Interview with Robert Stetson

Published 2014-07-07.
Describe your desk
Desk? My entire writing and publishing world is inside my computer. I back it up every couple of weeks and invest heavily in anti-spyware and virus protection. I recommend Norton 360 and Acronis Software.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on welfare and wore clothing with holes in them. As a kid I was always into science and was known around town as Doctor Bob.
All I ever did was read.
When did you first start writing?
Wrote technical manuals back in 1979 and from then on. It took me from a merely good paying job to a highly paid Engineering consultant. That was back in the day when you could get a job without a degree and move up in the ranks based on your accomplishments alone.

Served on ANSI and ECMA Committees, traveling the world and participating in the standards industry on behalf of Storage Technology Corporation, BASF Systems Corporation as Manager of Technical Marketing, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation and Hewlett Packard Corporation.

My magazine articles were published in Electronics Magazine, Electronics Design Magazine, and others. I have published eleven original design articles in professional journals. I won an award for one of my design innovations. It was a nice surprise.

I started writing fiction eight years ago, but it took seven of those years before I found out about Online Independent publishing.
Seems like I'm a day late and a dollar short here.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I just have ideas flowing faster than I can use them. I write them down and often, during the wee hours of the morning, you can hear the sound of my keyboard clicking away. I can't understand it, the books just seem to flow.

The current books I've just completed are political thrillers. "The Beguilers - a warning" and "The Beguilers II - DNA". Something is amiss in the world of international power broking. I think the world is moving toward one currency, one economy and one world government. This fictional book takes you by the hand and leads you through the evidence and then extrapolates step by step. It's a political horror story. The facts are real, but the story is a fictional representation of factual things past, present and future.

If we don't wake up, we will be "Goose Stepping" our way into the future. Then, in "The Beguilers II" we are faced with all the reasons why world domination will destroy us as a species. I will not give away the ending, but there is hope. These books are also available in Audio Format.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My hunger for writing. Having the time to feed that hunger and the desire to make a few extra pennies.
All my life I have admired Isaac Asimov and wanted to be like him. This is my feeble stab at it.
I am obsessed.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They offer my books for sale.
I have asked nothing more.
They have given nothing less.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Yes. Writing is my greatest joy.
If you mean genre, Science Fiction
although I write everything from
training manuals to theoretical papers.
What are you working on next?
I'm a little busy of late, writing my own local television show that airs weekly called, "Publish That Book", teaching the television audience how to convert that book that none of the agents or big six publishers will even look at, into a positive revenue stream here in the Indi marketplace. I'm also busy converting people's books into the Smashwords and other formats. I am also busy conducting publishing training courses in the local towns and libraries for the townsfolk.

Yes, I still write in what's left of my free time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Isaac Asimov, George C. Clark and a host of others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm spending my time cleaning, eating, sleeping, shopping.
My girlfriend is a professional singer, so when she has time for me, I spend it with her.
Any time I'm not doing any of the above, I'm typing away on my books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course. Don't we all?
It's, "The Crucible"
It was the first book I published. That was back in 2012.
Since then I have expanded the book into three novels.
Take a peek.
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