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Author Interview: Kyle Robertson

Kyle was in sales for 21 years. He spanned from a telemarketer to a product trainer. His product knowledge was vast. It spanned from replacement windows to home maintenance equipment, with automobiles, and many electronics thrown in. He could tell you the difference between a veractor, and detant tuner, and even what they were. He went into military Intelligence when he graduated from high school, and had to know all NATO, and Warsaw Pact vehicles. He had many stories from the military, and many he made up.

He also drew comics in high school, and made up intriguing characters. Once he lost most of his sight to Diabetic Retonapathy, he continued his stories in book form.

  • : When I was in high shcool, I was a nerdy movie, and comic book nut. Those stories took me away from the mundane. I drew well, and wanted to become a comic book artist. I even began to make my own comic books. My friends actually enjoyed my figments. The bug of entertainment crept into my mind. When I graduated, I went into the military, and after my stint in the Army, I worked to take care of my new family. My dreams were put on hold. After working 21 years straight, diabetes type 2 began to hinder my performance. It began with hindering my sight, and destroyed my kidneys. After I got my transplant, my condition, and the government told me I couldn't work anymore, let alone drive. I got depressed. After working for so long, I became what prisoners call 'institutionalized'. I couldn't do what I was good at. That's when the creative spark came back. I began writing to ward off my depression. I started with one of my comic characters, and grew from there. Writing is much more complicated than drawing a high school comic book, so I began to learn. I think I know enough now to be dangerous, but I always want to learn more. My influences are Issac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Phillip K. Dick, Stephen King, Peter Straub, And George Orwell. I just hope to come anywhere close to their talent.
  • : My first story I crafted was a fictional, futuristic bounty hunter. It was a story I created in 1984 in high school. I just adapted it to a more modern time, but the overall gist was still there. I just had to let it mature for this time. Remember, social media didn't exist then let alone the World Wide Web.
  • : I write fiction tales. I began with science fiction, but I have expanded. My latest tale is called Wrong Step: A Sinister Syndicate Thriller. It's about an African emigrant in Nw York becoming an investigative photographer. Her friend asked her to take pictures of her, and her new beau so a detective could run her boyfriend. She accepted. As she tool pictures, she found out he was with a Jamaican posse, and her friend was shot. She screamed, was found out, and a deadly chase ensued through New York. It's a wild adventure.
  • : I drew my own comics in 1984, but I actually began to write books in 2008.
  • : I was born in Baton Rouge LA, but grew up in Milwaukee WI. I learned everything from there. Culture, sports, and diverse character idiosyncrasies. I listened to dialects, and learned many customs. After my stint in the military, my interests expanded. That is the fuel for my imagination..
  • : I have a schedule. I write my mandatory 5 minutes every day in the morning before lunch when I don't have a new project. It keeps you limber. If you don't use your skill, you can lose it. When I was in Germany in '90, I spoke German, but since I had no one to speak to in America, I forgot the words, and grammar. I never used it, so I lost it.
  • : I'm a fiction writer. When writing fiction, you get ideas. I've written 13 books since the beginning of 2014. I have to get another idea, so I'm on hiatus until creativity knocks. You have to feel your art. If you don't feel it, your work suffers without any soul. I won't short my fans because they just want another story. When I get a plausible idea, I go full fledged.
  • : I'm an entertainment, and political nut, so I watch movies, and politics. I'm boring, so Wikipedia excites me. I learn things I never really knew fully. When I know a subject, I write a story about. I was in sales, and we have a saying of knowing your ABCs. Always Be Closing. I've adapted that letter nomenclature to my new vocation. Instead of ABCs, it's ABLs, Always Be Learning.
  • : When I write a story, my process consists of listening to music first. I'm not speaking of certain artists you enjoy. My music is my new book's soundtrack. I go from Gustav Holst to Cibo Matto to Metallica to Thomas Dolby, to even Angela Winbush. Then I create an outline of the story initially. After that, I break down each chapter to insert important elements. After the initial outline is finished, I follow the outline. That process kills writers block, and keeps you going. My motivation is writing the next page because I haven't read that book yet, and to finish it, I have to write it.
  • : 1984 is one of my favorite books. It was made in 1949, and it was futuristic to George then. Mister Orwell trained his imagination to be able to transcend actual time. I was 14 when the books dystopian environment was crafted, but we're still here. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Phillip Kindred Dick was a visionary, and showed me how powerful imagination could be. The Stand. Stephen King wrote an amazing opus. It was a monster unabridged. I read it in high school without any coercion. He showed me the page count doesn't matter if your story's intriguing.
  • : I used to be in sales. I ranged from window replacement to electronics to luxury cars to software sales. I learned my craft well, and even wrote training manuals, and newsletters. I was what was called an unconscious competent I didn't really know how much I knew. Since I was good at selling for someone else, why not make a good product to sell for myself?.
  • : I use versions of the Kindle. Either on my computer or cellphone.
  • : I search for certain images online royalty free, and send them to my designer Vikiana. She designs my overs.
  • : As I wrote above, an outline is part of my process. Whenever you just "let it flow", you can come against literary boulders in your writing stream. Doing an outline is your proverbial Asteroids video game. It clears the screen until your next book round.
  • : Provoking emotion to any of your creations. If a person feels sad, bad or elated for one of your characters, that means you've connected with that person. If someone actually cares for one of your figments, you have done your job.
  • : This is my Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/kylerobertson_fiction My eBooks range from free to $2.99. I never wanted to be a millionaire with my writing, so you can enjoy my tales for less than a movie ticket, and my stories are deeper than a movie.
  • : When I began my sales career after the Army, I wanted to excel in my profession. After my health became suspect, I had to keep going. My childhood friend I just reconnected with told me he thought I was doing this from jump because he loved my stories. I'm glad I opened my door, and my talent was patiently waiting for me to feed it. My talent was hungry so I'm still, and always will be feeding it.
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