Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Rob Mclean lives in Ottawa, Canada and has degrees in both Psychology and Public Relations. Professionally he spent over 10 years in the corporate world doing public relations for High Tech companies as well as non-governmental agencies.
His interests span the psychology of the human condition, modern economics and its impact on society, power structures of corporations and governments and how they shape the world, the role of technology in the evolution of man and lastly, philosophy. These interests blend together to create a unique voice in the world of fiction.
His driving passion is to deliver stories that not only entertain but encourage the reader think and question the nature of the world around them.
Rob currently has three books as part of The Fall of Man trilogy, including Days of Judgment, System Crash, and A Fool's Requiem.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
One of the main themes in The Fall of Man series is whether man is hopelessly selfish or has the potential to evolve into a virtuous entity. A Fool's Requiem, the final book in the series, delves into this issue with a resolute answer to that question.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I always write listening to music. Before I start a novel I assemble a wide variety of music that reflects the various emotive styles that present themselves throughout the story.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I'm heavily influenced by philosophic works, especially Seneca and Schopenhauer. In the fiction world I enjoy a variet of authors from Dan Brown to Stephen King. Anything where the story moves along sits well with me.
What are you working on now?
My next novel has a tentative working title of "OBEY". Still in the outlining phase, but it will be a dystopian work.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Still learning how to get the word out about my books, so ask me this question again in a year. 🙂
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Hard to give advice that applies across the board. Every writer comes to the page from a different place and with different strengths, so what will help one writer might hurt another.
That being said, if I had to, the best piece of advice I could give is to embrace criticism. Writing is (metaphorically) a contact sport, the more you get hit, the stronger you'll be in the long run.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Life is prickles and goo. Seek out Alan Watts to understand.
What are you reading now?
Stephen King's End of Watch.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Build up my reader base and reviews while writing my next book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca. People think we're morally "advanced", but go back 2,000+ years and you'll realize they had a lot figured out that we today have forgotten.