Saturday, June 27, 2015

Author Interview: Robert Spearman author of Carnies and Wildcats: Ulciscor

Robert Spearman, author of Carnies and Wildcats: Ulciscor, stopped by for an interview.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in South Georgia in Hahira, Georgia about 28 miles north of the Florida line. My parents ran the local hardware store. Several years ago, I moved to China and started an export business. Since I now have some free time I decided to write a novel or at least try. It was such a rewarding experience I have three more in the works.

What do you do when you're not writing?

Reading, watching movies and exploring China and southeast Asia.

When did you first start writing?

I've "started' several times but this past November I really became determined to start and finish. I downloaded a trial copy of Scrivener and set daily writing goals and after a few weeks the characters seemed to take a like of their own and their "voices in my head" helped me to finish. Sometimes I would get stuck and go to bed thinking about how to get "unstuck". Often the answer would come while I was just falling asleep or waking the next morning.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Stephen King. Definitely him and all his books. I also enjoyed Umberto Eco and Focault's Pendulum...that has to be one of my favorite books. Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Sherlock Holmes stories were always my favorite when I was growing up.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

I have always heard "write what you know" so I figured what better place to start than my hometown and mix that with some of my Asian exporting experience. I think most people can relate to working for tyrannical bosses and would like to get revenge. Maybe that's part of it subconcious wanting to even the score with folks who have wronged me in the past.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

That's a tough question. I guess the second chapter that I call "The Death of Dottie Ridley". I actually wrote the chapter much later in the book and moved it to the front. I think it helps set the stage for the whole book. You know "Southern Secrets" are the best secrets in the world.

What is best writing advice you can give?

Write every day and don't stop. Even if it does not contribute to your current project, write something. Get some good writing software like Scrivener to help you organize your project and to help set daily writing goals. Then "live it"! Try to get into the minds of your characters and adapt them and their dialogues into what you think they would say and do.

Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?

It's a first attempt. There are errors and it could be better but I did start something and I finished it and that is a big plus for someone who is ADHD like me. Like I said earlier, I have 3 more books planned and have already started the second one. It is more challenging because I am stepping out into some unfamilar territory and trying my hand at science fiction, but it is coming together well.

About the book:

A story of murder and revenge in the Deep South.

In a city called "Winnersville" there are bound to be losers.

In 1980, the carnival came and lost one of their own--the carnival owner's 12-year-old daughter--her body discovered at the carnival's ticket gate, brutally murdered. The killer was never caught. Her father vowed to return one day and avenge his daughter's death.

Thirty-five years later a mysterious stranger buys the old Daniel Ashley Hotel and for some of the citizens of "Winnersville" things will never be the same.

About the author:

Robert Spearman is a Georgia native who has spent the past decade living in China and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Carnies and Wildcats: Ulciscor and the upcoming novel The Donner Syndrome.

Twitter: @SpearmanAuthor


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