Interview with Robert Jaxx

Who are your favorite authors?
John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, Stephen KIng
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
with friends and family
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Why wouldn't I want to?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read ebooks
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
yes, when I was in 2nd grade
What is your writing process?
I generally begin at 4:30 in the morning. I go as long as I have something to say on that particular day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. But I remember a variety of stories I've read as an adult that have been impactful. Philip Roth's, American Pastoral, comes to mind.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave it to the experts.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Steinbeck's, East of Eden, for the simple reason, it's as perfectly written as a book can be - Philip Roth's, American Pastoral, for it's power - McMurtry's, Lonesome Dove, for its sheer entertainment - ditto pretty much anything by Stephen King - and Salinger's, Catcher in the Rye, because no list would be complete without it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read thrillers for pleasure, as well as the sports section of my local newspaper.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read hard copies
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
No idea
Describe your desk
Cluttered
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Midwest. I'm not really sure what impact it had, though I'm sure it played a role. I would say I'm mostly influenced by people-watching, which I can obviously do anywhere. Big city, little city, when it comes to writing, I approach both with the attitude that nothing is as it seems. There is darkness everywhere.
When did you first start writing?
When I needed to create something for myself. About 20 years ago, when life bordered on stale.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Nothing is as it appears. In other words, Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a firm believer in the importance of time. It's a fleeting commodity. And since the traditional way of publishing often takes too damn long, I didn't feel like waiting.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has offered up a distinct and useful platform to tell a story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
finishing the book, before edits.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm glad I can write something for someone to read and enjoy. So I'm glad they're out there.
What are you working on next?
My next book is, Sparrow's Garden, which should be released in the Spring of 2018.
I don't have one
And because I don't have one to ask, I don't have an answer for it.
Published 2017-11-28.
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Books by This Author

Sunset House
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,680. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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In the aftermath of a brutal double rape, estranged brothers, Andrew and Ethan Rivers, find themselves on opposite sides of a contentious legal battle. One a dogmatic prosecutor, the other, an unscrupulous criminal defense attorney. Unbeknownst to the brothers, however, the trial will unlock a devastating secret. A secret that will terrorize an entire community.