terriluvsbooks talks to Robbie Cox

Robbie has been around terriluvsbooks a lot. Why? Because I flippin’ love his stuff. But more importantly, he is as sincere as each of this characters.
If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job? Stand up comic or professional hobo….Just think of the travel.
Where do your ideas come from? Watching people. I love to sit and just watch, and then wonder what their story is. Or reading. Even a newspaper article or a magazine article can spur stories if you read them right.
What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers? 
The best advice is know the rules before you break them. Study the craft and take it seriously. There is too much crappy writing out there because people are storytellers, but not necessarily writers. For the new writer, I would say stop talking about writing and write. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because that’s how you grow. And don’t wait. I wasted too many years by not going after it seriously.

Tell us all the genres you write. I write in several – Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, and soon Mystery.
Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter? I’m a pantser who plots along the way. I have an idea of where I want it to go and how I want it to end, scenes I want to see happen, but how to connect the dots happens when I sit down and type.
Describe your dream vacation. Some would say I live my dream vacation lol. Really, it’s not so much where I go, but who I’m with. As long as I’m with my ladies, I’m happy anywhere. I like to explore new places with plenty of downtime while doing it. It’s all about the journey, not the destination.
How do you decide on names for your characters? I am always watching shows and articles for new names. When it’s time to create a character, I browse the list until one just feels right to me. For my fantasy books, I sometimes use name generators until I see something I like.
Describe any writing rituals you use. Coffee during the day and Jameson at night lol. I also like cigars while I write. Other than that, I don’t have many except to sit the tailbone in a chair and do it.
What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind? No snacks, but I listen to film scores while I write usually. The music to movies or classics has a cadence to it that sometimes helps the pacing of a story.
What is the last book you read and why did you choose it? The last book I read was Guarded by the Alpha by Heather Hildenbrand. She’s someone I classify as a dear friend and it bothered me that I had not read one of her books yet. I try to read something from all of my author friends.
What was the first book you remember reading? Besides the Dr. Suess I consumed early on, the first real book with chapters and tough words and looked adult-like was The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. It started me reading and writing.
You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why?
This is a tough question.
The Bible, because it is full of amazing plotlines.
The Sword of Shannara because I read it every couple of years.
A thick dictionary because everything I need to create more books is in there.
And I have no idea what the other two would be.
Who is your favorite Disney character? Sorcerer’s Mickey, magic and cuteness all wrapped in one.
I know you drink a lot of coffee. Black or with stuff? Favorite blend? Black, hot and strong. I usually drink Eight O’clock Bean, but lately I’ve been branching out. I also enjoy a good French press.
Do you have any phobias? If so what are they? I’m claustrophobic pretty bad and I’m scared of heights. Majorly scared of heights.
What is your favorite mystical creature? I’ve been researching these for my Warrior of the Way series, and there are so many fascinating ones out there. However, I will pick two. I like dragons and gnomes. Dragons are majestic and gnomes are mischievous.
What would you go back and tell your 18-year-old self? To get off my ass and get started. That really is it. I think of everything I could have accomplished if I had just taken the leap sooner. Everything was an excuse and not a real reason to wait. Oh, and that, believe or not, I’ll like vegetables eventually.
Thank you Robbie. Check out all his books on Amazon.
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7 comments

  1. Great interview. How on earth he manages to listen to film scores whilst writing. I struggle to write an interview whilst music is playing. My brain focuses on the music and stops me being able to put sentences together. Yes I’m weird!!

  2. This was a wonderful interview! I love that he’s telling writers to learn the rules before you break them. Great tips in there, very thankful for this interview!!

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