Interview: Robert Boich

Robert Boich was born in Phoenix Arizona. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and attended Ohio Northern University where he graduated with a law degree. The author also received his LLM in taxation from Boston University. In his free time, Boich enjoys golfing, skiing, reading and traveling. The author is currently working on his second book, a novel, based on World War I and the battle of Verdun. Enjoy this interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I lived In Arizona and Ohio when I was younger. I went to Colorado for college, and called it home until I moved to Ohio in 1993. I have been writing for a little over three years.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

I wrote Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting!: A Bridge From Addiction To Early Recovery at the suggestion of one of my counselors in rehab. It’s based on my experiences and observations during my first six months of sobriety. My story is intended to help the newcomer to recovery cope with the situations and changes that are required in order to make the transition from active addiction to sobriety. If nothing else, I would hope that the reader will realize that there’s hope; that they don’t have to keep living the way that they’ve been living.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

Right now, I’m trying to focus on my first novel. It’s a lot different from Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting!, which is a first-person narrative. My current project is a historically-based work of fiction built around The Battle of Verdun during World War I. There’s a tremendous amount of research involved.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

That’s a tough one. If we’re talking interesting vs. entertaining, maybe something like Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage, or something from James Michener, maybe Centennial or Space.

Favorite authors?

Those two guys I just mentioned are right up there, plus Tom Clancy, Stephen King. It all depends on what kind of mood I’m in.

Book you’re currently reading?

Just about everything I’ve been reading for the past year and a half, has had to do with World War I. I’ve been reading about theories on what started the war; different books on military strategy and specific battles… all kinds of things. I recently finished Paris 1919, which dealt with the peace conference. Even the works of fiction I’m reading are based on World War I.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

The best routine for me is to wake up and grab a cup of coffee, and plant myself in front of the computer. The earlier the better; before my wife and kids wake up. I used to have a morning cigarette on the deck with my coffee, but I quit smoking last May.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

I don’t know if I call it writer’s block, but there are times when I find myself having a difficult time getting my thoughts out of my head and onto paper. It seems to happen when I’m trying to think about too much, or when I’m trying to transition from one idea to the next. In both cases, I find that the important thing is that I write something, even if it’s only a couple sentences. I have to write something to move the story forward. If it turns out later that I don’t like it I can always go back and rewrite it.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

Obviously, it’s great to have someone read your book and tell you that they liked it. That’s a very rewarding experience. For me, being new to the profession, I would also add that it’s important for the writer to be happy with what they’ve written. I can honestly say that, so far, I’m satisfied with what I’ve written. I think I’ve done a good job.

Advice for other writers?

Keep plugging away at it. If possible, write something every day. I think it’s great to have a daily goal. Ideally, I like to write 500 to 750 words a day. The reality of the situation, however, is that there are days when I don’t reach that goal. I used to get down on myself when I fell behind, but I finally realized that as long as I’m writing, as long as I’m advancing the story, I’m making progress. That’s all that counts; keep making progress.

Where can we learn more about you?

If you read my book you’ll learn a lot about me. If you check out my website, you will find out some additional information about me as well. If you have any questions for me, you can reach me through the comment section on my website.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yes, I would like to thank Working Writers for this interview. I also want to say that if there’s anyone out there struggling with a substance abuse problem, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are a lot of programs and a lot of individuals out there right now that are willing to help you. Believe me when I tell you that if I can do it, you can do it.

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