Greetings fellow bloggers and readers of Blazing Minds, so today we have a slightly short Author Interview, but one that I’m proud to have here on the website, today’s interview is with Robert Rankin.
Bit of short interview as this was done with Robert over Facebook, yes I know technology is a wonderful thing, you can even do interviews via private messaging!
Anyway enough of my chit-chat, please enjoy my interview with humorous novelist, Robert Rankin.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It was the nineteen sixties and I wanted to “live out of my head”, rather than work for someone else, I tried my hand at illustration for years but went broke, I had always been writing and I just kept at it.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I hope I have a writing style called “the Robert Rankin Writing Style” that is what I set out to have.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message is love one another and if you cannot love one another at least respect each other.
How much of the book is realistic?
All my books are realistic to me, I have to literally “live” in the world I am writing about in order to write about it.
What books have most influenced your life most?
20th Century “classics” and to answer the next question, John Steinbeck, the man was a God.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
See previous answer!
What book are you reading now?
THE LIVES AND LOVES OF DAISY AND VIOLET HILTON
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
No, I do not read contemporary fiction and have not done for 32 years (for fear of ripping stuff off)
What are your current projects?
Current projects, I am contributing work to and exhibition next year at the Royal Observatory and writing and illustrating a book to go with that.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I haver always had an interest in writing because I have always loved words.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Pretty much all of it and that is a lot of the fun.
Who designed the covers?
I design and illustrate all my own covers (I hope my name is on the back of the books!!!)
What was the hardest part of writing your books?
The first line of chapter one. Hopefully after the first paragraph the book should start to find its own legs and walk by itself. But it is never easy, if it were then everyone would be able to do it and no one would need to buy any books.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn something everyday, sadly I tend to forget what I have learned quite quickly.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Advice for other writers, if you love doing it, do it. But for God’s sake get yourself a good editor and don’t just stick it up as a Kindle.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I think I covered this question. But how about just being nice to each other?
Thank you Robert.