Robert J Dornan is someone who wishes to leave a better world to his children. He realizes that the odds are slim but he will do whatever he can to increase the probability of success. He is always open to discuss new and innovative ideas and hopes someday to see the building of a functional solar city as well as a fair and community-driven compensation system.
Robert’s latest book is the historical fiction, 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.
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About the Book:
In the early morning of her sister’s wedding day, Mila Kharmalov stared in stunned silence at the coloured sparks streaming from Reactor Four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. At that very moment, her life and the lives of everyone she knew changed forever.
Years later and on another continent, Adam Byrd was writing biographies for everyday people looking to leave their legacy in book form. When the woman he loved phoned from Kiev offering him the chance to write the story of a lifetime, he jumped at the opportunity not realizing that his voyage would be a bumpy ride through a nations dark underbelly. With the help of his friend’s quirky cousin, Adam is nudged into a fascinating adventure of love, greed, power and psychotic revenge, culminating with a shocking finale.
23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is a work of fiction based on factual events from Chernobyl and villages throughout Ukraine.
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- 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is available at Amazon..
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
Definitely not but I am a born dreamer and that makes up for any shortfalls
What was your inspiration for 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.?
I had written a lyric with the same title a year earlier but none of the musicians I knew would touch a lyric with fifteen verses. Can’t say I blame them either. Back in 2010, 2011, I was working on a couple of teen books so the thought of writing a more adult themed novel never crossed my mind. March 11, 2011 changed all that. A tsunami hit the coast of Japan and consequently, the Fukushima nuclear power plant caught fire and spewed millions of radioactive isotopes into the Japanese atmosphere. I began extensive research on Chernobyl on that very day.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I like to explore relationships and loss. Whenever I begin research on a new project, I will always look at the human element first. Who was affected and for how long? How deep was the misery? Who profited and who lost?
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
I took four years but in all fairness, I was working on other projects would get sidetracked for months at a time. In actual work time, I’ll say two years and a good portion of that was spent purely on research.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I’m not even remotely disciplined but when I get on a roll, I’ll write for days. I love writing in the winter for some reason. There seems to be a blanket hush across cities during the colder months and it helps with my concentration. I’ll sit in front of my laptop for entire days and write twenty or more pages in a single day.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
I found the character Valeri Markov to be very challenging. He is a brutal villain and creating his character was an untried and difficult process for me. I researched websites and videos to get a grasp on how serial killers acted and tried to transfer this research into Markov’s character. It was a learning experience and I’m pleased with the end result so everything worked out.
What do you love most about being an author?
Four days ago, I received email from someone who read 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. and she was so enthralled with the book that she started reading it again. That’s what I like about being an author.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I went the self-pub route. At my age I don’t suppose that Publishing Houses will barge down my front door so there is no animosity or expectations in that regard. The industry has changed immensely and budgetary concerns are front and centre. It makes more economic sense for any up and coming author to consider their personal franchise/branding and go it alone.
Where can we find you on the web?
I can be intensely private so I limit my exposure as far as my personal life goes. I do have a website being constructed but it is centered on alternative energy, vertical farms and equality rather than just my books. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for the time being and I welcome all email about my books and about alternative energies; solar powered cities and social issues. Thanks for your time!