Interview with Rob McIntyre

What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I retired from teaching, I was invited to join a writing team producing English literacy programs for use in schools. After six years of doing this, I began to find it very prescriptive. I needed more freedom to express myself. Writing as an indie author gives me this freedom.
How do you approach cover design?
I like a cover that provides a lead-in to the content of the book. I also like colorful covers which will stand out.
Describe your desk
It's usually untidy, as I don't like writing straight onto my laptop. I usually take the pen and paper route in order to record ideas, plan chapters etc. This means a desk covered in sheets of paper, pads etc. Only when my thoughts and plans for the book are reasonably advanced, do I crank up the computer and start typing.
Where and when did you grow up and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Port Elizabeth, a medium-sized South African town, during the second world war. Several of my uncles had been enlisted into the army, and spent years fighting up in North Africa. My many cousins and I were forced to create our own entertainment, games and toys, as money was always in short supply, but we enjoyed a degree of freedom that few modern youngsters are afforded. I hope that this enforced childhood creativity will, from time to time, emerge in my writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The title of the book, "A Little School On A Farm In Africa," is a good indicator as to the content. I was faced with a teaching situation totally different to anything I had experienced before. However the story goes beyond the school and its delightful pupils, and also recalls the hilarious goings on in the farming community.
Who are your favorite authors?
Arthur Ransome; Elizabeth Enright; Gerald Durrell; James Herriot;
What are you working on next?
I am considering writing a book on creation/evolution for children and teens, illustrated by my 11 year-old grandson. This will look at the increasing body of scientific evidence against evolution.
What do you feel is most likely to inspire children to develop the habit of reading for pleasure?
My wife and I are both avid readers. We read to our two daughters every evening while they were young, and now they read to their children. All six grandchildren are now keen readers and collectors of books. I feel that a love of reading is caught, rather than taught. Love of reading is a gift that every parent should give their children.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife!
What do you see as the advantage of Ebooks over print books.
Anyone my age grew up with print books, and I have to admit that I love the feel of a conventional book, especially when I flop into bed at night. However, I first fully appreciated the value of Ebooks when one of my granddaughters moved to Moscow with her family, who were relocating there for business reasons. My granddaughter, an avid reader, was able to take her own private library of around 80 Ebooks without troubling the airline scales in the slightest, and at a fraction of the cost of print books.
Published 2016-11-02.
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Books by This Author

A Little School On A Farm In Africa
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,340. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A Little School on a Farm in Africa This book describes four idyllic years spent running a little farm school in Africa. You will get to know the children, the farming community and the hilarious goings on that helped to make my time there so memorable.