Robert Ian Wilson

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On Wednesdays on social media, people use the hashtag #WriterWednesday to chat about all things author, book and writing, including authors promoting their own work. As we love to support self-published authors, we thought we’d join in and we will be featuring a UK self-published author every Wednesday on the website. This week, we met Robert Ian Wilson to find out more...

Please tell us about yourself; when did you first become interested in writing?
I've always had an interest in stories that stem from an early age. My grandma was a catalyst, she frequently read me bedtime stories; books such as Roald Dahl's The BFG; Nick Butterworth's Percy the Park Keeper and Jane Hissey's Little Bear's Trousers.

I started writing once my taste had developed for the more wondrous and strange genre, Science Fiction and Fantasy. Like many writers, I've been influenced by The Hobbit, Dune, Ready Player One and the Harry Potter series; films such as Blade Runner, Star Wars, The Goonies, and Indiana Jones.

The computer game series, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts was a big starting point where I thought, I could create my own worlds too…

A couple of years later I've self-published my first novella, 'Egbert's World' and finished my novel which I began at 18; due out this year.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in year six at Gledhow Primary School, Leeds. My teacher read us 'Beowulf' for English Literature and creative writing. Our task was to listen and re-do our own version of the classic story. I was enticed by the violent struggle between Beowulf and the creature, Grendel. My favourite part of the task was my re-creation of the hall scene, where the villain skulked from the shadows and ambushed the sleeping heroes.

What genre/genres do your books fall under?
My stories would come under Science Fiction and Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Arthurian, Coming of Age, Fiction and Young Adult.

What is your latest book called, what is it about and what was the inspiration behind the book?
'Egbert's World' is my current self-published novella. It's a coming of age story that focuses on the growth of a boy, who's been reluctantly forced into a strange and dangerous situation which will determine his fate and loved ones. The synopsis:

'An old prophecy foretold of a knight who will save two worlds from horror. Set in the early 20th century, a boy named Lucius Domhill tells his tale of his great adventure into the world of Eve. This is where he must find his missing Grandfather, Egbert, and his dog, Sammy; who had mysteriously disappeared in a blinding light. With a long journey ahead, he must face off against an ancient Evil that manipulates and devours the realms of Eve, to reach its own personal goals.'

The idea of Egbert's World came from a short story based on my father's garden (which was a layout for the realms of Eve) and a long-occurring dream I have, where I'm stuck in a world, searching for a hidden door...

Besides your current book, do you have any new projects coming up?
I have many projects which will keep me busy. I need to finish my World Trilogy; I've just finished the sequel to ‘Egbert’s World’ that explores the origins of Eve and the unanswered questions from book one.

There is my dystopian, science fiction and fantasy novel, ‘The Bastion Chronicles – The Alchemist's Soul’ which has been recently edited and polished for pre-order and submissions.

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Where can people find your books?
You can find my work on Amazon.co.uk/worldwide or on my website - www.robertianwilson.wix.com/author
‘Egbert's World’ - paperback is currently £4.99 and only £2.99 eBook.
‘Memory of a Bluesman: A Short Story' - £1.99 on eBook

What has been the greatest moment in your writing career?
When I received my first paperback copy of 'Egbert's World'; to physically hold something you've dreamed of doing for years was beyond words. I must have carried my book around the house for weeks.

Besides writing, what hobbies or interests do you enjoy in your spare time?
Ever since I was young, my house has been a sanctuary for anything furry; mainly dogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs. I go for frequent adventurous walks with my dog, Sammy, visiting an array of sites across Britain.

I'm a session musician and occasional guitar teacher; I've been playing the guitar for nearly eleven years. The origins of my music taste probably comes from my father's former obsession with Pink Floyd and various psychedelic - rock and roll bands.

Leeds United is my team and football has always been a big part of my life; whether it was playing or just watching.

I'm a movie and series buff - geek which probably shows through my writing.

Which novelists do you admire?
Ernest Clyne, the author of my favourite book of all time, Ready Player One. It has everything; 80's nostalgia, references to the greatest Sci-Fi films; cyberpunk and a story that hooks you from start to finish.

Matt Haig, for his ability to write with such emotion, making it easy for the reader to relate to the characters. Humanshad a very big effect on me and made me re-think my own writing style.

Not forgetting JK Rowling, a genius writer with a creative flair, who's produced one of the best series – ever.

What has been the best piece of writing advice you've received?
To always have a small writer's book in hand, in case you have a good concept for a story or for current projects.

Do you have any tips or advice for other indie authors?
My advice is to be patient, don't rush your work, in the sense of publishing too soon. Make sure your books are up to your standards and listen to the advice of others. Remember, not everyone will like your story, so be prepared for criticism; take it on board and use it to your advantage.

Just have fun with your creations.

You can find out more about Robert at his website or via Amazon UK, Goodreads, LinkedIn or Twitter.