Passion Never Retires for Robert Dugoni

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love coming up with a new character and watching that character grow over the course of a novel or a series.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Having my wife and kids all home enjoying each other’s company.

What is my greatest fear? Developing Alzheimers as I age and not remembering my family or the wonderful memories we’ve shared.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I wish I was more adventurous.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Stephen King

What is my greatest extravagance? A trip to Africa to go on safari.

On what occasion would I lie? To protect my family

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Copyediting

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I signed my agreement with Thomas & Mercer and celebrated by going out to dinner.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I feel pretty blessed as I am. I’m not sure I’d change anything.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Writing My Sister’s Grave on speculation that someone would like it and buy it.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? When I could stop practicing law and write novels fulltime.

Where would I most like to live? Where I live now, though I’d like to be closer to my mother and family for impromptu get-togethers so I could see my brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews more.

What is my most treasured possession? My wife and kids.

What is my most marked characteristic? I don’t give up.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I don’t really have one. Wherever I sit to create novels is pretty special. I feel blessed to have the opportunity wherever I am.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Again, I don’t really have a favorite place. I’m not really a foodie and I don’t drink much. So I’d say it’s more the people I’m with that makes the outing special.

What books influenced my life and how? When I was a child my mother handed me The Count of Monte Cristo and I loved it. When I was older I recall reading All the Presidents Men in a single day. As a writer, I read The Green Mile every time I start a new project.

Who are my favorite writers? Stephen King, John Lescroart. Otherwise, I read just about everyone and everything. I love books. If it tells a good story, I’ll read it.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Bruce Springsteen

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Tracy Crosswhite.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My father and mother. They managed to raise ten kids, put us all through college and professional school and create wonderful memories for us all. As I’ve become a parent I realize now how truly difficult that is.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Godfather. It reminds me of my late friend Ed Venditti.

What role does art play in my life and work? Art is my entertainment. I love books. I love the theater. I love movies. I love to hear talented musicians, comedians and speakers. Art is the color in my life.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My mother is my greatest fan. She loves to brag about me to friends. My partner in crime is my wife. She’s been beside me every step of this journey.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? I’d love to work with Tom Hanks or Matt Damon, both who I admire. I think they could be great David Sloanes in my earlier novels. I’d also love to see Tracy Crosswhite brought to life by a wonderful actress.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? Never met Stephen King or John Grisham. They’ve influenced me the most.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? A new David Sloane novel based on a true story.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? My work is all over Amazon. I have a pretty busy schedule. Best thing to do is follow my newsletter or my website calendar.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? When you love what you do every day, it isn’t really work. I’d like to be like Elmore Leonard and someday die at my computer just after I’ve typed the words, “The End.”

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? John Lescroart has a great story to tell about struggling to find success.

How can you contact me? You can email me through my website.

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