Friday, 23 January 2015

Based On The... by Everett Robert: Interview + Giveaway

Based On The...
by Everett Robert
Paperback, 62 pages
Published February 5th 2014 by Black Box Theatre Publishing

Four classic stories told in a unique and exciting way forms the basis of this collection featuring duets and monodramas. Join two women, reunited years after their HS graduation, and examine the changes in their lives for the better and the worst in "The Reunion" based on the classic poem "A Ruined Maid" by Thomas Hardy. Meet Kid Blink, a union leader who led one of the most successful and infamous strikes in history, all at the age of 13, in "Blink" based on the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike. Based on "Lot 249" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Mysterious Case of Lot 249" is the story of a detective, on the trail of a mysterious killer, who doggedly interrogates a witness, who knows more then he's telling. Finally, a young teenager tells the story of her unexpected pregnancy in "Miriam and Isa" based on the Biblical story.

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The Black Box Theatre Publishing Company

The Black Box Theatre Publishing Company is an independent publisher of new plays founded in 1995 by a group of young Playwrights to promote their work and that of other Playwrights to Schools and Theatres worldwide. They are located at

Everett Robert is a Hays, KS resident and Colby, KS native who graduated from Colby High School in 1995 and from Colby Community College in 1999 where he studied Radio and Television Communications in addition to English and Drama. He is currently a student at Fort Hays University. Everett is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Playwright's Center, the Kansas Writer's Association, and the Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Fringe Theater Company of Fort Hays State, and Hays Community Theater.

Everett has written and performed in Colby, KS; Hoxie, KS; Hill City, KS; Meade, KS; Cincinnati, OH; Davao City, Philippines and as part of the radio drama series, SHERRI'S PLAYHOUSE heard on the blogtalkradio show CHATTING WITH SHERRI. His works have also been performed by Mind The Gap Theatre in New York City, NY; Stage Left Theatre in Spokane, WA; at the Cambria-Friesland school district in Cambria, WI. BASED ON THE... is his third published play. His previous plays, ALLIE IN WONDERLAND and THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE STORY OF TOM SAWYER AS TOLD BY BECKY THATCHER, were published by Heartland Play Publishers in 2012 and 2013. In addition, Everett was published in April 2013 by High Hill Press in their CACTUS COUNTRY III anthology and has won numerous awards from the Kansas Writers Association (KWA) and the Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc (OWFI).

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Q & A with Author Everett Robert

Q:  Can you tell us a little bit about your book.
BASED ON THE... is a collection of four short plays based on stories from classic literature or from history told in new and exciting ways. Included in this collection is THE REUNION based on Thomas Hardy's "A Ruined Maid", THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF LOT 249 based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Lot No. 249", BLINK based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899, and MIRIAM AND ISA which is based on the nativity story from The Bible.

Q:  How long have you been writing, and when did you first consider yourself an author?
I have been writing novels, short stories and plays since I was probably 10 years old. However in 2005 I wrote a non-fiction book (that I trunked) and started calling myself an author around then. I followed that with my first original full length play and was published in 2012 with a play I wrote in 2010. I called myself an author for almost 5 years before I really believed that I was one and ktwo more years before I really had something to show for it.

  Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
A couple of years ago, I was writing a play about gun control for a contest. I was so proud of what I had written until I sent it off to my first readers. They both wrote back to me and said "this isn't you or your voice Everett." That's something that I've strived to do since then, to write in my voice and not try to write in someone elses. My sense of drama and my sense of humor is unique to me and when I try and stray from my voice the writing isn't as good

  Q:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I read a lot of Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown books growing up and really wanted to be either a writer or a private detective.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
London! Although I've traveled quite a bit out of the United States, I've never been to Europe. Also London has such a rich theater history (from Marlowe and Shakespeare to Andrew Lloyd Webber) that I feel I would just absorb everything. Although, as someone who loves to eat, Italy would be a tempting option as well.

  Q:  If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? 

A:  Flight or teleportation that way I could afford to go to Italy or London or Paris whenever I wanted.

Q:  Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks? 

A:  To me books aren't about the vessel they are contained in but the content within. It's about the words and the language, so I don't really have a preference. I love them both.

Q:  What book are you reading now? 

A:  I'm always reading a number of books. Right now including Lisa Mantchev's Ticker and Micheal Chabon's The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
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