08-02-2011 09:05 PM
Please welcome featured author ROBERT BROWNE!
Some of you may know Rob by the name ROBERT GREGORY BROWNE, which was the name on his book covers the last time he hung out with us:
His website is here: http://www.robertgregorybrowne.com/
You can follow Rob on Facebook here:
08-02-2011 09:08 PM
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08-02-2011 09:16 PM
I get email. People ask questions. Here are some of the answers.
Will there be a sequel to KISS HER GOODBYE?
It’s true that Kiss Her Goodbye is just begging for a sequel. I’ve gotten a number of emails asking me to write one, and I haven’t completely ruled it out. There’s a scenario that keeps running through my head that may have to be written one day, but I’m not sure when that will happen. Who knows? Maybe soon.
Are you planning to write a series?
My first four books are standalones, but the lastest one, THE PARADISE PROPHECY, is the first in a new series. I know I’ve said in the past that I’m reluctant to do continuing characters, but I really fell in love with Bernadette and Batty and want to see them in action again.
Why do you have bad language in your books?
People aren’t always polite and not all of my bad guys are pretty. They have dark thoughts, they do terrible stuff. Even though I’m writing fiction, I want my books to reflect reality as much as possible. If you’re uncomfortable with strong language, suspenseful situations, sexual encounters or acts of violence, you’d best shop elsewhere. But PLEASE KNOW that I’m a strong believer that such things should NEVER BE GRATUITOUS. If they don’t fit the storyline, they don’t go into the book.
Where do you get your ideas?
FYI, this is probably the most asked question of writers, and the answer varies from writer to writer. I get ideas from watching news shows, reading books, newspapers, browsing the Internet, etc. Most of the ideas pop into my head as fragments that eventually work themselves into something whole. Once they take enough form to get me excited, then I start seriously thinking about writing a book.
Will you read my manuscript?
Truth is, I barely have time to work on my own manuscripts, let alone read anyone else’s. And my lawyer would surely tell me not to read work by people I don’t know, for fear of lawsuits. I can’t count the number of times I’ve independently come up with a premise that was eerily similar to another writer’s. This happens all the time. Those of us who have been around for awhile are used to it. But aspiring writers tend to be very protective of their ideas, so it’s best that I not read your work so that there’s no confusion about where my OWN ideas came from.
But if you won’t read my book, who will?
My advice to any aspiring novelist is to start going to writing conferences where you can a) meet a ton of writers, some of whom might read your book once they’ve gotten to know you; b) meet a ton of agents, who are often looking for new clients; c) meet a lot of aspiring writers like yourself, who may help you out once they find their own agent or publishing deal; and d) meet the editors and publishers themselves. In other words, it’s all about networking. This business, like any other, runs on relationships. And the more you hang around writers and editors and agents, the better chances you’ll have of getting your book read. I’ve seen it happen over and over again.
Do you outline your stories?
That depends on the book. Usually, once I come up with a premise and a few characters, I start writing. When you’re on pages 25, you know as much about what’s going to happen as I did when I was writing it. I figure if I can surprise myself, then you’ll be surprised, too. I’m basically reading to myself. There are times, however, that I have a short deadline and have to write fast, so I need to have a good idea of where I’m heading. All the difficult plotting has been worked out, so I can fly through the writing of the book. I don’t always stick closely to that map, but it’s nice to have in case I get lost.
08-02-2011 09:20 PM
08-02-2011 09:59 PM
The Paradise Prophecy really really looks intriguing. I look forward to adding this book to my pile of books to be read.
From your website:
"There was a mystique there that made them much more interesting to me. I didn’t want them to be like my next door neighbor. I wanted to imagine them having wild adventures and writing about it.
That kind of mystique is gone with the Internet and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad one."
For me: I don't care whether an author has a facebook page, tweets, wears one blue sock and one polka-dot, etc. I like authors to write...to take my imagination for a ride...make me ponder...make me dream.
Keep up the writing
- Eleanor Roosevelt
08-03-2011 09:27 AM
Welcome to our forum, Robert. Your book, The Paradise Prophecy, looks very interesting. I'm an English teacher, and John Milton is one of my favorite poets. Did you read or re-read his poem, "aradise Lost", as inspiration for your book?
P.S. Your name is also very close to one of my other favorite British poets, Robert Browning. Is your name a nom-de-plume, or your actual birth name?
08-03-2011 09:29 AM
OW! How did that funny face get into the title of Paradise Lost??? I must've hit a wrong key! Sorry about that!
08-03-2011 09:43 AM
My actual name is Robert Gregory-Browne, which became Robert Gregory Browne (no hypen), and now Robert Browne. Soon I'll just be writing under Robert, then Rob, then just R.
As for Paradise Lost, I not only re-read the poem, I read it and read it again and again and even read various critical studies and listened to lectures about Milton. That said, while the book centers around the idea of possible hidden messages in Milton's work, it is a pedal-to-the-metal supernatural thriller that will hopefully leave you feeling a bit breathless.
08-03-2011 10:01 AM
Looks like I invented a new word. Hypen. I think I like it.
LOL! I like it, too, Robert, Rob, or R. I think it's perfect for use with an author's name. Now I don't feel so badly about my own gaffe with that smiley face in the title of Milton's poem!
I'm looking forward to reading The Paradise Prophecy, probably with a copy of Milton at my elbow. Ah! Life is good!
08-03-2011 10:34 AM
Other than my show in Vegas (where I go through several costume changes and dance the rumba with Charo), there are no plans for any appearances yet. I will be attending a writers/readers conference called Bouchercon in the middle of next month, so if you feel like a visit to St. Louis, sign up and say hello.
08-03-2011 10:46 AM
For some authors, music plays a huge part in their work. Either they're listening to it while they're writing or they play themselves and that love finds it's way into their work.
Has music ever played a part in any of your work?