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KAI Presents… Hugh W. Roberts!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents: 

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Hugh W. Roberts!

Tell us a bit about yourself, Hugh.

Hi Kev, thank you so much for inviting me over to your blog today.

My Name is Hugh W. Roberts. I live in Swansea, in South Wales in the United Kingdom. I’m Welsh, but only moved back to live in Wales last year.

I am dyslexic and for many years allowed it to stop me writing. However, when I discovered blogging, back in February 2014, new doors opened for me and my writing.

Kev: What’s your latest book called and how did you come up with the title?

The book is called Glimpses. I came up with the title one night. In fact, it woke me up! As the book contains 28 short stories, I thought it a great title because that is what the reader will get – a glimpse into the lives of characters who have no idea what is awaiting them.

Kev: Which Genre do you have it listed under and does it cross any other genres?

It’s listed under short stories and anthologies. However, the stories cover many genres including, Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, Fantasy, Drama, LGBT and Supernatural.

Kev: Tell us a little bit more about it.

Glimpses contains 28 short stories about characters who have no idea that life is about to take them on un-expectant twists and turns. Many of the characters will come face to face with the dark side of my writing, whilst some will encounter happiness, saddens and other emotions in an unexpected way.

Here’s the synopsis for the book.

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After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

Kev: Introduce us to one of your main characters.

As it’s a book of short stories, I’ve chosen to introduce you to Amy Lushwick, who is the only character in my short story ‘Lipstick.’

img_6169Amy is a very attractive young woman in her early twenties, who has a passion for shopping, epically when she can get herself a great bargain. She loves her clothes and shoes, and has a pair of stiletto heels for every occasion. She has shoulder length bleach blond hair, big brown eyes (and flutters her long eyelashes a lot), is beautiful looking, works out at the gym every day, and is very careful with what she eats to keep her figure trim. She knows she is good looking and uses this to her full advantage when it comes to getting what she wants. She’s fun to go out with and has more male friends than female friends, but she’ll have no hesitation in stabbing her family or friends in the back when things don’t go her way. She loves to look at herself in the mirror and spends hours getting ready for a night out. Amy lives alone in a rather nice apartment, but is never short on visitors. That’s all I better say about her without spoiling her story.

Kev: Provide a teaser/short passage from your book.

As Amy Lushwick squashed the umpteenth little creature with the front end of her eight-inch stiletto heeled shoe, she smiled again. She hated the little blighters and had no idea why there had been so many of them or where they were coming from.

img_5989She’d almost finished painting her lips with the brightest of red lipstick when she thought to herself how gorgeous she looked. No man would turn her down tonight; she would have the pick of the bunch.

The lipstick had been a bargain. She had been hesitant to buy it from the online auction site at first because the seller had no selling feedback. However, even though it had lain in the drawer of her dressing table for a few months, she was now convinced that just by wearing it she would become the sexiest woman alive and it would bring her all the attention she desired. She smiled to herself as she knew she would be the envy of some of her ‘not so’ close friends.

Just as she was about to apply the last bit of lipstick, something caught her eye. It looked like a very small piece of cotton sticking out the side of the lipstick. With the tips of her brightly painted finger and thumbnail she went to pull at it and watched in disbelief as it disappeared into the lipstick. Had she been seeing things or had it really just disappeared?

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Kev: When you wrote this work, did you write off-the-cuff or use some kind of formula like an outline?

Most of the stories in the book were created because I enjoy participating in writing challenges. Sometimes, I will see a challenge, or a photo, and the story will come straight to me. I write off-the-cuff but many of the stories have been rewritten for the book because all but one were first published on my blog. I do also have a novel in progress but even that has been written off-the-cuff.

Kev: Did you research for the backdrop of your story or any other part of it?

I did do some research for some of the stories, but I didn’t spend days on end researching. I’d rather write than research and will only delve into researching if I really have to.

Kev: What challenges did this particular work pose for you?

By far, the most difficult challenge was writing the synopsis. I had no difficultly writing a synopsis for each of the stories, but when it came to writing one for the whole book, I found myself completely out of my comfort zone. I asked for help from the blogging community and was amazed with the response. In fact, if it wasn’t for the blogging community, then this book would not have seen the light of day. They have been very supportive and have encourage me all the way.

Kev: What methods are using to promote this work?

I’ve been invited to do lots of interviews and guest posts throughout the blogging world. I’ll be running a competition when the book is launched, which will run for three months. I’m also doing my very first book fair as a published author, in Llandeilo, on December 10th.  I’m looking forward to this very much as it will give me the chance to meet those readers and maybe get to sign a few of my books. I’ve also been in touch with some local book shops who support local authors and am hoping I’ll be asked to do some talks at some author workshops.

Kev: Do you have any advice for new authors?

  • Give as much of your time as possible to getting your first book finished and published.
  • Take a break from blogging if you need to and, whatever you do, don’t get stressed out about any of the process.
  • If you find it’s becoming too much, then walk away from it and take a break. Relax, spend some time doing something else.
  • Don’t neglect your family or friends during the process.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for advice. You’ll be surprised by just how many published authors and writers are willing to help.
  • Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot publish a book. Being dyslexic, I lost count by how many times I was told that it would not be possible for me to publish a book.
  • Ensure you get your book edited and ask for some volunteers to beta read it for you.
  • Network with other writers and authors both at events such as book fairs and author workshops as well as on your blog and the blogs of other writers.
  • Always, always ensure you go out of your way to respond to comments left on your blog. Never ignore comments. Treat anyone visiting your blog, author page or webpage as a customer.
  • Most of all, enjoy writing. Have fun with it and never be afraid to show off your work.

