Author Interview: Hugh W. Roberts

Hugh W. Roberts is a new author, and has just recently published his first book, Glimpses, a collection of short stories.  Besides this, he is a blogger, and has a really inspirational story.  It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to ask Hugh a few questions and learn more about both his book and his life!

You have dyslexia, and make no secret of it. What was it like growing up with this, and do you think it caused people to see you differently?

While growing up, dyslexia was not an acknowledged condition. Teachers told my parents I was either slow and/or not very intelligent for my age. You can imagine how that made me feel, while sat alongside my parents, knowing that sometimes the words I wrote or read just seemed to get jumbled up. I was often taunted by other children about all the mistakes I’d make when reading out a story in class. Thankfully, dyslexia soon became a recognised condition and by the time I left school there were help groups being set up for those with the condition and/or the parents of the child if they also wanted to attend.

How (if at all) has your personal life influenced the creation of Glimpses?

Like many authors and writers, I do pick up ideas for stories from conversations, experiences or when out and about and I over-hear the odd snippet of a conversation. However, only one of the stories in Glimpses has been taken from a personal perspective.

And which one is that?

Now, that would be telling, but let’s just say that many people found the story funny.

How long have you wanted to write a book for?

Ever since I can remember. However, for far too long, I foolishly allowed being dyslexic get the way of fulfilling that dream.

When did the idea come along to publish all of your short stories?

Shortly after I wrote and published, on my blog, ‘The Truth App’, one of the stories in the book. It went viral and people started asking me to write a second part and to put my short stories into a collection. I ended up writing another nine parts of ‘The Truth App’ and, in June 2016, decided to start putting the book together.

Which short story in Glimpses is your favorite?

Lipstick. I love the reaction I get from readers. I’ve been told it’s a great ‘karma’ story.

Do you think you would have ever published your book if you hadn’t started blogging?

No. Without a doubt, if I had not started blogging then none of the stories in the book would have ever been written. Many of them were created from writing challenges and photo prompts set by other bloggers.

Have any authors inspired your work?

Rod Serling, who created ‘The Twilight Zone’ and wrote many of the episodes, has certainly inspired my writing. He’s the master when it comes to those unexpected twists in stories. Alfred Hitchcock is also a big influencer when I write. I’d love to tread in both their creative footprints.

Do you hope to inspire others with your writing and overcoming your dyslexia?

Yes. Other bloggers with the condition have left me comments telling me they are dyslexic and that my blog has inspired them to write more and to publish and share their work. I only wish I had discovered blogging before February 2014. One of the biggest compliments I can get is to be told that I have inspired somebody to write.

Who is the target audience of Glimpses?

This is a difficult question because Glimpses contains stories that cover many genres. I hope it would appeal to anyone over the age 18, but is probably geared more towards fans of science fiction.

Most of your short stories are drama, sci fi, and fantasy. What about those genres do you love?

I’m a big fan of time-travel and it features in some of the stories. You can do so much when time-travel is involved. My mind often gets carried away when writing fantasy and I never know where it is going to take me. The words seem to flow very easily when writing in that genre. I’m fascinated with life and where it can take us and that’s why I also enjoy writing drama stories with a twist.

Oooohhh Time Travel!! Are you a fan of Back to the Future?

Oddly, no. My favourite time-travelling movie is the original version of the H.G Wells classic ‘The Time Machine.’ I’m a huge fan of time-travelling TV shows such as Doctor Who, Quantum Leap, Sliders, and a brand-new show I’ve just discovered entitled Timeless.

You wrote an LGBT story in Glimpses. I think it’s great that you’re inclusive of a group that often gets ignored, especially in works that are otherwise unrelated to this community.  What caused you to write this?

It was after reading a blog post which asked the question “where have all the LGBT characters gone?” Being gay, I wanted to include at least one LGBT story. However, it’s so sad to still read that some book reviewers won’t read and review LGBT fiction. I, for one, won’t allow that to stop me writing more LGBT short stories.

You definitely shouldn’t.  It means so much to so many people when minority characters are written about.  

What do you most want your readers to know about you?

That I am a ‘people’ person. I enjoy contact with other people and always go out of my way to respond and answer comments left on my blog or answer emails. That includes any constructive and non-offence negative feedback about my writing, so never be afraid to approach me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! I loved getting to hear more about your incredible story, and your life!

If you guys liked what you heard about Hugh, make sure to first check out his blog, and then head over to Amazon and buy his book!  I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but from the few bits that I’ve heard, it sounds worth the read.

