Interview with Robert Desilva

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in junior high.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "Vampire Hunter-the Genesis 1890," will be published on December 14, 2014. This is actually the 4th and final novel of what I refer to as the Dark Season series. The story revolves around Laythan Kendrew, the world's first vampire hunter who was born in Scotland and goes toe to toe with Lita Reznik-history's first true, super vampire during the 19th century. This is a very spooky time piece-complete with ghosts, witches and werewolves. Readers are taken back in time and shown how the modern day vampire hunters in my first novel came to be. This epic tale covers 8 decades and 5 countries, brushes up against the civil war in America and London's most fearful time of Jack the Ripper. Real, accurate, researched historical events are woven into this tale to move the story line along. In the midst of all this action, the most powerful, natural aspect of the entire story centers around Laythan and Ainsley Corrs. The audience gets to read about the greatest love affair that has ever been told and why theirs was pivotal in what took place because of it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A friend who read one of my manuscripts advised me to try writing as a career. I decided while working full time that I could do both-so I did. Learning that I could publish ebooks instead of expensive print books made my decision to write a series a no brainer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is awesome. People always talk about how one publishing site is bigger than another. That doesn't always mean you'll get the best results using the biggest. Unlike a lot of other sites, Smashwords, which itself is large and still growing, doesn't say one thing and do another. They are up front about everything and don't waste your time lying or playing games with hidden hand tactics. They don't require silly exclusivity agreements. My links work great and help direct my readers from their site to my author pages-be it amazon or Facebook. From the time I uploaded my second novel, "A Gothic City," traffic to my author pages on Facebook has blown up. The more traffic I receive, the more readers will be inclined to sample or purchase one of my books. And because I don't have to make exclusive agreements, my books are now in a much wider and larger market for all retailers to distribute. Its simple math. You have a much greater chance of success if your material is available to fifty retailers instead of one.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating another world that is basically parallel to ours, yet, having the control to steer fictional characters in a very realistic way. That has always been fun for me. But also, completing a series. That is the most satisfying feeling in the world-to know you've finished what you started. Any one who publishes books, especially fiction, will likely agree because writing is not as easy as people think. And that's because as a writer, you put so much of yourself into the world and characters you've created. To look back and re-read what you've published from the audience's perspective, and love what you've created, is not only fun but incredibly uplifting.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are vital. I can write the greatest novel in the world but if no one ever reads it then it almost defeats the entire purpose. You can't be successful without your fans-it is impossible. When someone purchases and uploads my material on their app, PC or e-reader, and emails me about how hard it was for them to work the next day because they were up all night reading one of my books and couldn't put it down, that is the greatest compliment I could receive. When you've connected with people who appreciate what you've published, you know you've done something special. Fans help make writers successful, not the other way around.
Who are your favorite authors?
Richelle Mead, Ted Naifeh, Jim Butcher and Ellen Schreiber.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Like so many, I go online and look in the genres I love the most-gothic, Sci-fi, mystery and comedy. Once I find a story that interest me, I buy it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was titled, "Rob and Mike-just around the neighborhood." It was a screen play actually. It was base on me and my late best friend. As kids, growing up in New York, we were always into some kind of shenanigans. That story about us and our little circle of friends was based on real events. I lost the script over the years but I never forgot it. I don't remember but I think he got to read it before he passed away. Our friendship, which began in 3rd grade, was the entire inspiration for that script from start to finish.
What is your writing process?
Working. I don't know how other writers complete their stories by going into a cabin in the woods away from everything. I'm the opposite. All my ideas flood into my mind when I'm busy working or listening to certain types of music that puts my mind into the frame that requires me to feel the mood of what the music projects. I see images and actions driven by the music-much like a music video running through my mind. Its been a habit of mine for decades. I create the images that match the music I hear. For instance, I heard a gothic, rock song by a certain group. The spooky lyrics and tunes allowed me to imagine something haunting. As a result, I was able to visualize a situation and came up with a ghost scenario in my last novel. I create scenes in my mind-just like a movie because I started out writing movie scripts. So, I see everything like a scene in a movie and that's how I put it down on paper.
How do you approach cover design?
I have three professional cover designers-two from Spain and one from the east coast here in the U.S. Like any author, I like to use the cover image that best projects or represents what is inside. If you publish any type of book a great cover is worth the money. I had four done at one time and although the expense, which included my copyrights and ownership fees, were considerable, It was necessary. I wanted to own everything in regards to my book and that included all my cover art. You don't want to write a million dollar novel and then slap a ten dollar cover on it.
Published 2014-12-06.
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Books by This Author

The Dark Season: Gargoyles
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,830. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
The gothic cities of St. Viktersburg and New Holland are caught off guard by a menacing clan of gargoyles during the dreaded dark season.
Young Vampires: Chronicles of the Hunters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,050. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
In a European city where men rule the vampire underworld, a new, female clan, led by Lynette Borlandavic, battles all rival factions during a dangerous and chaotic period known as the dark season.
A Gothic City
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,340. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Dwayne Valdis is rebuilding his empire toward global domination. Alexis Nokovic, queen of a rival gothic family, swore an oath to destroy him after betraying her sect during a battle against the Romans in the 3rd century. Their inevitable conflict leads to a war for civilization as Alexis' son develops a pivotal and forbidden love affair with a mortal female.