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About Kev

Kev is an Author & Songwriter. After years of studying, and even more years working in education, and management in the US, he returned to his hometown in England where he finally settled down to focus on his writing and music. Links to his works can be found in the widget bar, and more information about them can be found on his pages above. He would greatly appreciate it if you would check them out. Kev has a M.Ed in Secondary Education with English as his main subject area. He also did post-graduate studies in Christian Counselling and Psychopathology after obtaining a BA in Psychology with a minor in Classical Greek.

112 comments on “KAI Presents… Hugh W. Roberts!

  1. Wonderful interview Hugh and Kev. No wonder I love your stories Hugh, I’ve always been a huge fan of Tales of the Unexpected and The Twilight Zone. When we lived in California, they did back to back repeats at holiday times, those old B&W episodes are my favourites! But Hugh, your stories are all you…and that’s what makes them extra special 🙂 xxx

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  2. Great interview Kev. Congratulations, Hugh, on the success of your book. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. A smashing interview, thoroughly enjoyed the snapshot of Amy Lushwick and feel me needing a little gift I love paperbacks and would love a signed one … ? ‘pass me the lipstick Amy’ Who knows this may work. 😘😜

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  4. Fantastic interview – now I am even more keen to read this book

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  5. Terrific interview, Kev and Hugh. Glad you added a few of the “I’m simply astounded” photos. They crack me up every time I see them. Hope the book flies “off the shelves” over the holidays, Hugh 🙂

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  6. Congrats on your book and best wishes, Hugh. Glad you took the advice and put your collection of short stories into a book. I like the title (I know about ideas waking up a person) and the cover.

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    • Thank you very much, Cynthia. I’ve had so much encouragement and support from the blogging community. I am so thankful to them for encouraging me to publish the book. Now, I can’t wait until publication day next week. I’m thrilled with the cover and I think the title says it all.

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  7. Wonderful interview Hugh, thank you Kev for this delightful insight you have allowed us with your great interviewing skills.. 🙂 Regards and best wishes Sue

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  8. Hugh, so wonderful to see you making the ‘authorly’ rounds! Fits you so well! Congrats my friend, and l loved the Amy Lushwick excerpt, and your advice to new authors! 🙂 xo

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  9. Great interview. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  10. Great interview, snippet and advice enjoyed finding out more about Glimpses. Looking forward to reading your book Hugh. 🙂

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  11. A great interview, it’s heightened my anticipation for the the book.

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  12. I’m a big fan of Hugh! Congrats on a great guest post!

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  13. Whoo- hooo.Can’t keep up with you–Hugh. No, not poetic but wish you all the best. 🙂

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  14. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Hugh Roberts with his first interview about his new short story anthology Glimpses… over on Kevin Cooper’s blog.. absolutely delighted to see his long awaited book.

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  15. I for one can’t wait for Glimpses to come out! Huggable Hugh is such a talented writer!!

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  16. How wonderful to see Hugh here, Kev. Really looking forward to reading Glimpses. Hugs

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  17. I also have had the pleasure of meeting Hugh in person. It is hard to believe that such a lovely, warm man can have such a dark mind!
    He is such a talented writer whose stories always pack a punch! 🙂

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  18. Yay, Hugh! I’ve always though it takes a certain genius to write a good short story. It’s such a succinct art. And the more I hear from Christoph and Hugh, the more I want to visit Wales! Slainte to the pair of you. Nice read here today, thank you.

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    • You’d be welcome to Wales with lots of open arms, Claire.
      Thank you so much. I hope my book will help all short story writers get a well-deserved boost and maybe a standing ovation. It’s certainly where my creative path has taken me.

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  19. Loved getting to know you better, Hugh! Look forward to reading your book! I like your surprise endings! Hugs xx

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  20. A great interview with a very talented writer. All the best, Hugh!

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  21. Great to see Hugh here. I’ve had the pleasure to meet him in person and I have read a few of his stories and readers are in for a treat. Good luck and thanks!

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  22. So excited for Hugh! He’s a proud poppa for sure

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  23. Reblogged this on Hugh's Views & News and commented:
    Here’s my very first interview about my upcoming book, Glimpses.

    Thank you very much to Kevin Cooper for inviting me over to his blog and for asking the questions. A fabulous host and somebody who is multi-talented in both his writing and music.

    I’ve closed comments off here, so please visit Kev’s blog to read the interview and, as always, you’re very welcome to leave comments there as well as check out his blog and add him to your follow list.

    Thank you, Kev. It was a real pleasure being interviewed by you.

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  24. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    Meet Hugh Roberts in this interview. You can meet him at the Llandeilo Book Fair on Dec 10th, where he will be reading from his work.

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  25. Great interview and snippet and advice. All the best to Hugh – a talented storyteller!

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  26. Love the sound of this. I so enjoy unusual and “weird” tales. Going on my reading list!

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  27. Ooooh, I used to love Tales of the Unexpected, I was trying to remember the title the other day when I was reading a macabre short story. This sounds a great collection. Hugh’s photos are brill 🙂

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    • I thought you were going to say, ‘when… [a doggy tail slapped me in the face…]’ I could visualise that. 😀
      Yes, I’ll be getting my copy soon. Agreed on the photos. 😀

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    • Thank you. I’ve started watching some reruns of ‘The Twilight Zone’ that were first broadcast only a few years ago, but they don’t live up to the original series. Some have been great, but others not so much. God bless Rod Serling for creating the series. He had to fight to get the American TV stations to make the series and thank goodness he never gave up with it.
      A fabulous writer who I hope will allow me to follow in his footsteps.

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