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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
 
Before I start on Robert, I must just tell you this. Many years ago, I was fortunate to attend one of his personal appearances. I remember a story he told like it was yesterday. That story is this. Robert’s friend had (decades earlier) offered him the chance to invest in a little unknown venture called ‘the internet’. Robert didn’t think it would amount to anything, and declined the generous offer. Thank god he did or today he may have been too busy counting his zillions to take part in the ever popular 30 Second Interview.
 
1956 saw the birth of one Robert Llewellyn. He never had any desire to perform and at the age of 16, was expelled from school and became a ‘hippie’.
 
At 24, and with only a Christmas charity puppet show under his ‘belt of experience’, Robert entered the world of show business.
 
What began as a hobby, Robert’s amateur cabaret evenings in a riverside warehouse overlooking London’s Tower Bridge, soon became a great success. Together with Bernie Evans, Nigel Ordishand, and Graham Allum, Robert formed the alternative comedy group, The Joey’s. The first year alone would see them tour the UK and Europe, clocking up a massive 260 performances; thousands more over the following four years.
 
Spurned on by their success, Robert turned to novel writing. But ‘All Quiet in the West End’ was never published. A good thing according to Robert, “as it was total trash.”
 
Robert was an avid writer for the show, and as their success grew, so did their singing talents.
 
After the Joey’s split, Robert, along with Chris Eymard, wrote and starred in Channel 4’s comedy, ‘The Cornerhouse’. Robert remembers it as a “true disaster that just wasn’t funny.”
 
Undeterred, and inspired by Paul Verhoeven ‘Robocop’, Robert wrote comedy play ‘Mammon’. It premiered in 1988 at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival and was a great success.
 
‘Mammon’ was seen by Paul Jackson, the then producer of Red Dwarf, who immediately offered Robert the part of ‘Kryten’. But Robert’s show, ‘Mammon’,  had been commissioned by Channel 4 and he nearly declined the offer.
 
Luckily, he didn’t. In 1989, Series three of Red Dwarf aired. Robert joined fellow cast members Craig Charles and Chris Barrie, and stayed until the show ended in 1999, five series later.
 
But, Robert’s career didn’t stop there. As well as appearing in TV classics such as  Bottom, Discovery Channel’s How Do They Do It?, and the ever popular Scrapheap Challenge, Robert started a web series called Carpool. Carpool  was simple. Robert picked up a ‘famous’ person and drove them to work. During their journey, Robert and his passenger would chat and laugh. The series was an instant hit and in November 2010, UKTV began broadcasting the show on Dave.
 
 
So, now for the long awaited questions. A funny man with very funny answers.
 
1.  What is your favorite word?  Cunnilingus
 
2. What is your least favorite word? Ananas
 
3. What turns you on?   Hands
 
4. What turns you off?   Touchiness
 
5. What sound do you love?   Laughing
 
6. What sound do you hate? Diesel Engines
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Tosser
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Sewage Work
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Singer
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?   “Tosser. In you come.”
 
   
        
  
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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
 
 
I’m excited.

Why?

Because this 30 Second Interview has a special place in my heart.

 
Stephen Collins is such an accomplished man, I hardly know where to begin….so, I’ll start at the beginning and whizz through to one of my favorites; Tales of the Gold Monkey.

In 1880, Greenback Party presidential candidate and the 1892 Populist Party (“People’s Party”) candidate for president, General James Baird Weaver would, some 67 years later, become a great-great-grandad.

 
Born  in 1947  in Des Moines, Iowa and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Stephen Weaver Collins was the youngest of three brothers and an extremely shy child.
 
Stephen’s first love was baseball. He would later go on to get a high school batting average of 143. Then, with the Star Trek softball team, 301. But neither this, nor his love for music (he played bass guitar and rhythm guitar in a number of rock and roll bands), could deter the acting ‘bug’.

Stephen took to the stage and, with an acting award for his portrayal of Kilroy in “Camino Real“, was offered the small role of Valentine in “Twelfth Night“. Stephen graduated College an employed actor.

