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Author Interview with Robert Fall

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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.

5What 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?

Computer. 

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 

 
 

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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The 10 Best Bookstores in New York!

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https://bestthingsny.com/bookstores/

I’ve been to 8 of these, hope to scratch off Buffalo & Ithaca soon. Road trip anyone? Support your local bookstore gems 🙂

Happy Friday!
LDM

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Poem & Tunes

Romance 
by Edgar Allan Poe

Romance, who loves to nod and sing
With drowsy head and folded wing
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been—most familiar bird—
Taught me my alphabet to say,
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child—with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky;
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings,
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away—forbidden things—
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Fight the Power – Public Enemy
Something Just Like This – The Chain Smokers / Coldplay
Cold – Maroon 5
Suddenly – The Bogmen / Black Motorcycle Rebel Club
I Am The Highway – Audioslave
Ventura Highway – America
I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses
Always On Your Side – Sheryl Crow & Sting
Everything Counts – Depeche Mode (101 concert version)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With a Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles
Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Special dedication to Tony ❤

Contact – Big Audio Dynamite
Rock of Ages – Def Leppard
Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann
Rocky Raccoon – The Beatles
Der Kommissar – After the Fire
Runaway Car – Audioslave
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) – The Rolling Stones

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Book Sale!

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Who doesn’t love a book sale?

If you haven’t read the Pulitzer & Nobel prize winning… wait a minute… oops… what day is it today? I meant to say Pulitzer & Nobel prize worthy novel, Feedback (listen, I can dream can’t I?) than you need to and spread the word!

Amazon – Kindle version only $2.99 and paperback $12.99!
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lisa+montanino

From the 5 star reviews alone, you’ll ❤ it. Also, I’ll be announcing contests / prizes in the near future for new / old reviews so sit tight.

P.s. I can’t believe it’s been three years since I released this gem… full stop 🙂

Hugs,
Lisa

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Quotes and Tunes…

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Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Coldplay – Magic
Advanced Falconry – Mutual Benefit
The Box Tops – The Letter
The Replacements – I’ll Be You
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Happy Mondays – Step On
Echosmith – Cool Kids
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
Gary Clark Jr. – Can’t Sleep
Dance This Mess Around – The B-52’s

Special dedication spin for AM ❤
They Are All In Love – The Who
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Goodbye For Now – Eddie Vedder

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Women’s History Month

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Author Interview with Amber Batdorf

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I began enjoying creative writing in middle school. This is when I began to feel pride in my work and was first published in an anthology. Since then, it has been my dream to be a traditionally published author.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I would have to go with prose.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Elinor Dashwood. I feel I am oftentimes more of a Marianne, but I really wish I could have Elinor’s elegance and grace.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I don’t really know how to answer this question. I guess I would have to say I most identify with any YA author promoting a heroine worth looking up to. 

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I currently have a blog (amberbatdorf.com) that I attempt to update regularly. It’s mostly anecdotal; about my crazy life, but with the occasional writing update or excerpt. 

I am also finishing the second draft of my first, full-length novel Becca’s War. It is the story of a girl fighting both inside and outside of herself – battling the ideals she’s been raised with versus the truths she sees around her. 

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

I don’t know if I really, consciously change anything from first draft to second. I start with a general idea of the story I want to tell, but as my characters grow and develop, they take control of the story and make their own decisions – whether I like it or not. 

This story has become something I’m really proud of and I don’t think it could have come about any other way. 

7. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Just get it down! I give this advice to anyone who tells me they wish to write.

No one can tell your story but you. If you have a story in you, just get it out from start to finish. You can always add, polish, or embellish when editing drafts. The most important thing is to just get it out. Then the hard part is done and you can rejoice in the fact that you just wrote a poem, novel, etc.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

My grades were always great in English class because I love to read and I get really into literary theory. I shied away from creative writing classes because the idea of peer critique freaked me out, but I really wish I had taken more of them. It would make it easier to release my work to beta readers, I think.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

I don’t like to over do it on the research unless it’s something awfully specific that would be offensive or even dangerous to misrepresent. 

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I used to prefer writing longhand; loving the look and feel of a full notebook. When converting from page to screen, I found I was taking too much time editing as I went. Now I prefer to just get the story out on the computer, print the entire first draft, read, edit, and then redraft. 

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

The best advice I have ever been given is to not be afraid of an ugly first draft. It’s okay if it’s messy. It’s okay if it doesn’t always make sense. It helps you find your story. Don’t stress over making it perfect on the first go-around.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. I have read it at least two dozen times and it somehow manages to be more amazing each time. Don’t let the title fool you – it’s an adventure tale of a woman in the wild, untamed territories of early Canada.

 13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I started playing the flute the summer before fourth grade. Since then, I have added many woodwinds and even some low brass to my repertoire.

I can plunk out a tune or two on the piano, but I would really like to be able to play it proficiently. 

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I would love to be traditionally published, but I am also doing the research on all that goes into self-publishing.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

Without a doubt – Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Who wouldn’t want access to that library?

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. If I couldn’t write, I think I would go back to further my degree so I could teach collegiate level Literature.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Definitely Chevy Chase. I love me a good Vacation movie. I would have to go with John Cleese as I am more familiar with his work outside of Monty Python.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

Finishing the first draft of my first, full-length novel. Just holding the complete, printed novel in my hand was almost overwhelming.

19.  What quote do you live by?

“I can paint.” This phrase is a family mantra meaning “I can do it,” especially in instances where your capability has been questioned. It started as part of a story of a conversation between my grandfather and my aunt (when she was younger) and has just evolved into this powerful thing. Any time anyone doubts me, even myself, I remember “I can paint.”

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)  

I would love to be able to write full-time. I have so many stories in me I am just bursting to tell. I want to share them with the world.  

21. Would you like to ask me a question?

No, but I do want to thank you for the opportunity of this interview. It was fun!

It was a pleasure hosting Amber on here, thanks again!

For more information on this talented writer, please check out the below links:

twitter.com/amberbatdorf

amberbatdorf.com/

Happy Holidays,

Little Mountain

 
 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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