Come Ask Robert Vardeman Some Questions

Introducing Bob Vardeman!


About Robert (Bob) Vardeman (from Amazon Author Central)

Robert E. Vardeman is the author of more than 100 fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as numerous westerns under various pen names (Jackson Lowry, Karl Lassiter). F&SF titles include the fantasy Dark Legacy (Magic: The Gathering tie-in) and sf novel Ruins of Power (Battletech: Mechwarrior tie-in). The reprint of his Star Frontier trilogy from Zumaya Publications was launched with Alien Death Fleet and Genetic Menace. Black Nebula will be published soon. The Infinity Plague, the first book of the Biowarriors series, recently has been published for the Kindle.

Fantasy work included the novelization of Sony Playstation videogame God of War 1 (co-authored with Matt Stover) and the forthcoming God of War 2. All nine titles in the Swords of Raemllyn series will be published in Kindle format. Look for the fantasy pirate short story, “The Coins of Darkun,” in the collection Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms.

In addition to short stories for the Kindle, his collection Stories from Desert Bob’s Reptile Ranch covers almost thirty years of writing.

Editorial work includes Career Guide to Your Job in Hell and the spectacular anthology, co-edited with Joan Spici Saberhagen, Golden Reflections.

Vardeman is a longtime resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in materials engineering. He worked for Sandia National Laboratories in the Solid State Physics Research Department before becoming a full time writer.

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Author, Blogger, and illustrator with PDMI Publishing Llc. V.L. Jennings' Blog (Speculating Among The Stars) can be found here: I am the author of two science fiction books called "The Alien Mind" and "Visionary from the Stars". I love to write and I have been doing so since the sixth grade. I was born in April 1987 in the state of New Hampshire; I was Home Schooled from seventh grade and graduated at 16 with a GED. I now live with my husband and three children in Dillon, South Carolina. You can find me on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari, Linkedin, and Pinterest. I love connecting with people! I am readily to answer questions and offer advice and support to new writers.

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8 comments on “Come Ask Robert Vardeman Some Questions
  1. […] week and visitors were encouraged to ask Robert some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight!Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Robert back for a follow up […]

  2. Jo Linsdell says:

    First, WOW! That’s a lot of books!

    What’s your typical writing day like? Do you have a fixed writing schedule?

  3. Bob… omg this is like the single biggest honor as a HUGE Star Trek fan (I wouldn’t put me in Trekkie status…. I am actually going to post the questions we ask on Written By….. with Virginia’s permission…. both the writing process questions and the interview questions…. Sorry if it’s a lot but I am excited 🙂
    1. Do you assume that you first need to do the research and then the writing? Are you uncomfortable writing without having thoroughly completed the research?
    2. What social supports can you establish to promote regular writing? Can you arrange, for example, to discuss ideas for writing projects with informed friends?
    3. Do the people you live with respect your need for quiet time when developing projects?
    4. Do you know people who can provide you with encouragement when you are feeling discourage about the worthiness or potential of an idea?
    5. What specific strategies do you typically employ when revising your work?
    What changes would you like to make about how your revise?
    6. When revising, are you willing to reject what you have written and start fresh with a new organization or a new thought as necessary?
    7. How would you describe your typical writing voice, persona, or style?
    8. Complete one of the following sentence fragments
    The biggest editorial problem that readers have identified with my work . .
    The problems that I want to work on are . . .
    Readers always tell me I should…
    9. What strategies can you employ to help you accomplish your writing goals?
    10. Can you demystify the composing process?
    11. What changes can you make in your environment that will help you achieve your writing goals?
    12. Does a small voice within you whisper that your ideas lack originality or that someone will dislike your manuscript or that you don’t have time to finish? What do you do in that situation?
    13. What myths about writing or do you hold that intrude on regular writing?
    14. What changes in how you write will help you achieve your writing goals?
    15. Has rejection in the past influenced your perception of yourself as a writer or what you write about?
    16. In what ways do you attempt to work with your intuition when writing?
    17. If an unrelated thought occurs to you when you are writing, do you tend to ignore the thought or do you pursue it ?
    18. Do you have a writing ritual i.e things that you do to begin writing like lighting candles or things you do when you are finished?
    19. What, if anything do you listen too when writing? Who are your favorite bands/artists to listen to?

    Background –
    1) Who are you? (tell us a bit about you personally)
    2) How old where you when you first started writing?
    3) What made you fall in love with writing?
    4) How long have you been writing?
    5) What was the first piece you ever wrote?
    Influences –
    1) What is your favorite genre?
    2) Who are your favorite authors? Brief Explanation of why.
    3) What is your favorite book by another author?
    4) What’s your favorite character archetype of literature?
    5) What is your favorite theme or element in writing?
    Process –
    1) What do you think makes good writing?
    2) Where do you get most of your ideas?
    3) What room is your favorite to write in?
    4) What is your favorite place for thinking?
    5) Do you base your characters on people you know?
    Favorites and General questions –
    1) Tell us briefly about your book(s)
    2) What is your favorite thing you’ve written?
    3) Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your works?
    4) What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?
    5) Is there anything you purposely include or eliminate in your writing?

    Finally the best questionnaire.. ever…. by Bernard Pivot
    1) What is your favorite word?
    2) What is your least favorite word?
    3) What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
    4) What turns you off?
    5) What is your favorite curse word?
    6) What sound or noise do you love?
    7) What sound or noise do you hate?
    8) What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    9) What profession would you not like to do?
    10) If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

  4. *sigh*, Bob, Stephen is ‘very random’.

    I have some questions for you, were you a fan of the Star Trek books before you wrote yours or were you only familiar with the TV series?

    What was your emotion when you found out your Star Trek books were getting published?

    Why do you like writing science fiction and fantasy?

    Do you have a preferred age group that you write for?

    How do your story ideas come to you? Do you sit down and just ponder them out or do they pop into your mind while you are doing something non writing related?

    How old were you when you started writing your first book?

    Do you have any advice you would like to share with your fellow writers?

  5. Stephen Ward says:

    1. Have you ever been to Spain? Do you kinda like the music?
    2. How much sex is in your books? Profanity?
    3. Are you attracted to pretty flashing lights?
    4. You have written a lot of books. Do enemy agents use them to pass messages back to their homeland?
    5. Are you boring?
    6. Suppose you are in a store minding your own business when suddenly you are confronted by a naked woman asking you to help find her clothes. Do you start jotting down notes for a book idea or do you help the young damsel in distress (even if it takes all night)?
    7. Have you ever wanted to title a book, “I Wish All You Motherf–kers Would Leave Me the Hell Alone”?
    8. Virgin Laughin’ Jannings (ROFL) expects participation at “Where Writers and Authors Sulk”. What can you bring to the proverbial table?
    9. Do you have a sense of humor or are you basically a miserable drag?
    10. Do you cheat on your taxes?
    11. Do you edit your stuff or pass it off to an overpaid parasite?
    12. Are your characters made up or subtle representations of people you like, hate, have gotten it on with or celebrities you’d like to meet?
    13. Have you ever dressed in drag? If so, what is your alter-ego’s name?
    14. Some time continuum sweeps you up and suddenly you are confronted with Adolf Hitler and he wants to hear a joke. What joke would you tell him?

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