Interview with Robert Curtis

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My dog spends most of my time for me making me take him out or to visit his friends. He is a Husky and sometimes,in winter he goes out with other dogs pulling a sled. Occasionally he is considerate enough to ask me to come along and ride on the sled. Otherwise when he is out sledding I try to get in a little skiing.
In the spring and summer I also manage to get away from time to time to go clay pigeon or pistol shooting as well as some occasional paragliding.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I do not read ebooks. Personally I prefer the physical versions. I am old fashioned enough to like to see and feel books in my hand.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No
What is your writing process?
I try to sit down to write in the early morning and at night. Once I start working I will continue for a long time unless what I am writing starts to bore me when I know it is time to take a break.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of books and journals both for pleasure and to broaden my general knowledge and obtain information.Just by way of example I find the New Scientist very informative and also greatly enjoyed The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of a Window & Disappeared.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Other than individual articles and news reports I do not e read. I prefer to read physical books..
Describe your desk
I could not even begin to do so as it is covered with large numbers of documents, papers etc
When did you first start writing?
When I was very young
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I found it very frustrating submitting my manuscripts to agents who did not seem to spend the time to read my submissions. In one particular case an agent who represented a particular author whose books I found not only boring but extremely badly written was critical of my submission and I thought then that it was a waste of time submitting to intermediaries whose critical faculties I felt were questionable.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Becoming so immersed in an unfolding story that has developed in a way that I did not originally conceive and not wanting to stop writing. It is also a joy when, having been through several re-writes and edits I feel that finally I am ready to release a finished product.
What do your fans mean to you?
It pleases me immensely when I am told by a fan how they enjoyed a book. It is a great satisfaction to know that one has created something that others have been able to enjoy. Obviously, in addition to being gratifying it is also flattering to have people praise your work and tell you that they are eager to see what happens in future publications to the characters you have introduced to them.
What are you working on next?
I am editing and rewriting a book I finished some time ago and am also in the process of writing a children's book as well as the further adventures of Death Tunnel's protagonist.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have very eclectic taste. I enjoy reading some authors who may not be the best craftsmen but who can tell a very good story and others whose style is in itself a pleasure to read. There are lot of good books around and It is difficult to narrow down to a small list the authors I particularly enjoy. In the crime/thriller genre I enjoyed the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and I also like Daniel de Silva's books. Amongst many others I particularly admire and enjoy are the writings of Thomas Mann, Roberto Bolano, Isaac Bashevis Singer,Primo Levi, Elias Canetti and Henry Fielding.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog jumping on my bed and sticking his wet nose in my face to make me get up and take him out.
Published 2014-05-19.
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Books by This Author

Death Tunnel
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 199,420. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A beloved member of the British Royal family dies in an accident and the whole world mourns. But was it an accident? Narrated from an aging assassin's point of view this book fuses fact with fiction to describe how an assassination can be dressed up to look like an accident. The action is non-stop with bodies piling up to conceal the conspiracy of the century.