Monday, March 23, 2015

I have LAUNCHED a new collection of Short Fiction - 10 stories designed to snatch the mind of the reader for the duration of the story - each story in rapid succession. These are tales I imagined as an O'Henry strolling through The Twilight Zone. I priced them at 1.99 and placed them on Kindle shelf in a matter of hours once they were vetted and edited and reviewed.  My son did the cover as I rely on him for all my Indie titles. He does stunning work at www.Srwalkerdesigns.com  his company.

Here is where the book can be found for purchase -- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V2I1QUW/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_0N1dvb0MDGGYS

As with all my work, I labor greatly to make it REAL even if it is a truly off the wall plot with characters riddled with flaws and oft driven by phobias and addictions, and sometimes physical and emotional problems if not downright psychological issues.

Here is the lovely cover art:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

OFF KILTER Interview!



An Off Kilter Interview of Robert W. Walker:

 

Geoffrey Cain, author of the Bloodscreams Series of horror novels interviews his
 
illegitimate father, Robert W. Walker, author of a few books, too, and some of them
 
are good books. 

 

Cain:  Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

Walker: How little? You mean my height, weight, length of index finger, toes?  Oh,
 
you mean like biography. We have no time here for that. Move on.

 

Cain:  What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Walker:  Write more. Seriously, I go watch Gotham, Sons of Anarchy, reruns of the    
 
Sopranos. Call it research. Been fascinated with good storytelling wherever I find it all
 
my life.

 

Cain:  What’s your favourite food?

Walker:  Dog when prepared right.  Just kidding! Stop throwing dog bones at me. 
 
Seriously, I truly enjoy lobster, shrimp, fish…but huge fan of Italian as well…and then
 
there’ BBQ ribs and Alice Springs Chicken.

 

Cain:  Who would be on the soundtrack to your life story?

Walker: Hmmm…not Blake Shelton or Garth Brooks; more likely Bob Marley or Bon
 
Jovi. Sorry…that’s just me. The WHO might fit.

 

Cain:  Tell us a dirty little secret?

Walker:  That Geoffrey Cain is one of Robert Walker’s alter egos. HA, REVEALED
 
and unmasked!

 

Cain:  What advice would you give to your younger self?

Walker:   I have no younger self; I am a vampire. Age has no meaning for me.
 
However, I do have one regret turning into an aged remorse—Wish I’d taken off for
 
Hollywood as a kid.

 

 Cain:  Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get
 
themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was
 
hard to get out of and what did you do?

Walker:  I stewed, and then I stewed, and when it was almost over, I stewed some
 
more. Let us say it had to do with a horribly toxic relationship. I extricated myself in
 
the end by moving 1000 miles away and getting a Chicago lawyer.

 

Cain:  Who are some of your favourite authors?

Walker:  Too many to enumerate but here goes – Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Dumas,
 
Dickens, Doyle, Emily Dickenson, Victor Hugo, Mark Twain again…Kipling, Robert
 
Bloch, Richard Matheson, Rod Serling, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Martin Cruz
 
Smith, JA Konrath, David Ellis, David Morrell, John Hershey, Edgar Allan Poe,
 
Lovecraft, Einstein, and I know I am missing some like Aldous Huxley and the genius
 
who wrote Lord of the Flies, and author of All Creatures Great and Small, James
 
Harriot (closest thing to Mark Twain since Mark Twain). These are writers who can
 
move me to laughter and to tears.

 

Cain:  What was the last great book you read, and what was the last book that
 
disappointed you?

Walker:  Amazingly enough, just reread the remarkable, unbelievably wonderfully
 
written boy’s life—The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Terrific what Twain could
 
accomplish and how inspiring to learn from my spiritual mentor still after all these
 
years. Worst – I tried my desperate best to see what all the fuss was with James
 
Patterson and I was appalled  instead. Will say no more.

 

 Cain: What is your all-time favourite horror novel, and film?

Walker:  Novel scariest – The Exorcist which goes way beyond the film. Film scariest
 
has to be the original ALIEN.

 

Cain:  Mr. Walker, you’re working on your 60th book. What’s it going to be about?

Walker:  It will be #5 in YOUR and MY Bloodscreams Series, Geoffrey. Me writing
 
as Geoffrey Caine again. Last time was Bayou Wulf, almost maybe perhaps two years
 
ago. There were the original three published via St. Martins Press and now on Kindle –
 
Vampire Dreams, Werewolf’s Grief, and Zombie Eyes, followed by a Kindle Original,
 
Bayou Wulf. The new instalment is in the works, featuring Dr. Abraham Stroud,
 
archaeologist who digs too deep and comes up with objects that are supernatural every
 
time. He combats the giant White Wurm this go round. NYC is having serious break-
 
ins from subterranean house guests who’re just not wanted except wanted dead.

