Robert Thornhill – Lady Justice

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

I have three mystery/comedy novels in the Lady Justice series.
Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P. City Retiree Action Patrol and Lady Justice And The Lost Tapes were released by Tate Publishing on 2/1/11. The third in the series, Lady Justice Gets Lei’d will be released 3/22/11.

The main character in the series, Walt Williams is a 65 year-old retired Realtor who decides to become a cop. The first book tells the story of Walt becoming a cop and establishing the City Retiree Action Patrol. In books 1 & 2, Walt and his gang of senior friends get involved in multiple mysteries with hilarious results. In book three Walt & his sweetie travel to Hawaii. The murder, mayhem and comedy follow them there.

Tell us something about yourself.

I, like my character, Walt, am a retired Realtor.

I did not write my first book until I was 66. In two years I have written and published 13 books.

What inspired you to write this book?

My wife and I love to read. A friend turned us on to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. After I had read the fourteen volumes available at that time, I was inspired to try it myself. I just sat down and started typing and presto – thirteen books later, here I am.

How did you choose the title?

With a million new books entering the market each year, I figured that as a new author, I’d better have a title that would stand out from the crowd.

Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P. certainly has done that. People laugh just looking at the cover before they ever turn a page.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Like every new author, I couldn’t get any reputable publisher or literary agent to even bother to respond to my queries, so I self-published Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P. with Authorhouse.
I marketed the book on my own for a year and had such great success that I knew I had a good product. In the interim, I had written Lady Justice And The Lost Tapes.

I submitted both to several more publishers and was picked up by Tate Publishing. They simultaneously re-released book #1 with book #2.
I wrote Lady Justice Get’s Leid and it will be released 3/22/11.

I just signed the contract for the fourth book in the series, Lady Justice And The Avenging Angels.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Again, I never had any desire or time to write until I retired and now I find it to be the most rewarding thing I have ever done.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Once I start writing, I can’t stop. It’s like I have diarrhea of the brain. Words just keep coming out. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and the next chapter just forms in my mind.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

My character, Walt, is actually my alter ego. Many of the things Walt encounters in the book, I have actually experienced myself and many of the characters are based on real people in my life.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I learned that writing is a source of pure joy, but that the publishing and marketing aspect is a pain in the butt.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Nothing! Everything has worked out better that I could ever have planned.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I love mysteries with a humorous twist. Janet Evanovich, Robert Crais, etc.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I just finished Lady Justice And The Avenging Angels, so I will be spending the next few months in the marketing phase doing book signings and personal appearances.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If you love to write, then write, but if you plan on doing it for a living you’d better have a big nest egg tucked away. Unless you’re Sarah Palin or Justin Bieber, it just doesn’t happen that fast for the new guy.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Since all my characters are senior citizens, I figured the over 50 crowd would be my target audience, but younger folks love the books because they see their parents and grandparents in the characters.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

The best place is my website,
http://booksbybob.com
I have reviews, videos and photos galore.

This is the link to my Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3115172.Robert_Thornhill

This is my author page on Amazon