Author Interview: Q & A with Robert White
Why did you start writing? Was there a specific moment where you decided to put pen to paper or words to a screen?
Ever since early school days I have always enjoyed juggling words and the challenge of creative writing – which probably explains why I opted for a career in public relations and communications
What has been your hardest challenge this year?
Coming to accept the terminal cancer of a life-long best friend, which, when coupled with his rapidly worsening Alzheimers/Dementia has been further complicated by the current Covid 19 visiting restrictions.
The book market has never been so tough as it is now. What advice would you give to aspiring authors to stand out from the crowd?
Always be true to yourself. Never lose your originality but be prepared to possibly have to compromise a little.
What’s been your favourite book that you’ve read this year?
“The World of Raymond Chandler in his own words.” Edited by Barry Day.
A fascinating insight into the personal life and career of the master thriller writer who created the iconic American detective, Philip Marlowe.
Other than your own, which BLKDOG title would you recommend?
'Click Bait' by Gillian Philip. Not my usual genre of literature but it is good to step out of your comfort zone occasionally and this dark tale made a refreshing read that kept me eagerly turning the pages.
A mystery basket turns up on your doorstep. Would you prefer it contained a dog or a cat?
A cat. They are affectionate, intelligent, independent and discerning.
You won’t find a cat pulling a sled through the snow!
Do you have a book in your mind that you know you’ll probably never actually write?
With a provisional working title of “Luck be a Lady” – this potential factual work would be a miscellany of tales about “lucky breaks” that became game changers. Ranging across history, science, travel and popular culture etc. it would present a fascinating collection of stories of inspiration and hope. Although I first had this idea some 40 years ago, the amount of dedicated research required always held me back from taking the concept further.
Which famous author do you most admire?
Herman Melville. His classic whaling tale, “Moby Dick”, is much more than just a maritime masterpiece. The characters and conflicts in this seafaring adventure story reflect many sides of human nature and the struggles of life.
Which book have you read which you feel deserves much more acclaim that it has received?
“Detroit 67 – The Year that Changed Soul” by Stuart Cosgrove. A gripping account of twelve months in the life of America’s Motor City that embraces the turmoil of its music, politics and racial tensions which all came to a head in this particular year. Today, some 50 years on, many of the issues still remain controversial and leave topical and damaging scars on the face of the USA.
One of your books suddenly sells a million copies, how do you react?
Firstly, I would bask in the euphoria that so many people had read my work. Secondly, I would do a quick calculation as to what impact it would have on my bank balance!
Robert White is the author of Robin Hood: The Legacy of a Folk Hero. For more information on that title or to buy a copy click here.