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ALS EVENT in honor of Mike Kosmal and his family – 28th of September, 2014

In 2001, my friend, Mike Kosmal was diagnosed with ALS. For the past 13 years, he has lived with this disease. On September 28, 2014, I attended an ALS event in honor of Mike Kosmal. Mike and I both attended the University of Pittsburgh. Mike and his family were in attendance. It was heartwarming to see so many people attend. In speaking with his wife Amy and their children, I was overwhelmed by their positivity and their tireless efforts to…
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ENTROPY BY ROBERT RAKER REVIEW BY LOU CRIME BOOK CLUB!

A big thank you to Lou from Crime Book Club for the thoughtful book review. "‘Entropy’ is a great crime novel told from four different angles. When children are found murdered the numerous perspectives give you different character experiences, this was an interesting way to read a crime novel and I enjoyed getting to know each character. Now while ‘Entropy’ is set in Pennsylvania, I found that the story could have been happening anywhere. Sometimes a novel is bogged down…
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Interview with Doug Romig by Robert Raker

RR: When did your passion for writing start? DR: I have always enjoyed writing. Through the years I have done public speaking and taught classes where writing was a key component. It wasn’t until January of 2012 that I gave serious thought to writing a novel. It was a time of reinventing myself after going through a divorce and change of profession. Basically, I had a mid-life crisis on steroids. (The crisis – not me.) I began to write and…
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Interview with Robert Shaw by Robert Raker

RR: Your first novel "The Scare" is an homage to ‘80s and ‘90s horror films. Do you feel those were strong decades for that genre? RS: My goodness yes! Although I'm sure many of today's younger generation would disagree. Nowadays we have Saw one through ten million or whatever it is (never seen any of them) and James Wan making the same film over and over with different titles (Dead Silence, Insidious etc), awful stuff like Jennifer's Body and All…
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Author Reading, August 13th by Robert Raker

On Wednesday, August 13th, I attended an author reading where my publisher arranged for me to speak at a local community group who host a book club. I was enthused by the turn out and found the members very engaging. I appreciated their attention and the discussion that took place. I read passages from the various characters, and explained how their lives had been affected by the crimes in the beleaguered Pennsylvania town. The attendees then asked me some questions…
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Review of “Entropy” by David L. Blond, author of The Phoenix Year

I was excited to read David L. Blond's review of my book Entropy. Book review: "We live in a world where dark things are everywhere around us – on the news, on the streets, in our schools; where some children kill children, in our homes; where some men assault women with words or violence, in our Congress where thinking men can’t find solutions to problems without rancor or discord, and then in our literature. There is a long history of…
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Interview with Kim Headlee, author by Robert Raker

RR: I am fascinated by your interest in the Arthurian Legend. When did this interest begin? KH: Believe it or not, I have been enthralled by the Arthurian Legends for almost half a century. When I was 7, my parents took me to see the movie Camelot on opening day, and I was utterly hooked. The two most memorable images from that first viewing (of many) were the unmarried Guinevere in her white fur coat at the beginning, and the…
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Interview with Ed James, author

RR: Where did the inspiration come evolve for the character of Scott Cullen? EJ: Lots of places, really. I read a lot of detective fiction and one of the things that strikes me is you've generally got two types of detective - the maverick (e.g. Ian Rankin's John Rebus) or the by-the-rules guy (e.g. Quintin Jardine's Bob Skinner). Both are Edinburgh detectives but they're worlds apart. They're like Batman and Superman - the great difficulty in dramatising Superman is he's…
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Interview with Rick Schindler, author of FANDEMONIUM

RR: How long did it take to write “Fandemonium”? RS: The book evolved in fits and starts over 15 years. At various points I put it aside for years, rewrote it from start to finish, and even gave up on it altogether, only to keep returning to it like an addiction or a former lover you can’t quite let go of. RR: How would you describe Ray Sirico? RS: Ray is what happens when guys grow older without growing up.…
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