 

Cain:  Hold on—you and me…we’re one and the same?

Walker:  Sorry, I am Walker, and you are pseudo-Walker.

 

Cain:  This ends our interview; I am feeling a bit thin.

Walker:  Sorry…there’s no delicate way to get out of these circumstances except to say
 
goodnight old friend.

 

Other pen names Walker has used – Stephen Robertson, Glenn Hale, Evan Kingsbury.

 

 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Dirty Deeds continues. There is much to cover in terms of Marketing With Attitude.  Have a gander and I hope this helps with your endeavors:

Marketing With Attitude
or
Practical Tips for Indie Authors
by Robert W. Walker, author of 56 Kindle titles, 33 audible.com titles

Trust me, Marketing Responsibly can be a barrel of fun, if one comes at it with the right attitude. It helps if you are, or have ever been, a closet Advertising Executive. It helps if you have a steady stream of creative and inventive ideas streaming through your skull or if ideas are being channeled through your fevered brain by the deceased creator of The Pillsbury Dough Boy or the Ajax Dutch girl.
You definitely want to approach selling of your book with a proper good emotional high that involves convincing yourself that it can be done, and then going about doing the job.
Indie authors are lucky today as never before. With the ease of a keystroke nowadays we can access our book on a site like Amazon.com/Kindle and place our book cover and description onto our Facebook wall or pin it to Pinterest or add it to our Twitter feed. This is tempting in and of itself, and historic in and of itself, but don’t do it without flare.
How can one add flare to a post about one’s own book? First get into character—the one you conjured up to pitch your book; the one who wrote the book’s dynamic description. Own that character as the way to book sales. You wrote copy for your book when you did the book description. You put copy-writer hat on for that. Now it’s sales marketer hat.
It all begins with humor and insider information that only you have ready access to. Information about your book and a self-deprecating attitude toward your book. First off, do not be afraid to poke fun at your own title or your genre. People love an author who can make himself the butt of the joke.
In addition, everyone loves a clever SEGWAY and a good joke. Use humor. Especially self-deprecating humor. For example, I might call my Instinct serial killer series “palatable—raw yet crunchy and binding” followed by a hehehe or an LOL. Else post a line in the story that might get a laugh, or a bit of dialogue that might be humorous. I will also make jokes surrounding the genre. A specific example here:  Speaking of my title Werewolf’s Grief, I might easily joke thusly:  “And you thought only Charlie Brown experienced GRIEF. It’s not easy being hairy all over.” The fine line between humor and horror is as thin or as thick as blood. 50 Shades of Blood Read Orange. You get the picture. Utilize what is current, what is in the hopper. Read Orange not Red Orange. “Blood Red is the New Black.”
Another approach to getting a look-see at your opening pages via the peek inside the book on Amazon.com for Indie authors is to work with your platform or one of the issues raised in your book. If autism, for example, is a part of the storyline or child homelessness or the supernatural, or if said issue has a part in the list of characters, highlight and emphasize the issues close to your heart in your ads. These issues would not be in your book if not important to you, and if important to you, then they will be important to others.
Finally, the tried, the true, the clichéd are all wonderful boons to crafting clever commentary surrounding your gem of a book. A quick run through of a book of clichés could really help here, but I simply use print magazines. Pick up lines, I call them. “A book is a terrible thing to waste…”  or “Here is your book, here is your book on speed!”  Open any magazine and scan the advertisements for any and all products, be it cereal or soap or electronics. Clever advertisers utilize that which is familiar. Familiar comes from the collective unconsciousness ala family. Familiar is warm and cozy.
A familiar line such as “The Sky is Falling” actually fits in my Pure Instinct where the sky indeed is predicted to fall and it does. So I’ve utilized the phrase for that title. You see an ad for Campbell’s Soup that reads: “It warms you to the bone” but for my suspense novel it reads: “It WARNS you to the bone.” I often cite the “Surgeon General’s Warning” against reading my books while anywhere but below covers, and certainly to not listen to one of my audiobooks while driving.
A familiar turn of phrase or new twist on one is an immediate attention getter, and that is what all advertising is meant to do – get attention for your book.  So you find an ad in a magazine for a muscle car that reads – “Finally, a car with real muscle and torch.”  You rewrite it for your sales ad to:
Finally, a book with muscle, torch, and verve enough for the most jaded reader.” Almost any print ad can be helpful in posting thusly. I suspect you can find between 5 to 10 ads in a single magazine that you can apply to your book. With magic marker, mark out the word CAR and replace it with Book or your title or Novel.
Without a dime out of pocket, these three steps have helped sell many of my books. Set your timer. Go on social media for a set time, visit your book on Amazon, keystroke the link for other venues and ADD your AD. Remember keep a positive and humorous attitude. People respond to confident and positive and humorous and clever approaches to selling any product. Why not the same with a book?




