I met Robert Brabham at a recent Charlotte Writers’ Club meeting and knew he’d make a good addition to the blog. Robert is a short story writer whose genre is uniquely his own, and he shares his thoughts on writing and networking here.
1. Tell me briefly about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
I was determined to have a book “out there” this year and culled together a mixed sampling of my short stories in Does This Knife In My Back Make My Butt Look Big? Tales of Madness, Eisegesis, and Other Unpardonables. It is available on Amazon and Lulu.com. The stories fall under the appellation of speculative fiction, but run the gamut of literary, sci-fi, humorous, experimental, and a couple of out and out horror yarns. I like to call my work “intense fiction.” Faulkner said the job of the writer is to express the conflict in the human heart and I suppose that’s what I’m after. When people ask me where I get my ideas, my response is: I don’t get ideas; they get me.
2. How have your sales been?
Sales have been more than modest without a substantial advertising campaign.
3. How does self-publishing compare with traditional publishing?
I have had success with some short stories with Down in the Dirt magazine, which publishes on demand with Lulu.com and is now available on Amazon. The short stories also appear on their website. Down in the Dirt is more of an independent soul and not a traditional publisher. I self-published my collection of stories with Lulu.com and found their advertising offers prohibitive in cost and have been relying on social media thus far.