 
With approximately 25 years of theatre productions under his belt, and at 27 years of age, television knocked on Stephen’s door with The Michele Lee Show. He has never looked back . 

After much success with hit shows such as Charlies Angles, The Waltons, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Stephen landed the lead role of pilot Jake Cutter in Tales of the Gold Monkey. Set in 1938, the story revolved around a pilot who finds adventure while transporting cargo in his well-worn airplain, the Grumman Goose…..and in case you hadn’t noticed, is a massive favorite of mine.

But others may know Stephen more as Rev. Eric Camden from TV’s 7th Heaven, which ran for eleven seasons, until finishing in 2007.
 
To date, Stephen’s acting career has earned him many awards, including his portrayal of John F Kennedy in the miniseries  A Woman Named Jackie. He also has several directing credits to his name.
 
As an author, Stephen has written two novels. In 1994, Eye Contact was published by Bantam Press. This success was followed by Double Exposure in 1998, which was published by William Morrow.

In 2006 OttoPenzler’s Mysterious Books, an imprint of Warner Books, published Stephen’s ‘Water Hazard‘ as part of a short story mystery anthology, Murder in the Rough.
So, a musician, songwriter, actor, novelist, director, and poker player who qualified for the first tournament of Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2005….. I bet this 30 second interview has, by far, been the most challenging of Stephen’s life.
  
1.  What is your favorite word?  Yes
 
2. What is your least favorite word?   “Whatever” (used to stop a conversation)
 
3. What turns you on?   Humor
 
4. What turns you off?   Unwillingness to consider a different opinion
 
5. What sound do you love?   The sound of the crowd in the background of a baseball game on the radio

6. What sound do you hate?  Whining (especially my own)
  
7. What is your favorite curse word?   “Fuck.”
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   The Law
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Work for Monsanto
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?   “Surprise!”
 
 
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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.

Hold the phone!
This cannot be true.
Ryne Douglas Pearson, writer extraordinare, has never tasted strawberry ice cream? *Shudders at the thought.*
Californian Ryne, who once claimed the most fun job he’d ever had was when he worked as a plumber, married into a large Irish Catholic family. A practicing Catholic himself, Ryne is not only well known for his novels, he is also recognised in the movie industry.
Novels Cloudburst, October’s Ghost, Capitol PunishmentTop Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, and Confessions have confirmed his status as being a great author. But when novel Simple Simon was picked up by Hollywood and turned into the 1996 hit movie Mercury Rising, starring Bruce Willis, it opened another door for his writing.
In 2008, Ryne worked (uncredited) on scripts for Keanu Reeves movie, The Day Earth Stood Still  and Jessica Alba’s  The Eye, and in 2009, he was one of four writers who wrote the screenplay Knowing, a concept he himself created.
Although first frowned upon by the critics (what do they know?), Knowing went straight to number one at the box office. American film critic and screenwriter, Roger Ebert boasted it being one of the best sci-fi films he had ever seen. Knowing went on to make more than $180 million worldwide.
Ryne is a member of Writers Guild of America-WestScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers Of America and International Thriller Writers. When not writing or spendng time with his wife, children, and two dogs – a Doberman Shepherd and Beagle Vizsla, you can find him twittering with friends.
So what would a man, who is described by Entertainment Weekly as having a ‘sweet, disarming quality’ make of our ten questions?
1 .  What is your favorite word?  Hello
2. What is your least favorite word?   Stupid
3. What turns you on?   Fishing
4. What turns you off?   Guano
5. What sound do you love?   Laughter
6. What sound do you hate?   Whining
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Crapweasel
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Chef
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Doctor
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?   You’re Late.
   

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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.

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Margaret Falk (you can call her Maggy), was born and raised in the El Fuerte area of Tucson, Arizona, and wrote her first book when she was just a child. ‘The Easter Egg’, both written and illustrated by Maggie, was scrawled in crayon on the back of her teacher father’s test papers.
 
But writing wasn’t the first profession Maggie embarked on. Being somewhat of a decent singer, the opera beckoned. Luckily for her ever growing fan base, she returned to writing.
 
