Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Interview With Author Robert Coram

Gully Dirt

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I was physically and psychologically abused by my dad and I was betrayed by my mother. I wrote this book to try and make some sense of my life. I wrote this book to save myself.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe us your targeted reader?
It is about a boy growing up in the rural south during the 1950s. It is about a boy who could never please his father, but who never stopped trying. It is about a boy who never fit in with his family, his friends, his neighbors, or his people. It is about a boy whose fundamental beliefs and whose very life was changed by one book. The targeted audience is people who like memoirs, people who are fascinated by the south, people who like the work of southern authors.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
The everlasting thoughts may be two-fold: first, that this story has no redemptive quality; it does not end well. Second, it is sad, humorous, and uplifting. What should remain after reading the book is the undying resilience of the human spirit.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Perseverance is the greatest quality a write can have.  If you have perseverance, you have all you need. If you are called to write – and it is a calling – then what you must do is write. Write, write, write and keep on writing. Ignore what everyone says you need or don’t need or what you must do. If your friends and family advise you to move on to another profession, ignore them. If an editor says you will never become a writer, ignore that editor. If you go through years of rejections, keep on writing. Do not let the road blocks – they will be many and they will seem insuperable - turn you around.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
The publishing world is in a state of great turmoil. Anyone who says they know the fallout of this turmoil has a better crystal ball than I do. But one thing is certain: things will never be the same again.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
To maintain my sanity. My goal was to dig deeply and to be honest. I dug too deeply. I excavated things that might better have left buried. And I paid the price.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
Because this is one of the most honest books a person will ever read.

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