Interview with Robert A.V. Jacobs

What are you working on next?
I am departing from what I usually write, which is Fantasy and Science fiction for young Adults and Adults, and moving into the realm of Detective fiction for Adults, with the novel 'Dexxman'. Having completed the sequel to this book, entitled 'The Disappearance of Natalie Firth' I am now working on the untitled third book in the series
Who are your favorite authors?
None particularly, though in the science Fiction field Asimov, Bradbury and Arther C Clarke come out near the top.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each new day is a delight, and having a dog who does not permit me to lay in helps.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I also write computer card Solitaire card games, and have a web site dedicated to them...147 and still counting.

(http://www.web-solitaire.co.uk)

I am a phillumenist (Matchbox label collector) and have about 30,000 in my collection.

I also design and create web sites, writing the source code myself, rather than using web creation software.

I like to advise authors on formatting their books, and have a web site dedicated to this (http://www.robertavjacobs.co.uk)

When I am not engaged thus, I enjoy my house in Spain and walking my dog Sally.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first and last page of my first book over ten years ago, eventually completed when I was 72
What is your writing process?
Stories evolve as I write them. I have no outline for a book, but just write it as it comes.
How do you approach cover design?
The background is very important, and this is selected first.

Most of my covers I submit to an Amazon Thread which is dedicated to the critique of book covers. I have always found them to be courteous and helpful.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Used to be a Sony e-reader, which evolved to a Kindle, but my reader of choice is now an IPad.
Describe your desk
Well..now there is a question..

Pretty untidy I would venture, taken up mostly by two screens and two keyboards for my two computers

One runs XP and the other windows 7..so there is little room for anything else to sit tidily.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Fareham, Hampshire in the UK, but this had no influence on my writing.

As I write Fantasy and make it all up, nothing in the real world has had much influence.
When did you first start writing?
I started when I was 72, and have now published 15 books at the age of 75
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The only thing I can say is cost and the attitude of mainsteam publishers, who seem hell bent on making themselves obsolete.

So far my only expenditure as an Indie Author was the covers for my first four books, which I ended up changing anyway. No costs have been involved in the publishing process at all.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Unsurprisingly I suppose, given the way I write is watching the story evolve.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. While I do write mainly for my own enjoyment, it is always nice to know that someone else appreciates your work.
Published 2014-04-01.
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Books by This Author

