Turns out I have a couple of interviews left for SPFBO 5! Today I bring you an interview with Scott Robinson. Hope you enjoy!
Check out my ongoing interviews for SPFBO5 down below:
First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?
My name is Scott J Robinson (Well, the J is made up—it looked better in lower case for a URL than L). I write both science fiction and fantasy and a mix of the two. I like things like societies that are moving towards technolgy or characters in the wrong settings (eg, elves and dwarves in space).
How do you develop your plots and characters?
I generally just let things percolate in my head for a while. Years sometimes. I’ll find ideas I like—events or characters or just an image– and wait and see what happens. Sometimes nothing happens, other times, one idea will bump against another and sparks will fly.
Tell us about your current project.
I am currently working on a fantasy space opera. I just finished watching Das Boot as research. It’s hopefully going to be a fun little thing while I poke at a more traditional fantasy to see what comes of it.
Is this your first entry into SPFBO? If not, how many times have you entered?
I entered SPFBO once before (not sure which number) with a book called The Age of Heroes. It’s a coming of age fantasy with a main character well into his fifties.
Who would you say is the main character of your novels? And tell me a little bit about them!
The main character of The Brightest Light my current entry in SPFBO is Kade. He was recruited (ie, sold by his broke parents) into a criminal gang when he was just a boy, rose quickly through the ranks, then screwed up. He was banished and has spent the last ten years waiting to be recalled so he can show them what he is really capable of. Only, things have changed and he might not be as capable as he thought. He is confused about who he is and what he wants from life.
What advice would you give new writers on how to delve into creative fiction?
The only real advice for starting is to read lots, stop making excuses and take help when it is offered by more experienced writers.
What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
It’s always hard for me to defince where I get my inspiration because the only planning I do for my novels is in my head over a long period of time, sometimes years. So by the time I get to writing, the vegetables and the meat already taste like stew.
What inspires you to write?
Books and movies. I see something I like and want to do something similar, or I see something I don’t like and think I can do better. Other people will have to decide how successful I am with both of those things.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I sometimes find it hard to make the time to write. With 3 kids, full time work and other hobbies, it can be tricky. Other people manage, so it isn’t really a valid excuse.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? A gardener or an architect?
I am definitely not plotter. I generally have a few points I want to hit but I see what happens in between.
It’s sometimes difficult to get into understanding the characters we write. How do you go about it?
This all happens in my head, sometimes for years befroe I get around to writing a story. I don’t write any of these thoughts or ideas down because I figure the good stuff will stick. So I’m not sure how many best selling novels I’ve let slip away.
What are your future project(s)?
What is your favorite book ever written? Who are your favorite authors?
I love just about everything written by KJ Parker and Dave Duncan. Dave Duncan actually gave me a great quote for The Age of Heroes. I like to think I write a lot like him—not comedy, but light and fun for the most part.
What makes a good villain?
A good villain is someone with solid motivation. Someone who thinks they’re doing the right thing.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Reading obviously. Movies. I used to play cricket but now just watch.
If you couldn’t be an author, what ideal job would you like to do?
I wouldn’t mind doing some editing. And I have also studied building design, just never actually had the chance to do it for a living.
Finally, what is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
Twitter = @skywordz
WordPress = https://scottjrobinson.wordpress.com/