Interview with Robert Butt

Robert Butt

Interview Date: 6/22/2012


Writing and creating things you've often thought about but hoped to whichever God you pray to that you'd never be faced with.

Q: When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

A: I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I don't remember there being one certain event that sparked the interest. I think it's just something that I was born with.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (Assuming said power would be reasonably “powerful.”)

A: I would probably want eye lasers. I hate traffic, and I'm pretty sure I could clear a path for my commute rather nicely with some nice, Optic Atomizers.

Kev's response: And we thus name you ... "Road Rage."

Q: Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?

A: The Incredible Hulk. I remember watching the TV show when I was younger. Seeing the guy who was messed with, get his “revenge” through a nice beating bestowed upon the aggressors....priceless.

Kev's response: I loved the Hulk in the comics when he was green, and intelligent (and always in Hulk form).

Q: Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you?

A: I find most of my inspiration from every day events. I'm a big news reader. If it's said, printed, shown, made public in any way, it's in danger of being my next story.

Q: Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?

A: Definitely by-the seat-of-the-pants. I always liked writing assignments in school, except for the whole plan, and outline part. I love just letting a story build in my head. I feel more freedom while writing when I'm not trying to go by some blueprint.

Kev's response: Wait ... you what? I can see writing for fun out of class, but forced writing....

Q: Do you write only when inspired, or do you have a set schedule where you sit down to write.

A: I write when I'm inspired which is pretty much all the time. I usually have to set a scheduled time to NOT write, and give myself a break. Not a long break, but enough to recharge a bit.

Q: Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?

A: I horror. I've been a fan for a long time, and I feel like I can let loose a bit more when writing horror. I've toyed around with other genres, but horror is definitely my niche.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about writing?

A: I enjoy trying to create that new world or creature/character that will really grab someone's attention. I also enjoy thinking about how a story will make the reader feel while reading it. That chill down their spine. That moment that they want to look away. Yeah, that does it for me.

Q: Is there any part of writing that you don't enjoy?

A: Like most writers I love it when I finish a story, but at the same time, that's almost the worst feeling in the world for me. It's almost like moving away to a new place and leaving your best friend behind.

Kev's response: Interesting. I always feel like a grayhound in a race, that even after passing the finish line it just heads around again toward it, now in a "new race."

Q: Can you tell me something odd about yourself?

A: I have a serious fear of circus clowns but love the creepy horror type clowns.

Kev's response: Why did I just get an image of a creepy horror type clown in some girl's room at night, ala Edward in Twilight?

Q: Do you write one story at a time or do you have several novels in the works at one time?

A: I can't function properly if I don't have several projects going at once. Right now I have a graphic novel in the works as well as 2 screenplays.

Q: I'm looking to advertise for evil minions for my plot to take over the world, any suggestions?

A: Flying Zombie Ninja Monkeys!

Kev's response: Now, come one. Everyone knows zombies only fly when you somehow get them into a catapult and lob them over a wall.

Q: Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?

A: The way things are going with people constantly looking for the most convenient way to do things, I think e-books will definitely make a hard run at taking over.

Q: What are your current projects?

A: I guess I jumped the gun a bit. I have a graphic novel in the works, Rule the Night. I'm also working on the screenplay for the title. I'm also writing the short film screenplay adaptation of my comic book, HUMAgeddon.

Q: Do you have any advice for others about self-publishing?

A: I say go for it if you're ready to play every roll in the process. Writer, manager, agent, publisher, and PR person. If you're not sure about being able to take on any one of these rolls, stop and give it some more thought.

Q: Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?

A: Definitely! Everyone is more than welcome to hop on over to, and keep up with the creation of the Rule the Night graphic novel which is my main project at the moment.

Kev's response: Robert, thanks for joining me. Oh, and just for the record, I'm rooting for the vampiric were-zombies. Just sayin'.

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