Robert Frusolone, author of Skullduggery
Excerpt of Interview with Robert Frusolone:
ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
RF: Born and Raised in Chicago. I’m not sure if this influenced my writing but Chicago is definitely a Work Hard – Play Hard city and I try to live that every day.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
RF: This isn’t the first story I ever read but it is the first book I had to read cover to cover virtually without stopping – The Hunt for Red October
ZHP: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
RF: Knowing that even at my age, the best is still yet to come
ZHP: When did you first start writing?
RF: About 10 years ago.
ZHP: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
RF: Loosing yourself in an immersive story where the future is what you make of it.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
RF: I remember my Mom telling people about a story I wrote as a kid called The Tap-Dancing Soldier. Unfortunately, that story is lost to history. I just remember my Mom being so proud of it.
ZHP: What advice would you give a new writer?
- Don’t be afraid to try.
- Ask for honest feedback from the people who read your work.
- And once you do start writing, write something every day.
ZHP: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
RF: For now, I have a full time job as a Project Manager that occupies a big portion of my time. I also have a family and three children. When I do have some downtime I like to mountain bike and target shoot.
ZHP: What do you read for pleasure?
RF: History and Historical Fiction, Spy Thrillers, Detective Stories and Science Fiction
ZHP: Who are your favorite authors?
RF: Early Tom Clancy and James Patterson, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs, Vince Flynn, Robert Harris, Ernest Hemingway
ZHP: What are your five favorite books, and why?
RF: Hard to pick just 5 but here are the first ones to come to mind in no particular order
- The Cabinet of Curiosities (Preston and Childs)
- Hunt for Red October (Clancy)
- War of the Rats (Robbins)
- The Bible (Various)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway)
ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?
Excerpt of Interview with Robert Frusolone about his process:
ZHP: Describe your desk or writing space.
RF: I use a laptop in my home office. I also have a large 37” monitor on my desk (mainly for games) when I am so inclined. I also must admit I usually have the tv on for background noise and a partial distraction when I need a break.
ZHP: What is your writing process?
RF: I start with a complete outline of the story. Then I go back and add more detail to each heading. I do this two or three times before I begin to write the story itself. I also use a spreadsheet to keep track of characters, chapters and timelines
ZHP: How do you connect with your muse?
RF: I think history and travel are my muses. They inspire me with what was, what is and what could be.
ZHP: Is procrastination an issue for you?
RF: With some things it can be. Not necessarily with my writing though.
ZHP: What motivated you to become an indie author?
RF: I had thought about writing for a while before I actually started. The seed of an idea had formed and when I finally started to develop a story, it flowed so quickly that the outline of the first book was done over a weekend.
ZHP: What advice would you give about writer’s block?
RF: Write something every day. Even if it is just tweaking something you had previously written. Also, get back to what originally inspired you.
ZHP: What’s the story behind your latest book?
RF: It’s a story of Piracy in Colonial America and a man wrongly accused.
ZHP: What are you working on next?
RF: I have outlines in various forms for another three books. One is another historical fiction piece, one is science fiction and the third is a mix of the two.
ZHP: Do your fans impact your process?
RF: No that hasn’t happened