Steven R. Roberts – Author Interview

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

A novel entitled A Freak’s Journey has just been finished and expected to be available by mid-February.

Tell us something about yourself.

Originally from Ohio, I moved with my wife to the Detroit area where we raised four children. I worked in the auto industry in Europe and Detroit for 30 years and retired to become a consultant. Two other guys and I built a golf course near Jackson, Michigan. I have been writing since highschool when I wrote my first song. I have written five books, two non-fiction and three action adventure novels

What inspired you to write this book?

A Freak’s Journey is based on a true story told to me by a 92 year old man in the months before he died. I found the story compelling and wrote it into a creative non-fictional book.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

I am self-publishing this book to take a year or two out of the process and I haven’t found an agent or publisher that will even reply to my inquiries let alone lt me send  sample of my work.

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

I see stories all around me in life that interest me and I try to incorporate these stories into story lines and plots for novels.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Editing is tedious.

How do you do research for your books?

I usually start by reading 6 to 10 books relating to the background of the story. I wrote a novel about the struggle of coal mining family in the 1930’s and I started by reading nine books on the industry.

Did you learn anything from writing this book?  What?

Be patient with the after writing part of the process.

What are you reading now?

Younger Next Year by Crowley and Lodge

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

Books by Ken Follett and John Jakes.

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

My next book is an anthology with the working title of The Moment It All Changed. The book, which includes stories of events that change peoples lives, is being edited and expected to be released this summer.

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

The first step is to decide why you want to write and for whom. Then do a rough outline, name major scenes and the writing will flow.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Promoting: Web site, some guest blogging, speaking and e-mail blasts.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?