's 'The Book of Three'. Once I read that, I was hooked on fantasy for life! I also remember the thrill I got when I read my first Mack Bolan novel. I had never read a book series with such a cinematic feel to it!
How do you approach cover design?
The cover design was done by a fantastic freelance artist named Alex Martinez, whose work can be viewed here:
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1.) The Complete Chronicles of Conan - nuff said!
2.) First Blood by David Morrell - one of the best thrillers ever written
3.) From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming - by far the best Bond novel
4.) Garden's of the Moon by Steven Erickson - an astonishingly intricate fantasy by the Canadian Tolkien
5.) The Ipcress File by Len Deighton - an anti-Bond novel written by a British master of suspence
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the Kobo Glo as my reading device, though I read a lot with my Ipad.
What are you working on next?
The second book in the Code of War series, the Peacemakers, is my next project. It is going to take the series to a much grander scale then the first book. It will show the characters tested and bloodied in constant trials that bring out the best and worst of their personalities.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert E. Howard, Chris Ryan, David Morrell, Michael Moorcock, Steven Erickson, Tolkien, Homer, Apollonius, Ian Fleming, Alistair Maclean, Joe Abercrombie, Robert Aspirin, L. Frank Baum, C.L. Moore, Lovecraft, Jeff Smith, Clive Barker, Hideo Kojima, John Wagner, many others
Published 2013-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Olympus Rises (Book One of the Code of War)
Series: The Code of War. Price: Free! Words: 78,110. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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Afghanistan, 2014. Two weeks before the final withdrawal of all Coalition forces, a small unit of Army Rangers is attacked and destroyed by a Private Army known only as Olympus. The survivors are captured and held in a fortress in the Pamir Mountains of Kazinistan. There, they must effect a daring escape from their captors and at the same time find the secret of the mysterious Code of War.