Interview with robert lathrop

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get lost in the story. I become a participant in all aspects of the subject matter
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. If they have an interest in my work, it's the greatest reward for me. It makes me try harder.
What are you working on next?
I have a series of short poems aimed at children. The series "Pond Creatures" is a spinoff from the children's book "Too Small". I'm also finishing the first draft in a SY-FY series, called " Time and Space". Also three other young adult SY-FY novels that should be completed early next year.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am motivated by life. My chickens also have a hand at my early rising.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am also a sculptor and model maker of large one third scale racing cars and engines. Landscaping my home is also a lot of fun. In the winter that is. Arizona summers can be brutal.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
You may find this a bit strange, but I do not read other works. I do not want to cloud my individual inspirations. I want my work to be my work. I do, however read varied technical books and journals for some factual information.
What is your writing process?
Most of my stories come from very vivid dreams. Since childhood I have had dreams that were a spinoff from my daily experiences. Some of these would continue for weeks and take off just where I left it from the night before. Some were scary, some incredible; especially the space and time dreams
How do you approach cover design?
I am attempting to create my own covers. My background in design may help me with this. It's whats inside the book that inspires me to draw for the cover.
Describe your desk
My desk is a conglomeration of saved tech. articles, phone numbers, index cards with short cuts to various web sites. I spend a little time each day on Dragon, dictating my manuscripts. I write away from the desk, mostly by hand.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago IL.in the 50's and 60's. The events at Roswell NM in 1951 has a big impact on most of my SY-FY writing.I rehearsed it thoroughly and make reference to it in two books. Growing up in those times allowed me to experience things that today's kids could never relate to.
When did you first start writing?
I got serious around 15 years ago, but I never thought anyone would find it interesting enough to read, so I just shelved one book after another. Recently a dear friend read my SY-FY adventure "across time and space" the adventures of Jose and Paul and could not put it down. She has inspired me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest and soon to be released book is titled," Too Small" a big fish story. It's about a very small new hatching Koi fish that is different than all the rest. He feels slighted and unwanted; he just doesn't fit in; according to him that is. He later finds out he is different, but in a very special way. He's a true Kohaku Koi, a most prized specimen. The book is little learning lesson for young children about growing up, maybe a Little different.
what is your ultimate goal in writing.
First off, I need to enjoy it.If the audience is receptive, I'll continue to write.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I do not want a big publishing firm to dictate my subject or the way I write.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly tech. books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't use one.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It's my first time publishing, so I have no reference point.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm hoping to find success and a long standing business relationship with Smashwords.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read only tech. books by various people.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first would be, "A smiling down", A sy-fy short story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Other than all the regular children bed time stories, my most memorable was Mark Twain.
What is your favorite subject to write about.
SY-FY
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I really don't have favorites. I enjoy all kinds of works, mostly non fiction.
Published 2016-02-13.
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Books by This Author

Too Small
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,470. Language: American English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Too Small is a very young, very small, very special Koi fish who eats, swims and plays with his seven hundred brothers and sisters.He grows up thinking he's different than all the rest. He is, but it's his difference that earns him a place in the Emperor of Japan's Royal Garden Pond. His colors have proven him to be a true Kohaku, the most prized of all Koi.