Interview With Author Rob Roy O'Keefe
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in a Howard Johnson's in Bayonne, which explains my lifelong habit of ending each day with 28 flavors of ice cream.
In my twenties, I went through a period of crisis and self-doubt upon learning I was not named after a Scottish folk hero, but rather a mixed drink featuring scotch whisky and sweet vermouth. Years of counseling eventually enabled me to resume my place in society. That, and the realization that my siblings, Mojito, Daiquiri, and Gimlet, had it much worse than I did.
I made my way in the world as the inventor of several nonexistent colors and am living a life of leisure thanks to the royalty checks I receive for creating the descriptive names found on garden hose nozzles. My favorite is “Mist.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My newest book is titled, Small Stories: A Perfectly Absurd Novel. It was inspired by living among other human beings.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to use a lot of nouns and verbs, but not necessarily on the same page.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Rankin, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and whoever came up with the theme song for Gilligan's Island.
What are you working on now?
The next book in the Small Stories series, which I'm tentatively calling Small Secrets, A Predictably Absurd Sequel, and some flash fiction, some of which can be found on my Goodreads blog.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My plan is to give away the first billion copies of my book for free and then charge double for the second billion.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If I was good at advice I'd have one of those columns that people write to all the time about how their in-laws come into their house uninvited and force them to watch Columbo reruns, or how they have a crush on someone who only dates marsupials. But I don't have one of those columns, so don't listen to anything I have to say. It's for your own good.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Always run downhill from bears. They have short front legs so they stumble going down slopes, but if you run up a hill, they'll easily catch you. Go ahead and turn it into some symbolic larger meaning if you want.
What are you reading now?
City of Orange by David Yoon.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I suspect more words.
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?
1) How to Build a Vacation Resort Out of Sand and Seawater
2) Something with really big pages I could use as a hat
3 + 4) Two edible books, preferably fruit-flavored
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