Interview With Author Robert Kono
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Born in 1932, I grew up in LA and its environs and was dumped into America’s concentration camps during WWII and repatriated to wartorn Japan in 1946 where I grew up in lonely exile until 1959 when I was able to return to the United States to get married and finish my college education. I have written ten books, six of which have been published by me.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The title is Westward Lies The Sun. I’ve written a Christian-themed novel about a Japanese American attorney’s search for God.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I used to spend four to six hours writing years ago but now I limit myself to about three hours at a time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Ernest Hemingway and Fydor Dostoevsky and their works greatly influenced me and determined the direction that my writing was to take.
What are you working on now?
I’m at work on yet another novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My website is rhkohno.com.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Stick to your guns, keep the faith and fight the good fight, come hell or high water…and be bold.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do what is right for yourself and for those that love you.
What are you reading now?
Dark Night of the Soul
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m at work on yet another novel under my pen name. R. H. Kohno. I’ve set aside the third book of a trilogy I’ve been working on under my regular name to let it gestate.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Farewell to Arms, Red Badge of Courage, Moby Dick and The Brothers Karamazov
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