Robert Frusolone Interviews

Robert Frusolone, author of Skullduggery

Excerpt of Interview with Robert Frusolone:

Personal Facts:

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?


  1. Don’t be afraid to try.
  2. Ask for honest feedback from the people who read your work.
  3. And once you do start writing, write something every day.

Robert’s Interests

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

  1. The Cabinet of Curiosities (Preston and Childs)
  2. Hunt for Red October (Clancy)
  3. War of the Rats (Robbins)
  4. The Bible (Various)
  5. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway)

ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?

RF: Nook


Excerpt of Interview with Robert Frusolone about his process:

Robert’s 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