Richard Robbins’ Featured Release

Author, Richard Robbins

Attending author, Hot NOLA Summer Author Event 7.30.22

Today we are featuring a local Southern Louisiana author and Hot NOLA Summer participant, Richard Robbins. We asked Richard a few questions and he was gracious enough to answer them.

How long have you been writing? What got you started?

I had wanted to become a writer when I was young, but chose a more practical career path. However, I never lost the desire, and a few years ago decided to give it a try. My wife had a critical illness early in our marriage, when we had three children under the age of five, and my unresolved feelings inspired my first novel, the semi-autobiographical Love, Loss, and Lagniappe. The words and emotions flew out of my heart and onto the pages, and I was honored that I was recently recognized as Louisiana Independent Author of the Year for this work, My most recent novel, The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy, reached Amazon #1 Best Seller in Historical Fiction in October 2021.

Which of your books was your favorite to write?

That’s like asking which is your favorite child. Each book is different, and each elicits a different emotion. My first book was the most personal, but my last made the best seller list. However, I enjoyed writing each of them equally.

Which of your books would you recommend to a reader that hasn’t read you before?

Each are quite different. I would advise to read the synopses and decide for themselves. Or read all of them!

When did you first call yourself a writer?

After my first novel was published.

My first book is highly autobiographical, and the protagonist is a version of myself. It is harder to write characters based on yourself or people you know, but sometimes more rewarding.

Which social media account do you use the most and tell us why you enjoy it?

I’m not that big on social media, but prefer Facebook.

Are you from the New Orleans area, if so let us know what you enjoy about the city?

I went to college in New Orleans and fell in love with the city. I moved to New York after graduation for work, but dreamed of moving back, and to my surprise, actually did so a few years ago. I enjoy so many things about the city, from the general appearance of the architecture, to the fabulous culture. People either get New Orleans, or they don’t. I get it, and it has become part of me.

Are you a vet? Do you write about vets or active duty military? Which branch?

My father was a pilot in World War 2, and I always honored and respected his service. My pursuit of a career in medicine made it difficult to serve in the military, but I am thankful for the service of those who have done so. My alter ego in by second novel, Panicles, served as a military physician.

If you could spend a day with another popular author, whom would you choose?

Probably Eric Larson.

Have you modeled a character after someone you’ve known, you want to tell us about him or her? The real person and the character.

My first book is highly autobiographical, and the protagonist is a version of myself. It is harder to write characters based on yourself or people you know, but sometimes more rewarding.

Have you ever had writer’s block and how did you overcome it?

Fortunately, no. I actually suffer from having too many projects I’d like to pursue than the time to do them all. I guess that’s not such a bad problem to have.

Are you a panster or a plotter?

I am a strong plotter. I generally start with the first and last scene, and then fill in from there. First a general overview, then progressively more specific.

If you sold your rights would you rather a series or movie made of your books?

My books generally span a generation and involve multiple characters and plots, and as such, would best lend themselves to limited series.

What genres do you write in?

Literary Fiction and Historical Fiction.

Tell us about your upcoming release.

My upcoming book is titled We Do What We Must. Blood, Wine, and the Birth of the American Mafia in New Orleans. An immigrant Sicilian family triumphs over The Mafia in turn of the century New Orleans, just not in the way they’d planned.

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Written by Rachel R

Rachel Rivera is the owner of NOLA Books & Baubles, and Parajunkee Design and Publishing. Rachel writes apocalypse romance and urban fantasy under the pen name Gillian Zane. She is most prolific on TikTok, find her as @gillianzane

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