Interview with Robert Spires

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small community of 250 in Central Kentucky in the 1950's and 60's. Television was minimal due to poor reception, so I developed a love of reading. My mother always provided books, took me to the library in the county seat, and brought many magazines into our home. I believe my early love of reading is the greatest influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I won a short story contest for my local newspaper when I was a Junior in High School. In my job as video producer and in my professional career as educator, I did a lot of non-fiction writing. My writing for pleasure did not return until my retirement in May of 2013
What's the story behind your latest book?
Write what you know! In my story, a professor near the end of his career gets accused of the murder of his closest friend and colleague. The story happens in a small university town somewhere in the south, and at its center is revenge and greed over the construction of a new academic building on campus.
My career included 5 years involvement in the building and equipping of a new academic building. Other anecdotes and incidents in the story are based loosely on occurrences during my career in higher education.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write for pleasure and to keep my mind active after retirement. I don't need a traditional publisher or to have my book in print edition. I appreciate the role of online publishers such as It gives those with something to say, but without the connections to the publishing world, a voice. Before such sites, the power of the printing press and printed word was controlled by the owner of the press. Smashwords puts the power of the printing press into the hands of the author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving me a voice and an outlet to share my work with others
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The pleasure of the manipulation of plot and characters to a satisfying conclusion
What do your fans mean to you?
Too new to have "fans", but i appreciate any comments and criticisms of my first attempt at writing
Published 2014-03-07.
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Books by This Author

We Don't Know Jack
Series: Andrew Stone Mysteries, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 62,960. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Graft, murder and treachery in a tranquil academic setting. Dr.Andrew Stone, a successful but languishing professor, finds himself a suspect in the murder of his best friend, Jack Carniger. Influenced by his beloved fictional Scottish detective Rebus, Andrew forms an unlikely alliance with a young police detective to solve the mystery.