PLEASE NOTE: Robert has asked me to let you know that he is currently running a promotion on all three of his books from now until the end of July. American Zen and Toy Cop are both reduced to $1.99, and The Misanthrope’s Manual is on sale for $.99. Links at the end of the interview.
Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome author Robert Crawford to Bookin’ It. So nice to have you here, Robert. Could you tell us a little bit about how you became a writer? When did you decide that’s what you wanted to be, and what steps did you take to prepare for a writing career?
RC: I’d always shown aptitude as a writer. My mother would tell me about the wagon full of building blocks they’d bought me when I was a toddler and I’d perfectly spell out words with them. As a kid, I’d make little four-page comics for my classmates (although I was more into the artistic aspect than the writing) and they’d pay me with their milk money. Five or ten cents apiece. My first royalties! But I wouldn’t begin writing in earnest until the end of my high school days. The month before graduation, we learned about the Romantic poets and when we were studying Keats, suddenly I woke up as he had when he’d read Spenser’s Faery Queen for the first time. Keats showed me the possibilities of the written word and I’d like to think the little guy would be heartened by that fact. Read more…