Trenton, New Jersey native Bob Stockton left high school in 1957 to join the Navy, where he served for 20 years, sailing the seven seas. His duty assignments sent him to serve aboard destroyers, diesel electric submarines, aircraft carriers, auxiliary vessels, reconnaissance attack squadrons and patrol gunboats in Vietnam. Bob, who retired as a chief petty officer, went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since retiring from the Navy, Bob has worked as a shipyard welder’s helper, epidemiologist, adjunct graduate instructor, small business owner, pharmaceutical trainer and international radio host.
Exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam led to the Veterans Administration declaring Bob fully disabled. He now lives near his three children and four grandchildren in Jacksonville, Florida.
What inspires you to write?
I don't know whether to label what I do as inspiration-derived or merely boredom.
Tell us about your writing process.
Strictly seat-of-the pants. I have a general idea of what I am looking for overall and I write each day with that general picture in mind.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. My preferred style has been the short story.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Thurber. The Thurber Carnival (A compilation of his body of work, mostly for the New Yorker Magazine). Jaroslav Hasek. The Good Soldier Svejk. John Mortimer. The Rumpole Omnibus.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Hit and miss. Traditional publishing is a Catch-22 scene, self-publishing has within the past decade exploded on the publishing scene and authors have many ooptions to get their work into print.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
What genres do you write?
Short Story, Humor, Western, Historical Fiction, War, Memoir.
What formats are your books in?
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