Lee Robert Adams

Biography

I am a writer living & working in Brno, Czech Republic. I write short stories and movie criticism, and I'm currently working on a children's book.

I've been writing since the age of five. As a little boy, I was into dinosaurs, castles, digging holes and riding my bike. I also wrote endlessly, all the way through to my late teens.

I always thought I'd be a writer, but life and circumstance got in the way. For about a decade, I didn't write a single piece of original fiction, other than a silly, rude comedy horror one afternoon in a Prague pub called "The Demon Chimp of Prague".

When I moved to the Czech Republic in 2009, I gradually forced myself to write again, starting with restaurant and movie reviews. After suffering testicular cancer in 2011, I started writing fiction again. It was a long process, but my children's novel, "A Strange & Terrible Wonder", is almost complete.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I like to write in the pub. My current desk is third table on the right at the East Village Bar & Diner in Brno, Czech Republic. During the day it is quiet - it helps me to have a few people around, but not a crowd, and a few tunes in the background, but not blaring out. I like to have a good view of the room and the bar. I'm quite specific about the exact atmosphere I want to help me write, and the East Village is the closest I've found to my ideal in Brno.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ipswich, a provincial town about eighty miles from London. For a long time, I didn't think it influenced my writing - I always dreamed about getting out, living in a city and write big, challenging, world-changing novels.

More recently I've begun to realise I'm not from the City, I'm from the Provinces, and now I've started to allow my experiences growing up on an estate in a nowhere sort of town influence my writing more. As a result, my writing has become more natural and more personal.
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Smashwords book reviews by Lee Robert Adams

  • Falling on Feb. 17, 2013

    I think "Falling" does a grand job of building tension and creating a sense of vertigo. Loses a star for me for a few cliched phrases (pounding like a hammer) and odd word choices, but otherwise a neat little story.
  • A Medical Exam on Feb. 18, 2013

    Tight, economical and chilling. While I felt the characters never really came to life, the dialogue was clinical and precise, and the precision of the dialogue generated a tension all of its own. I didn't quite understand the wider purpose of the treatment, but the final twist gave a pleasurable sinking feeling of a dystopian society where everyone is hypnotised. I think this piece could be spun out to examine its characters and its themes more closely.
  • Pieces on Feb. 19, 2013

    I was impressed by the strong voice of the character in "Pieces". The concise style of the prose really brought her to life. The story loses a Star for me because of the huge dense blocks of text - on one hand, it reads like a transcription, but dividing it up into smaller, easier to digest paragraphs would make it a much more enjoyable read. Still impressive work, though.
  • Dehydration on March 31, 2013

    The two female characters come across very strongly in this piece, although there is little physical description of them. Their personalities resonate in the dialogue, which is terse and realistic.
  • A Small Measure of Anxious Grace on Jan. 11, 2014

    I really liked the calm, dignified tone of this story. Perhaps it could be a little longer to give the characters chance to expand, but otherwise you did a fine job - I was certainly engaged enough to care about them come the inevitable disaster at the end.