G.R. Holton, US award-winning science fiction author of YA novels, is visiting us today. Bob’s novella “Soleri” won the 2010 Best Science Fiction from Booksandauthors.net, while his horror novel “Deep Screams” won in 2011, the year Bob also won TheAuthorsShow.com’s “50 Best Writers You Should be Reading”. Bob also writes children’s picture book and screenplays.
Born in a little town in Massachusetts G. R. Holton served 4 ½ years as an Army Military Police officer until he had a severe breakdown caused by Bipolar. After a couple of failed marriages he found his angel who led him to Christ and changed his life. He appreciates those around him and loves life. We will chat with Bob about his soon-to-be-released novel “The Mob” and his writing life.
Hello Bob, a warm welcome, a very happy wish on your birthday, and congratulations on your soon-to-be released novel THE MOB. Let’s chat about this one first. What is it about?
The Mob is a 1930s mobster story, a tale of a woman’s revenge for the death of her father. It is a new novel and screenplay due out on June 1st, 2013.
Would you like to give readers a one-sentence synopsis?
A ten year old girl swears vengeance for her father’s murder by a young mobster.
Where will it be available?
The book will be available on my website www.grholton.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books a Million, and most eBook sites.
What compelled you to write this one?
It is a collaboration work with Producer Marlene Mendoza. She had the idea of a woman wanting to become a singer and then marries into the mob. I thought it would be great to have it start out as a little girl losing her father to a gangster and then having her living for nothing but revenge.
What sets this one apart from the rest of your books? Is this a repeat or are there new excitements?
This is an altogether out of the box for me. My other works are science fiction and fantasy. I loved the thought of the 1930s and gangsters. I grew up around an old Italian neighborhood where the mafia was known to be.
Tell us about the characters. Which actors would you choose to play these characters in a movie rendition?
Well there is of course Antonio Capresi, the husband of Maria. I would love to see someone like Leonardo DiCaprio. Maria the vengeful wife… Hmmm… Jessica Biel comes to mind first.
Why is this a must read?
Not only is this a story of a woman losing her father, but it is about the depths she would go to make his killer pay and include anyone that gets in her way.
When is the planned release?
Tell us your latest news. The book is now in final edit and is slated for release by World Castle Publishing around mid-June.
Sample paragraph, please?
Once they landed in Cozumel, Antonio took her straight to the room. Maria unpacked the suitcases while Antonio stood out on the balcony smoking a cigar and drinking a glass of Scotch from their in-room bar. She then went out on the balcony and joined her husband.
“Antonio, do me a favor and pour me a glass of champagne?”
“Sure doll, but do you want to drink before we go to supper?”
“Yeah…we are celebrating, aren’t we?”
“You got me there. One sec and I will get it.” Antonio said as he turned and faced her. He looked deeply into her eyes, took her face in his hands, and kissed her passionately. Maria returned the kiss as she had many times before.
Antonio opened a bottle of champagne and poured them both a glass. Returning to Maria on the balcony, he handed one of the drinks to her. “Maria, a toast. To us—may we have many beautiful years together, and love as long as time itself.”
“Cheers,” Maria said, placing the glass to her lips.
“Okay, enough with the drinks. I hope you are hungry, because I made reservations at the most renowned five star restaurant in the area.”
“I am ready to eat. Can I go freshen up my makeup?”
“Sure dollface, you have plenty of time. Go do your thing and then we will go.”
Maria went to the bathroom and stared into the mirror. She knew what this was all leading up to, and it almost made her want to vomit, but she was locked in. There was no turning back now. She had to play it through no matter what it took. She fixed her makeup, and then the two of them went downstairs to the front of the hotel. There they took a horse drawn surrey around town before stopping at a beautiful restaurant called Sammy’s Place.
After they had dinner they went dancing, and Maria had a few drinks. In fact, she had planned to get a little tipsy, because she knew she could never handle what was to come if she was sober.
How real are your characters?
I like to consider my characters as real people in my head. They are often made after people I know and not just by name. I add their character also.
