Interview with Robert Ravensbergen

What do you read for pleasure?
The authors I most enjoyed were Ezra Pound and James Joyce, but in my spare time I generally read up on current events. My reading generally oscillates from being laid-back and piecemeal to borderline obsessive.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Now, iPad, but I had read hundreds of book on my Kindle 3 DX and it really made reading much easier.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Wanting to express the things I had read through literature, things I had felt were forgotten but that people simply needed a small reminder of.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The total physiological engagement of the expressive process.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Herman Melville, and T.S. Eliot for criticism.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Very little, I seem to spend a lot of time in bed and my success has, fortunately or unfortunately, enabled that.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Drinking.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about my dog freaking out after two of my uncles visited my family home in the same day. I was 5 years old and it had no real plot or action in it, quite impressionistic and in that sense oddly predictable when looking at my later work.
What is your writing process?
Deferment until emotional crisis.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book that truly had an emotional impact on me was Anna Karenina, most likely because it so melodically established the desolation of each character and the book's ultimate tragic character, yet was filled with joy and satisfaction at the sight of life's bare essentials.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Montreal, raised as an English speaker and in a highly educated community, it left me with the impression that writing is a conventional mode of expression for everybody, however as I grow I realize how much of a commitment it really was.
Published 2014-12-18.
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Books by This Author

Hermit
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 55,990. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Hermit follows the letters of an aging novelist writing to his ex-wife, who in the desolation of her rejection, refers to everything in his catalogue of the canon to express to her the immanence and transcendence of his love.