Robert Sparkman

Biography

Georgetown, South Carolina, is home, a small southern town on the coast 60 miles from Charleston, and 30 miles from Myrtle beach. I'm from a military family, my father was in the Army, so we did move around a bit. I served 4 years in the Army and 4 years in the Navy, as a Lieutenant. I’m also a graduate of the University of Houston, in Texas, class of ’84. I'm an avid runner, having run in 5 Los Angeles Marathons, and now live in Southern California with my family. Writing a novel has been a goal for the longest time, I finally embarked upon the trail towards achieving that goal, and am quite pleased with the result. Writing is an art form, and I wanted to learn as much about the art of writing as possible. I studied writing under the tutelage of the Long Ridge Writers Group, and read several books on the subject of writing, before and during the writing of my first novel: Prisoner Prodigal Pawn.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
My writing began in grammar school, the fourth grade. I remember I used to exchange scary stories with a class mate to see which one of us could write the scariest story. The stories were along the lines of the Hardy Boys Mysteries, and were no more than a page and a half, or so. We didn't do this for a long time, maybe three or four stories, before moving on to something more exciting, like pulling pony tails. But that was the beginning of my desire to write a novel some day, a desire that didn't come to fruition until some forty years later with my first novel, Prisoner Prodigal Pawn.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted my first novel to be unique or different on some levels. For instance, the story doesn't take place in some grimy, big city, or in a small sleepy town. I chose Albuquerque NM for it's enchanting beauty, and since it's the hot air balloon capital of the world, I was able to use the Balloon Festival in a unique and exhilarating way. I wanted a diverse cast of characters to appeal to readers of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, looking for a new kind of protagonist to root for. In addition, the subplot takes a look at a phenomenon quietly sweeping across the Native - American landscape, that of tribal members who are being disenrolled (kicked off the reservation so to speak) due to – some would say— the greed associated with the success casino gambling on Native – American soil.
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Where to find Robert Sparkman online

Twitter: @r_thor2B
Wattpad: BrikStone

Books

Prisoner Prodigal Pawn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,910. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
(4.25 from 8 reviews)
Follow the adventures of the Mozingos as they unravel a conspiracy that has led to one of their own, Elton Mozingo to be set up for murder. It revolves around a law firm, an Indian casino and tribal politics & the Mozingo brothers, Elton,Charles, and their father, BP who are the eponymous prisoner, prodigal son, and pawn caught up in an embezzlement scheme that some would kill for to keep secret.

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