How long did it take you to write Dragon’s Bow?
My mentor has a name for me… “the machine”. I can sit and write 5,000 to 8,000 at a time if the day is good. But usually I average about 3,000 a day. This book took me just under two months to write.
How did you come up with the title?
Actually like most of my work it came to me in a dream. I was walking in a cave and found the bow and as soon as I picked it up it began to glow and the dragon that protected it came around corner. I woke up at that point and came out and started to write.
What is your favorite paragraph in Dragon’s Bow?
It is the poem that my wife and I came up with to locate the bow: Above the altar the wall shall be the secret of the wall to see. The holder of the heart must own, and be placed upon the wizard’s stone.
When did you first know you just had to write?
Writing was never a thought for me until I met my mentor Derek Milton, a movie director/screenwriter. He let me read his work and I knew at that point I had to try. It became the best therapy I could ever do.
Who would you say have been the most influential authors in your life? What is it that really strikes you about their work?
Ray Bradbury is one of the biggest. There is something about his style that just forces me to read further. When I read Fahrenheit 451 I couldn’t believe the way he put me in that story.
What story would you like to share about the joy, challenge, or hardship of writing?
Well I am a disabled veteran. I said earlier that writing was therapy. I suffer from severe Bipolar disorder and can’t work around people. But with writing I can escape the real world and immerse myself into the worlds I am creating.
Who gives you the most encouragement? Why is that important to you?
I get my biggest encouragement from my Mom who lives with me and my wife. She is always asking me about my stories and telling me that I need to write when I am depressed or my manic side is getting the best of me.
How do you see writing Bob? And why?
Writing is now my career. I love sitting and creating new worlds or new characters. It is either that or I go back to playing Farmville… I don’t think so…
How much do you have in common with your protag?
I am nothing like my protags. They are usually very heroic, outgoing, and straight forward types. I am happy in my little house and to have my back to the wall whenever we go out to eat.
What are your hobbies?
I do a little bit of Fishing but other than that I play angry birds usually as a way to escape writer’s block. But that is going to change. I just found out I have congestive heart failure and need to make my hobby exercising.
When do you find the time to write?
Being disabled I am lucky I guess that I can write anytime that the people in my head want to talk. I usually do most of my writing in the late afternoon and evening. I am not a morning person.
Tell us a bit about who and what matters to you.
I am a fifty-year-old happily married man with three absolutely fantastic children, two cool step-children, and three of the most beautiful little granddaughters you could find. My granddaughters mean the world to me; though they are far away they are always in my heart.
How has your published work influenced others and their attitude towards you?
My family can’t believe that I have become a writer. They support me and always want to be characters in my work. People treat me so nice when they hear that I am a published author and that I have won awards for it.
What one thing is important for your audience to know about you? Why?
I am an award-winning author and I am very proud of that. I won the 2010 Books and Authors.net’s Best Science Fiction for my book “Soleri” and again in 2011 for “Deep Screams”. I was also named as one of the “2011 Best Authors you Should be Reading” by The Author’s Show.com. I do the best I can at writing good stories people will like.
Any tips for us on reading and writing?
Yes… I have three words that are printed out and taped above my monitor. They are Faith, Focus, and Patience. As a writer you need to have faith in your writing, maintain a focus on what you are trying to accomplish, and above all the patience to work the story through.
Thank you so much for your time Bob, and I hope you will win many more awards. Best wishes for all of your books!
Readers, I hope you have enjoyed meeting R.G. Holton. Come check out his website and follow his updates on
Click on the book covers in this interview for the books’ Amazon links.
Soleri: Three teens are teleported to another galaxy to help the aliens turn on a defense shield.
Deep Screams: Horror and Death abound as a Space Station searches for a new Earth.
Guardian’s Alliance: A Science Fiction Space Opera where nine elite fighters brought together to protect the Heledrium Galaxy.
SQUAZLES!: Teach your child with this picture book how not to judge others by appearance alone.
And here are my mini reviews of Soleri and Dargon’s Bow:
SOLERI, reviewed by Ia Uaro