Interview with Robert Neville

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I was 11 and it was during an English exam. I'd never felt the urge to write before that but exams have a funny way of engaging the brain! The basic plot was a poor woman rubbed a genie bottle but the genie that came out was partially deaf and misheard her granted her wishes wrong. One of the wishes was that the woman wanted to fall backwards into piles of cash but instead fell backwards into piles of mashed potato.

My story telling has improved since then... but only slightly.
What is your writing process?
Notebooks always. Always carry a notebook. Your mind has an unfortunate habit of giving you a brilliant line or a piece of dialogue and then making you forget it 10 minutes later with the flick of a switch. Other than that write when the inspiration takes you even if its during sex. Take your notebook to bed.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I ever read but recently two books have had a great impact on me. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafron reminded me of what a brilliant plot is and The Book Thief Markus Zusak which was so good I felt I was in the house with them all.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five favourite books. What a tough one!

1) Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde's wit cannot be beaten by 10 men
2) Keep The Aspidistra Flying High - George Orwell. For a brief period I felt like I was Gordon Comstock
3) The Cemetery of Forgotten Books - Carlos Ruiz Zafron. This book should not have ended.
4) The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
5) Moon Palace by Paul Auster
What do you read for pleasure?
Non Fiction mostly. History takes up a lot of my time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire but only recently
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Like one's mind
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've never grown up
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Overcoming writers block.
What are you working on next?
Faking my own death
Who are your favorite authors?
Orwell, Wilde, Woolf.

Radclyffe Hall
Published 2014-01-01.
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