Robert Thier, better known to his fans as “Sir Rob”, is an award-winning author who has written page turner series like Storm and Silence and The Robber Knight. He is a history lover and that reflects in his books which are usually, not surprisingly, historical and satirical. Robert Their gained wide popularity through Wattpad. The first book in the series Storm and Silence won the 2015 Story of the Year award while the second one, In The Eye of The Storm won the 2016 Wattys. Thier then went ahead, to publish his Storm and Silence series to great success. I have been reading his stories since 2011, so when I got the chance to interview him on behalf of Mayflower Studio I was ecstatic. He very graciously accepted our request for the interview, letting us learn more about the man behind these addictive books.
1.When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
That's a difficult question to answer. I wrote essays in school, of course, but never had much success with my teachers. My parents, however, encouraged my reading and it was a big part of my life, due to health difficulties that prevented me from having many other hobbies. Over time, writing simply grew as a natural extension out of my love for reading books.
2.What/ Who has been the greatest support in your career as a writer?
Undoubtedly my parents and the rest of my family. They've unceasingly supported and encouraged me to follow my dream.
3.How important has Wattpad been in your growth as a bestselling author?
Quite important. Without Wattpad, I would never have been able to find a platform where, writing in English, I could find so many amazing fans around the world. Through them, the platform has played a very important role in my growth as a writer.
4.What is your writing process like?
It is different for every book. Sometimes I make an outline, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I write drafts, sometimes I don't. It all depends on the kind of story I am writing. One of my stories, “The Robber Knight”, for example, tells a medieval romance during a siege, and the book was easy to structure because of the different stages of the siege, and how they would increase the tension between the characters and drive the romance forward. Other books of mine have a much looser structure and allow for more freedom and variation. Thus, I adjust my writing process on a case-by-case basis.
5.What’s the most difficult thing about writing from the point of view of a character of a different gender?
Remembering to have the character do everyday, normal things that I myself would never think of, such as applying lipstick. That's probably because mundane things are so difficult to keep track of.
6.Did you learn anything surprising about yourself as you wrote the Storm and Silence series?
Nothing about myself, but lots of interesting things about English history - which is a much more intriguing subject than I am, I guarantee ;-)
7.What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Every cent paid for a good book that I enjoyed. There's no better teacher for a writer than a fabulous story.
8.How much of yourself do you put into your books?
If you mean how much effort and research I put into them, then the answer would be a lot. I write & research seven days a week, and seldom even notice whether it is weekend or not. But if you're asking whether I put myself as a character into my books - then, no. There are a lot of characters to be created, and there's only one of me. It would make for very dull, repetitive characters.
9.How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
It didn't teach me anything about writing, per se. But it did teach me a lot about the matters around writing which an author needs to be aware of, such as interacting with publishers, getting publicity, acquiring ISBNs, and so on. It was quite an intriguing experience.
10.Was there a time you thought of giving up writing?
11.If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be? Writing or otherwise.
Start writing sooner! It's lots of fun!
Here is a link to Robert Thier’s page on Amazon.
I was thrilled and grateful when Sir Rob agreed to do this interview with us. I have been a fan for years and thoroughly enjoy his books. How could I not? The story flows at such an amazing pace and it doesn’t take long to fall in love with the characters. I’ve actually sneakily read his books in class and almost chuckled out in between the lecture. I don’t think my professor would have appreciated my ‘Lilliness‘ in that moment.
About the Author
Christy is a student, part-time writer, and a full-time Wannabe. She devours books and binges shows.