Welcome Rob Emery to the Member Spotlight! Rob has shared 5 books on Book Country including PERMUTATIONS IN THE RIBBON OF TIME, a July Editor’s Pick. I’m truly impressed with Rob’s storytelling skills and the creativity he shows in his writing. Here, Rob shares his favorite genre and what he wants to accomplish as a writer. Connect with Rob on Book Country.
Rob Emery: I’d have to say science fiction is my favorite genre. I’ve been reading the stuff since I was thirteen and got thoroughly addicted. I do like Westerns and that genre is reflected in ‘Time Bronc’. I loved the movie ‘Cowboys and Aliens,’ and someone nudged me in that direction. Historical fiction is not normal for me, and FISH CAMP ON THE RIVER ROAD came hard. I used the atmosphere that I grew up in with Depression era siblings and parents, though I didn’t go through the hard times myself. Finding your parents melting down remnant soap bars in a skillet to make more soap cakes is odd when the stores of the fifties were overflowing with bar soap at a nickel each. FISH CAMP ON THE RIVER ROAD was inspired by the beautiful forests and rivers around East Texas where I live. I was trying to come up with a story that would convert to a low budget film for my local community. I don’t write film scripts, so FISH CAMP came out as a novel.
JU: When revising your work, what is the most challenging part?
RE: There must have been someone in my Native American ancestry that told stories in the oral tradition. It is easy for me to lay down a story. It is hard for me to let the characters tell the story and not me. Most of my critiques bring this fault up. When I start revising, it usually turns into a complete rewrite.
RE: Writing whole universes is not difficult for me, anyway. All stories revolve around a central idea. It could be something I thought up or was inspired by some small facet of someone else’s work that was never fleshed out. THE HALL OF DOORS was inspired by a novel of future Earth where the population left Earth via teleportation towers set up all over the planet. The author was concerned about getting everyone off the planet and leaving it to the animals who had been given the gift of speech. No one explored the idea of what happened to folks after they left, and how they adapted to a new world. I wrote HALL OF DOORS as a set up novel that would lead into five or six other novels dealing with this issue. PERMUTATIONS IN THE RIBBON OF TIME worked out the same way. A dead society leaves behind its equivalent of pets or dogs. The left behinds in PERMUTATIONS were my creation of a higher order of pet. Its the only story I ever wrote that I got away with a God’s eye POV.
JU: Adventure is a running theme in your works. Is there anything in your life that inspired you to write such action-packed novels?
RE: Yes, living a very mundane life and being an introvert by nature, plus a vivid imaginaion gave me the perfect outlet to live out my fantasies through writing.
JU: What do you want to accomplish as a writer?
RE: During my high school years, I took all the fine arts I could get. I expressed myself through drawing and crafts, such as jewelry making. A substitute English teacher giving us something to keep us busy asked us to write anything we wanted. I wrote some off the wall thing about how hard it is for a teenage boy to gather the nerve to ask a girl for a date, why even fleas have an easier time dating. They say,”Hey babe let’s go out tonight, you want to walk or take a dog.” I got an A for that and the writing bug had bitten. I write for my own pleasure, yet I really wish to be a better writer. That is why I joined Book Country. I love the constructive critiques, and the very idea that some small thing I wrote might become an Editor’s Pick is astonishing in my eyes. Everyone down deep inside would like to be published, but that is not the prime motivation. Creativity is the main drive of any artist.