I recently got to sit down with a friend of mine, AC Fuller, so we could talk about Vanishing Games. In a special, double-length episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, we talked about my new novel, and also touched on: my earliest writing memory; how my agent found me; whose couch I was sleeping on when I found out my debut novel had sold all over the world; the rabbit hole of Amazon reviews; the emptiness at the center of the Ego and how that relates to my breakout novel, Ghostm
As you've probably read, I do a lot of research. For my first novel, Ghostman, I taught myself how to steal a car. For my second novel, I moved to China for several months. I've read several books about lockpicking-- I don't have the dexterity to do it myself-- but I know how it works. I played majong with a Triad boss. I played cards with a skinhead gang. For my third book, I'm going to be buried alive. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time exploring the world. I care a lot
A couple of days ago I did a podcast interview with the webmagazine Speaking Of Mysteries. The host, Nancie Clare, was exceptionally nice. Want to hear it? Click the link below.
http://www.speakingofmysteries.com/podcast/episode-17-roger-hobbs/ #interview #podcast #mystery #writing #rogerhobbs
GHOSTMAN is filled with small trivia about criminal life, and that is what makes the novel convincing. Are these small “facts” really true? Or did you make them by your brainwork? If they are true, how did you get such knowledge? First, I should say that not all of the "facts" presented in GHOSTMAN are true. I made many of them up so the story would be more exciting. Only a fool would believe everything in GHOSTMAN. That being said, though, I tried to make the book's details
GHOSTMAN comes out in Japan this month, from publisher Bungei Shunju! I did an interview for them that should go on their site sometime in the next week. Here are some excerpts-- Could you tell me how you were “discovered” and finally became an international author? I got my first major break when I was nineteen years old. I wrote a short comedic play that got picked up and was performed at a couple of festivals. I'd written several novels by that point and sent out hundreds
By Seeley James
(See original interview here) Roger Hobbs’ debut novel Ghostman has been nominated for every major award in the publishing business. I found it one of the best crime novels I’ve ever read, and The New York Times agreed. I hounded Mr. Hobbs for an interview because what amazed me most is: he’s young. Name a famous author and his/her age at their first award. He’s younger. James Patterson published his first book at 49, Lee Child at 43, Mr. Hobbs beat them by h