1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
When I was ten I used to dream a ton and write what I remembered down. They were often fights in pirate ships, so they were like really short stories. However, this didn’t last for too long, a couple of months perhaps. After that, I stopped writing completely, until last year a family friend mentioned those stories back to me, and encouraged me to try and write again. I can’t stop now.
2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
Prose. I’ve written some poems, but they aren’t my thing. To expand on this question, I must admit that I always aim for my prose to have a musical, almost magical edge to it. I’m working on it though! It’s quite hard to accomplish.
3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Does Goku count? If he does, then it’s him, otherwise probably Batman.
4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
Oh snap! Quite the question you threw me here. To be honest, to even say that I even identify with any famous writer would be an exaggeration, but for the sake of the interview, I will say Patrick Rothfuss. His prose is exactly what I want mine to be.
5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I’m working on a novella, which I plan to submit to Tor Publishing. Besides that I have my subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/therobertfall — Shameless plug!) where I post prompts and short stories.
6. Nothing wrong with shameless plugs… if you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
No, probably not. I’ve learned to control myself and be happy with the end result of my works.
7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read and write a ton. Don’t rush it, it takes time. Join critique groups if you can take criticism. Do read other famous writer’s advice but don’t take them as absolutes, distill your own interpretation of them instead and see how they the quality of your writing.
8. What were your grades like in English class? A’s, B’s, anything less than this is shameful 😉
Well, I’m from Argentina, hehe. I had a class where we learned the English language, and I would say I was a B student. I was lazy in school, don’t judge me.
9. How much research do you do for your writing?
Depends on a lot of factors. I write fantasy, and I often can create my own rules there. However, when it comes to accurate details, like the techniques/means they used in the middle ages to cook, build, and such, I always research that a lot. I will say I’m a picky researcher, I only do research when I need to write something I don’t know anything about.
10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
I read quite a bit of Stephen King. In his book ‘On Writing’ he talks about how the road toward Hell is paved with adverbs. When I read that I remember frowning, picking up a book of his, and spotting some adverbs in his work. This was the advice which taught me no advice should be taken as an absolute, rules are made to be broken.
12. What book do you think everyone should read?
I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t a reader until I started writing, so my repertoire isn’t so vast, specially because I read mostly fantasy. All things considered, my answer will be One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. It’s the first book I picked up and couldn’t put down.
13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I don’t play an instrument, but knowing how to play piano would be fantastic.
14. What process are or did you go through to get your book published?
First of all, I have to finish writing this novella. Once that’s done, I will edit and polish the hell out of it, and then I will submit it to Tor, and hope to be good enough. In the mean time, I’m working on building an audience, which is proving to be quite tricky.
15. Who would you like to change places with… e.g. live someone else’s life for a week?
Another hard question, hmm. If I could see how the other person’s mind works, then I would choose someone like Stephen King.
16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
I’m currently studying business administration while writing on my spare time. My ideal profession is definitely being a full-time author. However, I wouldn’t complain working on the stock market or growing my own business.
17. Two-part question: 1. Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? 2. John Cleese or Michael Palin?
Bill Murray and Michael Palin.
18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
I don’t know if it counts, but to me—considering that I wasn’t a reader finishing three fat books in a month was absolutely incredible. Now, if we speak about my writing (I must clarify that I’m just starting so it won’t be anything incredible) the most mind-blowing thing that happened to me was having a story surpass 2.5k upvotes in less than 24 hours, and getting gilded, the same day, for another story. As I said, reddit is like my home, I write a ton in there. An upvote means that someone enjoyed what you posted, and if someone gilds you it means they gifted you a paid, premium version of reddit. The crazy thing about it, is that everything happened the night of New Year’s Eve. I woke up with 2018 over my shoulders, saw those things, and knew I had to pursue writing.
19. What quote do you live by?
“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” —Sumner Redstone.
20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author or a day job as a writer, etc.)
If I can spend my days writing without worrying about my bills, then I will have made it.
21. Would you like to ask me a question?
Of course! I will ask you two if you allow me. I’m feeling mischievous today.
-What’s your favorite book?
-What’s your favorite story of yours?
These questions are tricky to answer as each book I loved reading usually are different genres or have nuances that set them apart… that I admire. I will go with a must read that can benefit all readers — The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh. A favorite story of mine? I’ll go with my non-fiction short story — Observations of a Native New Yorker as it was my first writing effort.
Many thanks to Robert for sharing his work and ideas with us— a kind young talent to look at for! Please check out this humble writer here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/therobertfall or @TheRobertFall