Robert J. Fluegel, whose new release Secret of the Master was featured here on December 6th, has kindly agreed to answer our ever-changing interview questions.
I really do like the Marvel movies. I am getting bored of the typical action movies I used to watch though. They are so formulaic I can pretty much predict the outcome 5 minutes in.
My favorite film is Return of the King. The charge of the Rohirrim down the fields of Pelennor still gives me chills every time I watch it. Peter Jackson took many liberties through the first three films I wasn’t thrilled with but Return of the King was nearly perfect. Funny enough and I know you didn’t ask but my least favorite movie of all time is The Hobbit. Jackson took my favorite book and mangled it beyond comprehension. I can forgive a lot, but I’ll never forgive that.
I’ve watched it but I know it’s almost sacrilege to admit I didn’t enjoy it and quit. Is the interview over now? Have I been kicked from the club? Where did everybody go?
I got my hands on The Hobbit and nothing has ever been the same. I suppose, like my main character Tommy, I wanted to jump into a book. I wanted to live in Middle Earth and go on the quest to the Lonely Mountain. After reading the rest of the series I was hooked on fantasy forever. Most of the time I was just trying to recapture the feeling of reading Tolkien.
Simple answer is yes. I like technology and all its comforts. I like writing in that environment. I also like the thought of me at an old wooden desk in the forest with nothing but a lantern to read by.
Yes I have played Borderlands, Call of Duty, Left for Dead and Counter Strike. I tried Warcraft and luckily got out before it got addicting. If not I may not be here today.
I make all my meals from scratch. I love the low carb lifestyle. My favorite recipe is low carb pizza with a cheese and almond crust.
I live in the desert so gardening is limited here but I do have some tomato and pepper plants.
Hot chocolate all the way.
Indy book shops are the way to go. I love being able to talk to the owner right behind the counter.
I have an office both at work and at home where I can write in peace. Writing in crowded places could provide a different kind of muse I suppose, but so far I’ve never made the attempt.
Tolkien, Jordan, Brandon Sanderson and my kids are my major influences. My kids first and foremost though. We discuss what they read and what they like, we brainstorm ideas, they are my greatest advantage as a writer.
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows part 2, The Bible and War and Peace (haven’t read it, but I might need toilet paper)
John the Revelator, He saw some crazy stuff and I would love to hear it in his own words.
Probably Chris Columbus because I really appreciated how true to Harry Potter books 1 and 2 he kept it.
I view Speculative Fiction as asking the question what if. For example: What if you were pulled into the last book you read and you are the main character but not with their history, their talents, their abilities but your own? The Master of Books series is one way of answering that question.