Robert L. Slater is a teacher/writer living in Bellingham, Washington. His stories and poetry have appeared in many small press publications. His first novel, All Is Silence: A Deserted Lands novel, was released in 2014. He has a should've-been-a doctorate B.A. in Theatre/Education, Spanish and History minors and a M.A. in Educational Technology. He sings, plays guitar, acts/directs in regional theatres, cooks, reads, practices Taekwon Do, writes plays, songs, and stories. He has six children and one grandchild. His motto is Robert Heinlein's "Specialization is for Insects."
What do you read for pleasure?
Science Fiction and Fantasy or FantSciFi [Pronounced fancify] as my first choice. I also read a fair amount of classics, especially Shakespeare. For non-fiction, I like history and memoir.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Whatever is in my hand. I have Kobo, Nook and Kindle readers on lots of devices, but no actual e-reader.
Deserted Lands Book II: Lizzie survived a pandemic that killed 98% of humanity. Now she is pregnant after an end-of-the-world, one night stand. She and her unborn baby are 'protected' by her family and the government of The City—no travel or endangering herself or the baby. Lizzie doesn’t like to be controlled, so she runs away as the power goes out.
Lizzie, 17 & suicidal, barely navigates her life. Then everything falls apart. In an apocalyptic land deserted by disease, she lacks reasons to live until a shocking turn of events reveals a phone number. Her call pulls her dangerously cross-country to meet a stranger she thought was dead. There is plenty of food, gas & space… but fear, anger & lust for power still remain.