Look out, C.S. Lewis! We have a new author of children’s mysteries in town: Robert W. Sweeting!
Robert W. Sweeting was born and raised in Florida. He lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for several years. It is here that he fell in love with the mysteries of the swampland. He now resides on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he writes and works.
Welcome to Literary Wealth, Robert. Please tell us a little about yourself?
I am the author of Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp, which is book one in a series of four. I was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. I spent most of my young adult life in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is there that I fell in love with the mysteries that the swamp holds. I now reside on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where I work and write.
A lot of people are on Twitter these days, so can you describe Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp for us in 140 characters or less?
Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp is a fantastic tale for middle school children/young teens!
When did you begin writing Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp? What inspired it and how much research was involved in writing it?
It was well over 10 years ago when I was laid off at work. I was turning 40 and did not know what I was going to do next. I always had stories in my head, but never put them on paper. I literally woke in the middle of a thunderstorm and Kekaju entered my life. As far as research, I majored in biology and I always frequented the zoo, swamps and plantations in Louisiana. I guess you can call that research. The truth is, when I start to write, I let my characters lead me. Sometimes, I don’t know where the story will end up.
What or who made the biggest influence on you wanting to become a writer?
I would have to say my grandmother. She always told me wonderful tales and would encourage me to make up my own tales. Late at night before bed we would sit and play cards. During the game, she would start a story then I would add to it and so on until a story was born.
What was the first book you ever wrote about and was it ever published?
Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp is the first book I ever wrote. I published it independently.
Do you have any writing habits that people might find unusual?
I talk out loud to my characters as I write. I guess that’s a bit out there.
Do you have a favorite character or one that is especially close to your heart?
Cronie the white Alligator and Balstrop the Pelican.
What is your all-time favorite book?
Gone with the Wind
Other than yourself, who is your favorite author?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Writing and Gardening
Where can our readers connect with you, robert?
My blog is:The Kekaju Project
They can also find me on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/rsweetin1
And we can’t forget to tell them where they can buy Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp:
Giveaway! Giveaway! Giveaway!
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