Growing up in Tucson meant lots of farms and ranches. Among those was a little desert cemetery which haunted Maggies dreams. Maybe this is why her love for horror was so great. A huge fan of Stephen King, The Shining was the inspiration behind her starting to write horror herself.
 
In 1990, Maggie sold her first book to Kensington Publishing Corp. Being a huge Stephen King fan, and inspired by the novel The Shining’, it’s no surprise Darkscope was a ghost story set in the historic mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. 
 
But, even though Maggie went on to publish a further six books with New York publishers Kensington and Dorchester, payments were poor; amounting to no more than $3,500 per book. 
 
In 2002, Maggie wrote her first crime thriller. Darkness on The Edge Of Town was the first of three Laura Cardinal books. She contacted a previous editor, who’d moved to New American Library, and who loved the book. Maggie signed a two book deal, changed her name, and received a deal worth eightneen times more than the her last $3,500. J.Carson Black was born.
 
When Maggie wrote The Shop, her agent, Debora Schneider shopped it to every publisher available. Two and a half years later and each one had declined.
 
In 2010, Maggie decided enough was enough and with the blessing of her agent, decided to self publish. Darkness On The Edge Of Town was listed in June – and sold only one book. The following month, two books were purchased. It took eight months to hit sales of 100; with 137 in February 2011.
 
Then things began to change. In March sales hit 1,280, and in April, she sold a staggering 10,000 books. If this wasn’t enough to make her scream with joy, in May sales hit more than 70,000 books. She was selling at a rate of 2,000 books a day.
 
Now Amazon’s mystery and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer,  has signed J. Carson Black to their growing team of authors.
 
To date (November 2011), J. Carson Black has sold over 300,000+ copies.
 
The Shop is due to be re-released by Thomas & Mercer December 22nd.
 
Hmmm, after this rise to fame, what would Maggie make of our ten questions?
  
1.  What is your favorite word?  Glissando
 
2. What is your least favorite word?   Patriot
 
3. What turns you on?   Writing
 
4. What turns you off?   Writing
 
5. What sound do you love?   “They’re Off”
 
6. What sound do you hate?   Screaming
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Fuckhead
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   “Conditioner”
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Cottonpicking
 
9a. Most! – Writing
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?   Family
 
   

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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.

What does a Sacramento Veterinarian and Indiana Jones have in common?

Answer: James Czajkowski.

Who?

Oh, sorry. You’ll know him better by his pseudonym, James Rollins; the SIGMA Force Series and New York Times bestselling author.

Chicago born James grew up with comic book hero Doc Savage. Years later, a fan pointed out the similarities between his childhood hero and his writing. James had not even realised.

Graduating from the University of Missouri in 1985, James moved to Sacramento, California and established his own veterinary practice. A thousand miles from the successful author he is now, James’ love for science would prove to be the foundation for many future novels.

In 1999, James sold his first novel under the name James Clemens when he entered a writing contest at the Maui Writers’ Conference. He caught the eye of Publisher and Judge,  Terry Brooks and Wit’ch Fire was the first of five books in the The Banned and the Banished series. A year later, James released Subterranean; his first stand alone book under the name ‘Rollins’.

Never far away from his love of Doc Savage, in 2007 James was asked to adapt Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull into a novel. And, as an added bonus, he was given the go ahead to add several new scenes – thrilling Indie lovers worldwide.

Writing two novels a year, including the Jake Ransom children’s series, leaves little room for time off. Add to that the book tours, interviews, seminars and talks taking him across America, Europe and Australia, its hard to see how James finds time to relax. Then again, his idea of relaxation comes in the guise of spelunking, scuba diving, and hiking.

And, to top that, James’ skill and generosity at mentoring have made him a firm favorite with aspiring writers. A regular guest speaker for workshops and conventions, James is also among the core faculty of the annual Hawaii Writers Conference and Retreat.

Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, debuted May 3, 2011 and The Devil Colony, was released June 21, 2011.

As unbelievable as it sounds, James found the time to answer these ten questions. Just as well it was a quick interview.

