Interview with Zach Robertson, Jr

When did you first start writing?
My first attempt was way back in high school, a little four page venture about the mafia that got swiftly cast aside as laziness set in. My next attempt was two years, trying to revive the same mafia idea but again time and interest slowly cast a shadow.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest, & coincidentally, first book is set in a fictional world where vampires and werewolves surprisingly live together, albeit in an awkward manner. The book starts off with a prologue of the different background of the four main characters and then follows how their various paths are entwined when they all start new lives in the same town. Amidst all the romance, supernatural pun and secrecy, a day is dawning where life as everyone knows it will never be the same again.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well if rejected manuscripts are anything to go by, I think I just wanted a chance to get my book out there rather than wait for someone's approval no matter how experienced they may be. I think each one of us is a writer in some form or another and if someone won't publish you, why not do it yourself?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I guess its how I seemingly get lost in my own little world. I picture myself as one or sometimes even all of my characters. Fantasy is fun!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything and so much more...
Who are your favorite authors?
Hard to say really cuz there are quite a number but if I were to be put on the spot I'd have to say John Grisham, Dan Brown, Jackie Robinson and Stephen Ireland.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking up ideas of what to write next, reading, and watching an awful lot of television. I love sports too.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Well its all there on the internet really. Just type in "ebooks" and voila! I mostly get my copies from smashwords, free and Harlequin.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Like I said earlier, a four page venture on the Mafia.
What is your writing process?
I'm not really sure if I have a definite writing process. Sometimes I'll start with a little research on the book I want to write, sometimes I just use the knowledge I already have and just go for it. I can use little paragraph summaries and then expand them or just with the flow and see what ends up on the page. Like I said, its not definite.
How do you approach cover design?
Not really my strong suit. I tend to just pick up a cover that depicts my story the way it's laid out.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read just about anything I can get my hands on I'd say, but if I was pressed to name some of my favourite genres it would probably have to be romance, thriller and a little light horror. I do love a good read on sports journals as well especially football.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Well at the moment, I've only been able to get my ebooks in PDF so I guess my PC is good enough for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I can't really say I grew up wanting to write. I was a bookworm sure but never thought about penning down a couple of thoughts myself. I'd say the idea of writing first hit me in my senior high school years. I grew up in Zambia but I was really exposed to books when I spent a couple of my early childhood years down in Cape Town, South Africa. There was a library close by with all the books you could read and from there....well, the rest is history.
How do you take criticism of your books?
Well first and foremost, criticism is hard to take, from fans or anyone else. But rather than settle on the negatives, I always try to maintain a positive attitude. Everybody is entitled to their opinion and sometimes it is these same opinions that make us the authors we are. I always try to put myself in the shoes of the people reading my books and try and come up with a few criticisms myself!
Published 2014-01-23.
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Books by This Author

The Book of Nod
Series: The Dark Father Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,780. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
The Camarilla and the Black Hand share a long and bitter feud that goes beyond the limits of imagination and will do anything to end one another's existence. A mythical Book containing supernatural powers granted from their ancestors lies buried and forgotten somewhere, waiting for the day it will be unearthed and unleash an unspeakable evil on earth.
Creatures of the Night - Revelations
Series: Creatures of the Night, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,960. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sereneville Town is famous for its peace and tranquility, two things threatening to be overshadowed by the darkness harboured within. Tensions will run high as ancient enemies battle for supremacy, friends battle each other and families battle their demons.
Creatures of the Night - Genesis
Series: Creatures of the Night, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,730. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Sereneville Town is a beacon of peace and tranquillity.....and a harbourer of dark forces. Although living in rigid harmony, ancient enemies have never forgiven nor forgotten. Now, old wounds are about to be reopened and the streets of the town will run red with blood.