Joshua Robertson Interview

Joshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended Wichita State University where he received his Masters in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.

What inspired you to write?
If I had to blame someone for my early obsession with writing, it would likely be my older sister. When we were young, her and I would read books fervently during the summer, completing one or two books everyday. Eventually, she started writing and I was fascinated! I soon followed suit, discovering that I enjoyed the escapism that storytelling offered.

Was your inspiration sudden, or did it take time?
Once I started writing I did not stop. I had finished several short stories by the time I was in my mid-teens, and completed my first novel before the end of high school. I even had an agent before graduation. Yet I did not publish anything until after the age of 30.

Did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
My process of writing has changed over the past couple of decades. I once wrote the story from start to finish without any outline, and later discovered this was a mistake for me personally. Nowadays, I always outline my story before writing.

Do you work alone, or get encouragement from family and friends?
Two of my completed, published novels are co-written with my younger brother, JC Boyd. My better half, Lilian Oake, is also a published writer in the genre of fantasy. Admittedly, I have long been blessed with support from family and friends.

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
The first few chapters. While I outline my stories, the first 15,000 words or so always prove to be the most difficult. I have to spend some time with my characters to understand their qualities. Until then, they feel too forced on paper. As a result, I always end up rewriting the first few chapters after finishing the book.

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
I particularly like writing battle scenes. I do not know why--maybe all the horseplay I engaged in as a child--but battles dance across my vision quicker than I can type. They come rather naturally.

Have you received any awards for your book(s)?
Anaerfell, the first book in The Blood of Dragons Series, received three 5-Star reviews from Reader's Favorites, and it is currently in the running for the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off competition, hosted by fantasy author, Mark Lawrence.

Are you working on a new book at the moment?
I am working on The Highborn Longwalker, an origin story for my antagonist from The Kaelandur Series. I am also working on Heshayol, the second and final book in The Blood of Dragons Series. Next year, I will be working on the second book in the Legacy Series.

Do you have any book giveaways, contests or events coming up?
I regularly do book giveaways on Goodreads and in my newsletter. Readers can come see me at the Pensacola Comic Convention in Pensacola, Florida on August 19-20, or at the Soda City ComicCon in Columbia, South Carolina on August 26-27.

What gets in the way of your creativity?
Ha! Life, I suppose. Raising children and running my many other businesses keep me from writing. I typically know what I want to write, but finding the time becomes increasingly difficult, especially during the summer months.

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
Criticism is a great opportunity for learning. I have gained incredible knowledge by listening to others, even when they were seemingly vicious. I try to discover what wisdom I can in their words.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Not all who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

What is your favorite show on TV?
Game of Thrones

Favorite movie?
Wolfhound (2006) starring Aleksandr Bukharov

Favorite book?
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

What’s something about you that would surprise us?
I hate this question, because little of what I do is surprising to me. I write for Fantasy-Faction.com, I am a Licensed Master Social Worker, I lived in Alaska for two years, I know how to read Runes and Tarot cards, I burned nearly 40% of my body in a fire and have no scars, and I based all my books off Slavic mythology because it is my ancestry.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Tenacity. Adventurous. Dreamer.