Interview with humorous short story writer James Robinson, Jr.

Writer
James Robinson, Jr. joins me today to chat about his book of humorous short
stories, Jay Got Married.
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Bio:
James
Robinson, Jr. is an award-wining author who has written 6 books in both the
fiction and non-fiction genres. His first book, Fighting the Effects of
Gravity: A Bittersweet Journey Into Middle Life,
was an Indie Award winner
for nonfiction. His first foray into fiction, Book of Samuel, was a
Readers’ Favorite Award Winner. His latest book—Jay Got Married—is a
collection of 9 humorous, satirical essays which often speak to ironies and
inconsistencies of life.       
Jay
Got Married

is not just the title of the book, but the lead essay of the same title and an
amusing look at love and marriage in the year 2020.
Mr.
Robinson began to foster his writing career at age 45 when the Effects of
Gravity kicked in and his children began to grow up, affording him the time to
write. It was also then that he began to hone in on his sardonic wit.
Mr.
Robinson resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife of 43 years. He is the father
of three daughters ages 37, 38, and 40 and the proud owner of six
grandchildren.
Welcome,
James. What do you enjoy most about writing short stories?
Essays
work better for me because I can say what I want to say better in short
non-fiction vignettes than in a long story. When I write I rely upon my own
experience rather than telling a story.
Can
you give us a little insight into a few of your short stories – perhaps some of
your favorites?
All my
essays are written in a humorous and tongue-in-cheek in style, but I also tend
to slip into real-life issues from time to time. In a chapter of the book
called, All Hail the Jetsons, for instance, I talk about how we all
secretly harbor a wish for the futuristic type flying cars but can’t even deal
with driving in regular traffic—killing each other in simple road-rage
accidents.
My
Current Release –
Jay
Got Married

is a book of 9 humorous, satirical, tongue-and-cheek essays. I write about the
ironies of life, my twisted views on societies’ ills, and combine it all with a
healthy dose of my own experience. I use clipart and pictures of my own
handsome visage to accentuate my point. Like this one:
Here,
I discuss my nemesis. (You have to read it to figure out why I’m holding up
black jellybeans.)


In
one chapter titled: Big Brother Isn’t Among Us, I dispute George
Orwell’s classic 1948 book, 1984. Orwell insisted that: Big Brother is
Watching. But I contend that, in 2019, even though we have cameras pointed at
us at all times, we don’t have to worry as long as we behave ourselves. Cameras
at stoplights, at ATM’s, in Sam’s Club parking lots harbor no ill-will to us good
people. We, in fact, are our own big brother. We monitor ourselves with the
ubiquitous cell phone. Here it is:

In a
quote that I think sums up my style pretty well, a Reader’s Favorite Reviewer
said, “Sometimes the attempt at
humor inevitably touches a few real-life issues but it is quickly diverted
again back to humor, so as not to linger or get too serious and forget the main
genre.”
What genre are you inspired in to write the most?
Why?
I’m
inspired to write non-fiction because, in a way, I’m telling a story. I guess
I’m at my best when I’m kicking out an essay that consists of my own life
experiences coupled with a healthy dose of satire and wit. I throw in a little
social commentary for good measure.
What
exciting story are you working on next?
My first
book was entitled: Fighting the Effects of Gravity: One Man’s Journey Into
Middle Life.
Now 67 years old, I’m working on a sequel to that book
tentatively entitled: Old Age Sucks. It could also be titled: And I
Thought Middle Age Was Bad.
I’m discovering that middle age was a mere
storm cloud for old-age thunderstorm on the horizon.
When
did you consider yourself a writer?
Interesting
question. Actually, I wrote an essay on this topic. It was about people asking
other people the question: “What do you do.” I never really had a marketable
skill—doctor, lawyer, chef, engineer—I always had it in the back of my mind
that I was going to write. But even though I’m writing seriously now, I
hesitate to flat-out say that I’m a writer when asked because I don’t make much
money at it. I usually say “I’m retired.” Wow, that’s boring. So, I consider
myself a writer now. I just don’t tell anyone unless it come up in
conversation.
How
do you research markets for your work, perhaps advice for writers?
What’s
research? What’s a market? I barely have time to write. I’m raising two
ninety-year-old parents. I do blog tours, promotions like Kindle Nation Daily,
offer free promotions, lectures at libraries, and wonder why my books don’t
sell. Kids, don’t try this at home.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I
write in my underwear.
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The
typical things that kids want to be: policeman, fireman, alligator wrestler.
Just kidding about the fireman.
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Thanks
for joining me today!


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