Into the Mind of James Rubart

Welcome back, Realmies for another exciting interview! Today we are delighted to have James Rubart talking with us! Let’s delve right in.


How many books did you write before being published?

None. Yeah, I know, crazy that the first novel I ever tried to write was published.


Why do you write speculative fiction? What draws you to it?

I never thought about it until someone pointed it out to me. (That I write spec fiction.) I was at a conference early in my career and an editor asked if I wrote spec. I said no, contemporary. He asked what my story was about. I said, “It’s about a guy that inherits this house that’s a physical manifestation of his soul.” He starts laughing and says my story is colossally spec. Again, I don’t think about it when I’m writing, I simply write the kind of stories that I’d love to read. It took me a long time to accept the fact that not everyone likes stories with spec elements in them. What’s wrong with them! Yes, at this point I realize we’re not all wired the same. And that’s okay … I think.



James shows off his powerful Water-bending skills. Er, Water skiing, yeah, that’s what we meant.

What is your favorite TV show?

LOST, greatest show ever to hit the small screen. Sorry, I’ll pretend I don’t hear you if you ask me about the final episode. It didn’t happen. I’m still waiting for it. (more…)

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Into the Mind of Robert Liparulo

Greetings Realmies!

Today we are welcoming Robert Liparulo to share with us a peek into his mind. Are you ready? Let’s go!


If you could spend the day with one spec fic character, who would it be?

Robert Neville from Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. That’s the novel that made me, at age twelve, want to be a novelist, as opposed to a writer of other things. And Neville is simply a fascinating character, someone who had to learn to live and survive in a world of monsters. He struggles with loneliness, grows empathetic toward the creatures who want to kill him, and ultimately comes to realize—and this blew me away as a kid—that in a world changed overnight, he had become the monster. The story is right up there with Lord of the Rings in terms of using speculative fiction to convey deep truths about the human condition, our strengths and flaws. I would love to pick his brain about his thoughts on the meaning of being human, the hope that gets him through each day (all of my stories are, at their core, about hope), about his appreciation for the simple things in life (a family a picnic, a child’s laughter) after they were taken away. I’m glad you said, “spend the day with one spec fic character”; the vampires in Neville’s world come out at night.


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