|Posted on January 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM|
Where Writers And Authors Meet Interviews:
Jo Robinson was our Featured Spotlight author last week and vistors were encouraged to ask Jo some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Jo back for a follow up interview!
1. You said you only recently started writing when the story demanded to be told. How did you experience the inspiration? Did you embrace it immediately, question it, or fight it? (Jim Henry)
I’d been thinking about the way things have gone down in Africa, how it is today, and that the rest of the world doesn’t see how things really are with what’s shown on the news. One day the entire book African Me & Satellite TV played out in my head. I did fight it a little, because the last thing that I’d written was an essay in high school. Writing a shopping list turned into the first paragraph of the book. I wrote it furtively in scrappy notebooks, because I thought I had a bit of a cheek thinking that I could. It’s done now.
2. At some point in time would you consider weaving a science fiction story involving your feathered buddies as cleverly disguised aliens with a master plan? (Asked by Angus Day: http/nextyouniverse.com)
I like that! I think you’ve just given me an idea for a space comedy. They’re already here. That guy on Ancient Aliens is really a chicken. Look at that hair cleverly concealing the feathers. Thank you Angus Day!
All the following questions were asked by Brandy Potter:
Jo: Fantastic! Thank you Brandy Potter!
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
Thoughtless cruelty, specifically racism - the hurts that we inflict on others without a care, and walk away without knowing what we’ve done.
4. Do you have a specific writing style?
I have a dual personality with my writing style. I think that I have two muses. One that dresses like a Goth, smokes cigars, enjoys a belly-laugh, and stories of faraway planets populated by big beautiful dragons. The other one wears horn-rimmed spectacles and agonises about all that is not right with the world.
5. What books have most influenced your life most?
My favourite reads are science fiction and fantasy. Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. I love Tom Sharpe too. His books are hilarious. The single book that really influenced the way I live is The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck. It’s quite old, but it made me take responsibility for what I am, and do. The Colour Purple, Fried Green Tomatoes, Eat, Pray, Love are all books that made me see things differently, and inspired me to want to write that way.
6. What book are you reading now?
My Alien Self by Amanda Green
7. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are quite a few. Angus Day has rekindled my love for old-school sci-fi, Jenny Orbell’s books are a joy to read because they’re funny and sad, and true to life. I could give you a list. I’m loving Amanda Green’s bravery in writing about her life, as well as her writing style. I don’t normally read too many crime thrillers, but Wendy Cartmell’s Major Crane series is really good too.
8. What are your current projects?
I have a sci-fi/fantasy novel, Shadow People coming out on the 8th February, and African Me very shortly after that. I’m also part of a group who are writing and publishing an anthology.
9. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Can you call the internet an entity? My friends on the web have been a huge support and inspiration. I think I see more of you guys than “real” people.
10. Do you see writing as a career?
Now I do. I definitely see it as my job.
11. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’d never thought about writing before African Me popped out. I’ve always read voraciously though. I love books. I’m a stationery freak also. Buying anything writing related is right up there with shoe shopping for me as far a pleasure goes. Maybe that should have been a clue.
12. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Not any more. In the beginning the whole process went way over my head. Now my stories tend to write themselves. I’m not overly fond of editing. That always takes ten times the time that it took to write the story in the first place.
13. Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Terry Pratchett. I think heavy thoughts and tend to look too deeply into everything I see. This sometimes can be quite a downer, so I love escaping into his mad worlds of craziness and laughter.
14. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
You guys are most cool indeed! I hope that you enjoy what I put out there, and I thank you for your kindness and lovely comments about my scribbles.
From the Admin: Thank you for sharing your answers with us Jo! Your book 'African Me' sounds like it will be very thought provoking and insightful!
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