Today I welcome author Robin Roughley to my blog to discuss A Life in Books.
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Hi my name is Robin Roughley, I live in the North West of England and have been a full time writer for the past four years. I am the author of the DS Lasser crime series and have fourteen books out in the series so far, I also have the first in a three book series out with Bloodhound Publishing in the UK.
Also I am close to releasing a standalone featuring one of the characters from the Lasser books. Before becoming a full time writer I drove trucks for a living and wrote plays in my spare time. After being laid off at the last company I decided to try self-publishing on Amazon and haven’t stopped since then.
What was you favourite book from childhood?
I struggled with reading and writing as a kid so I was a bit of a slow starter, though the first book I remember managing to read under my own steam was The Wind in the Willows. It took me about six months to read but I loved every minute of it and it sparked a love of books that stayed with me for a long time.
What type of books did you read as a teenager?
I was a bit of a horror lover in my teenage years, so anything by James Herbert or Stephen King was always on my wish list, although I used to enjoy the James Herriot vet books as well, gentle and humorous with laugh out moments as well.
When you were at school what was your favourite book you studied?
This is an easy one, I loved the book Kes by Barry Hines when I was at school. It is a brilliant book that spoke to me as a kid and still does all these years later.
What is your favourite classic book?
This is a tricky one for me as the classics were not something I encountered very often. I tended to find them hard going and would soon lose interest. To me something like The Lord of the Rings would be classed as a classic though I can imagine others might disagree. I tried Dickens but couldn’t get into the stories and Shakespeare has always remained a mystery to me.
What would you consider to be one of the best books you have had over the last years.
The last book I read was one called December by Phil Rickman a brilliant ghost story packed with wonderful characters and atmosphere.
6. What book to you think you should read but never get round to?
To kill a Mockingbird is one that I feel I should read they did it at school in the year I left and I have always meant to get a copy and try it but never been able to find the time.
What do you consider to be your favourite book ?
December by Phil Rickman, as mentioned above it has everything I am looking for in a read. A story that draws you in and characters that really stay with you long after the book is finished.
Is there a book that you have started but been unable to finish?
To be honest I don’t really read anymore as I find writing takes up all of my time. In the past I always finished a book no matter how unengaged I was in the story.
If you were stranded on a desert Island which 2 books would you want to have with you
It by Stephen King and The Lord of the Rings both hefty books that would keep me happy for weeks until the boat came to save me!
Kindle or Book?
As mentioned earlier I don’t really read these days but if I did then I would have to say Kindle simply because it allows you to take the books with you wherever you go.
or via my website https://www.robinroughley.com/