Friday, June 13, 2014

Author Interview: Robert Thier

Robert Thier
author, The Robber Knight


Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.

For hero: the anti-hero. For Heroine: the feisty type.

What is your favorite genre to write?

A tie between historical fiction and fantasy.

What is your favorite genre to read?

The same as my writing preferences.

What is one silly fact about you?

I have to wear a helmet 24/7 for medical reasons.

What got you started on your writing journey?

Ideas for books started popping into my head and wouldn’t stop bugging me until I wrote them down. I still have too many ideas for my own good, and have several corkboards and boxes full of them.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

In my opinion, it is much more interesting to slowly develop a relationship with witty dialogue than get explicit. I haven’t written steamy romance so far, but it might happen in the future.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

The feeling when a book is finished and I think ‘YES! All of that came out of my head.’

Where do your ideas come from?

Out of thin air. I have no idea, honestly. Sometimes I think I have a direct line to the Muses.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

Over a dozen, one published at the moment, unless you count another that is written in my native language, German.

Please share about your book 

(I’m not quite sure what is expected here as an answer to this question. Here’s the blurb for my book ‘The Robber Knight’)

When you are fighting for the freedom of your people, falling in love with your enemy is not a great idea. Or is it? Ayla has to defend her castle and her people all on her own, with nobody to help her but a dark warrior she hates with all her heart.

Sir Reuben, the dreaded robber knight, has long been Ayla’s deadliest enemy. He has prayed on her and her people ever since her father fell ill, and she swore he would hang for his crimes. Now they are both trapped in her castle as the army of a far greater enemy approaches, and they have only one chance: stand together, or fall.

Welcome to “The Robber Knight”—a tale full of action, adventure, and romance.

(And here’s a little background about how the story came to be and where it takes place)

The first inspiration for my book ‘The Robber Knight’ probably came to me when I heard a line from
Goethe’s famous play ‘Götz von Berlichingen’, about a knight who had lost his honor and turned criminal in defiance of his Emperor. It came to me that this kind of renegade knight rarely appears in historical fictions, probably for the reason that such robber knights, as they were called, were pretty much unique to Germany in the middle ages, where hundreds of impoverished knights became criminals when their small estates could not feed them anymore. In France and England, which are more often the setting for historical fictions, such a development never really took place.

It then struck me that such an evil knight would be perfect as a dark and enigmatic hero, and the idea for ‘The Robber Knight’ was born. It was, to me, a fascinating idea, because the nature of the hero means he isn’t just the good guy who comes rushing in to save the damsel in distress. He’s another bad guy who fights with the heroine as much as with the really bad guys, and fights his growing attraction to her even more fiercely.

The book is centered around the siege of the heroine’s castle, and sooner or later, she and the robber knight have no choice but to join forces. And out of this develops more than a simple alliance.

Much, much more.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Depending on whether you mean the female or male main character:

Female: Sweet, caring, feisty, horse-lover, brave

Male: Hot, evil, tall, dark & handsome, warrior

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

The hero, Sir Reuben, is a fallen knight who has lost his honor and started robbing people for a living. He is an unbeatable warrior with a dark past and equally dark, and handsome looks.

The heroine, Ayla, is the lonely child of an old nobleman, besieged by a hostile neighbor who wants to force her to marry him. She is a horse-lover and very protective of her people.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

Yes. The hero of my book ‘The Robber Knight’, Sir Reuben. It is simply fun to view the world through the eyes of a dark knight.

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