Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Get to Know Author Rob Loughran

Please give a warm welcome to author Rob Loughran, who wrote Tantic Zoo: A Bud Warhol Mystery. Why don't you visit his website, and come back and tell me what you found interesting on there.


Tantric Zoo begins at a tantric sex couples retreat in 1987. Amid the cavorting and indulging and groping and exploring one of the campers ends up dead. The surviving campers bury the body and return to their lives.
Until 2008 when the body is discovered and forensic anthropologist Bud Warhol tracks the campers down. Bud finds the murderer but also discovers how two decades of guilt has altered and affected the lives of everyone involved with the Tantric Zoo.

Kindle Edition: 225 KB
Publisher: Bubba Caxton Books, A Division of Foul Mouthed Bard Press (July 23, 2011)
ASIN: B005EC6RAQ
Purchase at Amazon


Who or what inspires your writing?
When I finish a great book or short story—or a non-fiction piece—and I’m moved: to laughter, tears, disgust, or delight. THAT inspires me. I want to make readers feel.

When did you know you would be a writer?

I always wanted to be a writer. Period.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Not long. Maybe seven months. It was a comic murder mystery called The Jung and the Restless. I wrote it when I was 23 or 24.
However, it sucked ass.
It was so stilted and clunky and self-indulgent. The writing was worse than drunken-pissed-off-late-night-blog-entry-drivel. Horrendous would have been an improvement: mixed metaphors, unidentified antecedents, dialog that made Hee Haw read like Shakespeare. All the characters talked the same; the plot was linear, but convoluted and confusing; character descriptions dragged on-and-on-and-on. The love scenes read like assembly instructions for a porch swing; the murder scene like a recipe for steak-and-kidney pie.
Needless to say, it was never published.
My first published novel High Steaks took me about two years.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time. I always have a project going (right now it is a wine country noir/mystery novel Beautiful Lies) but with a job waiting tables and family (and sleep) I’m always scrambling for consecutive hours in which to write. There is also the double-edged sword called the internet. I’ve spent lots of time e-querying reviewers and book bloggers to promote Tantric Zoo. But I will never complain (very loud) that I have a published book to promote. I’m grateful for the opportunity; but it does cut into creative time.

Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes.
I have a calendar in my office and everyday I write I put a big fat Sharpie X on the calendar. When I see two days in a row without an X I get nervous and edgy. I know I’m slacking off.
I don’t (and I never have) put any credence in Inspiration or The Muse. I don’t care how I feel or what’s going on in the world or in my life: when it’s time to write, it’s time to write. My motto is: “Pornography doesn’t write itself.”

Have you written anything else?
Three novels:
High Steaks
T.A.P.F.O.S.: A Love Story
Norman Babbit Scientist

Two collections of short stories:
The Bartender
Chakra Stories

A series of joke books:
A Man Walks Into a Bar…A Compendium of Filthy, Uncouth, Lewd, Lusty, and Lascivious Jokes
Grandma Hazel’s Funny Funny Kidz Jokebook
The Official Love & Marriage Jokebook
The Official Dirty Johnny Jokebook
The Official Obscene Old Age Jokebook
The Official Irish Jokebook
The Official X-Rated Animal Jokebook
The Official Nasty & Blasphemous Religious Jokebook
The Official Blonde Jokebook
The Official Doctor and Lawyer Jokebook
The Official “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One” Jokebook
The Official “I Hate Women” Jokebook
I Don’t Care if George W. Bush Destroys the Free World:
This Guy is Funny!

And several books on writing:
How to Write a Novel and Still have Time for Sex
Things I Wish I Did Not Know About Writing: 15 Essays on Dreams, Sorrows, and Proofreading
Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow: A Year-Long Program for Publishing Success
You Had better Give a ****: 906 Quotes By, For, and About the Writer
I’ve also published 200+ articles in national magazines: Fine Gardening, Inside Sports, Mothering, Woman’s World, Ad Astra, American Brewer, Vineyard and Winery Management, Playboy, Trail Runner, Wines and Vines, Fitness USA, Ladies Circle, Writers’ Journal, Rosebud, ByLine, SCR(i)PT, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, etc, etc


Any advice to aspiring writers?
Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Never give up.

Who are your favorite authors?
Geoffrey Chaucer
William Trevor
Ross Thomas

What are your favorite books, or which books have impacted you the most?
I love so many different books for so many different reasons. I read a lot of non-fiction and science and history and I find books like Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould or Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez or Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner, mind blowing in their scope and content.
As for the book that’s impacted me the most I’d have to say Lawrence Block’s When the Sacred Ginmill Closes because that showed me that a mystery novel can also be a literary achievement.

What are you currently reading?
The Big Gold Dream by Chester Himes

How do readers find out more about you?

www.robloughranbooks.com
www.lulu.com/rloughranjokes
www.lulu.com/product/paperback/tantric-zoo/16169196
www.amazon.com/dp/B005DTO6W6
www.smashwords.com/profile/view/robloughranbooks

Author Bio:

Rob Loughran has 22 books in print. His first novel High Steaks won the 2002 New Mystery Award. He lives in Windsor, CA.

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE Rob's sense of humor!!! If his books sound anything like his thoughts, he's definitely an author for my TBR list :D

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  2. I can't quite tell if this would be something for me or not, but it does sound pretty interesting...and highly amusing! I love books with humor. Thanks for the fun interview.

    -Lauren

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