INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ROBERT LAMB BY AOIFE MARIE SHERIDAN 


Question: What have you published recently? 

My most recent published novel was A Majority of One. My latest, titled Journey's End, is at the publisher's as we speak.   

When did you decide to become a writer? 

At age 10, I saw a movie, "Gentleman's Agreement," starring Gregory Peck as a writer. I came away wanting to grow up to be a writer. That same day, I went home and began my first attempt at a novel. I still remember the opening lines. Oddly, years and years later, I returned to those lines and wrote one of my best and for me most unusual short stories. I titled it "Rebellion at Fugitive Flats." It is featured in my book Six of One, Half Dozen of Another, a collection of short stories and poems. It must be pretty good; a man who doesn't like me said of it (in my hearing) "It's brilliant, dammit!" 

Question: Where can we find your published writing?  

In all the usual places, from Amazon to Smashwords. Some are in libraries, of course. 

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?  

With the new era of publishing, I spend a lot of time, too much really, marketing my wares. I dislike self-promotion, but today's writer either does it or dies in the marketplace. When I'm writing, however, I write for about four hours a day, every day.  

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them. 

Oh, that's easy. Benjamin Blake has been a character in all of novels, though not always the main character. I guess he is my alter ego. In any case, I really like him best in my latest, Journey's End. In that novel, he lets it all hang out. 

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you? 

I do it automatically. Can't help it and don't consider it a problem. It comes in particularly handy when I'm reading a book that I will review for, say, the New York Journal of Books.  

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing? 

I don't listen to anything when I write except to the voices in my head. I assume they are the voices of either my characters or my muse. Anyhow, I hope that is the case. 

Question: What do you eat while writing? 

Nothing. I might drink a bit of coffee. But mostly I concentrate and keep busy creating and writing.  

 

Five for Fun: 

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? 

I'm sorry to say it is probably a chocolate milkshake.    

What is your favorite cartoon character?  

Bugs Bunny. 

What is your favorite movie of all time? 

"Gone With the Wind." (Though unrecognized as such, it's also the Great American Novel.) 

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?  

Read. See a movie. Watch a football game. 

Question: Where can we find you on the web? 

Try boblamb.wordpress.com.


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