Robert Wintner. RobertWintner.com I’m on Facebook.
2. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?
3. How long have you been writing? How many books have you written? They don’t have to be published.
50 years. About 20 or 22, mostly fiction but including 5 volumes of reef photos with narrative insights on fish society, species status, and reef recovery.
4. What genres do you like writing the most? And why? Is this genre the same as the one you prefer to read?
Fiction, obviously. The reef photo books come very easily, with the material calling out for narrative.
5. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…
Many great writers through history died young, failing to see or unable to respond to the rigors of mental stress. I have two books coming out in a three month span and two more ready to go in 2017. I’m pooped. I don’t take notes on quirks like I used to, but I still jot down the odd moment.
6. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?
Never an outline. Always an idea. Sometimes they go nowhere or lead merrily along to a dead end. But usually they roll over a horizon or two and come full circle to where they can resolve. Character drives story for me—the oddballs of literature know what to do.
7. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?
I am a devout stylist in the Strunk & White mode. Very few current writers edit and rewrite adequately. Reading a manuscript too many times makes it blurry. The hard lesson is to set it aside, most often for months, for a new view with new perception down the road. That’s where the best changes are made.
8. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?
Writers are now expected to buzz around social media calling out “Read me!” I hate it and most of the time will not join the chorus that rises to a crescendo of deafening white noise.
9. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?
Get a camera. Make sure you would not be better off in photography.