A graduate of The College of Wooster and Seton Hall University, Robert is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoys working part time as a mixologist at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
He currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children and a Labrador named Maggie.
He spends as much time as possible in Wildwood, NJ, as it’s simply the best beach on the East Coast or anywhere else.
What inspires you to write?
Honestly, it's really just something I've always done, even as a little kid. I wrote my first book at age six, which was an exhaustive treatise on Dinosaurs. It was six pages.
Writing is how I make sense of the world around me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I consider myself 80% Pantser 20% Plotter. I always know where I'm going with a story but I do allow for the characters to tell me otherwise. They are awfully pushy at times.
I often do my early pages and brainstorming with pen and paper before I dive into typing the first draft.
I wrote the first draft of THE LAST GOOD DAY completely by hand. It took up four notebooks and 10 Optiflow pens. Transferring it to the laptop was a real chore, so I won't likely do that again.
I have a daily word count that I aim for which helps me stay disciplined.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time. They usually have better ideas than mine, but now that I'm focusing my attention on completing the Avery & Angela series, some of my characters in other stories are a bit miffed at me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep writing. Even when you think it stinks, just keep writing because it's likely a lot better than you think. It's a cycle we all go through where we are passionate and then slip into self-doubt. Just keep writing.
Also, get your characters in trouble in the first chapter.
Find a good editor and a trusted team of beta readers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I spent several years chasing the traditional publishing houses and querying agents. It's a challenging and often soul-crushing process.
Then I remembered that every job I've ever had, I ended up wanting to be the boss. So, I stopped trying to get other people to want me and put myself to work FOR myself. I run a company now. I've never been happier or more productive as a writer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there's never been a better time to be a writer. The barriers to publication are virtually non-existent now and there's so much help and support for people wherever they are in the process.
Sadly, I think the brick and mortar stores are likely to continue having trouble, but I think libraries will continue to grow in both popularity and scope of what they offer the public.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Young Adult, New Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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