Interview with Robert L. Scarry

What motivated you to write a novel?
All my adult life I was around children. I enjoyed telling them Whoppers that made them think and often argue a ridiculous point with their peers. As an example I told a group of fifth graders that I had a pet boa constrictor. It got loose and was living in the wall space of my home. My wife was angry because she feared for our children's safety. Day after day I would tell those fifth graders the escapades related to the snake that wasn't really there. The excitement the tales caused motivated me to tell bigger tales to "bigger" people. The ultimate make believe is a work of fiction, a novel.
What do you read for pleasure?
I especially like stories about animals with human-like characterstics.. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (with Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Mawgli) is my favorite, but Richard Bach's, Johnathon Livingston Seagull, Fred Gipson's, Old Yeller, and Felix Salten's Bambi (I know they're all childrens books) are fun reading.. Sometimes I feel more like a good mystery or something kinda' scary. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), Davi Baldacci (Last Man Standing), and Edgar Allen Poe (Pit and the Pendulum) meet those cravings. Basically any book that keeps me reading is a pleasure.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I currently have a book in the mill. It is actually the period early in Archer Meade's career as a detective. Several of Archer's quirks are explained as he and others solve one of the most vicious crimes one could imagine. Additionally I am enjoying myself assembling a collection of children's short stories to be read to grandchildren and great grandchildren by proud grandparents.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Pure and simple: cost. Most publishing companies want a small fortune to put an author's work into print. They offer all kinds of services for the money but nothing seems too certain in their world. Publishing an ebook assures me that my work will be available for entertainment years from now.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They made a dream possible. I've wanted to publish a novel for years, now I have thanks to Smashwords. It would not be fair if I didn't mention some others that helped make the dream a reality. Mark Coker (founder of Smashwords) provided a list of professionals who could assist with the preparation of the manuscript for publication. One group from the list, elaunch, was both helpful and patient as they formatted my raw manuscript to meet the requirements of Smashword's style guide. My thanks to the elaunch team.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the solitude and the creativity opportunities. Creating a character is much like designing a friend. You know everything about them, but you only let their secrets show at opportune times. The events you describe, though in the case of fiction are nott real, they must seem possible.That gives me an opportunity to showoff my limited knowledge of a subject as though I were an expert...the ultimate fiction.
What do your fans mean to you?
There is no sense writing if no one is going to read what you have to say. On the other hand there is little motivation to write if there is no one who wants to read what you have to say. Fans fill the niche for both purposes. Without fans there would be little desire to write.
What are you working on next?
Another Archer Meade Novel , The Promise and a cllection of children's stories titled Grandpa, Take My Hand. Both fo them will be published in 2018.
Who are your favorite authors?
In earlier questions I alluded to the fact that I especially liked animal stories. However, when it comes to authors I am pretty old school. I like O'Henry, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, and Edgar Allen Poe. Truthfully, if the story intrigues me I don't care who wrote it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I can! Setting an example for today's youth is an important responsibility for adults...my advice is "Do what you want the kids to do," Even if they can do it better or more easily. Give meaning to the saying, "Show Me The Way."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to cook, so I watch cooking shows on TV. And I cook for neighbors, my kids, or anyone else brave enough to "sample."
Published 2018-03-12.
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Books by This Author

Grandpa Hold My Hand:A Collection Of Children's Bedtime Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,760. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
A collection of bedtime stories each concerning everyday experiences with a moral. It is meant to be enjoyed by both the reader and the listener.
The Promise: An Archer Meade Novel
Series: Archer Meade Novels, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,060. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
This is the second book of a series. A well designed conspiracy is uncovered as an aging crime is finally resolved.
Action-Reaction: An Archer Meade Novel
Series: Archer Meade Novels, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,640. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Archer Meade is thrust into a world of new technology as he continues a lifetime of police work. The assistance of a diverse group of contributors enlightens him to recognize a modern approach to crime fighting, and dealing with unusual characters..