Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hello, my name is Robert Wright Jr. and I am 58 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Milwaukee WI, but have lived in Bellingham WA for the last 28 years.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am married and have three children. I have an Associates degree in business and spent 18 ½ years in the military and National Guard.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that one of my books, “Ruby Red and the Wolf” is on the short list for the Dante Rossetti Award with Chanticleer Book Review, it recognizes top books in YA. The timing is excellent as we are going to publish the second book in the series, “Ruby Red and the Undead”, in January 2018.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have been writing stories ever since I could remember. I am also an artist and have created stories for my drawings and doodles.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I felt like a writer two years ago when I decided to sit down, finish, and publish a book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My youngest son loves writing and seeing him sit down and write out his stories sort of kicked me in the butt to sit down and write my first book.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book was “Witch Way Home “and the title just sort of hit me about half way through writing it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think I have an unusual writing style. I don’t use an outline. Being an artist, I see and hear what my characters are doing in my head almost as if I’m seeing them in a movie. The one thing I do find challenging about that is when a new character pops up or my mind takes me in a whole new direction in a story. I am constantly going back and forth in the book adding and taking out parts.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I use bits and pieces of a lot of the people I know in my books. In fact, the best compliment I can think of is when someone wants to be in one of your books. Also I set a lot of my books here in Bellingham.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t need to do any travelling for my books. I did enough travelling when I was in the military so now we stay pretty close to home.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My wife designs all my book covers. She has a degree in Visual Communications and creates awesome covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All my main characters are strong females with an attitude and some sass. I want to create stories that show that girls or woman don’t need to depend on someone to save them.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I love watching my youngest son write and create his stories. In fact I will bounce ideas off of him and he has been helpful in all my books. After this book coming out in January we are going to work on a book of short stories and he wrote a story for the book.
My favourite author is Patricia Briggs. I get so lost in her worlds and love how her female characters kick butt. In fact my biggest thrill was meeting her about three years ago at Bellingham Comicon. My other favourite author is J.K. Rowling. I read the Potter books at least once a year from the first book to the last. Her characters are young but manage to learn to control their world.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I belong to the Whatcom Writers and Publishers group in Bellingham and have learned a lot from the different people in the group.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Since I pretty much write full time, I consider it a career. Now I just need to start making money to live on, but right now writing is a blast. The best job anyone could have.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I always think of things I could have, should have probably added in any book after it’s published, but I think most authors are like that.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Each book I learn something new, especially in the editing part. Most of my books are YA middle grade/ high school. My first children’s book was a learning experience since it is a different type of writing.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
If my book was made into a movie, I would like to have an unknown play the main lead. Someone getting their first start because I know how hard it is to break into the arts.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing and don’t give up on your dreams.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Enjoy the adventure and get lost in the world of imagination.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
“Death Masks” by Jim Butcher (another great author).
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
When I was younger I use to devour the Tarzan and Conan series.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I have a pretty dark sense of humour that I try to instill within my books. Which is a good thing since my wife and youngest are as dark as I am.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love meet J. K. Rowling. I would love to meet her because I think she is such an inspiration in what she went through in her life.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
My hobbies are watching Seahawks football, drawing, Seahawks football, working out in the gym, and, of course, Seahawks football.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a huge Star Wars fan, but if it has explosions, giant robots, or dinosaurs in it I’ll watch it.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favourite food is Pizza. Color is black, and I’ll listen to any type of music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I couldn’t write I would try to work in comics. I play with the idea of creating a comic book with one of my ideas.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’ll be back
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My web site is witchwaybooks.com.
Witch Way series: http://www.witchwaybooks.com/witch-way-series.html
Walk the Stars series: http://www.witchwaybooks.com/walk-the-stars.html
Demon Child: http://www.witchwaybooks.com/demon-child.html
Monster Under The Bed: http://www.witchwaybooks.com/monster-under-the-bed.html
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