I started writing after I got out of Vietnam. I started with poetry, went to short stories, and then novels. I have placed twelve traditionally published books and indied five. My earlier novels are still in print and have been released as E-books. As a life writing is the only thing that interests me. My novels range from historical fiction, young adult, contemporary, and mysteries, and humor. I have been reviewed by Publishers Weekly and many others.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am having three novels edited and working on a reader participation book, which is hard to explain.
Do you plan your novels?
After I have an idea that I think I can finish I put sketch paper on the wall and diagram the book as I go. The book normally goes in its own direction after I have started but I do have the ending in my head.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
You are your own boss and there is always possibility no matter how many rejection letters you have had.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Golf, fishing, the over consumption of beer.
What advice would you give someone starting out?
Sit down and don't be afraid, don't listen to too much advice, follow your brain it really does not want to lie to you.
If your book was made into a film what actor would you like to play the main character?
My novel, THE LAND, was optioned for three years. I told them I really didn't care who the actors were I just wanted one percent of the gross. The deal did not go through but if you get lucky enough to get a movie deal never sign a contract for a piece of the net...sorry boys and girls there is never a net for a movie...their lawyers are good, the gross is the gross receipts..
Tell us about your current book?
One is a crazy love story about a man that walks two steps forward and one back. One is the story of a group of residents in an old folks home that learn how to fly. One is the story of a cowboy and the last one is the story of a man that is always angry. I am also working on the fifth book in my Bob Roosevelt and his snide guardian angel titled BEACH BUM TANGO
How do you settle on a title?
I normally have the title before I start the book.
What do you enjoy about being a writer?
I don't know if enjoy is the word. It is a lot of hard work. I suppose I enjoy it when a project is done but then I get antsy to start another one.
What are you reading at the moment?
The Great River - the history of the Rio Grande River - it is the longest cultivated land in North America - great read - history that reads like a novel - won the pulitzer.
Tell us a little bit about you.
I believe in everything and nothing. I believe everyone should have the right to make their own choices. I believe semi-colons are useless and that the writing process cannot be taught.
AND JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT.
SWEET OR SOUR - BOTH
CITY OR COUNTRY SIDE - BOTH
ICE CREAM OR SORBET - BOTH
TEA OR COFFEE - COFFEE
FACT OR FICTION - FICTION
FACEBOOK OR TWITTER - FACEBOOK
DOGS OR CATS - DOGS
EREADER OR PAPERBACK - PAPERBACK
SUMMER OR WINTER - SUMMER
CONCERT OR THEATER - CONCERT
The best to everyone...keep writing...
Sam was standing by his car door smiling proudly as I pulled in behind him. He hadn't bothered to open the triple garage. I couldn't see the neighbors' house for the trees but I could hear the sound of a running river and the neighing of horses. I shut off the engine and got out. "You looking for a gardener?" I asked, flabbergasted.
"No, he isn't, but he had better be looking for an undertaker," my Guardian Angel yelled in a way I knew he was not kidding. I darted toward Sam, hoping to knock him to the ground, but before I reached him a shot belched from the trees. The bullet entered the right side of Sam's head. For a brief moment there was a look of bewilderment in his eyes and then acceptance, as if getting killed was a relief. As Sam's body slid down the side of the new Lincoln, leaving a trail of blood on the shiny white paint, I knew I should have listened to my Guardian Angel.
"I told you, I told you," my Guardian Angel screeched.
There was another shot. The bullet sang a death song as it buzzed over my head. I sprawled on top of Sam, which was about as smart as trying to stop a runaway train with my hand, since Sam was as dead as dead can be. After a few moments and no more shots, I quickly checked Sam's pants pockets and took a key from his front right pocket. In his shirt pocket was a folded up piece of paper. I stuffed both the key and the piece of paper into my Levi's pocket. The next thing I knew, a very attractive lady was standing over Sam and screaming. "Oh Sam!! Why? Why?"
I grabbed her hand and yanked her to the ground. I didn't know who she was or how she got here so fast, but in the instant it took to yank her down I noticed the fine female form molded into one of the briefest string bikini's I had ever seen. People will tell you being close to death can heighten your senses. That may or may not be true, but the lady was gorgeous and the bikini she was wearing wasn't made to leave many tan lines. The lady started bawling. There was nothing I could do to help the woman. I am a stranger to women. I am not a stranger to death. I learned one thing in the war, there is no guarantee about this life thing - the reaper takes you when he wants. There are four books in the Bob Roosevelt Mystery Series. Roosevelt is trying to find love and the center to his life but he is saddled by a Guardian Angel that was a 14th century not so good Monk. How I got the idea for these books I blame on German beer. But, if you like to laugh, know that life is absurd, take a look - it's cheap fun with a few things that might even make you think.
Dedication: for the tattooed lady on the corner of 4th - you're right honey - ain't nothin' good about humidity except corn
Robert K. Swisher Jr. has been writing contemporary fiction since 1967. During this time 12 of his novels were published ranging from young adult, contemporary, to historical fiction. Seven of these books are still in print of which three have been converted to e-books. He has received reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and many others. Recently he has gone indie and released a four book mystery series, Bob Roosevelt and his snide guardian angel - A BUCKET FULL OF LIES, TROUT FISHING FOR BODIES, DOUBLE BOGEY MURDER, and, FROGS DON'T CROAK IN THE WINTER, and, a funny golf book - CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GOLF GOD. Swisher's novels can be found on Amazon, Author Central, Facebook, and Goodreads
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