The author of The Healer and Cherries in Winter, Jeffrey G. Robers, is here with us today. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I was born in New York City, and graduated with degrees in writing and history, from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, AZ. I began writing because I wished to create worlds that did not yet exist – but might; characters that were not in existence – but could be; and wondrous situations that never happened – but someday could. A writer is like a god: creating, destroying, altering, then creating again. I’ve often wondered, in my overactive imagination, if, when I go to sleep at night, my characters would keep looking at their watches- frozen in time- waiting for the morning- when their creator could breathe life into them once again – to move, to love–to be!
That leaves the mind to wonder just how much life have we breathed into our characters. So, how did you go about getting published?
I discovered self publishing by having subscribed to Booklocker.com’s newsletter, who then published THE HEALER. I am now seeking the traditional path of publishing, as well as a literary agent, for representation of my 5 other novels.
Five other novels, someone’s been busy! What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
When the muse hits me. Although every day, I engage in some aspect of my writing, whether it be research, promotion, locating markets, or marketing my books and short stories.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
TV and You Tube ASMR videos are cathartic for me, and not only provide much needed relaxation, but are a fount of ideas, as well. I also never miss the evening world news. I also read – obviously – being an aviation freak and UFO enthusiast. I also like to travel the state of Arizona, where I live, and practice my photography. I’m a great lover of music; some of my favorite artists being Enya, Gerry Rafferty, Ray Lynch, John Barry, 60’s rock, such as The Ventures, Moody Blues, Yes, as well as classical, and modern groups like Owl City and Tino Izzo.
It would apear I need to look into some more musicians… Never mind that, what’s your all time favorite animal? It can be mythical.
Probably kittens. Though I’m a dog lover, as well.
Do you have a favorite myth?
I don’t know about myths, but old stories with a moral have always intrigued me. There are so many it would take volumes to compile. But one that stands out is “Bontsha the Silent”, by I.L. Peretz. It deeply moved me.
Well, technically myths are just stories, some bassed off of real life events and some not so much. Therefore, I shall take your answer. 😉 Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
THAT’S the only drawback to self publishing vs. traditional publishing: you have to promote it yourself. I use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and I subscribe to a few book promotion services to help spread the word. I periodically put my book covers, blurbs, and purchase links, on my Facebook pages, on about 300 book group pages I’m a member of. I also have, in addition to my own personal Facebook page, a book fan page devoted only to my work.
Awe, yes, the strungle is real. So, tell us about your next book project.
I am trying to market my horror novel, “The Horror on the HMS Cottingly”, and I am seeking representation and/or a publisher, for my urban paranormal novel, “In The Shadow Of The House Of God”.
Cool! Sounds like you’re a very busy person. How about some links for our readers?
Thank you! Well, that’s all we have time for today. Thank you for coming and Happy Holidays!