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Author Spotlight: Robert Reed

How did Eight Episodes start for you?

What I recall is imagining a television show that didn’t survive and that slowly, stubbornly revealed its true meanings. When I began work, I probably had only a rough idea of what the mystery was.

What led you to using a TV show as the bones of this story?

When I was a kid, I watched certain series/cartoons again and again. Even the dreariest crap has those moments when you think to yourself, “I never noticed that before.” What if something amazing was hiding in Gilligan’s Island?

What’s a day’s writing like for you? Have any tips or tricks?

Lately, I write all the damn time. I used to fill my morning with words and then feel done, but I have obligations and opportunities of late, and there are deadlines. There are always deadlines. Thankfully, I passed that arbitrary 10,000 hours of practice rule long, long ago, and writing is what I do. Writing is what every writer should do. But that isn’t always the case.

Do you think you’d be a fan of Invasion? Why or why not?

I would watch it once, maybe twice. But I think I have a fair sense of its mysteries and potential already. Or maybe I missed something and it deserves a third look.

What’s next for you?

I have a trilogy to finish that will be published—this surprises me—as a single volume. At this moment, I call it The Memory of Sky. The setting is my Great Ship universe.

I have an e-pub, POD book arriving soon. The Greatship has most of my Great Ship stories strung together in some proper order, rewritten slightly and with new material between.

I continue working on other short fiction, and I occasionally do some contract labor for a small, struggling game company.

Robyn Lupo

Assistant Editor

Robyn LupoRobyn Lupo has been known to frequent southwestern Ontario with her graduate student husband and elderly dog. She writes, reads, and plays video games. She is personal assistant to three cats.

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