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Robert Downs

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Robert Downs aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he'd already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise his tales might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. When he’s not writing, Downs can be found reading, reviewing, traveling, or smiling. To find out more about his latest projects, or to reach out to him on the Internet, visit the author’s website: http://www.RobertDowns.net. The Bridal Chase is his seventh book and second novella. ...more

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Robert Downs Since I had to look up the term to fully grasp its meaning, that should tell you I don't plan to use it anytime soon in my writing. On the other hand,…moreSince I had to look up the term to fully grasp its meaning, that should tell you I don't plan to use it anytime soon in my writing. On the other hand, I do like challenging both my writing and myself, so I won't say I'll never use it.

In order for gallows humor to work for me, though, I'd have to find the right character who looks at death in a lighthearted manner, and I haven't found him or her just yet.(less)
Robert Downs You're welcome Debby. Hope you enjoy it!

I had the image of a bride in a white wedding dress driving a pickup truck based on a writing prompt in either…more
You're welcome Debby. Hope you enjoy it!

I had the image of a bride in a white wedding dress driving a pickup truck based on a writing prompt in either Writer's Digest or The Writer as a story idea for probably a year or two before I wrote the first draft. The first draft was written for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November 2014. I turned in The Bridal Chase to my publisher Black Opal Books in 2016 and received a contract for it later that same year. We did a couple rounds of edits, and it hit the shelves on May 12, 2018.

So if you look at the entire process from start to finish, it's roughly three and a half years. I worked on other projects as I waited for the next stage of the process to begin, and there was a lot of waiting, so I had ample opportunity to work on other books. I took advantage of it. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say there were five or six drafts before we went final, and approximately four months or so that were solely dedicated to this book.(less)
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message 62: by Jessica

Jessica Prow Thanks for the friend add! I have enjoyed quite a few of your reviews on some books that I have enjoyed and look forward to seeing more of what you're reading!


message 61: by John

John Choquette Thank YOU, Robert! Best of luck with everything! I look forward to getting to know you.


message 60: by Robert

Robert Thanks Dianne! I try to entertain.


message 59: by Nancy

Nancy Robert! Thanks for all the likes and comments. Your absence has not gone unnoticed. Have you been busy writing?


message 58: by Dean

Dean Pusell Thank you for being my friend Robert :)))


message 57: by Daisy (last edited Jan 14, 2014 03:19AM)

Daisy you are welcome by the way since your an author can you give me an advice?

i always have this crazy ideas running in my head and i want to write a stroy based on belonging but the thing is i always have problem with starting and ending and i have no idea what to do. so um if it is okay with you,
(can you tell me how to start and how to finish without getting the main character killed in the end?)


Tim The Enchanter I always enjoy your reviews. Happy to be Goodreads friends :)


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Merry Christmas!

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message 54: by Robert

Robert You're welcome, Beth.


message 53: by Beth

Beth Thanks for befriending this fellow crime writer on Goodreads!


message 52: by Nicole~

Nicole~ Thanks for accepting the friending!
-Nicole


message 51: by Carmen

Carmen Cocar Thank you for accepting! :)


Jenn(ifer) nice to meetcha!


midnightfaerie Thanks for all the likes! Nice to see my reviews are useful!


s.penkevich Thank you for the friend request! Looks like we have quite a few friends in common, I'll be looking forward to discussing books in the future!


Chris- Bookaddict Thank you for the friend invite!


midnightfaerie Thanks for the add! Look forward to discussing books with you!


message 45: by Robert

Robert Best wishes to you as well, Hock.


message 44: by Hock

Hock Tjoa Glad to be befriended; best wishes with your writing!


message 43: by Kris

Kris Robert, thanks for the very kind friend request. I look forward to sharing thoughts, reading your reviews, etc.


Christine Hatfield Do you have skype?


message 41: by Irene

Irene Thank you for the friend invite!


message 40: by Lisi

Lisi You are welcome! :)


message 39: by Linda

Linda You´re welcome! =) Nice meeting you!


Abrar 입랄 (Ab2y) Thank you for the friend request ❀ :)


message 36: by Melki

Melki You're very welcome, Robert.
Nice to meet you.


message 35: by Hend

Hend Thanks for the invitation Robert.
:)


message 34: by Ann

Ann Keller You're welcome, Robert. Glad to know you.

Ann


message 33: by Shamir

Shamir My pleasure :)


Entre Chás e Cafés ❀Renata CR❀ You're welcome Robert. Thanks for the friend request. :)


Ladyemero Thanks Robert, you're very welcome.


message 30: by Brandon

Brandon Thanks for the friendvite. :)


message 29: by Yvonne

Yvonne You're welcome Robert. I only check in on GoodReads sporadically now but I'll try to check out your booklist.


message 28: by Robert

Robert Christine, it really depends on how you define writing. If you mean writing as in publishing, I just had my first novel come out last August. I've been writing for more than eleven years, though, but most of my manuscripts would need serious edits before they could ever see the light of day.


Christine Hatfield How long have you been writing books?


message 26: by Robert

Robert You're welcome, Christine. Thanks for accepting.


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


Kat (Why Read) Thanks so much for friending me!


Savannah Robert, thank you for the friendship.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* You're very welcome Robert :)


{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } Howdy, Robert! I'm just returning the thanks for the add, so thanks. :)


message 20: by David

David Fleming Hey Robert! Thanks for the add.


message 19: by Nancy

Nancy Thanks for adding me, Robert. Looking forward to chatting about our books!


message 18: by Bridget

Bridget Bowers Thanks for the friend request, Robert.


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish You're welcome, Robert! Have a wonderful week :)


message 16: by Robert

Robert You're welcome, Lady Danielle.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks for the friendvite, Robert!


message 14: by Robert

Robert Sounds good to me, Cherry.


message 13: by Cherry

Cherry Mischievous Looking forward to sharing everything bookish with you :)


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