Sunday, December 21, 2014

In the event you were looking for more information regarding the latest Dr. Jessica Coran novel, The FEAR Collectors - #13 in my most popular series, The Instinct Series, find it here: https://www.blogger.com/The%20latest%20in%20the%20Instinct%20Series,%20Bk#13 is now available: The Fear Collectors - a Dr. Jessica Coran M.E. mystery (The ... How dark can a killer's mind get?

Merry Christmas and Thanks to all my READERS and future READERS!! Rob Walker

Sunday Mornings and TIME...

find me all over the place...

Sunday, Sunday... a day to take stock of all that we have accomplished during the previous six days... a day of respite and relaxation but for most writers, also a day of serious reflection.

An author is nothing if not a clock watcher. How much can get done in fifteen minutes otherwise wasted? Time is a useful tool that a prolific writer puts to work at every turn, which may well annoy hell out of those around him or her, and yet we all know nothing gets completed without our noses to the grindstone, and we only get there, to that grinding when we use our time wisely.

Setting goals begins with time at the job. Treating one's writing as a job or career puts us in the frame of mind that we need a schedule, and if not a schedule an attitude that prompts up to get things done and use our time well in the process.

Putting work off and off and off as a procrastinator is only good and worthwhile during the staging or planning or research phase of writing a full-length work of fiction or nonfiction for that matter. Pages only accrue if we put in the time.

People call time a man-made artifice and as true as that may be, we still have to use it and not let it use us entirely; that is allow time to wash over us as if we have NO control over it. In order to get a novel thought out, organized, written, edited, rewritten to completion, we must rope time and ride it like a bucking bronco--that is, if we really and truly want to have a finished product at the end of our labors.

While writing may be a labor of love, it is also the product of a great deal of blood, sweat, tears, and TIME put in. Without being conscious of time and ignoring it as a useful TOOL for the author, said writer will accomplish less, lesser, less still.

Time is a precious commodity; give over to it those things you prize. If you truly prize writing, you will create a time and place for it to happen. And yes, a writing space/place is just as important - a setting where one can utilize writing time without the many distractions that are pulling at us all the TIME. Distractions that rob us of our time at the keyboard.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Dirty Deed Done of Late...

This year I have been extremely busy, and as a result have had to put aside blogging for awhile...a long while. I have done two new Instinct Series titles, #12 & #13. The Edge of Instinct was completed last January or so and placed up for Kindle publication. It is a combination book, that is it combines the Edge Series characters with the ensemble from the Instinct Series. The Edge of Instinct has a lovely, distinctive cover by the way, done by www.srwalkerdesigns.com and looks like this:
The novel is also an audible.com title as well, along with many other Instinct and Edge Series titles. I have placed up 37 audible.com titles this past year and a half.

The other Instinct title is  The FEAR Collectors - #13 in the Instinct Series, and it takes a whole new twist. These last two titles come after Jessica Coran has retired from the FBI, but she is continuing as a 'gun for hire' as a consulting profiler and medical examiner. She's as tough and as strong as ever.  Here is the cover art for The Fear Collectors also done by my favorite cover artist listed above:

This title is a Kindle ebook only. I will eventually get it into audible.com and like oher of my works, hopefully get it into paper via Createspace.com  The Fear Collectors puts a whole new twist on Dr. Jessica Coran, showing that she can still GROW and Flourish...but it comes at terrible price.

In addition to the two above titles completed over the past year, I also dredged up an older manuscript that I feel is an important story that does for the American Indians what Glory did for the Black soldiers of the American Civil War.  THE RED PATH - Indian Brigades in the Civil War is what I am referring to. I have a hugely soft spot in my heart for this title. I cannot count the number of times I have written and rewritten this book, first attempts being a nonfiction title. Finally, I went back to what I know and turned it into a historically accurate account intertwined with an imagined romance. Here is the cover art here, also done by www.srwalkerdesigns.com :

This title is only available for now as a Kindle eBook (and via Kindle app. of course). It tells the true story of the Indian Brigades who fought on the side of the North and the South. Per capita the "state" of Indian Territory lost more men in the war than any other state in the Union or the Confederacy. Per capita, that is. Many lives lost when brothers of the same campfire came to blows in the White Man's War.  I mix in a romance to keep the pot boiler boiling.

