Robert Pruneda is author of the Amazon Kindle bestselling horror novel DEVIL’S NIGHTMARE and contemporary family motor sports drama PURSUIT OF A DREAM (Victory Lane: The Chronicles). He lives in south Texas and has called the Lone Star State his home all of his life. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 and is now self-employed operating an administrative support service from home while pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time author. Pruneda is also very active in social media and an avid gamer who can often be found fighting side-by-side with his friends on his favorite first-person shooter . . . but he prefers survival horror.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Pruneda/e/B004WDX2PG
My personal motto:
‘Pursue your dreams . . . and never look back.’
- A typical work day begins with… checking email, social media, and catching up on video game industry and tech news.
- I lose track of time… when I am reading a good book or playing a fun video game. I’m a gamer at heart, so this is also one of my biggest distractions as a writer, especially if the game is a role-playing game like Skyrim.
- I have always… wanted to ditch traditional employment to work for myself. In 2011, I finally got tired of office politics and made the decision to take the leap of faith. I had a side business, which I was developing, but I had not planned to leave my full-time job until 2015 or so. Several months of headaches at work and one final frustrating incident changed all that, so I said screw it, I’m done with being treated like I don’t have a brain. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made, and three years later, I’m living a relatively stress free life and I’m the happiest I’ve been in many years.
- I have never… traveled overseas. Heck, I’ve only traveled outside of Texas a handful of times. One of these days, I plan to visit Europe, Australia, and Japan.
- Home means to me… more than just a structure; its where I feel most comfortable propping my feet up and hanging out with family and friends.
- I am inspired by… the success of my peers. I always enjoy hearing about the success of other authors. It’s really cool when I find out that one of my fellow writerly types lands a big contract, hits No. 1 on a best sellers list, quits their job to write full time, or has a novel optioned for a major movie production.
- I would like to meet… Stephen King, particularly after reading On Writing. I love the style in which he wrote this book. It’s more of a memoir than anything, but he offers great no B.S. advice to budding authors. His story as an author is fascinating.
- My worst character trait… procrastination. I’m getting better at this, but sometimes it gets the best of me.
- My best character trait… sense of humor. I try to be as light-hearted as possible. I enjoy having a good time and laughter makes me feel more alive.
- The best advice I was given… never give up. I’ve been knocked down hard on my butt a few times in my life and could have easily given up, but that’s just not an option for me. I have my goals in life, and I will continue to pursue them if it takes my entire life to accomplish them.
Robert Pruneda’s Novels: