Robert, thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about who you are and also about your writing: for example, what genres and themes do you write in and about, and is there anything that has influenced your choices?
I'm based west of London with a depressing stack of mostly finished manuscripts, all in different genres. Just as I've never in my career worked for the same type of industry twice, I seem never to stick to the same genre. I work in IT, which leaves plenty of creative inspiration left over to write.
Can you tell us a bit about your publications and writerly highlights, and what else we can look forward to seeing from you in the future?
I've been published in Writers' Forum in the UK (twice), and a few anthologies. 2020, possibly for obvious reasons, has formed a bit of a lull in sending things off (or indeed writing), so if 2021 can stop being quite so apocalyptic, that would be great. I do have a collection of short stories which presages the end of the world, so maybe that one is topical and should fly away and find a place in the world.
This year has presented a lot of challenges for many of us. Instead of discussing those, what are some of your 2020 highlights?In better news, our writers group has survived via Zoom, I have finally produced a hard copy of a comical short book which is based on a children's book but definitely intended for adults struggling with childcare at home, and I'm changing jobs, which feels like changing horses in a stampede, but should at least not be boring.
You can find more out about me here, including a comedy podcast and other novels: http://www.philosophicalleopard.com. I always welcome feedback via Twitter, where I'm @r_kibble - genuinely, getting contact from readers is the crack cocaine of the writing world (so moreish and almost certainly bad for me).
Thanks for stopping by, Robert. And hooray indeed to a different 2021!
Robert's story "The House Whisperer" appears in Trickster's Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! , a charity anthology in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.