Daisy Weal and the MIllions
Series: Daisy Weal. Price: Free! Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The ducks at Bishop Ashton's Lake, told Daisy about a large object that that had fallen into the lake, and Daisy used an out-of-mind experience to investigate. When an aircraft was revealed, which was stacked with packages, Daisy was astounded and managed to recover one of the packages, only to find herself facing the unpleasant woman again but this time, the woman had a gun.
Daisy Weal and the Weenies
Series: Daisy Weal. Price: Free! Words: 2,490. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
It was the rustling in the night that woke Daisy up. When she switched on the light she was astonished to see a one-and-a-half metre high Hedgehog. She said she was a Weeny and her name was Wendy, and she was searching for the Windle which her brother had lost.
Daisy Weal and the Grelflin
Series: Daisy Weal. Price: Free! Words: 4,060. Language: British English. Published: May 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It was just a normal night, after a normal day when the Grelflin appeared. His head in a cupboard and his enormous backside stuck up in the air, he was not a pretty sight. His excuse was that he was trying to find his way home, but with his backside still expanding and obviously far too big for a bedside cupboard, what three and a half year old, even one with superpowers, is going to believe that?
Taldi'na
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,340. Language: British English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Rear Admiral Gale Harkness’s ship, the Argos, under the command of Captain Bernice O’Reilly is despatched on a mission to discover the fate of two remote outposts of humanity that have gone silent. To discover that both colonies have been totally obliterated, with the exception of one young girl, is a shock in itself...
Time to Die
Series: Dexxman, Book Three. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,540. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
It all started when Larry Dexxman received a letter more than twenty years late. It cast doubt upon the official verdict of accidental death on two employees of a legal company, one of which was Larry’s former wife. Several attempts on Larry’s life, when there is no discernible reason for them, drag him ever further into a web of lies and deceit.
The Disappearance of Natalie Firth
Series: Dexxman, Book two. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,830. Language: British English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
Harry, the eight year old son of Malcolm and Natalie Firth, engages Larry Dexxman to find his mother, but he has no idea of the can of worms that he is about to open.
Dexxman
Series: Dexxman, Book one. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 51,210. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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When the body of the Home Secretary’s son is found in an alleyway where he had been battered to death, Larry Dexxman a seventy-five year old private detective is thrown into the middle of a political minefield that could easily cost him his life.
Dauntless
Series: Daisy Weal, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,900. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Five hundred years had passed since Daisy had come to this little planet with the three suns, and four hundred and fifty since her husband had died. As she sat by his graveside, the thought came to her that after all this time it really was time that she got over him. An unexpected visit from a starship, and her first contact with another human being in almost five centuries...
Cardoney
Series: Cardoney, Omnibus Edition. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 72,860. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
This book is an Omnibus edition of two books 'The Yellow Dragon' and 'The Diamond Sword of Tor'
The Diamond Sword of Tor
Series: Cardoney, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,080. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
But now, after five centuries, the sword hidden behind a disguise of steel, has found its way into the hands of Erun Oncant, Sovereign King of Cardoney. A child at play caused the portal to allow a single team of humans through, and they need to recover the key to return home. When they don’t find it in the castle, they kidnap the Queen, to coerce Erun into returning it.
As A Consequence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,800. Language: British English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Year was 2310, and the Royalists, including King George the ninth, were unceremoniously thrown off the Earth. Fifty years later, in 2360, a ship from each section of the human race coincidently met in the Antares system. As both ships emerged, their proximity alarms sounded, and both Captains looked, in horror at the emblems on the ships. Thus fifty years of war were born
The Yellow Dragon
Series: Cardoney, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,090. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The egg hatched into the first ever yellow dragon, a colour never seen before and only talked about in legend, and with the help of Princess Lelia from the Kingdom of Vanticor, he cared for her, as she grew to full size. Her name, inherited from her mother, became Corella.
The Star Queen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,410. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00)
The passenger liner the Star Queen, suffered mysterious damage to its jump engines and emerged from hyperspace, close to the sun, at half light speed on a collision course with Earth. Distress signals were sent out as the ship scorched into the Earth’s atmosphere to explode devastatingly just before impact. 600 years later, and 600 light years away, the distress call is intercepted by a warship
The Lost Starship
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,450. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(3.50)
An accident happened. A beam of energy from an unknown source penetrated the ship killing all passengers and crew instantly. The ship took evasive action and escaping on emergency thrust it inadvertently twisted space and performed an unintended, and previously impossible, hyper jump, becoming Completely lost, This is the story of that journey home, and of the civilisations it encounters.
Speaker
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,380. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The title story is a science fiction short based on the work of two well known authors, but those that precede it, may stretch your imagination by taking you into all that is weird and wonderful. A ghost in love, a fortune from a Leprechaun, an evil twin, a time traveller, a door to Narnia, the revenge of a witch, and a visit from some aliens are just a few of the things that, hopefully will.
The Adventures of Daisy Weal
Series: Daisy Weal, Omnibus Edition. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 134,400. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00)
This book is a box set of the Daisy Weal Series and contains the first four books in the series. Titles included are: Daisy Weal, Daisy Weal and the Monster, Daisy Weal and Sir Charles, Daisy Weal and the Last Crenian
Daisy Weal and the Last Crenian
Series: Daisy Weal, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,080. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Adventure » General
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Daisy had just celebrated her sixteenth birthday when the Crenian came to earth. His race had been wiped out by a genetic shift that had been introduced centuries ago, and instinctively his first act was to attack Daisy, before he realised that her powers were at least equal to his own. Eventually he joined forces with her and together they unravelled the mystery of his race’s condition....
Daisy Weal and Sir Charles
Series: Daisy Weal, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,850. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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She had reached thirteen, and was settling into becoming a teenager. She met Amy, who became her constant companion and friend. Daisy was teleporting the necessary personnel, equipment and supplies to Moon Base, when she discovered cameras spying on her. Sir Charles Wilberforce Prendergast had discovered Daisy's secrets. Fearing that her powers might be a danger to his own plans.....
Daisy Weal and the Monster
Series: Daisy Weal, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,100. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
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But now Daisy is ten and as her knowledge of the universe expands, she discovers a monstrous being from another reality that is a serious threat to Humanity. Can her understanding of it be enough to prevent disaster? Would she have enough time to deal with this threat, before a second emerges that was trapped in another dimension How can she know that the gateway has been inadvertently opened....
Daisy Weal
Series: Daisy Weal, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,880. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Daisy Weal lived a normal life, right up until the moment she was born. Then things went downhill... Now one little girl must face the reality that she can do things that others can't and discover how dangerous it could be if they found out. So her early years were spent learning to control her gifts, trying to fit in, to be human. It wasn't easy....