Featured Authors Talk About It
ATAI: Tell us a little about you.
Bob: Well, I’m finally retired and doing what I love…writing.
I’m extremely lucky to have truly wonderful support in my endeavor which allows me to chase the dream.
ATAI: How long have you been writing?
Bob: If you count the many song lyrics I’ve written, I guess I’ve been writing since I was about 15. I didn’t get into serious writing though until 1992
ATAI: What was your most recent release?
Bob: In 2015, I published my first book of short stories which I began writing in 92’
ATAI: What do you love most about writing?
Bob: Seeing my ideas come to fruition on paper. I love the thrill of a good story as it unfolds before me.
ATAI: What do you find most challenging?
Bob: Discipline. I really have a hard time setting a writing schedule like so many others do. I just do it as the mood hits me which can be frustrating a times. That and the fact that I can sometimes have two, even three stories working at once.
ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?
Bob: Again, I wish I had a pat answer for that as well, but the truth is, I haven’t got the slightest idea. They just pop into my head. Sometimes it may be a song on the radio, or a person walking by. No rhyme or reason really.
ATAI: What is your writing process?
Bob: Generally, I scribble down notes, ideas on paper, a restaurant napkin, put something down in the notepad on my phone and then transfer them to an opening page on my laptop from which I can embellish upon them.
ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?
Bob: My characters general do what I tell them to do, but sometimes…
ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?
Bob: When I write a scene that sends goosebumps up my arm and I have to actually get up and walk away for a few minutes. I LOVE THAT!
ATAI: What are you working on next?
Bob: I just finished Vol Two in my series of short stories and am going about getting it published right now. Shortly, however, I will be starting Vol Three. I believe this will be a four part series, but who knows.
ATAI: Where can people find you online?
Bob: Well, of course, they can go to my website at www.rmvilloria.com or they can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well. Those links are on the website.
ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.
Bob: Well, first I’d like to thank you for this opportunity to talk about my work and offer this tidbit to anyone who’s thought about becoming a writer…perseverance pays off.
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