1. What is your favorite word?   Sluice

2. What is your least favorite word?   Phlegm

3. What turns you on?   Caving

4. What turns you off?  Colds

5. What sound do you love?   Laughter

6. What sound do you hate?   Jeering

7. What is your favorite curse word?   Frak

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Archaeologist

9. What profession would you not like to do?   Accountant

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?   Welcome

The Devil Colony (A Sigma Force Novel)    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull    Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx

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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for actors…..Now, I’m doing it for writers.
 

To some of you, Linda Regan may look familiar.

Born in 1959, Linda was just ten when she first stepped in front of a TV camera. Starring as an ‘Island Girl’, for a TV movie called Carry on Again Christmas, little did she know it would prove to be the beginning of a showbiz career spanning forty years .

With movies such as Carry on England, Quadrophenia, and Confessions of a Pop Star under her belt, and household shows like The Bill, On the Buses, Dixon of Dock Green and Minder listed among her TV credits, it was no surprise Linda was soon to become a household name.

In 1984 Linda was cast as holiday camp Yellowcoat, April, in the hit TV show Hi-de-Hi! That same year, Hi-de-Hi! won a BAFTA for Best Comedy Series.

In 2006, Linda turned her attention to writing crime fiction, and Behind You!, a novel set in the world of showbiz, was published. 

In 2007, she followed this success with Passion Killers, a more raunchy crime novel set in London’s Soho district. And two years later brought DCI Paul Banham back for his third outing in Dead Like Her.

Her current novel, Brotherhood of Blades, was released by Creme de la Crime in September this year. And her fifth novel, Street Girls is due to be released early 2012.

Linda will next be appearing on stage in Simon Brett’s King Lear – The Panto, and is still very active at writers conventions. When not working, she likes to enjoy life with her actor husband, Brian Murphy.

So, here’s the ten questions posed. How do you think a lady like Linda answered?

1.   What is your favorite word?  Yes

2.   What is your least favorite word?  No

3.   What turns you on?  Smiling

4.   What turns you off?  Dirt
 

5.   What sound do you love?  Soul

6.   What sound do you hate?  Drilling

7.   What is your favorite curse word?  Bum

8.   What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?  Detective

9.   What profession would you not like to do?  Religion

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  Welcome

Brotherhood of Blades (Creme De La Crime)Dead Like HerBehind You!

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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for actors…..Now, I’m doing it for writers.

Bob Mayer has had quite the career.

Graduating from West Point, he went on to serve in Special Forces (Green Berets), commanded an A-Team battalion operation, and served in many ‘classified’ Special Operations as well as appear on TV’s Discovery Channel.

As an author, Bob’s books have achieved the N.Y. Times Best-sellers list, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today with books such as Write It Forward (and now a Write It Forward Blog), and historical novel Duty, Honor, Country.

He has written over 50 books, selling more than 4 million copies, with stories such as his Area 51 and Atlantis series (writing as Robert Doherty). He writes for genres including science fiction, thriller, suspense and romance, and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll.

As well as being co-creator of ‘Who Dares Wins’ publishing, Bob teaches endless writing workshops, has completed 14 marathons, qualified as Master Parachutist/Jumpmaster, earned a black belt, and graduated the International Mountain Climbing School.

So, what ten things could we possible ask a man like Bob?

1.   What is your favorite word?  Peace

2.   What is your least favorite word?  Hate

3.   What turns you on?  Creating

4.   What turns you off?  Stupidity 

5.   What sound do you love?  Surf

6.   What sound do you hate?  Gunfire

7.   What is your favorite curse word?  Frack

8.   What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?  None

9.   What profession would you not like to do?  Cubicle

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  Welcome

The Jefferson Allegiance Print BookWrite It Forward: From Writer to Published Author PrintChasing the Ghost Print

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For information regarding workshops, on-line workshops, conferences, keynotes or a consultation for your business please contact Bob.

SMail: PO Box 392, Langley, WA 98230

Click here for FAQ press kit regarding The Nine Special ‘Forces’.

Click here for a list of all keynotes.

Go to the WRITE IT FORWARD blog for writing tips and interesting topics regarding publishing and all things writerly.

For information regarding my books and publishing company please visit the Who Dares Wins Publishing website.

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