Roberta Mudge Humble interview with David Alan Binder

Post date: Mar 26, 2016 3:34:15 PM

Roberta Mudge Humble interview with David Alan Binder

Her bio from Amazon:

Lucky to be born and raised in Rhode Island [and is a Professor of English at the Community College of Rhode Island], I now tout the state with books, trivia games, and presentations -- all about Rhode Island's firsts, bests, & uniques. I am a community-college English professor and love to show off Rhode Island to both its citizens and to people in other states. I give presentations around America and for national and state conferences. The presentations are well received because of the gorgeous pictures, the "wow" information, and the touch of home-spun humor. My community service is dedicated to historic armories (principally the Westerly Armory) and the United States Military. One of my favorite awards is the Education & Advocacy Award from the State Preservation Commission -- for bringing forth armories into the realm of preservation. Armories had not been noticed before, and now they are. I am pleased by that.

Her Website:

Westerly Armory website:


  1. Where are you currently living?

Rhode Island

2. What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

I’m a technical writer normally so I’ve learned, even for general-public writing, that people who ordinarily don’t read much will read if the presentation is right.

3. What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?

I do my books camera-ready and in Word.

4. Who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they?

Thistle House, Warwick, RI

5. Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?

Self-publishing is easiest but can be expensive. I’ve never gone with Amazon or the larger firms. Remember, my books are limited to one state.

6. How did you or would you suggest acquire an agent? Any tips for new writers on getting one?

I do not have one. I do all my own marketing and get TV and radio time and article in newspapers about my books and games.

7. Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be specific and informational as possible)?

Try it as best you can anyone can write and anyone can publish to a point, but marketing is the hardest part.

8. What was one of the most surprising things you learned your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?

People like visuals with their reading. We are visual society.

9. How many books have you written?

Six and four games all on Rhode Island.

10. Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be as specific and information as you possibly can)?

Conciseness and clarity go a long way for most books. Henry James is not who you want to be or James Joyce. Tough stuff.

11. Do you have any suggestions for providing twists in a good story?

No twists in my books.

12. What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?

Originality in the presentation/

13. What are some ways in which you promote your work?

Radio talk shows, TV appearances, newspaper articles, website, speaking engagements.

14. What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?


15. What would you like carved onto your tombstone? Or what saying or mantra do you live by?

I will have no tombstone. I am donating my body to science. Cemeteries are a waste of good space, as my father said.

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