In addition over the past 14 months, I also rewrote two other early novels for the Young Adult market. One was strictly a boy's book on how George Washington's first artillery 'fell' into his hands. A fascinating historically accurate account mixed with a coming of age imaginary tale of Ben Cross & The Guns of Ticonderoga. Cover art below done by same graphic artist company:

This title is a kindle eBook but also a wonderfully narrated audible.com title. I love what the narrator did with this novel. Stirringly read!

Finally, in this same 14 month time-period, I just completed a 3rd novel lifted from my old trunk. This one a Young Adult historical romance set during the time of the Black Hawk War in the Fox River Valley, Illinois entitled ANIMIKI & The Keepers of the Fire. It has been such a pleasure doing these YA titles, and they really can be appreciated by any age group. Here is Stephen R. Walker's cover art again (my son, the genius):


This title is at this time a Kindle eBook only. Eventually hope to get it in audible.com with the same narrator who did such a tremendous job on The Canoneers. This tells a love story--an Indian love story that moves our hero to great lengths but it is a young adult historical romance and a coming of age story that can be appreciated by anyone of any age.

So as I said, I have been extremely BUSY of late.  I am hoping to revive the Dirty Deeds blog here.

Thanks for reading this far!

Rob Walker

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pure Instinct by Robert W. Walker - Narrated by Ted Brooks

A Writx Process Blog: Does My Writing Process Make Sense?


Roxe Anne Peacock invited me to do a Writing Process Blog, so here I am doing it. Roxe is the author of Leave No Trace, Fatal Catch and The History Lover’s Cookbook. Her decade-long participation in Civil War reenactments and an avid interest in history inspired the above-mentioned cookbook. View her blog at

Blogging it forward, I will invite 3 other authors on to answer questions about their process in writing the dirty deeds they commit to paper.  I will ask the same four questions of myself here of them:

What are you currently working on?

I have been working slowly on a new crime novel entitled The Fear Collector, but progress has been slowed by life problems for one, but also due the fact I am engaged currently in putting up my previous 55 titles now on Kindle onto audio book format via acx.com and consequently Audible.com and iTunes for sale. I currently have completed nearly 20 titles ready and selling, but am in various stages of producing 27 other titles. This means I am a busy fellow along with teaching four classes....sigh.  Thusly, my work in progress has had to take a back burner. Still it is halfway completed.


Why do I choose to write the kind of novels and short stories I do?


I have a warped, sick sense of things such as life and death, I suppose. While I write in a variety of genres from strictly horror with monsters abounding, I also write psychological suspense thrilers, forensics files, young adult, alternate history, history-horror, and paranormal detectives. I do add touches of science fiction and romance into some titles, and some I call Hystery Mystery. As a child, I was reared on One Step Beyond and such as The Twilight Zone. Look at it this way, heroes are Rod Serling and Mark Twain, so I blend dark humor in with the frights and high praise for me is when a reader tells me she literally threw my book across the room, hit the cat, cat leaped and landed on sleeping hubby, woke him...then she with flash light in hand goes to retrieve the offending book to finish it off.

How are your books different from others in your category?

My novels are shockers no matter the genre I am writing in, and as I have said above, I delve into many categories of fiction. I have seen other authors triangulate a few of the five senses in a scene, which is good, but I go for all five whenever, wherever possible, and when I cannot legitimately scare a reader with psychological frights, I will go for the jugular every time. Mine are filled with action, a sizable seismograph and no straight line story is going to come out of me.  Twists and turns are my watchword along with making the reader the main character. By that, I mean for the duration of the novel, I want to hold the reader complete enthralled. To that end, I pull out all the stops to the locomotive of the forward moving dynamo of the plot built around memorable characters.



How Precisely do you worm a book out of your head?

One scene at a time. Start with a character's hands busily at something...you are already in action and in the middle of things. Build this scene out of which the next will flow. Trust your story and your establishing opening shots. If they are good and true, a second scene will organically suggest itself to you from your own reading of scene one.  When young, my approach was to get the book entirely out of my head, finished, kaput so that I would have a product on paper to then go in and WRITE for real - rewrite, painstakingly so. My process has however evolved so to speak, as now I do a couple few chapters, go back, reread up till what I have completed, and then carry on to the next few scenes, then go back, re-read and re-edit again as I go, rearranging as I go in much more an ocean wave, parabola fashion. Comes with experience, I suspect

For more detail on all my process and method and tools, get hold of my How-To for the Dysfunctional Writer in Us All  entitled  DEAD ON WRITING, an ebook soon to be an audio book.



I am going to attempt to get 3 additional guests authors to speak to these same concerns/questions. I will attempt to get as my guests Les Robert, John Everson, and a surprise guest #3 - if I can get him....Ed Gorman, and if not Harry Shannon.