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New York Times Best-Selling Author David L. Robbins Discusses “Isaac’s Beacon” and Writing Craft!

Author, teacher, historian David L. Robbins

What a treat is was to visit with and learn from David L. Robbins on January 10, 2023! Here’s a link to our visit on YouTube:

Here is the edited audio-only version of our visit!

Show Notes and Links:

  • David tells us what he’d like us to know about him after I suggest every aspiring and accomplished writer should read Isaac’s Beacon to learn writing craft.
  • He discusses the importance of writing as an art form.
  • He gives us the “elevator pitch” for Isaac’s Beacon (I give him 5 floors!)
  • I ask him why he wrote this book, the first in what will be a 5-book series called “The Promised Wars.” (The Shortest Road will be released on May 2, 2023, available for pre-order now)
  • He talks about what it was like to be raised by two WWII Veterans, and how his father and mother ended up together (a fascinating story!)
  • David reads Chapter 1 of “Isaac’s Beacon” and we discuss dialogue, subtext, Absolute Truth and Profound Truth.
  • We talk about character development and the limited use of interiority (because we both agree it cheats the reader!)
David L. Robbins
  • We talk about censorship and swearing and his decision to stop swearing.
  • I ask the same question his character Mrs. Pappel asks about being “too brave,” and David answers.
  • He talks about “Terror Management Theory” and The Worm at the Core.
  • He discusses his views about marketing and I talk about purchasing his book.
  • Does he unwind? Listen to his answer!
I met David (beardless!) at the 2022 RMFW Conference where he was a Keynote speaker. We stand in front of author L.V. Ditchkus’ Sasquatch banner!


Laurel Stuff:

Meanwhile, I’m working on a new science fiction novel with tidbits from my time as a cadet at West Point! (My senior photo)

Find my other work here!

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