Thursday, January 10, 2019

Meet the Author: Rob Kaufman, Author of 'A Broken Reality' #meettheauthor @robkaufmanct

As a child, Rob Kaufman was always fascinated by the stories recited by those around him and the words used to tell them. As he got older, his need to tell his own stories grew, as did his ability to share them in exciting and captivating ways.

However, he wanted to share more than just stories. His primary desire was to create characters with whom people could relate, while at the same time bringing them through a journey from which most would crumble.

His degree in Psychology was the first step toward getting beneath the surface of the people in his life. What followed was a lifelong search for what makes people tick – what forces them to become evil when deep down in their heart of hearts, they are yearning for love. Rob’s characters walk this search with him, deep into the human psyche, creating psychological thrillers from every day events.

Rob’s second book “One Last Lie" continues to receive great praise and is selling well in both electronic and paperback formats. His current book, “A Broken Reality” is much darker than his first, with characters who hold bits and pieces of strangers he’s known, friends he’s had and personal tragedy he’s lived through.

“This book hits home for me,” says Rob. “There were a few pages that made me laugh out loud as I wrote them... and many that made me cry. And the great thing is, I’m finding that many readers of this book are experiencing the same emotions.”

Through social and other media, Rob hopes to get “A Broken Reality” into the hands of millions, so that they, too, can experience the ups, downs, twists, turns and final tragedy that has helped make this book a Five-Star contender.
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Twitter Address: @RobKaufmanCT

Author: Rob Kaufman
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 320
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Psychological Thriller

On a fateful night in the dead of winter, an unimaginable tragedy changes the lives of two families forever. How will they manage to deal with reality while stopping the sociopath who is pushing them toward the edge of sanity?

Ten-year-old, Danny Madsen, has been missing for four days when Jesse Carlton begins his own search for his godson on a frigid, snowy night. Driving along a deserted rural road, Jesse hits a stretch of black ice at the same time Danny appears from the thicket. Unable to control the car, Jesse slams into the boy and watches helplessly as Danny's body flies back into the dark brush.

When Jesse regains consciousness, he has no recollection of how he and his car wound up in a ditch. However, there's a witness: Charles Hastings, the sociopathic kidnapper who chased Danny through the brush and into the path of Jesse's car.

Hastings takes this chance to set up Jesse so he'll take the fall for both Danny's disappearance and death. And so the mind games begin--an onslaught of psychological manipulation that devastates Jesse, his wife, Danny's parents and the cops' investigation. Inexplicably, the torment continues even after the primary suspect is killed and the rollercoaster of emotions and confusion seems never-ending until the final and devastating truth is revealed.

If you like gripping, suspenseful page-turners that keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, this is a must read!

What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I’ve always been a writer. I can remember just starting to learn letters and words. I’d draw pictures, pen illegible words and then staple them together to make a book. My first book was about a monster who cried watermelons instead of tears – sort of what I do when I don’t get a five-star review.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

Sometimes I do… when I’m not sure if the thought will stick with me. However, if something hits me hard, an idea or plot based on a character I’m watching or reading about, it’ll haunt me until I start writing the book. So it’s constantly in my head, hence, there’s no need to take notes most of the time.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

Yes, I have a “day” job as a marketer and copywriter. I have to get up very early to write books so that I can focus on my clients during the day. Of course, if an idea strikes, I’ll sneak into my manuscript, make a few notes, and then get back to work. I hope my clients aren’t reading this. J

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

1.      Don’t give up. If you believe in your concept, keep going no matter what.
2.      Find the time of day that works best for your writing – and use that time every day – even if you can’t find a single word to put down on paper.
3.      For every bad review, there are ten great ones. Don’t let the bad ones drag you down. You can’t please everyone.

What hours do you write best?

I get up early in the morning (5:00ish) so I can write before work starts. If I find some time during the day, I sneak in some words, but usually I write best when it’s quiet and the sun hasn’t yet risen.

How often do you write?

When I’m working on a book, I write every day. Unfortunately, I have to then market my books (since it’s Indie) and there’s not enough time in the day to do both. However, if I’m not writing every day, I’m doing some kind of marketing. I’m doing one or the other… I have to keep going… for my sanity (I love to write) and for my fans who are waiting for my next book to come out.

What are you currently working on?

As I market my new release, “A Broken Reality”, I’m working on coming up with my next idea/plot. There are a few thoughts roaming around my head, but they haven’t gelled yet. When that happens, I’ll start putting pen to paper (or, I should say, fingers to keys).

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