I asked for some questions to answer. Feel free to add more questions in the comments and I’ll update. 🙂
Here you go!
Chet C asks: How much emphasis do you put on research when you write?
Great question. I try to make my characters and plot as realistic as possible despite the genre. When writing something like Lucky’s Charm, I want to make sure everything is believable, so I did a lot of research on guns, locations, and the psychology of someone who kills for a living. If I’m writing Sci-Fi or something based outside of our normal reality, I tend to stay away from too many scientific or technical jargon since I’m never sure if I’m using it correctly, but I research just enough to be able to explain it truthfully within the story.
Sue V asks: What is your worst timesuck (i.e., what makes you facepalm when you realize you just wasted X number of hrs instead of writing)?
Ha! The EVIL Timesuck! There are SO many. Usually, when I’m writing, I try to avoid the timesuck that is social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I do, however, have a bad habit of getting timesucked into reading more than I need to when researching. Sometimes I have to research in the middle of a paragraph because my character says something or goes somewhere that I’m cluesless about. That’s always fun!
Andrea N asks: How do you get your creative juices to produce great stories?
Love this question! Many of my ideas come from brainstorming with friends. I give them a general idea of what I’m thinking about writing and we play around with it until it sounds even better! Sometimes I’ll be inspired by another book, movie, TV show, sometimes a character or even an actor.
Adam T asks: What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
The answer is 42. Right?
Dauna M asks: How long have you been writing? What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been “writing” in one form or another since about 10-11 years old when I started off with poetry. I eventually started writing Fan Fiction in High School and College! Lots of fun. I didn’t decided to take it seriously until I finished my first original story and shared it with friends. They LOVED the story and kept asking me for more, so I did, and I haven’t stopped yet!
Luanne T asks: When is your birthday?
April 23rd! I’m a Taurus!
How about you, do you have a question? I’m game, are you?
Robert Clark was born and raised in Eerie (Erie), Pennsylvania. He was brought up on Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella comic books, stories of Ax Murder Hollow, science fiction novels, and late night horror and science fiction movies. He delighted in scaring the neighborhood kids with stories he made up or swiped from comic books. His fifth grade teacher told his parents he’d end up either in prison or as an author. To the surprise of almost everyone who knows him, he graduated from college. After graduation he spent years teaching biology. While doing so his fifth grade teacher’s prediction (?) threat (?) curse (?) whatever, came true. Tired of reality, he decided to try writing fiction. The genres he writes in are science fiction, fantasy, and horror/supernatural, although these often overlap in his books. He and his wife live in northwestern Pennsylvania. Clark is no longer teaching biology, but is still writing. At this point he hasn’t been in prison and hopes to keep it that way.