Special Guest Interview with Author Robert Gately
Today I would like to welcome author Robert Gately
Tell us about your latest book
My latest book, South of Main Street, has all the human twists and turns that one comes to expect from a Hallmark kind of story. The trouble begins when our hero inherits a multi-million dollar estate when his wife dies. His daughter sues him for financial control of the estate which sends him on a quest to prove he is normal - not an easy thing to do when you are not. Along the way he affects the lives of twelve people in a magnificent way in a town sharply divided by have and the have-nots.
What is your preferred writing routine?
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
If you have the passion to write I can give no furtive advice that you do not already know or practice. So, I’ll just say this: negotiate with your spouse and children for time needed to write. You may be putting your head in the sand like an ostrich if you don’t. When you decide to see what has been going on without your attention, you could be surprised that ‘life’ has gone on without you.
What have you found to be the best way to raise awareness of your books?
Right now I’m querying book review bloggers to read and post reviews of my book. The reviews I receive have been great – all 5s, but how does that translate to sales? Only time will tell. I’ve also been asking School Districts to use my book as part of their reading process with the note that I will come in to talk to the class if they want. The jury is still out as far as weighing in on the success of that endeavor.
Tell us something unexpected you discovered during your research?
What was the hardest scene you remember writing?
South of Main Street has thirteen characters most of whom had character arcs. In writing one such arc, I needed to show how wine (liquor) affected one character. I had to show, not tell. For me, writing, or showing, one person ‘getting’ drunk was hard. Walk in sober and leave the bar-restaurant tipsy. Very difficult! But it developed into one of the best scenes in the book.
What are you planning to write next?
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