Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
To date, I have only written one book – "Daddy 3.0: A Comedy of Errors"s. It is something I have been working on over the last couple of years. I was motivated to write it because I love reading books and wanted to give it a go at writing one, and I experienced a lot of funny things while learning the ropes of being a stay at home dad. I hope to write more books and see where the adventure takes me. I hope you enjoy Daddy 3.0: A Comedy of Errors.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Daddy 3.0 – A Comedy of Errors.
I got the idea when I suddenly thought about all the crazy fun stuff that I experienced as a stay at home parent. There is not that many fun fiction novels about raising young kids. I was not the type to read the formal "perfect parent" manuals.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Other than writing underwater, no.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have read a lot of different books in both fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy reading history or political books, as well as genre fiction like mystery, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy and literary. One of my favorite authors is Chuck Palahniuk because he is good at breaking done barriers in his fiction.
What are you working on now?
Good question – I don't know yet. I have about 4 or 5 ideas for my next novel. I'm trying to figure out what I actually want to be thinking about for the next year and a half. I'm thinking about a science fiction thriller, a YA action book, a fantasy trilogy, a romantic comedy or a horror story. (I'm all over the map right now.) Just finished Daddy 3.0, and so I'm in the incubation phase.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think the best website to date for promoting your web site is actually Amazon. By enrolling in KDP select you are able to target select ads to readers interested in your type of book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write the kind of book you would actually read! Don't try to focus group or imitate what is hot in the market right now. Have a central question or goal to your story with which readers can connect. Ask the question – why would a reader bother to take the time to read your book when they could watch TV, play on the internet or walk to dog. What is the compelling element of your story.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write the type of story you would actually want to read. Don't try to write something that you think will sell. Being authentic in your approach to writing a book will show in the writing.
What are you reading now?
In no particular order:
1) American Gods – Neil Gaiman
2) Thank you, goodnight – Andy Abramowitz
3) Out – Natsuo Kirino
4) The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan
What’s next for you as a writer?
Trying to bend spoons with my mind.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Author Websites and Profiles
Rob Armstrong Amazon Profile