Interview with Mike Robertson

What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything I can get my hands on. There are some authors that are must grabs, Daniel Silva, Stephen Hunter, and Vince Flynn, before he passed away, that satisfy my action gene. A friend and I are constantly trading biographies and historical books about Presidents or military history. I enjoy looking at bookstore employee recommendations and have found these selections broaden my perspective.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I confess, I don't use e reading devices. I like the feel of a book in my hand and turning the page. Guess that means I'm a dinosaur but it works for me.
When did you first start writing?
I think everybody writes something that is worthwhile and important. How far you take it or who actually gets the opportunity to read your stories is the trick. There's absolutely nothing wrong with writing just to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I try to incorporate some of those feelings of having to move to a new town at the same time the death of a parent is being experienced. Fourteen is a tough age to deal with normal life and these added issues seem overwhelming. Can this individual find the courage to overcome the trauma and obstacles placed in his path?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My wife got tired of seeing me at the office and challenged me. I'm always up for a good challenge. It's the hardest thing I have ever attempted.
Who are your favorite authors?
Daniel Silva, Stephen Hunter, Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn. Sadly the last two will no longer be keeping us entertained.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I really enjoy coaching youth sports or volunteering in these activities. Some of the best memories are coaching my children in whatever sport was being played.
What are you working on next?
I am considering interviewing people around the town utilizing the irreverent off the cuff style of Dan Patrick in "Outtakes."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am the first male in three generations in my family to live beyond the age of 50. That and my family are good enough inspirations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
B Chord is my first story and it's all because my wife challenged me. Hardest thing I have ever done.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a process. I'm not disciplined enough to figure it out yet.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think one of the best written books of all time is "To Kill a Mockingbird."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It allows me the opportunity to express my thoughts and experiences without the pressure of watching a listener's reaction. Much safer.
Published 2014-09-02.
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Books by This Author

B Chord
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,440. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Fourteen year old Caleb Wilson shares a love of guitar with his father. After his father is killed in a hit and run accident, Caleb and his family are forced to move in with his grandparents in a new town. He realizes his father's guitar is missing and enlists the aid of a childhood friend and with an unlikely source, they stumble upon a mystery that could threaten his entire family.