Getting personal with Robert Smith

I’m going to start this interview off a little differently. This is a short blurb from Robert Smith’s new book coming out in October. The book is called What Lies Within.  please enjoy……

This is a story about; duty, revenge, murder, and horror.

The system failed Tyler McDermitt. He and his brother have vowed to protect unfortunate youth from a similar fate—or at least make those responsible, pay.

The McDermitt brothers, victims of child abuse and molestation, escaped their hell and have decided to clean up after the failings of a flawed justice system.

The rough streets of Dorchester, South Boston, have hardened two aspiring vigilantes and prepared them for a mission. Their mission will not be easy.

One brother has a good heart, a conscience, and a burning compassion. His twisted sense of morality has burdened him with a deep sense of responsibility. Responsibility, that he first took for his brother, is now compelling him on a grander level.

The other brother is as hard as nails and as cold as ice. He is hell-bent on revenge and aims to ensure the other stays the course.

A motivated young detective is on their scent; she and her veteran partner look to foil McDermitt brothers’ plan.

Something from the boys’ past—something dark—is also closing in.

Please help me welcome Robert Smith to Roadie Notes…….



1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
​Most of my early expressions were visual. I spent most of my life focused on visual art; drawings and paintings. Like most, I wrote creative pieces for school, but nothing more until 2014. While on vacation, I began writing a short story. I acted on an idea that had been swimming in my head for a few days. I wanted to flesh it out. I had a blast—really enjoyed it. Immediately after I finished the short (Breakfast is Severed), I started on a follow-up novel (Society for Supper).

2. How many books have you written?
​I’ve written two novels (working on third) and about twenty shorts (varying lengths and formats).

3. Anything you won’t write about?
​Hell no. I’d love to try some other subject areas. In fact, I have a ton of story ideas jotted down. Different genres.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
​I’m 49. I have a beautiful wife who I fell in love with in high school. We married twenty-seven years ago (very young), and had two beautiful girls (beauty due entirely to their mother).
I manage a team of IT Forensic Analysts supporting investigations. I’ve worked my entire career in IT, and shifted to IT Security about seven years ago.
​I love to work around the house, and on my old Jeep TJ, Lucy (Lucy, because her front end was so damn loose when I got her)

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
​What Lies Within (so far), but I’m diggin’ What Lies Beneath more and more as I go.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
​I’ve always loved to read but I cannot say reading inspired me to write—until after I wrote my first story. Now, I read scenes that are written so beautifully, I’m inspired to better my own writing. I love (and am inspired by) Stephen King, Dean Koontz, to name a few.
I draw inspiration from ideas that percolate in my head, usually as I’m trying to fall asleep. I curse knowing I’ll forget them, and then get up to jot them down. Sometimes I’ll be in and out of bed a half-dozen times.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
​Hang out with my three girls, write, read, golf, run.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
​Some bubbly. The same champagne my wife and I have used to celebrate since our first weekend away together (Henkell Trocken). It’s been the go-to for all our traditions.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
​Computer desk in the bedroom. I prefer quiet but like to have a fan running (for white noise and for the breeze).

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
​Writing has been a real journey for me. I‘ve experimented with different techniques (free flow vs plotting), different formats and lengths (poetry/flash/short/novel), I’m enjoying the voyage and wouldn’t change a thing. I’m learning as I go and believe I’m getting better each step of the way.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
​My writing dream (I’m sure is like most) would be to write a novel that receives critical acclaim and immense popularity.
​My day-to-day dream is to win the lottery so I can write fulltime.

12. Where do you live?
​Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, but my family moved around quite a bit. We ended up back in Prince Edward Island in time for high school, and so I could meet the woman of my dreams.
​Now we live in Constance Bay, Ontario, just outside Ottawa.

13. Pets?
​I have a Tibetan Terrier named Cheeky-Monkey. She adores my wife and tolerates me well enough. She’s great.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
​Getting lost in the story. It’s even better than reading a great story. Being caught-up in the excitement, becoming the characters while having some control over the outcome, is a thrill.

15. What is coming next for you?
​I’m currently writing a follow-up to What Lies Within (What Lies Beneath). Tyler is in for some fun in this one.

Anything else you would like me to include please feel free to tell me!
I really enjoy bacon 😉

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