Thursday, March 25, 2021

Memoirs of a Karate Fighter by Ralph Robb - Book Tour

Memoirs of a Karate Fighter

Novelist and former karate champion Ralph Robb recounts his experiences at one of Europe’s toughest dojos and provides an insight into the philosophy and training methods of a club which produced national, European and world titleholders. In a hard-hitting story, Ralph tells of the fights on and off the mat; his experiences as one of a very few black residents in an area in which racist members of the National Front were very active; and the tragic descent into mental illness and premature death of the training partner who was also his best friend.

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Author Q&A
What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Discipline closely followed by time management. I have to work hard to maintain the schedules I set myself. With a tendency for daydreaming, I often find myself drifting away from tasks I’d set out to do.

What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
The world I’m in now, is as crazy as any I’d want to be in. If you would have asked me the same question when I was a child, I would have instantly replied – The Marvel World. That dominated by superheroes who wouldn’t exist without the super villains.

 Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Hell no. That occupation could not have been further from my mind. It wasn’t until quite late in life that I became seriously involved in writing. And that was only at the behest of a friend who I had sent a few short funny stories. He encouraged me to put pen to paper and later became my editor.

 What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I sometimes make notes on scrap pieces of paper and stuff them into my pockets. By the end of the week, I’d have pockets full of paper that I would have to piece together to decipher. Even though, I carry a notebook when ever possible, I sometimes catch myself reverting to the scrap paper in the pocket method.

 What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Godfather - I & II

 What is the first book that made you cry?
I’ve read books that have moved me but not to the point of making me cry.  Now, movies are another matter, where than confounded fly, would find it’s way to my eyes.

 How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Way too long! Particularly when you have other interests and have to hold down a full-time job. When pushed, there’s always a risk of taking short cuts and forwarding work that’s not completely finished, particularly when shooting for a deadline. Thankfully I have an excellent editor who happens to be a close friend, brutally honest; he would certainly let me know of any such shortcomings.

 How do you select the names of your characters?
I try to select names that support the characters personality, which can at times point me to historical references, like the bible for example. The goal is for the name to be memorable and meaningful to the reader. Whenever possible, I try to avoid stereotypical names and names of people I know.

 What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
My wife is a very spiritual person who meditates on a daily basis. Knowing nothing about totem animals, I had to ask for her guidance. She quickly directed me to a meditation that would reveal my totem animal. Low and behold, a water buffalo appeared!

 What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Here’s six, in no particular order. -  Matrix, Godfather 1&2, Raging Bull, Lord of the Rings (series), Black Panther and Ex Machina.

 Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t be frightened to ask for guidance. There’s a multitude of sites out there that offer great information for the beginner. One such site that comes to mind is ‘20 Books To 50K’.             
Get organized, find your own feet, persevere, and enjoy what you do. 

 What book do you wish you had written?
While I would certainly love to have the talent of many of the authors whose work I’ve read, I don’t think there’s a book written by someone else that I wish I had written. I do wish I had the time to write down all of the ideas that I have in my head! 

 Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
Struggling with this question I decided to ask my wife, which came up with the following answers. (I now fear I’m going to be portrayed as some sort of nut.

He has three toothbrushes, that all have their own ‘job’.

He won’t wash his hands in the kitchen sink.

Sports fan, in particularly MMA and Rugby.

Loves potatoes with everything.

Loves learning about cars.

Sometimes orders a beer and a cocktail together!!!! Drinking them at the same time!!!

Has crippling anxiety relating to picking up dog poop… or so he wants me to believe.

He has a wicked sweet tooth – loves English Jelly Babies.

Will not eat lamb chops or chicken wings with his fingers.

Can be a reclusive. 

 What is your favorite genre to read?
Crime Thrillers and Mysteries.

 When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book back in 19xx

 What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
Ideas pop into my head at the most random of times. Often while asleep, hence the notebook on the bedside table, without which the idea would be forgotten by the morning.

 Do you listen to music when writing?
All depends what mood I’m in and the type of music. Sometimes the music can become a distraction, especially when I start bopping to a tune.

 Would you ever write under a pseudonym?
For a while I did write under the pseudonym of Sylvester Young. Then when I decided to re-release some of my past books, I decided to go with my real name.

 Do you have a favorite food/snack/drink when writing (or anytime)?
Nothing but the occasional cup of tea. Even then I would take a break to kick back and just drink the tea.

 What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my book. I hope you enjoyed them and I would appreciate any feedback you may have!

Author Bio – Ralph Robb was born and raised in the industrial town of Wolverhampton, England and now lives in Ontario Canada with his wife, cat and dog. A proud father of four, Robb works as an engineering technician and loves rugby, martial arts and a good book. His world is balanced by quality TV, global events, great outdoors and of course his grand-daughter.

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Twitter: @RalphSRobb



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