Welcome to the INDIE SPOTlight!!!!! Today I’m hosting Robbie Cox!!! Robbie is going to fill our heads with everything about Robbie and his books! . So let’s get down to business as I’m anxious to know more about him!!
—>>Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/290582
AWAY WE GO!
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I started writing in high school. At first, it was a means to escape the monotone voice of teachers, but eventually it led to signing up for a creative writing class and entering contests. My junior year, we even started a literary magazine for other student writers. I’ve been writing ever since, but it wasn’t until 1989 that I sold my first article to Decision Magazine.
Q: What or who inspired you to write?
A: I had two teachers in high school that shoved me into every contest that came across their desk. I wound up winning the Pride Award for Florida in short stories and poetry thanks to their encouragement. They opened me up to new possibilities and taught me quite a bit.
Q: If you wrote “out of your genre” what genre would it be?
A: I’m not sure I have a genre. I write humorous memoir, mystery, erotic-romance and my first published book was an urban fantasy. So perhaps out of my genre would be a western? My mom would love that as she is a big Louis Lamour fan.
Q: Do you have to think hard about your story or can you just grab the idea and go with it?
A: Both. It really depends on what I am writing. Usually the first draft is me just putting ideas to paper before I lose them and allowing the characters to show me where they are going. The revisions that come afterward tend to be where most of the thinking comes in. I am finding that very true now with Losing Faith. Because of where the book ended, I had to go back and rewrite quite a bit of the beginning, which then led to major changes throughout. Still, I start with a concept that I want to express and just allow the ink to flow.
Q: What interferes with your writing if anything?
A: Stress. If I become worried about anything in other areas of my life it throws me completely off kilter. I crave routine and prefer predictable days.
Q: Most Authors have a favorite writer which they tend to mentor on, whose yours?
A: I have a few that I admire. Terry Brooks, Mercedes Lackey, David Sedaris, and, of course, Ernest Hemingway.
Q: How many books have you written and published so far?
A: I have published a short story on Smashwords and my first novella, Reaping the Harvest.
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/290582
Q: Do you plan sequels to your book(s)?
A: I am already working on the Bard’s Apprentice, which will follow Reaping the Harvest and there will be more to follow. The idea is to explore the world of folk lore and see what happens today
Q: When can we expect your next great writing work?
A: A Confused Life should be out soon. It’s a collection of humorous essays, like the blog, where I poke fun of myself and just about anything else. There is some revamped blog posts and never seen before essays, as well.
Q: What describes you best as a person, not a writer?
A: I am pretty laid back. I believe in going after your dreams, but in doing so that you assist others with theirs, as well. I like helping people, my family most of all. I guess that would sum me up. I am a firm believer in family.
Q: Do you have specific rituals you do to get ready to start writing?
A: I usually write on my back porch with a cup of coffee and a cigar nearby. However, I can write anywhere and with an active household I have to. I do everything freehand first, before it ever sees a computer.
Q: Any advice can you give others on writing to make their experience better?
A: Read and then write. And keep writing. Revise, and then revise again and then have someone else read it before putting it out there. To paraphrase Stephen King, the first of everything is pretty bad. Therefore, never put out your first piece without going over it and over it. And make relationships. Too many indie authors are out for themselves. We need to build friendships and help each other.
Q: What do you want your readers to know most about you or NOT want them to know?
A: I am a pretty open book as my blog reflects. Life is about people and about chasing your dreams. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t want people to know. There may be things they wish they hadn’t found out lol, but I am who I am and I’m okay with that. We need to be who we are, not who other people want us to be.
Q: In ending, tell us one thing you want everyone to know about your book and why it’s a great read.
A: Reaping the Harvest, I think, challenges traditional concepts in what is right or wrong and how we view people and situations, even faith. I love writing against traditional thought. I want to entertain, but I also want people to think that perhaps what they have always thought isn’t necessarily as it is. That is why a couple of the characters have been flipped as to what society would normally see them as. We need to break the stereotypes and open our minds.
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/290582
Contact information for Robbie!
Blog – http://themessthatisme.com
Twitter – @CoxRobbie
Thank you for allowing me to share the spotlight with so many other talented writers and for taking the time to help me share one of the things I love the most – writing. I appreciate the support and your friendship. It took me too many years to finally stop surviving and start living out my dream. I hope others don’t fall into that mindset and take that leap before it truly is too late. You’ll never know what you can do until you take that first step and try. Good luck in all you do, and again, thank you for having me here at the Indie SPOTlight!
My special thanks to Robbie Cox for allowing me to SPOTLIGHT him and his great books for a day! I hope everyone enjoyed The INDIE SPOTlight and I look forward to SPOTlighting YOU next!