A nice chat with Rob Keeley

Author Interview

Hello! Rob Keeley

5 Questions to Know You Better…

Perhaps most important – tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate?

Are you brewing up?  Thanks, I’ll have tea, preferably Earl Grey, or strong black decaff coffee with half a teaspoonful of brown sugar.  Hot chocolate’s a bit sweet for my taste.  What a lovely way to start an interview.

Of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite?

He’s a character in the book I’m working on at the moment – but it hasn’t been published yet so I can’t tell you his name!  Of those I’ve published so far, I like Ellie and Edward from the Spirits series, Liam and Justin from my short story collections (a sort of junior double-act who never do anything) and Mia and her dad, the amateur detectives, who have only had one story so far but I’m determined to do more!

Do you have a particular place where you write –  can you show us a picture?

I haven’t anywhere particularly glamorous to show you, I’m afraid: no cafe or writing shed!  I have my writing den, with my desk and my computer.  To the average person it would probably look about as exciting as my desk in my old office job – except for thirty-odd years’ worth of books surrounding it!  And a Doctor Who clock on the wall.  But it’s what you write, not where you write, that’s important.

Here’s a picture from my most recent author day instead (see below for more on this!).

Where do you find your inspiration and ideas?

I never have a clue what to say to this and I’m asked it all the time!  I guess it’s about one-third life experience – people, places, schooldays – and two-thirds imagination.  When an idea comes, it’s as if someone has switched a light on and you’re away.

What are you working on currently, and when can we expect to read it?

Production will be starting soon on “High Spirits”, the fourth of the five novels in the Spirits series, so it should be published later this year.  It picks up with our hero Ellie in her teens, two years after the events of the last book “The Sword of the Spirit”.  She has learned her lesson about meddling in time and thinks she has left the spirit world behind – but the ghosts have other ideas!  There will be one more Spirits novel but I’m also looking ahead to when the series finishes and, as mentioned earlier, have another book for the 8-12s in the making plus several more in the planning stages.  I’ve also written a young adult novel which I hope will be published at some point.

Away from my desk I’m doing school and library workshops and recently did a half-term author day and signing at one of our local libraries, which turned out to be on the same day as Storm Doris, but we didn’t let that stop us!  Have a look at www.robkeeley.co.uk to find out more.  Or follow me on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.                                                                                             

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