Robin G Smith Interview
The Indie Book Butler Interview.
Indie Book Butler: Let’s start things off with an introduction. Tell us a little about yourself for those not already aware of you and your work.
Robin G Smith: Hello, my name is Robin G Smith. I am an enthusiastic writer of fact and fiction books, both for an adult audience and children. In this latter respect, I have just completed Alice Ventures Beyond Wonderland, a contemporary take on the famous book, (daring eh!). I live in Guildford and have been creating written works including song writing for the last thirty years or so.
IBB: You’ve got twenty words to tempt us to read your book(s). What would you say?
RGS: A delightful, amusing and beautifully illustrated book, imagining a modern Alice in Wonderland. It will entrance adults and children alike.
IBB: Where do you like to write?
RGS: In my office overlooking the garden.
IBB: Is there anything you must have in order to write?
RGS: Silence, but I do like to hear the birds chatting to each other!
IBB: What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
RGS: I like Dickens, particularly his character descriptions. The book that changed my approach to life and recently my writing: Edward de Bono, Lateral thinking.
IBB: What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
RGS: Having the time to craft my plots.
IBB: What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
RGS: The pleasure of knowing others enjoy my work.
IBB: Have you received a favorite review of your work?
RGS: I really like the reviews that mention a specific part of my work, it shows they really engaged with my creation.
IBB: Were there any particular parts of the writing/publishing process that you struggled with?
RGS: Marketing is always a burden!
IBB: Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
RGS: Check and check again and read books based around the location or genre in which I am writing.
IBB: What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?
RGS: Respect for the other person’s opinions.
IBB: If you had a direct line to someone who loves or hates your writing, what would you say?
RGS: We all see the world in different ways, my view may not always concur with yours.
IBB: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
RGS: Keep at it, keep listening, and keep reading.
IBB: What does your writing future hold for you?
RGS: I have several books in the pipeline, so I can be busy for years!
IBB: How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?
RGS: I know suitable artists already.
IBB: How often do you read? What genre?
RGS: I read every day. Usually, I have two books one factual and one a current novel.
IBB: Before we let you escape, it’s your chance to name-drop. Anyone who you feel is deserving of more recognition at present or someone whose writing you have recently enjoyed? Now is your chance to spread the word…
RGS: I have enjoyed reading Liane Moriarty but she doesn’t really need my endorsement being a hugely successful writer.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the future.
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