Interview with robert eggleton

Hi robert eggleton, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
robert eggleton : I'm a retired children's psychotherapist and debut novelist with over forty years in the field of child welfare and advocacy. Much of my nonfiction was published by the WV Supreme Court where I worked, and archived by our state Division of Culture and History. Rarity from the Hollow is my first long fiction and followed several short stories published in magazines. It is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy, and satire. Half of author proceeds are donated to help abused children living in temporary shelters.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
robert eggleton : To continue to mature into genre defying fictions that appeal to readers who want more than just escapism.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
robert eggleton : I started writing short stories at age twelve, winning my school's creative writing competition in junior high, and started writing poetry in college with publication in three journals, including one poem that won a national competition. Most of my writing after graduate school was nonfiction and focused on institutions and systems that impacted children's welfare. I didn't return to fiction until 2006.
Oltobooks : Why do you write?
robert eggleton : I'm compelled, especially after I retired and was no longer getting my needs filled by writing nonfiction and educational materials.
Oltobooks : What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
robert eggleton : Before I retired, one day at work, sitting around a table used for written therapeutic exercises during a group psychotherapy session, sat a twelve year old girl with stringy brown hair. Instead of disclosing the horrors of her abuse by the meanest daddy on Earth, she spoke of her hopes and dreams for the future -- finding a permanent family who would love and protect her. My protagonist was born that day -- Lacy Dawn, an empowered victim who takes on the evils of the universe.
Oltobooks : Where do your ideas come from?
robert eggleton : My ideas come from my personal and professional experiences working with youth and dysfunctional families for decades.
Oltobooks : What is the hardest thing about writing?
robert eggleton : Marketing with zero budget.
Oltobooks : What is the easiest thing about writing?
robert eggleton : Writing comes very easy for me.
Oltobooks : If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
robert eggleton : Rarity from the Hollow is a stand-alone novel, but the Lacy Dawn Adventures series will continue.
Oltobooks : What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
robert eggleton : I would never want to write a book that leaves the reader hanging. It's not fair -- life is fleeting and one is never assured that she will be around to read the next in a series.
Oltobooks : What is your favourite positive saying?
robert eggleton : Don't let the assholes get you down.
Oltobooks : Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
robert eggleton : Assuming continued good health, I see myself continuing to write and living in the same place where I retired.
Oltobooks : What advice would you give to your younger self?
robert eggleton : Never give up, but, at the same time, do not invest more than you can reasonably afford to in marketing -- there are a lot of attractive offers out there that could easily suck an overenthusiastic author into poverty.
Conversation By : Oltobooks Team
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