Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing George Roberts, author of From Ten Down To Three.
Hi George thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hi Laura, not at all, thank you for the interview. A little bit about myself….Well, I’m nearing 42 years old and have been married for 22 years, I have two boys who are taller than me and in their twenties. I think i’m shrinking as I get older, I didn’t think that was a thing but it must be, that’s my excuse anyway. I have been writing for many years, not just writing but coming up with new ideas, new plots and twists. I have been doing this since I was a child, making up stories and so forth. I love it when an idea pops into my head, I think about it and let it unravel. For me, this is the best part of writing a book, that initial spark and then letting your imagination carry you forward.
So, what have you written?
I have written many things but From Ten Down To Three is my first published work. I look back at some of the things that I have written and will, i’m sure come back to them at some point.
Where can we buy or see them? From Ten Down To Three is available From Amazon here http://amzn.to/2Ie8BdR and obviously many more Amazon sites, the USA, Australia and many more. You can also get a copy From Whsmith here http://bit.ly/2gXezmB, Waterstones here http://bit.ly/2Itb8kj. Telegraph books here http://bit.ly/2zo6KBA and many more places. You can choose to read it in paperback or Kindle
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The main character is called James and he finds himself dealing with an illness at a young age. An illness that was found by accident but this accident saved his life. This leaves James asking himself some very deep and grown up questions about life. The one thing that James does do is use humour as a way to find the strength and hope to fight through his illness. Now, do you believe in fate or destiny? James asked himself this on many occasions, too many things had happened for there not to be something else happening. James was in the right time at the right place on more than one occasion.
What genre are your books and what draws you to this genre?
My first book is very personal to me as James is basically me. Many of the things that you read in the book really did happen but there is some fiction also. I don’t have a genre really. From Ten Down To Three is based on real life and aimed at young adults, although it is being enjoyed by all ages so far and this is great. My next book will be about time travel and the one after that is possibly going to be about a singer.
When did you decide to become a writer? Haha, I didn’t. I just love writing. Maybe it was fate, yep lets just call it fate.
Where do your ideas come from and how much research do you do? For my first book it was written for personal reasons, as for my other ideas…..um, they could just pop into my head at any time. I have an over imaginative mind, like most writers I guess.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The memories really. There were some very hard things to write that i’d thought i’d forgotten. One memory led to another.
What book/s are you reading at present? At the moment nothing, too busy writing. I have however got a few on my TBR list, A Proclivity To Prurience, Snatch Girl, Broken, Anything Is Possible and the Dennis Bisskit adventures. I am giving myself a break in the next few weeks and look forward to reading these titles.
How do you market your books? Through social media, I have also done a few radio interviews, magazine and paper interviews along with a few talks and book signings. It’s an ongoing process really but very enjoyable at the same time. Obviously doing web interviews as well with great book bloggers like yourself…(do I get brownie points for that?)
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Just speak to other authors and don’t give up. I have met some great people since becoming a published author, they know who they are. They just offer great support!
What do you do to get book reviews? Ask anyone who has read my book if they wouldn’t mind.
How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Could be better. I do understand that people are busy and am really honoured that anyone has just read my book.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Everyone has their own opinion. Not everyone will like From Ten Down To Three. If we all liked the same things then life would be pretty boring wouldn’t it. Thank you to everyone who has read From Ten Down To Three, I write because that is what I love to do, when people part with their money to read something that I have written then that is a bonus and an honour.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included? Thank you so much Laura. I understand that you like pizza, well the next one is on me.
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.