Robert Valleau Interview

Bob has over three decades of writing experience for the Christian market. His career began, in the 1980s, when he worked for a Christian publishing company for their book department.

What inspired you to write?
For a long time, my friends encouraged me to write a book. I had written many things, but not a book. The next question became: Do I write a novel or an inspirational how-to?

Did the inspiration to write come to you suddenly, or had you been thinking about it some time?
I had been thinking about it for some time, but it took a while to narrow it down to writing a novel.

How did you tell your story? In other words, did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
I never outline my books. Scary, right? I'm not alone. A few other authors write similarly. However, I do have somewhat of an outline in my head: beginning, middle and end.

Did you receive any encouragement from family and friends, or did you work on your book alone?
I write the dark, huddle in the corner, hunkered over a keyboard and cup of coffee while having a staring contest with that bright-eyed demon we call a computer screen.

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
The most difficult part was trying to make it seem real while not having actually visited the location where it takes place. I did it though after extensive research which included viewing many images, reading articles about people who lived there and watching documentaries of the historical event that occurred during that time.

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
The most enjoyable part of writing my book was creating each character's persona and writing scenes that brought out various aspects of it when they interacted with one another.

Did you experience any personal transformation after the book was published?
Other than having accomplished writing my first novel, no. I mean, writing a novel is quite a feat in itself.

What’s something that gets in the way of your creativity?
Distractions, like my mind wandering or having something in my environment that catches my attention.

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
Criticism comes with the territory. Don't take it personally. We all have different tastes and support what appeals to us the most. Continue to feel confident in your ability as a writer, especially if God placed that desire in your heart and gave you the gift of writing to communicate his love to others.

Where did you grow up and what is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
I grew up in the Midwest. My most favorite childhood memory is being able to live carefree.

Do you have a favorite quote?
Yes, by Benjamin Franklin: "Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing."

What is your favorite show on TV?
Too many to list, but all the NCIS shows rank high.

Favorite movie?
Unable to list just one.

Favorite book?
I love all genres, so this is difficult to answer.

Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
I've already met him: Jesus.

Is there a talent you wish you had?
I wish I could sing. I envy those who succeed from reality shows like The Voice, American's Got Talent, etc.

What’s something about you that would surprise us?
I can play the guitar. It's been years, but I think I can still strum a song or two.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Friendly. Funny. Faithful.