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Author: Jocelyn

I'm Jocelyn, a 22 year old living in Boston and working full time! In my free time, I run a book blog and a Youtube channel where I share all about my life, adventures, and favorite things!

76 thoughts on “Author Interview: Hugh W. Roberts”

  1. Wonderful interview, thank you for sharing your story so eloquently Hugh, I am not surprised to know how much you’ve inspired others to write. So proud to hold Glimpses in my hand 🙂 Great questions Joce, lovely to meet you 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Sherri. Being told that we inspire others to write is one of the best compliments we can get. It certainly makes my day when I’m told that I’ve inspired somebody. There are so many people here in the blogging who inspire me. 😀

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  2. Hugh is a character, for sure. Indeed he may well have written himself. In the flesh the word ‘imp’ comes to mind and that cheeky sense that you’re never quite sure where he’ll take you next but you know it will be (a) clever (b) surprising and (c) invested with humanity in all its contradictions comes through here too. Lovely interview, you’ve sucked out the best juices Joce.

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  3. Wonderful interview Hugh and Joce. Your so inspiring Hugh. I’m sure your forthrightness has inspired and will inspire many. I commend you for owning who you are, many hide behind the curtain. 🙂 ❤

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  4. I enjoyed reading this interview, and am now particularly intrigued to know which story was based on Hugh’s persona experience!!
    It’s strange because I am not a fan or sci -fi or fantasy BUT I loved Hugh’s book. There is so much more going on inside his stories, humour, love, and envy, things we can all relate to.

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  5. My best friend in high school was dyslexic and I remember how painful it was for her. I don’t think she was diagnosed until she was a junior. Today they have special programs – thank goodness! Best of luck with the release Hugh!

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  6. Hi Hugh,
    If I recall, you were interviewed previously about being an author with dyslexia. I’ll repeat myself, by giving you kudos for forging forward and following your dream. I’m not sure if you have the same response. Once I reveal that I’m an author and also belong to the LGBT community, I’m either overly patronized or assumed my writing is X’rated. I will admit I’m a sensitive man, but my writing is anything but X’rated. Congratulations on your successes and I will continue to follow your blogs.

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    1. I’m sorry to hear that… I think we have a culture of assuming that people who are “different” will only write about what is different/need to be coddled. People who are willing to be openly “different” should be appreciated for who they are!

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    2. Hi Chuck. Yes, I’ve talked about being dyslexic before, but not as much as in this interview with Joce. For far too long I hid the condition from as many people as I could. Then, shortly after starting my blog, I was asked to tell a group of other bloggers something about myself that none of them knew. Being writers, I thought to tell them I was dyslexic was going to shock them all and I’d be asked questions like “what are you doing here?” I’ve had a few comments on some of my blogs posts asking questions such as “if you’re dyslexic, then who wrote this post for you because you can’t write, can you?” and “where did you copy this short story from? Dyslexic people don’t write this kind of stuff because they can’t read “, but the support I got from 99.9% of other bloggers and writers has been truly amazing.

      It shocks me what other people think of us because we’re dyslexic, gay, or even because we’re from a different country, but we should never allow these people to stop us from following our dreams. Words can hurt us, but the support I’ve found here in the blogging community is something that I can say is one of the best things I’ve encountered.

      Carry on with your writing and your dreams, Chuck, and prove those that doubt you, wrong. It’s what I have done and the doubters seem to have melted away.

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  7. This is a wonderful interview! Hugh, you are a people person. You don’t throw dyslexia in reader’s faces (although you are a strong advocate for the condition) and you have overcome the condition and manage it well. It is inspiring to read another blogger’s journey especially a writer. Dyslexia would surely stop many from enjoying both reading and writing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Terri. I can’t believe how I allowed it to stop me from writing for so many years. However, I’m having great fun catching up on those missing writing years. There are many other dyslexic writers out there. I just hope I can tempt them out of the shadow of dyslexia.

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  8. What a wonderful interview this is Hugh and thank you to Joce for asking just the right kind of questions.. 🙂 and one would never know you had this obstacle to overcome Hugh.. So well done you
    And its great to know blogging brought about the inevitable publications.. 🙂

    Love the prospects of time travelling too.. And often wonder if that is not where I end up in sleep state.. 🙂 being the Dreamwalker that I am..

    Have a great day and thank you to Joce for hosting such a great interview..
    Blessings to you both
    Sue 🙂

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