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Sam Skinner – Author Interview

sam skinnerInterview with Sam Skinner Author of The Legend of Bob Wire

Q:When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: I was probably 10 or 12 years old.

Q:How long does it take you to write a book?
A:These kid’s book take a day or so.

Q:What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?:
A:I like to work in the morning. Or if I get bored, then I start day dreaming and it turns into a story.

Q:What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?:
A:Writing on whatever is at hand. Back of an envelope, matchbook covers, post- it notes, paper sacks. I might have a pocket full of notes I have to pull together for a story.

Q:How do books get published?:
A:Slowly. Everything takes 3 or 4 times as long as I want it to.

Q:What do you like to do when you’re not writing?:
A:You wouldn’t believe it. Motorcycles, playing the bagpipes (been in a pipe band 20+ years), travel (historical purposes – visit old courthouses and cemeteries, lots of stories there), sailing (crossed the Gulf of Mexico 5 times from Texas and Alabama to Mexico), adventures.

Q:When did you write your first book and how old were you?:
A:Been writing on and off for 50 years. Never really finished anything until Bob Wire came along in 2014.

Q:Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?:
A:Stories I have heard pieced together with my own experiences and imagination. Kinda of like making a saddle. A little here, a little there.

Q:What does your family think of your writing?:
A:I think they like it. They are all very supportive.

Q:What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?:
A:Writing was easy for me. The bringing it to life and marketing have been a learning process. I really enjoy it though.

Q:How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?:
A:Six, so far. The King of The Double T Ranch probably, for sentimental reasons. Plus it begins to answer some questions readers may have.

Q:Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?:
A:Be patient, but aggressive. Let your story develop, take it down several what-if paths. Keep working at it, try it on, does it fit? Does it work?

Q:Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?:
A:I do. Most people get it and love it. Some don’t. That’s OK, I’m having fun anyway.

Q:Do you like to create books for adults?:
A:I think I would. May try it one of these days. A lot of people, young and old like my stories, even though they are short.

Q:What do you think makes a good story?:
A:My goal is to entertain and interest the reader. Have fun!

Q:As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?:
A:Be a rancher in New Mexico and a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

Connect with Sam Skinner
Website : www.bobwirelegend.com
Facebook: The Legend of Bob Wire
Twitter: @bobwirelegend

Tell us About your book:
Five Books so far—-

The Legend of Bob WireThe Legend of Bob Wire
The beginning…who is this guy? What makes him a legend? What’s the deal with the thunderbolt? What’s with the hands? I don’t get it!!

 

 

The Adventure of Bob Wire & the Gol' Durn WheelAdventure of Bob Wire & The Gol’ Durn Wheel
What? Can Bob really ride anything? What’s deal with The Wheel? How did that get in there? Thunderbolts? What is it with this guy?

 

 

The Adventure of Bob Wire and the King of the Double T RanchAdventure Bob Wire and the The King of The Double T Ranch
What is he up to now? Who is this King guy? What ranch is this? What’s going on at the ranch? What’s with the football? Get it?

 

 

The Adventure of Bob Wire in OklahomaThe Adventure of Bob Wire in Oklahoma
‘Bedlamp game’…..what? More thunderbolts..oh yeah!!!! Oklahoma weather….yeah!! Boomer Sooner? Pistol Pete? What the heck?

 

 

The Adventure of Bob Wire in HoustonThe Adventure of Bob Wire in Houston
Cows and thunderbolts in Houston? You’re kidding me! Right? What are Shanghai and Bob up to now? Oh Lordy!!