Interview with Raymond Lobo

What are you working on next?
I am working on a literary novel focusing on a military deserter.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dostoyevsky, DeLillo, Foster Wallace, Reinaldo Arenas, Didion, Roth, Houellebecq, Celine, Mann, Nietzsche, Foucault, Naomi Klein.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life inspires me. My wife also inspires me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading non-fiction or following my beloved Manchester United.
What is your writing process?
The theme comes first, followed by a skeleton of a plot, followed by characters.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to make my designs as minimalist in style as possible.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Infinite Jest
2. The Brothers Karamazov
3. American Pastoral
4. Platform
5. Before Night Falls
What do you read for pleasure?
I read international relations books. I have a weird idea of reading for pleasure.
Describe your desk
I write on the couch.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book, Love Letters from the Assassin, was inspired by watching frenzied media reports right after horrific mass shootings and terrorist attacks. I wanted to create a complex anti-hero that escapes many of the two-dimensional narratives portrayed by the media.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything. I do not seek mass appeal in my work; hence, a small fan base that enjoys my fiction is all that matters.
Published 2016-01-27.
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Books by This Author

Love Letters from the Assassin
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,930. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
When an online news site obtains a leaked copy of the unpublished memoirs of Alejo Mosquera, killer of Super PAC donor Shelton Beaumont, the public’s expectations of what makes an assassin are both confirmed and refuted by the document.