Interview with Romuald Reber

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In France first then in Switzerland. With the experience of living in two cultures and society, it probably give me a large view on the world finally.
When did you first start writing?
At the end of 2009. But the first idea about writing came from the 80's.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is about the end of the sun that trigger the end of planet earth, then the end of a human society basically, but that is not the end of the world....Then comes the question of facing it's proper end as human. All of that through a great trip inside and outside his own conscience.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Adventure and challenge.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Greatly, because Smashwords give me access to a part of the ebook's market, then give me the force to discover the rest of the network close to me as French speaking. Which I would not have expected when I start this project.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Playing with my imagination.
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot of respect. All that trusted me and honored me by reading my stories. I respect them a lot.
What are you working on next?
This time I get back on earth, if I would compare it with "Rayonnement" my last novel. One of the theme will be, "what to do with your free time", when it will be not necessary to work any more when our friend the robot will start to work at our place, which necessary will happen in a not so far future.
Who are your favorite authors?
Many, but I like Emile Zola particularly.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be present in this world and to try to manage as good as possible my own conscience.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to learn as lot as I can, so all the ways to reach that goal are welcome and they are many.
What is your writing process?
I select a theme or several for which I have some interest or a questioning. I find the title of the book, Later, I am asking myself if I own enough knowledge to approach this theme (s), if not, I try to read and learn a bit about it, not to go to deep in detail, but just to have enough material to exploit. Then I try to find a start and then, I let my imagination do the rest. It happens that I have to make a choice at the certain point of the story. There only I act as a scriptwriter.
How do you approach cover design?
For the first (Prime de vie) and the third book (Rayonnement) I have published, I tried to give the spirit of the book to the designer and then, the designer expressed himself. He would have given me three propositions, Then I chose one and he finished his creation.
For the second book (Le très grand nettoyage), it was a mutual creative discussion. It gave this strange cover with white bathroom tiles with prints of Snow Leopard. That expresses the subjective control by the men of the nature, that finally always take back its rights.
Published 2015-04-22.
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Books by This Author

L'aube des seigneurs
Price: $5.99 $1.50 USD. (75% off!) Words: 35,200. Language: French. Published: September 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Le sujet premier de cette nouvelle traite des mutations possibles de notre système de société, plus précisément du système capitaliste dans lequel nous vivons, face à l’implémentation des intelligences artificielles et de l’avènement des robots humanoïdes.
Rayonnement
Price: $3.29 $1.65 USD. (50% off!) Words: 23,160. Language: French. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Rayonnement est un voyage dans le temps qui vous propulse dans quatre milliards d'années. Cette histoire vous surprendra peut-être, mais dans tous les cas, elle vous permettra de vous évader très loin du quotidien et finalement, de vous rapprocher peut-être, au-plus près de vous-même.
Le très grand nettoyage
Price: $3.29 $1.65 USD. (50% off!) Words: 46,550. Language: French. Published: September 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Une bascule vers un nouvel âge. Une histoire pleine de rebondissements, où les trajectoires des personnages éveilleront des émotions fortes...
Prime de vie
Price: $3.29 $1.65 USD. (50% off!) Words: 22,120. Language: French. Published: March 25, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
En l'an 2020, la société humaine, confrontée à la montée de la violence urbaine, civique et économique, à la dégradation de son environnement et à la déshumanisation comportementale de sa population, a accepté pour survivre, une nouvelle justice. Cette nouvelle justice devra lui garantir un avenir et un nouvel espoir. Quel en sera le prix?