Interview with Rob King

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a haunted house, I was only 13 years old and my teacher thought I had copied it from somewhere or had help from my parents as it was of a higher standard of work than she was used to receiving from me.
What is your writing process?
I cannot write in the house, I need to be out in a coffee shop or somewhere where I have nothing to distract me. When I hit a block I stop immediately and think about the story while walking or during a commute, I usually have an idea when I least expect it and then I continue the story. If I have a particularly bad stumble, I write a place-holder in capitals and move on, rather than dwelling on it
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read the Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton when I was a young child and it was very memorable as my imagination was alight. As an older child I only read Star Trek novels, finding that knowing the characters already allowed me to focus on enjoying the story.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask a friend as I have NO artistic talent. I provide a general idea and let him run with it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Isaac Asimov, his genius creativity is second to none. Asimov's stories are complicated but are explained so thoroughly they are easy to follow. He truly is the father of science fiction.
What do you read for pleasure?
Isaac Asimov, SAS books such as those by Chris Ryan, Game of Thrones, anything Star trek related, and random crime thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle App for iPad
Describe your desk
A table in Costa Coffee or similar coffee shop
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Darlington in North East England. This has influenced the origins of my characters and settings which are all British and many are from the North.
When did you first start writing?
I had the idea for my book in 1996 at the age of 14.
Published 2014-08-12.
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Books by This Author

No Regrets
Series: The Alethean Legacy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,380. Language: British English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When Julia Harrison became a medical volunteer in Sierra Leone, she had no idea that she would be thrust into a hostage situation, and that the repercussions of her actions would change her life forever.
The Alethean Legacy
Series: The Alethean Legacy. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 94,210. Language: British English. Published: May 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Four hundred years ago, an alien race called the Aletheans identified twelve planets in the galaxy that were similar to their own. They sent a survey vessel to each "candidate", hoping to make contact with their inhabitants. Centuries later, whilst serving in Iraq shortly after the first Gulf War, SAS soldier Ryan Marshall finds himself aboard the vessel dispatched to “Candidate 11”.
Series: The Alethean Legacy. Price: Free! Words: 6,420. Language: British English. Published: April 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Aletheans are a race dedicated to the exploration of the Milky Way galaxy in search of planets like their own. When disaster strikes the Alethean home world, the Controller of A-327 is left with only one option to save his dying people, but an ancient law known as The Causality Pact prevents him from taking action. He must now choose between the law and the survival of his species.
Second Chance
Series: The Alethean Legacy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,350. Language: British English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A death during an alcohol and drug fuelled evening leads to Chris Howells’ arrest in Las Vegas. Facing a possible death penalty for his crime, his father sees no alternative but to send Ryan Marshall, a soldier of the British SAS, to break Howells out of jail and smuggle him out of America.
Series: The Alethean Legacy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: British English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
SAS selection is the toughest military process in the world, and Ryan Marshall was expecting three months of gruelling hell. When John Medforth is selected as his assessor, Marshall soon realises that no amount of training could have prepared him for what Medforth would subject him to. Retribution is the back story of John Medforth, a leading character in The Alethean Legacy.
No Good Deed
Series: The Alethean Legacy. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 5,330. Language: British English. Published: January 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
After serving fifteen years in the British Army, David Costello’s success has garnered him not only an inflated self-belief, but also resentment from his troop. When he is thrust into a hostage rescue, Costello must not only free the captives, but also overcome his squad mates’ insubordination. No Good Deed is a character backstory for the forthcoming novel The Alethean Legacy.